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  1. 5 Ways to Stop Colds From Spreading in Your Family

    When you've got a family, even a run-of-the-mill cold can be a lot of trouble. As it spreads from one person to the next in your family, that one crummy cold virus can disrupt your lives for weeks -- causing missed school, missed work, sleepless nights, and frayed tempers. So when your child -- or y

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  2. Could Your Child Have an Ear Infection?

    Even newbie parents can spot diaper rash or a runny nose with no problem, but ear infections may come with only a whisper of symptoms. Yet three-quarters of children will get one by age 3. "An ear infection happens when you get infected fluid or pus behind the eardrum," says Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP.

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  3. Comforting Your Sick Baby

    When your baby's feeling bad, your first instinct is to comfort -- with her favorite teddy bear, a warm blanket, and lots of love. Luckily, with a few simple remedies up your sleeve, you can take care of your baby’s cold and flu symptoms right from home.  One note of caution -- don't give cough and

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

    With most little kids, you can expect about six to 10 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. 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 in his nose or sinuses, it can give him a stuffy head and congestion.  But with a few home treatments, you can help keep your baby comfortable. For a stuffy head, t

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

    Coughs send more people to the doctor's office than any 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 w

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  7. What's Your Cold and Flu IQ?

    Chances are your child will develop between eight and 12 colds every year during childhood, says Harley A. Rotbart, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children's Hospital Colorado and author of Germ Proof Your Kids: The Complete Guide to Protecting (Without Overprotecting) Your Family Fr

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  8. How To Stay Well (When Everyone Else Is Sick)

    By Janis Graham 'Tis the season...for colds, flu, stomach bugs, and all those other ills that spread when people come together — whether by choice (at holiday parties) or circumstance (on airplanes). But don't start calculating your sick days just yet. This year you can do more than wash your hands

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  9. Cold and Cough Home Remedies for Children: What Works?

    Concerns about the safety of over-the-counter cold medicines for children have left many parents searching for alternative remedies for children's cold and cough symptoms. Popular over-the-counter cold and cough remedies for infants have been withdrawn from the market after the FDA warned in January

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  10. Cold and Flu IQ

    When it comes to what the average person believes about colds, there seems to be as many misconceptions as cold medicines on a drugstore shelf. And now that the winter cold and flu season is in full swing, we turned to Thomas Tallman, DO, an emergency medicine physician and cold and flu expert at th

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