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  1. 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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  2. Early, Severe Flu Season Caused Big Rise in Child Deaths: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- This past flu season started earlier, peaked earlier and led to more adult hospitalizations and child deaths than most flu seasons, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. At least 149 children died, compared to the usual r

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  3. Gene Therapy May Protect Against Flu Pandemics

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Gene therapy that turns cells in the nose into factories that crank out super antibodies against the flu protected mice and ferrets against lethal doses of several pandemic strains of the virus. If the approach works in human

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Antibiotic Prescribing Rates May Vary by Region

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 10 (HealthDay News) -- The chances that your doctor will give you antibiotics when you're sick may be influenced by geography, new research reveals. It's tough to know exactly what factors contributed to the regional variations the research

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  8. New Bird Flu No Immediate Threat: U.S. Experts

    By Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 9 (HealthDay News) -- At this point, there's no reason to believe that the emerging H7N9 strain of bird flu that has sickened at least 24 people and killed seven in China is cause for alarm, health officials in the United States say. For one thing,

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  9. Higher Indoor Humidity Levels Might Slow Flu

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- As the flu season continues to pack a punch for some Americans, new research suggests there might be a simple way to reduce the risk for infection in an indoor setting: hike up humidity levels. By raising indoor relative humidity

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  10. Kids' Ear Infections: New Guidelines for Treatment

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines for identifying and treating a common childhood ailment that can cause a lot of misery -- the ear infection. In the guidelines released Monday, the pediatrics group mo

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