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  1. The Meningitis Vaccines: What Parents Should Know

    Meningitis vaccines can protect against most types of meningococcal disease. Should you get a vaccine for your child or teen? Here is information parents should know.

  2. Flu Shot or Nasal Spray?

    Each type of flu vaccine has its advantages, so read these facts before deciding on the flu shot or the nasal spray.

  3. Hib (H. influenzae Type B) Vaccine

    WebMD explains the Hib vaccine -- including when it should be given.

  4. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

    The MMR vaccine is very important for children and some adults who have not yet been exposed or vaccinated. WebMD explains who should get the vaccine and when.

  5. Growth and Development, Ages 15 to 18 Years - Promoting Healthy Growth and Development

    You can help your teen between the ages of 15 and 18 years by using basic parenting strategies. These include offering open, positive communication while providing clear and fair rules and consistent guidance. Support your teen in developing healthy habits and attitudes, help him or her make wise choices, and offer guidance in how to balance responsibilities. The following are examples of ways to

  6. Growth and Development, Ages 12 to 24 Months - Topic Overview

    What kinds of growth and development occur between the ages of 12 and 24 months?Your child's rapid brain development between the ages of 12 and 24 months causes amazing changes to happen- such as talking, walking, and remembering. Your child transitions from babyhood to early childhood during this period, known as the toddler years.The changes that happen in this period are often grouped into ...

  7. Urinary Tract Infections in Children - Topic Overview

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in children can be treated effectively, but can be serious if left untreated. Learn the causes, symptoms, and treatments of UTIs in children.

  8. Mumps - Topic Overview

    What is mumps? Mumps is a contagious viral infection that can cause painful swelling of the salivary glands,especially the parotid glands (between the ear and the jaw). Some people with mumps won't have gland swelling. They may feel like they have a bad cold or the flu instead. Mumps usually goes away on its own in about 10 days. But in some cases it can cause complications that affect the ...

  9. Growth and Development, Ages 11 to 14 Years - What to Expect

    Rapidly changing bodies, confusion, excitement, new social situations, and increased reasoning abilities make ages 11 to 14 a thrilling and sometimes challenging time for children and parents. Watching your child gradually mature is an amazing process; it also can be puzzling for parents who may wonder during this transition, "Do I have a child or an adult?" Since neither is the case, you must ...

  10. Measles (Rubeola) - Topic Overview

    Measles-Rubeola-Topic Overview

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