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  1. Is There an Alternative Vaccine Schedule?

    Laura Dye was all for childhood vaccinations until she had her first child. Then she got cold feet after reading what she now calls “scare mongering” online. "I was super scared about vaccines," says Dye, who lives in southern Delaware. "It was my new little baby. He was so perfect." She wanted to l

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  2. Tips to Help Prevent Kids' Colds and Flu

    Want to cut the odds that your child will get sick? Keep germs away with two big weapons: good hygiene and a flu vaccine. "The best thing you can do to prevent catching whatever is going around is to encourage regular hand-washing, especially before eating meals," says Bridget Boyd, MD, director of

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  3. The Truth About Stomach Flu

    If your child suddenly has an attack of diarrhea and vomiting, and he complains of a stomachache, you may think to yourself, "stomach flu." No, not really. What's often called "stomach flu" is gastroenteritis, an infection of the stomach and intestines. The flu, or influenza, is different. It causes

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  4. The Truth About Sensory Processing Disorder

    When Washington, D.C., mom Sara Durkin's son was 3, she got a call one day from his preschool. "They said he wasn't sitting in circle time, he wasn't sharing as much as he should, and he liked to be the center of attention," she recalls. There were other issues as well. He didn't like group activiti

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  5. Home Remedies for Children's Colds and Flu

    Winter may mean snow, sleds, and outdoor fun for children -- but it can also mean colds, sore throats, fever, and flu. When winter ills strike, soothe symptoms with these simple home treatments. There are over 200 cold viruses ready to lay your family low with nasal congestion, sore throat, and coug

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  6. 9 Childhood Illnesses: Get the Facts

    As a parent, you've probably handled enough ear infections, colds, and stomach bugs to feel like an expert. But here are nine other illnesses you should know about. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is an infection of the airways. It usually isn’t serious, but if your child is under 2, or has a hear

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  7. Have a Healthy Vacation

    When it's summertime, families across the country flock to theme parks and resorts. These kid-friendly escapes are ideal for family vacations, but their densely packed crowds also make them breeding grounds for infections. This past winter, 125 people from seven states caught measles during an outbr

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  8. Are Childhood Vaccines Safe?

    Childhood vaccinations protect kids from dozens of diseases, some of which can be deadly. But how do you know that the vaccines themselves are safe? Scientists do a lot of work on these medicines before they ever get to a doctor’s office or pharmacy. In most cases, vaccines are some of the safest an

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  9. Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning

    If you're like most parents, you probably figure once your child is done swimming or playing in the water, his risk of drowning is over. But "dry" and "secondary" drowning can happen hours after he's toweled off and moved on to other things. There are steps you can take to keep your child safe. Thes

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  10. 5 Serious Symptoms in Children to Never Ignore

    Runny noses. Stomach aches. An itchy rash. These are a few of the typical ailments that occur in children everywhere. But what if something more serious develops, like a fever above 103 degrees or a stiff neck? You may not know whether to rush to the emergency room, call the doctor, or simply wait i

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