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    Children's Health: March 2007

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    Is It a Medical Emergency?


    Even healthy kids get hurt and sick sometimes. In some cases, you may panic and want to head straight to the emergency room at the nearest hospital. In other cases, it's more difficult to determine whether an injury or an illness needs the attention of a medical professional, or whether you can take care of it at home.

    Ultimately, different problems require different levels of care. And when your child needs some sort of medical help, you have lots of options...

    Even healthy kids get hurt and sick sometimes. In some cases, you may panic and want to head straight to the emergency room at the nearest hospital. In other cases, it's more difficult to determine whether an injury or an illness needs the attention of a medical professional, or whether you can take care of it at home.

    Ultimately, different problems require different levels of care. And when your child needs some sort of medical help, you have lots of options:

    * Handle the problem at home. Many minor injuries and illnesses, including some cuts, poison ivy rashes, coughs, colds, scrapes, and bruises, can be handled with ... Continue reading Is It a Medical Emergency?.


    Autism Awareness Month


    autism.jpgApril is Autism Awareness Month so it seems like the right time for us all to learn what we can about a disability that affects up to one in every 150 school-age children, which translates to about 560,000 children. According to the Department of Health and Human Services:

    Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects an individual's social interaction and communication. It is known as a spectrum disorder, because it affects each individual in different ways and to varying degrees.

    autism.jpgApril is Autism Awareness Month so it seems like the right time for us all to learn what we can about a disability that affects up to one in every 150 school-age children, which translates to about 560,000 children. According to the Department of Health and Human Services:

    Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects an individual's social interaction and communication. It is known as a spectrum disorder, because it affects each individual in different ways and to varying degrees. According ... Continue reading Autism Awareness Month.


    Food Allergies


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    When Marcy prepared a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for her son Ben's lunch that morning, she did it because they were running late for day care and it was the quickest thing she could put together. But shortly after Ben began eating his lunch, his child-care provider noticed he seemed to be trying to scratch an itch in his mouth. After he vomited and began wheezing, the care provider sought medical treatment for Ben, who was later diagnosed with a food allergy, in this case to peanuts.


    Along with milk, eggs, wheat, soy, and shellfish, peanuts are among the most common foods that cause allergies. For some kids, foo ... Continue reading Food Allergies.


    First Aid Know-How


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    At some point as parents, we all encounter situations that require first aid or medical attention. Take the guesswork out of what to do in some common scenarios with these first aid instruction sheets

    Emergencies are no time to be searching for the doctor's phone number or your child's blood type. Why not print out this emergency contact sheet too?

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    It's practically impossible to parent a child from infancy to adolescence without encountering a situation that requires medical attention either at home or by a health care professional. But we've taken the guesswork out of what to do in some common scenarios. Check out these first aid instructin sheets - or print them to keep in a folder for easy access - to help you handle some common c ... Continue reading First Aid Know-How.


    Childhood Obesity


    Over the past 30 years, childhood obesity has tripled in our country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 16 percent of children ages 6 to 19 are considered overweight. Childhood obesity has tripled in the United States.

    Being obese is often very difficult for children, both physically and emotionally. Children who are obese are not only at higher risk for medical problems, they often have low self esteem and isolate themselves from their peers.

    Over the past 30 years, childhood obesity has tripled in our country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 16 percent of children ages 6 to 19 are considered overweight. Childhood obesity has tripled in the United States.

    Being obese is often very difficult for children, both physically and emotionally. Children who are obese are not only at higher risk for medical problems, they often have low self esteem and isolate themselves from their peers.

    Obesity becomes more than a food issue. It becomes a life issue. Lifestyle, emotions and family problems all play a role.

    About childhood o ... Continue reading Childhood Obesity.


    Springtime Allergies


    Millions suffer from springtime allergies. But experts do have a handle on what sufferers can do to cope with this common problem. Allergies no longer need to ruin anyone's springtime fun. Springtime usually means enjoying the outdoors after a long cold winter. But for some people just being outside in the spring can mean trouble.
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    Millions suffer from springtime allergies. But experts do have a handle on what sufferers can do to cope with this common problem. Allergies no longer need to ruin anyone's springtime fun. Springtime usually means enjoying the outdoors after a long cold winter. But for some people just being outside in the spring can mean trouble.
    Watch the video

    ... Continue reading Springtime Allergies.

    Asthma in Kids Under 5


    Up to 10% of children in the United States have asthma, and asthma control is key to preventing long-term problems. National treatment guidelines recommend inhaled corticosteroids to control symptoms in very young children with persistent asthma. Listen to experts discuss the options available for children under the age of five.
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    Up to 10% of children in the United States have asthma, and asthma control is key to preventing long-term problems. National treatment guidelines recommend inhaled corticosteroids to control symptoms in very young children with persistent asthma. Listen to experts discuss the options available for children under the age of five.
    Watch the Video

    ... Continue reading Asthma in Kids Under 5.