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Child Health and Safety

Nine Million U.S. Children Diagnosed with Asthma, New Report Finds

Nine million U.S. children under age 18 have been diagnosed with asthma at some point in their lives, and more than 4 million have had an asthma attack in the past 12 months. Children in poor families were more likely to have been diagnosed with asthma than children in families that were not poor.

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Children's Liver Disease: Let's banish the monsters

The most common childhood liver diseases have long complicated names like alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, biliary atresia, tyrosinemia and Wilson disease. What they all have in common however, is that they have no cure. The best that medical science can do is keep these liver diseases at bay through surgery, special diets and/or powerful doses of steroids and other drugs.

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AAP Releases Revised Breastfeeding Recommendations

Studies on infants provide evidence that breastfeeding can decrease the incidence or severity of conditions such as diarrhea, ear infections and bacterial meningitis. Some studies also suggest that breastfeeding may offer protection against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), diabetes, obesity and asthma among others.

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AAP Clinical Report Encourages In-Home Care for Children With Special Need

The best place for children with special needs is at home with families, according to a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) entitled, "Helping Families Raise Children with Special Health Care Needs at Home."

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Balance Fun and Safety to Enjoy Recreational Water Activities: CDC Study Shows Impact of Water Dangers

Recreational water sites are wonderful places for family fun and physical activity. Make sure an adult is constantly watching children swimming or playing in or around the water.

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Sports Injuries and Kids: Prevention is the Best Remedy

Not all children's sports injuries are preventable. But there are specific things parents can do to make sure their children are playing sports as safely as possible. Surprisingly, sports injuries among children are primarily prevented through good coaching, good officiating, good equipment and fields, and good health care.

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Immunizations for School Age Children

All school systems require children to have certain immunizations before they can be enrolled and begin attending classes. For parents who are new to the Boston area, schools require that a child has had all of their polio vaccinations, hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), and DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis).

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Subduing Children's Fears in the Emergency Room

Any parent can testify that children's needs go far beyond the physical in their experience of an acute illness or traumatic injury. A child's age, size and stage of physical, emotional and intellectual development play a major role in their responses to every experience, especially a crisis.

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Emergency Medical Care for Children

Any parent, who has rushed their child to an emergency room, can testify that children's needs go far beyond the physical in their experience of an acute illness or traumatic injury. A child's age, size and stage of physical, emotional and intellectual development plays a major role in their responses to every experience, especially a crisis.

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Child Development: Preschoolers (3-5 years old)

As your child grows into early childhood, her world will begin to open up. She will become more independent and begin to focus more on adults and children outside of the family. She will want to explore and ask about her surroundings even more. Her interactions with family and those around her will help to shape her personality and individual ways of thinking and moving.

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Child Development: Toddlers (2-3 years old)

Because of your child's growing desire to assert her independence, this stage is often called the "terrible twos." However, this can be an exciting time for you and your toddler. She will experience huge intellectual, social, and emotional changes that will help her to explore her new world, and make sense of it.

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Child Development: Toddlers (1-2 years old)

During first and second years, your child is becoming increasingly more mobile, and aware of herself and her surroundings. Her desire to explore new objects and people is also increasing. During this stage, your toddler will show greater independence, begin to show defiant behavior, recognize herself in pictures or a mirror, and imitate the behavior of others, especially adults and older children.

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Does Your Child Have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Worries and doubts are part of normal everyday life. However, when these concerns affect normal functioning, it is a sign that \nthere might be a greater problem. Modern psychiatry classifies Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as one of the Anxiety disorders. Currently, 1 in 200 children and adolescents in the United States has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.\n

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