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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. Home From School? Quiet Activities for Sick Children

      Are you at home with a sick child? What she probably needs most is rest. And you can help her get the downtime she needs without leaving the TV on all day. Try these fun, low-key activities. You'll help your child get better while you spend some quality time together. Games and puzzles. Get out some

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    4. Flu Vaccines and Kids

      Every fall, millions of U.S. children get flu vaccinations at their pediatricians' offices. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for all Americans who are at least 6 months old. You may have questions about the vaccination. Why can't last year's flu shot protect your child this year? Do you need

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Helping Kids Who Fear Vaccines

      When your young child whimpers at the mention of the word "shot," you probably have mixed feelings. You want your son to be protected by his vaccinations; you just wish that the procedure was pain-free. "Vaccines protect the health and well-being of children, but children don't understand that," say

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    9. Managing a Severe Food Allergy

      Managing a child's food allergy sounds simple: Just avoid the trigger food. As any parent knows, that can be a challenge. Knowing how to prevent and handle a severe reaction can help you both feel more confident. An allergic reaction happens when the body's immune system thinks something in a food (

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    10. Watching Your Child’s Nutrition and Growth

      Getting any child to eat healthy foods is a challenge. When your child has a severe digestive disorder or gastrointestinal (GI) problem, it can feel like Mission: Impossible. But you don't have to go it alone. Here’s how to help your child or teen get the nutrition he needs to grow and develop. Each

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