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Is There A Flu Epidemic?

If you think that influenza has been particularly bad in the U.S. this year, it seems you may be right. Although it’s too soon to know for sure—flu season typically runs from late October until May—early data suggests that the... more


AAP Shares 4 Skin-Care Tips For Children With Eczema

Since my 7-year-old child was diagnosed with atopic dermatitis (“eczema”) as an infant, year after year, the change of season has caused his symptoms to flare. Since, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Section on Dermatology, “environmental factors”... more

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Will Moisturizers Help With Eczema?

My baby has mild eczema. His pediatrician suggested putting a moisturizer on his skin every day to prevent symptoms. Is this really necessary? more

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Moisturizing Baby Can Help Prevent Eczema

Atopic dermatitis—commonly known as eczema—is a chronic, reoccurring skin condition. While it can develop at any age, the first outbreak often occurs before a baby’s first birthday. In infancy, it tends to cause dry, red, itchy patches on the scalp... more

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9 Eczema-Prevention Moisturizers To Try

The ideal moisturizer for baby should be free of additives, fragrances, and perfumes that may irritate sensitive skin. more


Is There A Right Way To Wash Hands?

What are the best handwashing techniques to teach my children to properly wash their hands? more


7 Ways To Cope With Coughs

Strategies for dealing with the cough that just won’t go away. more


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


What Parents Need To Know About EV-D68

Updated February 10, 2015 “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


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