Health and Safety

Chickpox Cases Declining

U.S. health officials reported that state vaccination data noted an 85 percent drop in the highly contagious disease between 2005-2006 and 2013-2014, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recommends kids get the first... read more

Spring Sneezes and Wheezes

As parents, we all look forward to spring. In some parts of the country, it may seem to stretch out forever, with remnants of winter and cold rain intruding regularly. Nonetheless, the return of spring flowers, blooming shrubs and trees, and green leaves and grass is... read more

Children and Allergy Spray

Medical News Today reports that children often know best how to regulate their allergy spray. A recent 14-day study that compared the efficacy of an allergy spray in 304 children aged 6-11 years with seasonal allergic rhinitis showed that the result depended on who... read more

Super Bowl Safety

HealthDay News reports that more than 17,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency departments each year for injuries from a toppling TV, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. With TVs the star attraction in many homes on game day, Cincinnati... read more

Frost Bite

Frostbite is more likely to occur in younger children, who have sensitive skin. Their small bodies also have a higher proportion of surface area to volume than adults.

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Zika Virus

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has advised pregnant women not to travel in Central or South America until further information about the effects of the Zika virus on their baby is known. Zika, a recently identified virus similar to the West Nile, spreads by... read more

The Importance of Fresh Air

Recent studies have shown that children who have asthma and are exposed to second hand smoke have an 85% higher chance of hospitalization than do children with asthma who are NOT exposed to smokers.

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Pink Eye Clarified

Cold season brings with it various ailments to young children: coughs, runny noses, fever – and then some with conjunctivitis or “pink eye.” Pink eye is an inflammation of the eyelids and the conjunctiva, the lining of the eyes. Most commonly, symptoms are redness and... read more