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Flu Spray Preferred For Children Ages 2–8

It has become a truism of public health: Another year, another flu vaccination. Since 2010, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that every person 6 months of age or older receive the flu vaccine. For... more

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What Parents Need To Know About EV-D68

Updated October 6, 2014 “Keep your hands away from your face,” I tell my 7-year-old nailbiter. “You don’t want to put germs in your mouth.” It’s the same thing I’ve said to him many times over the past few months,... more

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Is Dirt Bad For Babies?

Is it okay to let my baby dig in the dirt? I don’t worry about her messing up her clothes but I do worry about her health. more

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Helmet Therapy May Not Help Infant Skull Flattening

Helmet therapy is a common and costly treatment for infants who develop positional skull deformity—a medical condition known as plagiocephaly that is often marked by a flattening of the back of the child’s head during the first few months of... more

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CDC Report Shows Highest-Ever Rate Of Autism

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a highest-ever rate of autism among 8-year-old children. The media goes into a frenzy about rates surging “30 percent” and an autism “epidemic” affecting 1 in 68... more


New Flu Shot Packs More Punch

“Get your flu shot!” This flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued the same general recommendation as every season since 2010. Everyone 6 months of age and older who is eligible to get a flu... more

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10 Ways To Keep Germs At Bay

Germs are everywhere! Here are 10 ways parents can help protect their children and reduce their risk of illness. more

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What is THAT?! 10 Common Conditions In Newborns

Being a new parent can turn even the calmest, most rational human being into a worrywart. When I had my first son, I spent countless hours on the phone or in the office with our pediatrician—Does he have a fever?... more

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8 Ways To Make Your Child’s Doctor Appointment Stress-Free

A few months ago, I took my two sons to the pediatrician for their annual checkup. I figured it would be a simple endeavor… quite the opposite. The waiting room was packed (mainly with sick kids) and the staff was... more

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Does My Baby Have A Fever?

How do I know if my baby has a fever high enough to warrant a call to the doctor? more