Talking With Children About Tragedies & Other News Events

After any disaster or crisis, families struggle with what they should say to children and what’s best not to share with them. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents, teachers, child care providers, and others who work closely with children to filter information about the event and present it in a way that their child can […]

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Probiotics

Can probiotics help when my child has an infection and needs to take antibiotics? Christine Waasdorp Hurtado, MD, FAAP Answer Antibiotics can kill both good and bad bacteria in your child’s gut. This may throw your child’s gut “microbiome” out of balance. The microbiome is made up of the microscopic organisms—bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites—that […]

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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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