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  1. Playtime for Children With Physical Disabilities

    Playing is crucial to healthy development and for building strong parent-child bonds. It's equally important if your child has a physical disability, such as a hearing impairment, vision difficulties or blindness, muscular dystrophy, and so on. WebMD consulted child life specialists and experts to h

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  2. Unraveling the Whooping Cough Epidemic

    In California, 2010 started out much like many others for the public health detectives who keep an eye on infectious diseases. But by the end of the year, 10 California babies were dead from whooping cough, aka pertussis, a highly contagious disease that’s preventable by a vaccine. Kathleen Harriman

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  3. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Ozone, and Children's Eyes

    Does your child have red, irritated eyes? It could be the result of exposure to VOCs -- volatile organic compounds -- and ozone from common household products. "VOCs really are everywhere," says Sonya Lunder, MPH, a senior analyst at the Environmental Working Group in Washington D.C. They're inside

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  4. Natural Skin Care and Makeup for Teens

    When young girls start to wear makeup, they’re usually concerned about the hottest, most popular products that will make them feel pretty. Their parents, however, generally care more about keeping their daughters’ skin healthy. Slathering on foundations and dusting on layers of blush and mascara isn

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  5. When Your Child Has Allergies

    For the parent of a young baby or toddler, it's easy to miss the signs of nasal allergies. "A lot of parents don't realize," says Neeta Ogden, MD, an allergist in Closter, N.J. "They assume that the constant runny nose and sneezing are just what happens when a child's exposed to day care germs." Whi

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  6. Keeping Your House Clean Without Harsh Chemicals

    When you have a new baby, your house might seem a lot dirtier than it did before. The first time your little one stuffs a dust bunny or a desiccated housefly in her mouth is often a low point in parenting. Before you start scrubbing every surface in sight, consider that obsessive cleaning with caust

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  7. What's In Your Personal Care Products?

    It smells good. It feels good on your child's skin. And all her friends are using it. But is it the healthiest choice? When it comes to choosing shampoos, lotions, and other personal products for your kids -- or helping them make good choices -- it's not an easy question to answer. That’s because al

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  8. The Lighter Side of Parenting

    How would you discipline an angry child of 5 who called you a "poopyhead" (or worse) for insisting that he clean up his room or eat his vegetables? Would you:             a. Demand an immediate apology             b. Put him in time-out             c. Give him a spanking             d. Say, "Shhh! Y

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  9. Simple Healthy Snacks for Kids

    It's hours until dinner and your kids are clamoring for a snack. Why dole out chips or cookies when there's a whole world of simple, healthy snacks for kids out there? "It's important to treat snacks as opportunities for busy bodies to refuel," says Bridget Swinney, MS, RD, author of Baby Bites, and

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  10. Top 10 Brain Foods for Children

    Want your child to do better in school? Take a close look at diet. Certain "brain foods" may help  boost a child's brain growth -- plus improve brain function, memory, and concentration. In fact, the brain is a very hungry organ -- the first of the body's organs to absorb nutrients from the food we

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