Mental Health Problems

Is this your child’s symptom? Mental health problems that often need urgent help Examples are anxiety attacks, depression, substance (drug) abuse and acting out Resources include hotlines, mental health experts and your child’s doctor Types of Serious Mental Health Problems Suicide thoughts, threats or attempts Homicide thoughts or threats Child abuse Drug or alcohol abuse […]

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Dry Skin

Is this your child’s symptom? Cracked skin or dry, rough skin Cracked skin on hands, feet and lips Dry, rough skin of entire body surface Causes of Cracks in the Skin Most cracked skin is found on the feet, hands or lips. Feet. The soles of the feet are most commonly involved. Most often, cracks occur […]

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Eye – Allergy

Is this your child’s symptom? An allergic reaction of the eyes, usually from pollen The eyes are itchy and watery Symptoms of Eye Allergies Itchy eyes (sometimes feels like burning or stinging) Increased tearing (watery eyes) Red or pink eyes Mild swelling of the eyelids No discharge or a sticky, stringy, mucus discharge No pain […]

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Coughs: Meds or Home Remedies?

Medicines (OTC) Over-the-Counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines can cause side effects. These side effects can be serious in young children. The risks of using these medicines outweigh any benefits. In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looked at this issue in children. They recommended these medicines never be used in young children. After […]

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Antibiotics: When Do They Help?

Antibiotics are strong medicines that can kill bacteria. They have saved many lives and prevented bad outcomes. These drugs do not kill viruses. They only work on bacteria. Every day, doctors must decide if a child’s infection is viral or bacterial. Here’s how they do it: Bacterial Infections Much less common than viral infections. Antibiotics […]

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Strategies and Solutions For Handling A Difficult Child

What is the best way to handle a “difficult” child? Here are some general strategies and solutions to help you live with a youngster with bothersome temperament traits: First, recognize that much of your child’s behavior reflects his temperament. Establish a neutral or objective emotional climate in which to deal with your child. Try not to […]

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