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  1. October Is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

    Down syndrome happens when a child is born with an extra chromosome, leading to delays in physical and mental development. It's one of the most common genetic birth defects in the United States, affecting one of every 691 babies. Researchers don't know what causes the condition, but it's more common

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  2. When Your Child Is Afraid of the Doctor

    Marcela Jones, an English professor in Washington, D.C., says her 3-year-old daughter, Amalia, starts screaming as soon as they step into a doctor's office. Her child's white coat-triggered misery started, Jones says, with her two-year checkup -- Amalia had her routine shots and then went upstairs t

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  3. 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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  4. What Emergency Supplies Should I Keep in My Car?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our July/August 2012 issue, we asked WebMD's child health expert, Hansa Bhargava, MD, how parents should put together an emergency kit for their cars. Q: I worry that my car will br

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  5. Should I Still Keep Ipecac in My Medicine Cabinet?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our June 2012 issue, we asked WebMD's child care expert, Roy Benaroch, MD, if parents should still keep ipecac in case their child swallows a poison. Q: I was always told to keep ip

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  6. 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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  7. Bedwetting: Answers to Parents’ 6 Top Questions

    Parents share secrets and strategies with each other about how to deal with fussy eaters, colicky infants, and tantrum throwers. But bedwetters? The problem of bedwetting is still shrouded in embarrassment, despite the fact that it's very common. As a matter of fact, one in five 5-year-olds is a bed

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  8. Helping Bedwetters: Tips From the Trenches

    Bedwetters can take a toll on everyone's patience, not to mention the toll taken on a good night's sleep. If you're the parent of a bedwetting child and are feeling frustrated, here are practical tips on what to do and how to cope. If your pediatrician doesn't ask you about your bedwetting child, as

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  9. Bedwetting Solutions: How Can You Stop Bedwetting?

    At age 7, Billy was getting invitations for sleepovers from friends. He wanted to go, but there was a problem: how to stop bedwetting. Bedwetting had been an ongoing issue for Billy, says his mother, Jane, (not their real names) of Bethesda, Md. Her two older children hadn't had the problem, but Bil

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  10. Bedwetting: What Causes It?

    Waking in the middle of the night to change your child's sheets after a bedwetting episode is practically a rite of passage for parents. And it's more common than you think. "I call it the hidden problem of childhood," says Howard Bennett, MD, a pediatrician and author of Waking Up Dry: A Guide to H

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