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  1. Swallowing Gum

    Q: My 7-year-old son likes to swallow his bubblegum. I’ve heard that it will stay in his stomach forever. True? A: This old wives’ tale is very popular on the playground, but it’s definitely FALSE. "It is true that most of the components of bubblegum are not found in nature," says Robynne Chutkan, M

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  2. What to Do When Your Child Has Lice

    I was not a happy mom last spring when I got a call from the health clerk at my son's school saying she had found lice on his little first-grade head. While I know the critters carry no diseases and don't cause any actual harm -- but for itching --they're still gross. "I felt a sort of panic and dre

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  3. U.S. Children's Medical Needs, by the Numbers

    Racing champ Jeff Gordon's focus on children's health comes at a crucial time. The number of U.S. children with chronic health conditions has risen dramatically in the past four decades, according to a study published last June in The  Journal of the American Medical Association. Some of the study's

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  4. Child Vaccines: Some Parents Ill at Ease

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes probably wasn't thinking about child vaccines or parental rights when he said "the right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins." But the intersection of private rights and the public good addressed by Holmes is a subject much on the minds

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  5. Top Children's Health and Parenting Stories of 2007: Readers' Choice

    Children's cold drugs made the list. So did lead poisoning, smart babies, and brain foods for kids. Here is the full list of the top 10 most viewed children's health and parenting stories on WebMD for 2007. Kids and Crocs Shoes: Trendy or Risky? 10 Rules for Baby-Proofing Your Marriage 10 Ways to Ra

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  6. Marlo Thomas: Championing Kids' Care

    This Thanksgiving has special meaning for Emmy Award-winning actor, producer, and author Marlo Thomas. It’s the 50th anniversary of her family’s fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tenn. St. Jude began as the dream of Marlo’s father, the late, great funnyman Da

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  7. The Top 10 Medication Mistakes Parents Make

    By Francesca L. Kritz Consult Your Doctor One night a few summers ago, when my 18-month-old daughter's mosquito bites were making her itchy, cranky, and sleepless, I went to a 24-hour pharmacy to buy antihistamine. It wasn't until I got home that I read the package instructions: for children under 6

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  8. Backyard and Playground Safety

    The backyard offers a world of fun for children. Playgrounds offer even more chances for adventure. But the fun can end abruptly when someone gets hurt. That’s one reason the American Academy of Pediatrics reminds parents to supervise children’s outdoor play, even at home. To protect your kids from

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  9. 7 Ways to Combat Kids' Sleep Problems

    WebMD's sleep specialist offers seven tips for getting kids to sleep through the night.

  10. Help Kids Sleep All Night

    By Meg Lundstrom An astounding seven out of 10 children aren't getting enough z's. Here, five top children's sleep-stealers, plus smart strategies that ensure sound slumber for them — and for you. You tuck your kids into bed with a kiss and a prayer...that they'll drift off quickly and sleep through

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