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  1. 5 Ways to Treat Your Baby's Stuffy Nose

    Believe it or not, a runny nose can be a good thing. It's the body's way of getting rid of germs. But when your baby has too much mucus, it can give him a stuffy head. It can also make it hard to eat or breathe. A few home treatments can make your little one comfortable again. You can buy this at th

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  2. Flu Vaccines and Kids

    Every fall, millions of U.S. children get flu vaccinations at their pediatricians' offices. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for all Americans who are at least 6 months old. You may have questions about the vaccination. Why can't last year's flu shot protect your child this year? Do you need

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  3. Tips to Comfort Your Sick Baby

    When your baby is sick with a cold, some simple remedies and a big dose of love can make him feel more comfy. And of course, that means you'll get a lot more rest, too! Your baby's stuffy head, runny nose, or cough can keep him awake. Try these tips: Use a humidifier or cool-mist vaporizer. They add

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  4. Your Baby's Cold: When to Call a Doctor

    With most little kids, you can expect about 6 to 12 colds a year. The good news is you can usually treat cold and flu symptoms at home with a few remedies and lots of TLC. But if you’re a new parent -- or even if you’re not -- how do you know when to call the doctor? We asked Wendy Sue Swanson, MD,

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  5. Cough Medicine: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

    Coughs send more people to the doctor's office than most other specific symptom, according to experts. And Americans spend billions of dollars every year on over-the-counter medications to fight coughs, such as cough suppressants and expectorants. Clearly we're concerned about our coughs. Clearly we

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  6. Is It a Cold or the Flu?

    It's no surprise so many people get colds and the flu mixed up. They're both contagious illnesses that affect your lungs and airways, and they have many of the same symptoms. But unlike a cold, the flu can cause serious and even life-threatening problems. That's why it's important to be able to tell

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  7. Natural Cold Remedies: What to Know

    Finding a cure for the common cold has proved harder than paddling across the Pacific in a rowboat. Experts say that's because colds can be caused by more than 200 different viruses. There may be no sure way to stop one in its tracks, but some things may work better than others to make you feel bett

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  8. Myths vs. Facts About Your Immune System

    Your immune system is your friend. It protects your body from infection. Give it your full support and, as with any friend, there will be perks. Here’s how it works: Your immune system creates, stores, and distributes the white blood cells that fight bacteria and viruses that enter your body, especi

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  9. Soothe Dry Skin When You Have a Cold

    When you have a cold, it also affects your skin. So while you're getting over your cold, give your skin some TLC, too. Long, hot showers can help ease a stopped up head, but they dry your skin. Because spending a lot of time in the water can suck the moisture right out of your skin, limit your bath

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  10. Natural Ways to Kick a Cold

    Trying to get over a cold? There are lots of things you can do to ease the symptoms as you get better. Here some easy ones. When a cold strikes, chicken soup and hot tea can ease your symptoms. The reason: heat. As the warmth moves down your throat toward your stomach, it helps loosen mucus, making

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