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  1. Infantile Spasms (West Syndrome) - Topic Overview

    Infantile spasms (West syndrome) are muscle spasms that affect a child's head, torso, and limbs. Infantile spasms usually begin before the age of 6 months.Most children with infantile spasms have below-normal intelligence. More than half have severe disabilities.Although an exact cause cannot always be found, infantile spasms may be caused by diseases, injuries, or infections that occurred before or during birth.Infantile spasms are treated with adrenocorticotropic hormone (Acthar) or prednisone. They generally do not respond well to medicines used to treat epilepsy. Vigabatrin (Sabril) may also be an effective treatment for infantile spasms especially when they are caused by a disease called tuberous sclerosis.

  2. Helping the Overweight Child - How you can help your child

    As a parent,your job is to give your child the tools for a healthy lifestyle and remain as relaxed as possible about the result. To help your overweight child eat well,use the same healthy eating approach with everyone in your family: Follow the division of responsibility. Eat together as a family as much as possible. The entire family,regardless of each family member's weight,should be ...

  3. Overweight Child: Evaluating Nutrition and Activity Patterns - Topic Overview

    When a doctor asks questions about your child's eating and activity habits,the information helps identify patterns that may lead to extra weight. Nutrition history You may be asked: To describe your family's meals and snacks in a typical day. What your child eats at school. Who is responsible for meals. Is it the parent,a relative,or another caregiver? How often a child or teen eats away ...

  4. Overweight Child: Medical Evaluation - Topic Overview

    If your child has been diagnosed by a doctor as being overweight or at risk of becoming overweight,a thorough medical exam is important to identify and treat any related health problems. History Your doctor will ask about: Your child's weight history,to see if your child has had an unusual change in rate of growth. What may have started the weight gain (such as an illness,family crisis or ...

  5. Cow's Milk Sensitivity in Babies - Topic Overview

    If you drink cow's milk or eat dairy products that contain cow's milk while breast-feeding,the milk protein and sugars are passed on to your baby. Protein and sugars from cow's milk are also ingredients in most formulas. Some babies are sensitive to these proteins and sugars. Cow's milk protein sensitivity Normally,milk protein poses no problems to a baby's health or digestive system. But ...

  6. Helping the Overweight Child - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Healthy eating: Helping your child learn healthy eating habits Interactive tools are designed to help people determine health risks,ideal weight,target heart rate,and more. Interactive Tool: What Is Your Child's ...

  7. Congenital Hydrocephalus - Topic Overview

    What is congenital hydrocephalus? Congenital hydrocephalus is a buildup of excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain at birth. The extra fluid can increase pressure in the baby's brain,causing brain damage and mental and physical problems. This condition is rare. Finding the condition early and treating it quickly can help limit any long-term problems. But long-term effects mostly ...

  8. Teen Substance Use: Making a Contract With Your Teen - Topic Overview

    Putting a plan for avoiding alcohol and substance use in writing will help your teen make good decisions in the future. Using the example below,have your teen help you write the contract. Teens feel more responsible for their actions when they are part of the rule-making process. The symbolism of signing a contract gives both parties a heightened sense of commitment to the process. We know ...

  9. Congenital Hydrocephalus - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about congenital hydrocephalus: What is congenital hydrocephalus? What are the different types of congenital hydrocephalus? What is the difference between communicating and noncommunicating hydrocephalus? How does this condition affect the soft spots on a baby's head? Living with congenital hydrocephalus: How can I take better care of myself while also taking care of my child? ...

  10. Talking to Your Kids About Cigarette Smoking

    WebMD offers tips for talking to your kids about the dangers of cigarette smoking.

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