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    1. Surviving Meningitis: Carl Buher’s Story

      On an autumn day in 2003, Carl Buher came down with a high fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and exhaustion. His parents, Curt and Lori Buher, thought he had flu, like his football buddies. But when Carl became disoriented and developed purple splotches all over his face and arms, they rushed him t

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    2. Helping a Chronically Ill Teen

      A few years ago, teenager Amy Johnson of Kansas City, Mo., was at a pet show with her family. When Amy, who has type 1 diabetes, began to feel sick, she checked her blood sugar. It was too high, so she used both her insulin pump and an insulin injection to try to correct it, both to no avail. After

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    3. Dental Health Care: Tots, Tweens, and Teens

      Smile and say cheese! February is Children's Dental Health month, time to make sure tots, tweens, and teens are getting the tooth care they need. Even tiny tots need regular checkups, just like mom and dad. The American Dental Association recommends kids start getting checkups at about age 1, or whe

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    4. 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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    5. Playtime for Children With Cognitive Delays

      Play is such a natural part of childhood. Sometimes we forget that it's not always just fun and games. It’s also crucial to promoting healthy development and maintaining strong parent-child bonds. Child specialists say this is equally true for children with cognitive delays, which can arise from gen

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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