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  • / Learning & Education / Learning Disorders
    Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Autism spectrum disorder affects a child’s ability to communicate and learn. Early intervention and treatment can help kids improve skills and do their best.

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  • Brain & Nervous System for Kids
    Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Autism spectrum disorder makes it hard for kids to learn and communicate. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • / Learning Disorders (for Teens) / School Stuff
    Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Autism spectrum disorder can make communicating and interacting with other people difficult. Find out more.

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  • / Genetic, Chromosomal & Metabolic Conditions / Medical Tests & Exams / Medical Care & Your Baby / Newborn Care / Preparing for Parenthood / Your Pregnancy
    Newborn Screening Tests

    Newborn screening tests look for health conditions that aren’t apparent at birth. Find out which tests are done.

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  • / Word! S
    Word! Strep Screen

    If you’ve ever gone to the doctor with a really sore throat, you may have had a strep screen.

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  • / Medical Tests & Exams
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Respiratory Screen: Sputum

    Kids with cystic fibrosis (CF) often get lung and airway infections. A sputum CF respiratory screen or culture helps doctors detect, identify, and treat infection-causing bacteria or fungi.

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  • / Friendship Q&A for Teens / Problems at School / School & Jobs Q&A for Teens
    How Can I Help a Classmate With Autism?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

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  • Brain & Nervous System / Personal Stories / Tough Topics
    Raising a Child With Autism: Paige and Iain’s Story

    When their son was diagnosed with autism at age 3, Paige and Iain were devastated. Since then, Lochlan has gotten the treatment and services he needs, and is learning about the world around him. Read their story.

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  • Brain & Nervous System / Emotions & Behavior Q&A / Medical Conditions Q&A
    Is There a Connection Between Vaccines and Autism?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

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  • Your Changing Body / Emotions & Mental Health Q&A for Teens / For Girls / Health Problems Q&A for Teens
    Your Changing Body: Answers for Girls With Autism

    Now that you’re older, your body may be changing. This is a normal part of growing up. Here’s what’s going on.

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  • / Good Friends / Problems at School
    Making Friends: Answers for Teens With Autism

    You might want to make new friends, but aren’t sure how to do it. This article for teens with autism can help.

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  • Enfermedades que afectan al cerebro y el sistema nervioso / Historias personales / Temas complejos
    Criar y educar a un niño con autismo: la historia de Paige e Iain

    Conozca la experiencia de una familia con el autismo.

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    A to Z: Autism

    Learn about developmental disorders and conditions that affect children’s moods, activities, and interactions.

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  • / Factsheets
    Autism Factsheet (for Schools)

    What teachers should know about autism, and teaching strategies to help students with autism do their best in school.

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  • Word! A
    Word! Autism

    Autism is a brain problem that makes it hard for kids to understand the world around them.

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  • / Outdoor Safety / Parks & Camping / Playground and Sports Safety / Fun in the Sun / Safety Away From Home / Travel Tips
    How to Choose & Use Sunscreen

    With all the options out there, choosing a sunscreen for your kids can be tricky. Here’s what you need to know.

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  • / Amistad / Desafíos en la escuela / Escuela y trabajos
    ¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mi compañero con autismo?

    Al ser amigable estás haciendo algo importante, estableciendo el ejemplo de incluir y ser amable con todo el mundo.

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  • Enfermedades que afectan al cerebro y el sistema nervioso / Emociones y conducta / Afecciones médicas
    ¿Existe una conexión entre las vacunas y el autismo?

    Una gran cantidad de estudios científicos que han mostrado que no existe una conexión entre las vacunas y el autismo.

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  • Behavior / Family Life / Fun & Games / Learning & Health / Tough Topics
    Quick Poll: Too Much Screen Time?

    How do you feel about the screen time habits of your children? Take our poll.

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  • / Family Life / Fun & Games
    Screen Time Guidelines for Babies and Toddlers

    Not sure how much screen time is appropriate for your baby or toddler? Get advice here.

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  • / Family Life / Fun & Games
    Screen Time Guidelines for Big Kids

    Not sure how much screen time is appropriate for your big kid? Get advice here.

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  • / Family Life / Fun & Games
    Screen Time Guidelines for Preschoolers

    Not sure how much screen time is appropriate for your preschooler? Get advice here.

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  • / Family Life / Fun & Games
    Screen Time Guidelines for Teens

    Not sure how much screen time is appropriate for your teen? Get advice here.

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  • / Family Life / Learning & Education
    Autism Special Needs Checklist: Big Kids (ages 6-12)

    Having a plan for the future can help your big kid reach his or her full potential. Follow this 8-step checklist to help your child succeed during the elementary school years.

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  • / Family Life / Learning & Education
    Autism Checklist: Babies & Preschoolers (Birth to age 5)

    When your child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, there’s a lot to learn. This 7-step checklist can help you find the best path forward.

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  • / Family Life / Learning & Education
    Autism Special Needs Checklist: Teens & Young Adults

    As your child moves toward adulthood, learn the tools you need to make the transition as smooth as possible. This 6-step checklist can help.

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  • My Body / Girl Stuff
    Your Changing Body: Answers for Girls With Autism

    As you get older, your body will change — this is part of growing up. Here’s what to expect.

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  • / Build Good Relationships
    What to Say: Answers for Teens With Autism

    Knowing what to say comes naturally for some people, but others need some help. Here’s advice for teens who want to learn how to get along with people.

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  • My Emotions & Behaviors / My Friends
    What to Say: Answers for Kids With Autism

    Knowing what to say comes naturally for some kids, but others need some help. Learn how to start a conversation, keep it going, and more.

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  • / My Friends
    Making Friends: Answers for Kids With Autism

    Sometimes kids with autism want to make new friends, but aren’t sure how to do it. This article can help.

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  • / My Friends / My School
    How to Tell When Someone Is Nice: Answers for Kids With Autism

    Choose friends who are nice to you. Here’s how to tell if someone is nice, or is being mean.

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  • / Build Good Relationships / Handle Negative Emotions
    How to Tell When Someone Is Nice: Answers for Teens With Autism

    Spend time with people who are nice to you. Here’s how to tell when someone is being nice, or being mean.

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  • Your Changing Body / For Guys
    Taking Care of Your Body: Answers for Boys With Autism

    When you’re a teen, your body changes — this is part of growing up. You will have to learn new routines to keep yourself clean and healthy. Here’s what to expect.

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  • Your Changing Body / For Girls
    Taking Care of Your Body: Answers for Girls With Autism

    Learning to take care of your body is part of growing up. Here’s what you need to do to keep your body clean and healthy.

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  • Your Changing Body / For Guys
    Your Changing Body: Answers for Boys With Autism

    When you’re a teen, your body changes. This part of growing up. It’s called puberty. Here’s what to expect.

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  • My Body / Body Stuff / Boy Stuff
    Taking Care of Your Body: Answers for Boys With Autism

    Learning how to take care of your body is part of growing up. Here’s what to do to keep yourself clean and healthy.

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  • Body Stuff / Girl Stuff
    Taking Care of Your Body: Answers for Girls With Autism

    Learning how to take care of your body is part of growing up. Here’s what you need to do to stay healthy and clean.

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  • Body Stuff / Boy Stuff
    Your Changing Body: Answers for Boys With Autism

    As you get older, your body changes. This is called puberty. Here’s what to expect.

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  • / Medical Tests & Exams / Pregnancy / Your Pregnancy
    Prenatal Test: First Trimester Screening

    The first trimester screening (or first trimester screen) includes a blood test and an ultrasound exam. It’s done to see if a fetus is at risk for a chromosomal abnormality or birth defect.

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  • / Medical Procedures / Pregnancy / Your Pregnancy
    Prenatal Test: Glucose Screening

    Glucose screenings check for gestational diabetes, a short-term form of diabetes that some women develop during pregnancy.

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  • Cosas corporales / Cosas de mujeres
    Cómo cuidar de tu cuerpo: respuestas para niñas con autismo

    Aprender a cuidar de tu propio cuerpo es una parte importante de tu proceso de crecimiento. A medida de que te vayas haciendo mayor, tu cuerpo irá cambiando conforme te vayas transformando de niña en mujer.

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  • / Mis amigos / Mi escuela
    Cómo saber si alguien es bueno conmigo: respuestas para niños con autismo

    Cuando la gente es buena contigo, significa que le gustas. Cuando hagas una nueva amistad, elige a alguien que sea bueno contigo.

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  • / Mis amigos
    Hacer amigos: respuestas para niños con autismo

    Los amigos son personas con quienes te lo puedes pasar bien. Los amigos comparten cosas entre sí, juegan y se ríen juntos. A un amigo, le gustas porque eres quien eres.

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  • Mi cuerpo / Cosas corporales / Asuntos de varones
    Cómo cuidar de tu cuerpo: respuestas para niños con autismo

    Aprender a cuidar de tu propio cuerpo es una parte importante de tu proceso de crecimiento. A medida de que te vayas haciendo mayor, tu cuerpo irá cambiando conforme te vayas transformando de niño a hombre. Esto recibe el nombre de pubertad.

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  • Mis emociones y mi comportamiento / Mis amigos
    Qué decir: respuestas para niños con autismo

    Saber decir las cosas es algo que se les da muy bien a algunos niños, pero hay otros que necesitan un poco de ayuda. He aquí algunos consejos para niños que quieran aprender a relacionarse con los demás.

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  • Cosas corporales / Asuntos de varones
    Tu cuerpo está cambiando: respuestas para niños con autismo

    A medida que te vayas haciendo mayor, tu cuerpo irá cambiando. Forma parte del proceso de crecimiento. Y se llama la pubertad.

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  • Mi cuerpo / Cosas de mujeres
    Tu cuerpo está cambiando: respuestas para niñas con autismo

    A medida que te vayas haciendo mayor, tu cuerpo irá cambiando, tanto por fuera como por dentro. Forma parte del proceso de crecimiento y se llama la pubertad.

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  • / Vida familiar / Aprendizaje y educación
    Pasos a seguir en el autismo: bebés y preescolares (desde el nacimiento hasta los 5 años)

    Si acaban de diagnosticar a su hijo un autismo, usted tiene mucho que aprender. Pero no se preocupe: usted no está solo. Hay muchos padres que ya han recorrido ese camino. Nuestra lista de siete pasos le puede ayudar a encontrar el mejor camino.

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  • / Vida familiar / Aprendizaje y educación
    Pasos a seguir en el autismo: adolescentes y adultos jóvenes

    Cuando su hijo se convierta en un adolescente, deberá empezar a prepararse para su futuro después de la enseñanza secundaria. He aquí 6 pasos a considerar.

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  • / Desarrollar buenas relaciones / Controlar las emociones negativas
    Cómo saber si alguien es bueno conmigo: respuestas para adolescentes con autismo

    Cuando hagas una nueva amistad, elige a alguien que sea agradable contigo. Aquí encontrarás una guía para saber cuando alguien está siendo agradable o malvado contigo.

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  • Los cambios en tu cuerpo / Información para mujeres
    Cómo cuidar de tu cuerpo: respuestas para chicas con autismo

    Aprender a cuidar de tu propio cuerpo es una parte importante del proceso de crecimiento. Aquí encontrarás consejos para mantener tu cuerpo limpio y saludable.

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  • Los cambios en tu cuerpo / Para los hombres
    Tu cuerpo está cambiando: respuestas para chicos con autismo

    A medida que te vayas haciendo mayor, tu cuerpo irá cambiando. Forma parte del proceso de crecimiento. Y se llama la pubertad.

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  • Los cambios en tu cuerpo / Emociones y salud mental / Información para mujeres / Afecciones y enfermedades
    Tu cuerpo está cambiando: respuestas para chicas con autismo

    A partir aproximadamente de los diez años, tu cuerpo irá cambiando, tanto por dentro como por fuera. Eso forma parte del proceso de crecimiento. Y se llama la pubertad.

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  • / Vida familiar / Aprendizaje y educación
    Pasos a seguir en el autismo: Niños mayores (de 6 a 12 años)

    Cuando su hijo esté preparado para ir a la escuela, cuente con que se tendrá que enfrentar a nuevas oportunidades y a nuevos desafíos. Siga esta lista de comprobación de 8 pasos para ayudar a su hijo a tener éxito en los años de enseñanza primaria.

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  • / Desarrollar buenas relaciones
    Qué decir: respuestas para adolescentes con autismo

    ¿Te ha pasado alguna vez que querías pasar un rato con alguien pero no sabías cómo pedírselo? He aquí algunos consejos para adolescentes que quieran aprender a relacionarse con los demás.

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  • / Amistad / Buenos amigos / Afecciones y enfermedades / Desafíos en la escuela / Escuela y trabajos
    Hacer amigos: respuestas para adolescentes con autismo

    Los amigos son personas con quienes te lo puedes pasar bien. Los amigos comparten cosas entre sí, pasan el rato y se ríen juntos. A un amigo, le gustas porque eres quien eres.

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  • Comportamiento / Sentimientos y emociones de sus hijos / Temas complejos
    Coronavirus (COVID-19): Cómo ayudar a los niños con autismo

    Adaptarse a las nuevas rutinas durante la pandemia del coronavirus es estresante para todos, pero especialmente para los niños con autismo ya que para ellos los cambios son algo difícil de manejar. Los padres pueden ayudar.

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  • / Emotions / Tough Topics
    Coronavirus (COVID-19): Helping Kids With Autism Cope

    Adjusting to new routines during the coronavirus pandemic is stressful for everyone, but especially for children with autism who have trouble with change. Here’s how parents can help.

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  • Behavior
    Your Child’s Habits

    Nail biting, hair twirling, thumb sucking, and nose picking – these childhood habits are common. Here’s how to deal with them.

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  • Bacteria & Viruses / Common Infections
    Tonsillitis

    You wake up and your throat is swollen and you have a fever. Could it be tonsillitis? Find out what tonsillitis is, how to treat it, and how to prevent it.

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  • Communicating With Your Baby / Communication
    Communication and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old

    Your toddler is probably saying a few first words now, but you may not be able to understand them all. Learn about how your child is communicating.

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  • Communicating With Your Baby / Communication
    Communication and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old

    Your baby is learning to communicate through facial expressions like smiling or frowning as well as crying, squealing, babbling, and laughing. And those sounds are early attempts to speak!

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  • / Health Problems of Preemies / Newborn Care / Newborn Health Conditions
    Jaundice in Newborns

    Jaundice is when a baby has yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes. Most types of jaundice go away on their own.

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  • / General Q&A / Teeth & Mouth
    What’s a Cavity?

    Cavities are small holes in your teeth that need to be filled. Find out what causes tooth decay and how dentists handle it.

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  • / Flu Q&As for Kids / General Q&A
    What Are Germs?

    You know they can hurt you, but what are these invisible creatures? Find out in this article for kids.

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  • Communicating With Your Baby / Communication
    Communication and Your 4- to 7-Month-Old

    Your baby’s range of sounds and facial expressions continues to grow, and your baby is also imitating sounds, which are the first attempts at speaking.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections
    Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

    This virus poses few risks to healthy kids, but can cause serious health problems in unborn babies and kids with a weak immune system.

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  • Bones, Muscles & Joints (for Teens) / Special Health Needs
    Lupus

    Lupus is a disease that affects the immune system. Learn how lupus is treated, signs and symptoms, how to support a friend who has it, and more.

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  • Communicating With Your Baby / Communication
    Communication and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old

    Babies this age might be about to say their first words, and communicate using body language. Read more about communicating with your baby.

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  • / School Stuff
    Studying Abroad

    Do you dream of traveling to cool places, meeting interesting people, and maybe picking up a language or two? Learn about the benefits of study abroad programs.

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  • Your Kid's Body / Cold & Flu Review / All About Flu / Flu & Pregnancy / Prevention / Flu Q&A / Treatment / Immunizations
    Is the Flu Vaccine a Good Idea for Your Family?

    The flu vaccine is a good idea for all families. It does not cause the flu, and it helps keep kids and parents from getting sick.

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  • Emergencies
    Seizures

    Seizures are caused by a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain. Find out what you need to know about seizures and what to do if your child has one.

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  • / Family Life / Safety at Home / Outdoor Safety
    Making Sure Your Teen’s Job Is Safe

    Many teens want to work a part-time job. Find out how to ensure safe employment for your son or daughter.

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  • Arthritis & Rheumatologic Conditions
    Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

    In juvenile idiopathic arthritis (also called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)), a person can develop swollen, warm, and painful joints. Learn more.

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  • Behavior
    Teaching Your Child Self-Control

    Tantrums and outbursts can rile even the most patient parents. Helping kids learn self-control teaches them how to respond to situations without just acting on impulse.

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  • / Families / Build Good Relationships / Parents
    Why Do I Fight With My Parents So Much?

    Part of being a teen is developing your own identity -one that is separate from the identities of your parents. Read about why you and your parents seem to be constantly at odds.

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  • / General Q&A
    Why Do I Have Pain?

    When your body is injured in some way, your nerves send messages to your brain about what’s going on. Your brain then makes you feel pain. Read our pain-free article for kids.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Gastrointestinal Infections
    Campylobacter Infections

    These bacterial infections can cause diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever. Good hand-washing and food safety habits can help prevent them.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / All About Flu / Treatment / Lung & Respiratory Infections
    The Flu (Influenza)

    Flu symptoms tend to come on quickly and are worse than the sneezing and stuffiness of a cold. The flu is very contagious. Find out what to do in this article for parents.

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  • / Emotions / Tough Topics
    Your Child’s Self-Esteem

    Strong self-esteem is a child’s armor against the challenges of the world. Here’s how to build healthy self-esteem in your kids.

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  • / Relationships / When Stress Is Serious
    Abusive Relationships

    Abuse has no place in love. Read this article to find out how to recognize the signs of abuse and how you can get help.

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  • / Senses / The Senses & Your Baby
    Your Baby’s Hearing, Vision, and Other Senses: 1 Month

    Your baby is experiencing the first sights, sounds, and smells of the world through all five senses. What are your baby’s responses to light, noise, touch, and familiar faces?

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  • Being Good to My Body / Things
    Glasses and Contact Lenses

    Sometimes the different parts of the eye don’t work together the way they should. When this happens, people wear glasses or contact lenses. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • / Senses / The Senses & Your Baby
    Your Baby’s Hearing, Vision, and Other Senses: 4 Months

    Your baby is working on all five senses, understanding and anticipating more and more. How can you stimulate your baby’s senses?

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  • Bug Bites & Stings / When Bugs Are Buzzing
    Hey! A Gnat Bit Me!

    A gnat is a very tiny insect, no bigger than the head of a pin. Learn more about gnats.

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  • / Senses / The Senses & Your Baby
    Your Baby’s Hearing, Vision, and Other Senses: 8 Months

    Here’s how you can stimulate your baby’s senses and provide a safe environment for exploration.

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  • / People
    Going to the Dentist

    What happens when you go to the dentist? Find out in this article for kids.

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  • / Newborn Care / Senses / The Senses & Your Baby
    Your Newborn’s Hearing, Vision, and Other Senses

    Your newborn is taking in first sights, sounds, and smells while learning to explore the world through the senses. What are your baby’s responses to light, noise, and touch?

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  • Cancer & Tumors / Cancer Basics
    Leukemia

    Leukemia refers to cancers of the white blood cells. With the proper treatment, the outlook for kids with leukemia is quite good.

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  • Cancer & Tumors / Cancer Basics
    Lymphoma

    Lymphoma is cancer that begins in the body’s lymphatic tissue. It’s a common type of cancer in children, but most recover from it.

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  • / Healthy Eating & Your Family
    Figuring Out Food Labels

    Find out how to make healthy food choices for your family by reading food labels.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections
    Tetanus

    Tetanus (also called lockjaw) is a preventable disease that affects the muscles and nerves, usually due to a contaminated wound.

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  • / People / Cancer Treatment & Prevention for Kids
    Going to the Doctor

    When you go to the doctor for a checkup, it’s because your parents and your doctor want to see that you’re growing just the way you should. Read all about what happens at the doctor’s office.

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  • Cancer & Tumors / Cancer Basics
    Osteosarcoma

    Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer. Boys are more likely to have osteosarcoma than girls, and most cases of osteosarcoma involve the knee.

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  • / Healthy Eating & Your Family / Safety at Home
    Food Safety for Your Family

    Why is food safety important? And how can you be sure your kitchen and the foods you prepare in it are safe?

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  • / Friends / Getting Help / Good Friends / Medications & Treatments / Dealing With Problems / When Stress Is Serious
    Dealing With Addiction

    Find out what you can do if you think you or a friend has a drug or alcohol addiction – from recognizing the warning signs to suggestions to help you stay clean.

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  • / Build Good Relationships / Sports / Sports / Sports / Sports Basics for Teens / Training & Performance for Teens
    Connecting With Your Coach

    Get the most out of your chosen sport by building a strong relationship with your coach.

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  • All About Flu (for Teens) / Bacteria & Viruses / Colds & Flu / Common Infections
    Flu Facts

    Every year from October to May, millions of people across the United States come down with the flu. Get the facts on the flu – including how to avoid it.

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  • Cancer & Tumors / Cancer Basics
    Childhood Cancer

    Different kinds of childhood cancer have different signs, symptoms, treatments, and outcomes. But today, most kids with cancer get better.

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  • / Healthy Recipes Kids Can Make / Recipes for Kids
    Perfect Peachy Freeze

    Learn how to make a peachy freeze in this kid-friendly recipe!

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  • / Emotions / Tough Topics
    Helping Your Child Deal With Death

    Helping kids cope with the death of a loved one can be hard, particularly as you work through your own grief. Here are some tips.

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  • Bacteria & Viruses / Colds & Flu / Common Infections
    Coping With Colds

    Most teens get between two and four colds each year. Read this article for the facts on colds and ways to feel better when you catch one.

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  • / Learning Disorders (for Teens) / School Stuff
    ADHD

    ADHD is a medical condition that affects how well someone can sit still, focus, and pay attention. This article for teens has the basics on ADHD.

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  • After High School / Going to College / School Stuff / Stressful Situations
    Going to College

    The first year of college is filled with new challenges and opportunities. Read our article to beef up on your college coping skills.

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  • Eat Well / Nutrition Basics / Food & Nutrition
    Food Labels

    Look at any packaged food and you’ll see the food label. This nutrition facts label gives the lowdown on everything from calories to cholesterol. Read more about food labels.

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  • Bullying/Violence / Problems at School
    Should You Worry About School Violence?

    After hearing news of school shootings or other violence, it’s natural for students — no matter how old they are or where they go to school — to worry about whether this type of incident may someday happen to them or their friends.

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  • / Exercise / Exercise & Fitness / Sports Injuries for Teens / Problems With Food & Exercise
    Compulsive Exercise

    Compulsive exercise can lead to serious health problems. Lots of people don’t know when they’ve crossed the line from healthy activity to unhealthy addiction. Read about ways to tell.

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  • / Nutrition Basics / Food & Nutrition
    Food Safety

    Learn why food safety is important and how you can avoid the spread of bacteria when you are buying, preparing, and storing food.

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  • / Sexual Health & Reproductive System (for Teens) / Sexually Transmitted Diseases / STDs & Other Infections
    How Do People Get AIDS?

    AIDS, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, is a disease where the body is unable to fight off many infectious diseases as it normally could. Find out how AIDS is spread and how to protect yourself against it.

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  • Bones, Muscles & Joints (for Teens)
    Scoliosis

    Scoliosis makes a person’s spine curve from side to side. Large curves can cause health problems like pain or breathing trouble. Health care providers treat scoliosis with back braces or surgery when needed.

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  • Aches, Pains & Injuries (for Kids)
    What a Pain! Kids and Growing Pains

    Growing pains are for real. Usually they happen when kids are between the ages of 3 and 5 or 8 and 12.

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  • Daily Life / Managing Health Care / Dealing With Feelings When Your Child Has Cancer / Caring for a Seriously or Chronically Ill Child / Caring for Your Child / Cancer Treatment & Prevention
    Caring for a Seriously Ill Child

    Taking care of a chronically ill child is one of the most draining and difficult tasks a parent can face. But support groups, social workers, and family friends often can help.

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  • Emergencies / Exercise Safety / Treatment / Sports Injuries / Fun in the Sun
    Dehydration

    Sometimes kids lose fluids and salts through fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or sweating. Here are some tips on preventing or treating dehydration.

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  • / Safety Basics (for Teens)
    Self-Defense

    Many people think of self-defense as a karate kick to the groin or jab in the eyes of an attacker. But self-defense is actually about using your smarts — not your fists.

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  • Emergencies / Outdoor Safety
    Frostbite and Frostnip

    You can help prevent frostbite in cold weather by dressing kids in layers, making sure they come indoors at regular intervals, and watching for frostnip, frostbite’s early warning signal.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections
    Cat Scratch Disease

    Cat scratch disease is an infection that causes swelling of the lymph nodes after a cat scratch or bite. Learn about signs and symptoms, prevention, treatment, and more.

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  • / Safety at Home
    Selecting Safe Pets

    Selecting the right pet is a serious decision that your family should make together. Before you choose a pet, check out these tips and suggestions.

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  • Alcohol / Problems at School
    Alcohol

    Deciding whether to drink is a personal decision that we each eventually have to make. Get the facts about alcohol.

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  • Your Kid's Body / Medicine / Sick Kids / Cancer Treatment & Prevention
    Talking to the Pharmacist

    If your child is sick, you’ll probably have many questions to ask your doctor. But have you made a list of questions and concerns to share with your pharmacist?

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  • Brain & Nervous System / Newborn Health Conditions
    Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome)

    Abusive head trauma is the leading cause of death in child abuse cases in the United States. It happens when someone shakes an infant.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Gastrointestinal Infections
    Shigella Infections (Shigellosis)

    Shigella are bacteria that can infect the digestive tract and cause a wide range of symptoms, from diarrhea, cramping, vomiting, and nausea, to more serious complications and illnesses.

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  • / For Girls / Sexual Health & Reproductive System (for Teens)
    PMS, Cramps, and Irregular Periods

    Get the facts on which period problems are normal and which ones might indicate something’s going on.

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  • Bacteria & Viruses / Common Infections / STDs & Other Infections / Kidneys & Urinary System (for Teens)
    Urinary Tract Infections

    A urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common reasons that teens visit a doctor. Learn about the symptoms of UTIs, how they’re treated, and more in this article.

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  • / Medical Tests / Medical Tests & Exams / Sick Kids
    Strep Test: Throat Culture

    Is your child having a strep test or a throat culture? Find out how these swab tests are performed.

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  • Behavior
    Toilet Training

    Even before your child is ready to try the potty, you can prepare your little one by teaching about the process. Here are some tips.

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  • / For Girls
    All About Periods

    Periods can be confusing. Get the facts in this article for teens.

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  • / Infections Kids Can Get / I Feel Sick!
    Pinworms

    It’s gross to think about but did you know that tiny worm eggs could be under your fingernails? Learn more about how to protect yourself from getting pinworms.

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  • / Medical Tests / Medical Tests & Exams / Sick Kids
    Blood Culture

    A blood culture is a test that looks for germs (such as bacteria or fungi) in the blood.

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  • / Playing It Safe Around the House
    Playing It Safe on Halloween

    On the spookiest night of the year, have fun and stay safe. Find out how in this article for kids.

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  • Managing Health Care / Diagnostic Tests for Cancer / Caring for Your Child / Medical Tests / Medical Tests & Exams / Sick Kids
    Blood Test: Complete Blood Count

    The complete blood count (CBC) is the most common blood test. It analyzes red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

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  • Allergies & the Immune System / Asthma & Allergies
    Allergy Shots

    Many kids battle allergies year-round, and some can’t control their symptoms with medications. For them, allergy shots (or allergen immunotherapy) can help.

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  • My Emotions & Behaviors / Tough Topics
    How to Handle Abuse

    Child abuse is never OK. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Managing Health Care / Caring for Your Child / Medical Tests / Medical Tests & Exams / Sick Kids
    Basic Blood Chemistry Tests

    Doctors order basic blood chemistry tests to assess a wide range of conditions and the function of organs.

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  • Ears, Nose, Throat/Speech & Hearing / Surgical Conditions
    Tonsillectomy

    A tonsillectomy is surgery to remove the tonsils. It’s one of the most common surgeries kids and teens get. Find out more.

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  • Birth Control / Medications & Treatments
    Birth Control Pill

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to learn what birth control pills are, how well they work, and more.

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  • Managing Health Care / Caring for Your Child / Medical Tests / Medical Tests & Exams / Sick Kids
    Blood Test: Hepatic (Liver) Function Panel

    Liver function tests can help doctors see if the liver has been damaged. They also can help diagnose infections and monitor medications that can cause liver-related side effects.

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  • Birth Control
    The Cervical Cap

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article about the cervical cap to find out if it’s right for you and how well it works.

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  • Managing Health Care / Medical Tests / Medical Tests & Exams / Sick Kids
    Urine Tests

    Is your child having a urine culture or urinalysis performed? Find out why urine tests are performed, and what to expect when the doctor orders them.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections
    Tonsillitis

    Tonsillitis is an infection that makes tonsils swollen and red. It can cause a sore throat, fever, swollen glands, and trouble swallowing.

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  • Birth Control
    Condoms

    Condoms may be a good birth control option for couples who are responsible enough to use one each time and people who want protection against STDs.

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  • / Medical Tests / Medical Tests & Exams / Sick Kids
    Stool Tests

    Your child’s doctor may order a stool collection test to check for blood, bacteria, ova, or parasites. Find out how this test is performed and when you can expect the results.

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  • / Parasitic Infections (Worms, Lice, etc.) / Gastrointestinal Infections
    Pinworm Infections

    Pinworm is an intestinal infection caused by tiny parasitic worms. But pinworms don’t cause any harm (just itching), and it won’t take long to get rid of them.

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  • / Family Life / Emotions / Preparing for Parenthood / Tough Topics
    Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling

    The arrival of a new baby can cause lots of changes. But parents can prepare kids for an addition to the family.

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  • Birth Control / Medications & Treatments
    Birth Control Shot

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article about the birth control shot and find out how it works – and how well.

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  • / My School / Problems at School (for Kids) / School Stuff / Stressful Situations for Kids
    What to Do if You Don’t Like School

    Everyone has a bad day at school once in a while, but some kids really don’t like school. Read this article for kids to find out more.

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  • Birth Control
    The Diaphragm

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. A diaphragm may be a birth control good option for a young woman who can take responsibility in advance.

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  • Birth Control, Pregnancy & STD Q&A for Teens / Birth Control
    Does Douching Prevent Pregnancy?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

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  • / I Feel Sick!
    Headaches

    Lots of kids have headaches from time to time. Find out more about headaches in this article for kids.

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  • Birth Control / Medications & Treatments
    Emergency Contraception

    Emergency contraception is a way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex; for example, if a condom breaks or slips off during sex. It is also available to teens who are forced to have unprotected sex.

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  • / Women's Health Q&A for Teens / For Girls / Periods Q&A for Teens
    I’ve Never Had My Period, So What’s This Discharge?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

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  • Managing Health Care / Caring for Your Child / Medical Tests & Exams
    Genetic Testing

    Advances in genetic testing help doctors diagnose and treat certain illnesses. The type of test done depends on which condition a doctor checks for.

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  • / Friends / Good Friends / Dealing With Problems
    Shoplifting

    Shoplifting can be a lot more serious than people realize. Read this article to understand more about it and how to help yourself or a friend to stop.

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  • / For Girls
    Vaginal Discharge: What’s Normal, What’s Not

    Normal vaginal discharge has several purposes: cleaning and moistening the vagina and helping to prevent infections. But sometimes discharge indicates there’s a problem. Get the facts on what’s normal and what’s not.

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  • Birth Control
    The IUD

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Learn more about the IUD and to find out how well it works for teens.

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  • / Sight, Speech & Hearing for Kids
    What’s Hearing Loss?

    Hearing loss happens when there is a problem with the ear, nerves connected to the ear, or the part of the brain that controls hearing. Someone who has hearing loss may be able to hear some sounds or nothing at all. To learn more, read this article for kids.

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  • / Sight, Speech & Hearing for Kids
    Blindness

    Kids who can’t see, or can’t see well, learn to live without using their eyes. To learn more about visual impairment and what causes it, read our article for kids.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Skin Infections & Rashes
    Cellulitis

    Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and underlying tissues that can affect any area of the body. It begins in an area of broken skin, like a cut or scratch.

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  • / Exercise Safety / Outdoor Safety / Playground and Sports Safety / Fun in the Sun
    Playground Safety

    Following these safety guidelines can make neighborhood playgrounds entertaining and safe for your kids.

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  • / Health Problems of Preemies / Newborn Health Conditions / Sleep & Your Baby
    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

    SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old. Though SIDS remains unpredictable, you can help reduce your infant’s risk.

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  • / Food & Healthy Eating / Fabulous Food
    Vitamins

    How vital are vitamins? Find out in this article for kids.

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  • Ears, Nose, Throat/Speech & Hearing / Learning & Health
    Auditory Processing Disorder

    Kids with APD can’t process what they hear as other kids do, because their ears and brain don’t fully coordinate. But early diagnosis and therapy can improve their hearing skills.

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  • Birth Control
    Fertility Awareness

    Learn what the fertility awareness (rhythm method) of birth control is and how it works – and some of the reasons why it might not work for teens.

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  • Feelings & Emotions / Feel Good
    Shyness

    Shyness is extremely common, especially among teens. But lots of mild to moderate shyness melts away with practice and familiarity, making social situations easier and easier to handle each time.

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  • / Fungal Infections (Ringworm, Yeast, etc.) / Lung & Respiratory Infections
    Pneumocystis Pneumonia

    Pneumocystis pneumonia can affect infants who have AIDS, cancer, or other conditions that affect the immune system.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Lung & Respiratory Infections
    Sinusitis

    Sinus infections, or sinusitis, are common and easily treated.

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  • Brain & Nervous System / Cerebral Palsy and Related Conditions / Health Problems of Preemies
    Cerebral Palsy

    Cerebral palsy (CP) affects a child’s muscle tone, movement, and more. This article explains causes, diagnosis, treatment, and coping.

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  • / Treatment / Lung & Respiratory Infections
    Pneumonia

    Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by different types of germs, most commonly viruses. Read about symptoms and treatment.

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  • Birth Control
    Spermicide

    Spermicides can be used alone but are more effective when used with another method of birth control, such as a condom or diaphragm.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Skin Infections & Rashes
    Rubella (German Measles)

    Rubella infection, or German measles, usually is a mild disease in kids that can be prevented with vaccination. Its primary medical danger is to pregnant women because it can affect developing babies.

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  • Birth Control
    Withdrawal

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Learn about withdrawal – and whether it’s effective at preventing pregnancy and STDs.

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  • / Keeping Fit & Having Fun / Staying Fit (for Kids) / Stressful Situations for Kids
    How to Compete in Sports

    Sometimes sports competition can make kids feel pressure. If it’s too much, a kid might not have as much fun as before. Find out what to do if this happens to you.

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  • / Prevention / Sick Kids
    Germs: Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, and Protozoa

    Germs are the microscopic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa that can cause disease.

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  • Birth Control
    About Birth Control

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to get the basics on birth control.

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  • / Flu Q&As for Kids / General Q&A
    Why Do I Need to Wash My Hands?

    Washing your hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading. Learn all about the best way to wash your hands in this article for kids.

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  • / Parasitic Infections (Worms, Lice, etc.) / Gastrointestinal Infections
    Giardiasis

    Giardiasis, one of the chief causes of diarrhea in the United States, is an intestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite.

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  • / Fun & Games / Learning & Play / Learning, Play & Your Baby
    Learning, Play, and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old

    Kids go from babies to toddlers during this time, from first steps to walking well. They also make major strides in language and communication.

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  • Brain & Nervous System
    Tourette Syndrome

    Tourette syndrome is a condition that causes uncontrolled sudden, repetitive muscle movements and sounds known as tics.

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  • / Food & Healthy Eating / Fabulous Food
    Why Drinking Water Is the Way to Go

    All living things need water to survive. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Skin Infections & Rashes
    Toxic Shock Syndrome

    Toxic shock syndrome is a serious but uncommon bacterial infection. TSS is a medical emergency – symptoms include sudden high fever, a faint feeling, diarrhea, headache, and muscle aches.

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  • / Parasitic Infections (Worms, Lice, etc.)
    Toxocariasis

    Toxocara are common parasites of dogs and cats. When they infect humans, the illness is called toxocariasis.

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  • / Fun & Games / Learning & Play / Learning, Play & Your Baby
    Learning, Play, and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old

    After learning to recognize your voice, your face, and your touch, your baby will start responding more to you during these months and even give you a smile!

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  • / Parasitic Infections (Worms, Lice, etc.)
    Toxoplasmosis

    Toxoplasmosis is an infection that passes from animals to humans, sometimes without causing any symptoms. Learn more about this infection in this article for parents.

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  • / Fun & Games / Learning & Play / Learning, Play & Your Baby
    Learning, Play, and Your 4- to 7-Month-Old

    Your infant will learn to sit during this time, and in the next few months will begin exploring by reaching out for objects, grasping and inspecting them.

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  • Feelings & Emotions / Stressful Situations
    The Moving Blues

    It isn’t easy to start over. Read this article to learn some ways to cope with the stress of moving.

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  • / Infections Kids Can Get / I Feel Sick!
    Chickenpox

    Chickenpox is a virus that causes red, itchy bumps. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Body Stuff
    All About Puberty

    Voice cracking? Clothes don’t fit? Puberty can be a confusing time, but learning about it doesn’t have to be. Read all about it in this article for kids.

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  • / Learning & Play / Learning, Play & Your Baby
    Learning, Play, and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old

    Your baby is learning more about the world through play and is beginning to use words. Keep those toys and games coming!

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  • / Sleep / Your Kid's Sleep
    All About Sleep

    Getting enough sleep can be a problem for children of any age. Read this article to learn tips on bedtime schedules and routines for your child.

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  • / General Q&A
    What Causes Hiccups?

    Wonder why hiccups happen? Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • / I Feel Sick! / Icky Q&A
    What’s Puke?

    Did you ever toss your cookies? That means throw up, or puke. It’s gross, but just about everyone has done it. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • / Fun & Games / Learning & Play / Learning, Play & Your Baby / Newborn Care
    Learning, Play, and Your Newborn

    Play is the primary way that infants learn how to move, communicate, socialize, and understand their surroundings. And during the first month of life, your baby will learn by interacting with you.

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  • / Sleep / Sleep & Your Baby / Your Kid's Sleep
    Sleep and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old

    Nighttime feedings may be a thing of the past, but in this second year of life your tot might be rising for other reasons. Learn more.

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  • / Food & Healthy Eating / Fabulous Food
    MyPlate Food Guide

    MyPlate is designed to make it easier to understand healthy eating.

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  • / Sleep / Sleep & Your Baby / Your Kid's Sleep
    Sleep and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old

    At this age, babies generally have their days and nights straightened out. Many infants even “sleep through the night,” which means 5 or 6 hours at a time.

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  • Bug Bites & Stings / When Bugs Are Buzzing
    Hey! A Chigger Bit Me!

    Chiggers are a tiny red type of mite. Learn more about itchy chiggers in this article.

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  • / For Girls / Periods Q&A for Teens
    Am I Still a Virgin If I Use a Tampon?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

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  • / Sleep / Sleep & Your Baby / Your Kid's Sleep
    Sleep and Your 4- to 7-Month-Old

    By this age, your baby should be on the way to having a regular sleep pattern, sleeping longer at night, and taking 2 or 3 naps during the day.

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  • Bones, Muscles & Joints (for Teens) / Genetic, Chromosomal & Metabolic Conditions (for Teens) / Special Health Needs
    Muscular Dystrophy

    Muscular dystrophy is a disorder that weakens a person’s muscles over time. People who have the disease can gradually lose the ability to do everyday tasks.

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  • / For Girls / For Guys / Relationships
    Virginity: A Very Personal Decision

    Deciding whether it’s right for you to have sex is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever have to make. Each person must use his or her own judgment and decide if it’s the right time – and the right person.

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  • / Sleep / Sleep & Your Baby / Your Kid's Sleep
    Sleep and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old

    Sleep problems are common in the second half of a baby’s first year. It’s best to respond to your baby’s needs with the right balance of concern and consistency.

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  • / Newborn Care / Sleep / Sleep & Your Baby / Your Kid's Sleep
    Sleep and Your Newborn

    Newborn babies don’t yet have a sense of day and night. They wake often to eat – no matter what time it is.

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  • / Family Life / Emotions / Travel Tips
    Traveling Without Your Child

    Here’s how to prepare kids before you leave so that you both feel more comfortable when you need to travel without them.

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  • Eat Well / Nutrition Basics / Food & Nutrition
    Smart Supermarket Shopping

    You don’t need to be a dietitian to figure out how to make healthy food choices. Before grabbing a shopping cart and heading for the aisles, read this article to make grocery shopping a snap.

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  • / Health Problems of Being Overweight / When Stress Is Serious / Body Care
    Common Sleep Problems

    Sleep problems can keep some teens awake at night even when they want to sleep. If that sounds like you, find out what you can do.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / STDs
    Gonorrhea

    Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Many people with gonorrhea have no symptoms. They can spread the infection to others without knowing it.

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  • / Infections Kids Can Get
    Rabies

    You may have heard of rabies, but how do animals get it? And, more importantly, how can people and animals avoid it? Find out in this article for kids.

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  • / Jobs & Volunteering / Succeed & Make a Difference
    Volunteering

    Volunteering gives you an opportunity to change lives, including your own. Get ideas on things you can do and tips on getting started in this article for teens.

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  • / Dealing With Feelings About Cancer (for Kids) / Places
    Going to the Hospital

    It may seem scary to go to a hospital, but doctors and nurses are there to help people who are sick or hurt feel better. Read our article for kids to find out what happens inside a hospital.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections
    Listeria Infections

    Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by eating contaminated food. It mostly affects pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. Here’s how to protect your family.

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  • / Growing Up / Health Problems of Preemies / Newborn Care / Newborn Health Conditions
    When Your Baby’s Born Premature

    Premature infants, known as preemies, come into the world earlier than full-term infants. They have many special needs that make their care different from other babies.

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  • Behavior / Tough Topics / Cancer Treatment & Prevention
    Kids and Smoking

    The health risks of smoking are well known, many young people still do it. Here’s how to help your kids avoid smoking, vaping, or using chewing tobacco – or quit, if they’ve already started.

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  • / General Q&A
    What It’s Like to Be Color Blind

    You might think being color blind means you can’t see any colors. But that’s not true. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Behavior / Tough Topics
    Disciplining Your Child

    It’s important to be consistent about discipline. If you don’t stick to the rules and consequences, kids aren’t likely to either. Find out how to vary your approach to fit your family.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Lung & Respiratory Infections
    Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis (TB) is making a comeback in the United States today. Find out who’s at risk, what to watch for, and how doctors treat TB.

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  • / Emotions / Tough Topics
    Tips for Divorcing Parents

    No guide can guarantee a way to steer kids unscathed through a divorce. Every situation – and every family – is different. But these commonsense guidelines might make the adjustment a bit easier.

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  • / Growth / Growth & Your Baby
    Growth and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old

    You’re in for a year of changes! Midway through this year, most babies are walking and starting to lose that “baby” look.

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  • Allergies, Asthma & the Immune System (for Teens) / Asthma Basics for Teens / Health Problems of Being Overweight / Lungs & Respiratory System (for Teens)
    Asthma

    Asthma is a lung condition that makes it hard to breathe. Learn all about asthma here.

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  • / Growth / Growth & Your Baby
    Your Baby’s Growth: 1 Month

    Put away those newborn clothes. This month your baby will grow at a surprising rate!

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  • / Tobacco
    Smokeless Tobacco

    Chewing or dipping: These terms are familiar to the millions of teens who use smokeless tobacco. If you’re ready to quit or you want to learn more about smokeless tobacco, read this article.

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  • / Pregnancy / Taking Care of Your Body / Your Pregnancy
    Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

    During your pregnancy, you’ll probably get advice from everyone. But staying healthy depends on you – read about the many ways to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible.

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  • / Growth / Growth & Your Baby
    Your Baby’s Growth: 4 Months

    Your baby is growing in many ways. Here’s what to expect this month.

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  • / Healthy Eating & Your Family / Smart Food Choices
    School Lunches

    Packing school lunches are a chance to steer kids toward good nutrition. Here are ideas for some fun and easy lunchbox options.

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  • / Exercise & Fitness / Safety Basics (for Teens)
    Water Safety

    Swimming and other water sports are a great way to beat the heat. Read this article to find out how you can stay safe at the pool, beach, lake – and even the water park.

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  • / Genetic, Chromosomal & Metabolic Conditions
    Down Syndrome

    Down syndrome is a condition in which extra genetic material causes delays in the way a child develops, both physically and mentally.

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  • / Growth / Growth & Your Baby
    Your Baby’s Growth: 8 Months

    Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds, and may even be crawling or cruising. Here’s what to expect this month.

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  • / Family Life
    Healthy Habits for TV, Video Games, and the Internet

    TV, interactive video games, and the Internet can be excellent sources of education and entertainment, but too much plugged-in time can have unhealthy side effects.

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  • Managing Health Care / Doctor & Hospital Visits / Caring for Your Child / Medical Care & Your Baby / Cancer Treatment & Prevention
    Preparing Your Child for Visits to the Doctor

    When kids know they’re “going to the doctor,” many become worried about the visit. Here’s how to help them.

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  • Aches, Pains & Injuries / Growth / Sports Injuries
    Growing Pains

    Does your child sometimes wake up crying in the middle of the night complaining of throbbing leg pain? It could be growing pains.

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  • / Cancer Q&A for Teens / Tobacco
    Smoking

    Smoking is on the decline, but some people are still lighting up. Why? The answer is addiction. Find out more in this article for teens.

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  • / Growth / Growth & Your Baby / Newborn Care
    Your Newborn’s Growth

    A newborn’s growth and development is measured from the moment of birth. Find out if your baby’s size is normal, and what to expect as your baby grows.

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  • Arthritis & Rheumatologic Conditions
    Lupus

    Lupus is known as an autoimmune disease in which a person’s immune system mistakenly works against the body’s own tissues.

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  • / General Q&A
    How Do Pain Relievers Work?

    Everybody has pain once in a while, but pain relievers can help. Find out how these medicines work in this article for kids.

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  • / Infections Kids Can Get / I Feel Sick!
    Pinkeye

    Pinkeye is the most common eye problem kids can have. It causes redness, itching, inflammation, and pus to collect in the eyes.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Brain & Nervous System / Parks & Camping / Skin Infections & Rashes
    Lyme Disease

    Lyme disease can affect the skin, joints, nervous system, and other organ systems. If Lyme disease is diagnosed quickly and treated with antibiotics, most people feel better quickly.

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  • / For Girls
    Why Are My Breasts Sore?

    Breast soreness is common among teens, but it can still seem worrying when it happens to you. Fortunately, breast pain is rarely serious. Find out why your breasts may hurt and what you can do about it.

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  • / Playing It Safe Outdoors & On the Road / Exercise & Sports Safety
    How to Be Safe in Ice and Snow

    Winter is a fun time of year. But while you’re out having fun, you have to know how to be safe. Check out our article for kids to learn how to stay safe in snow and cold weather.

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  • / General Q&A / Sight, Speech & Hearing for Kids
    Can Loud Music Hurt My Ears?

    Loud music can cause temporary and permanent hearing loss. Learn how to protect your ears so you won’t be saying, “Huh? What did you say?”

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  • / Jobs & Volunteering
    Babysitting: The Basics

    If you’re new to babysitting, check out our guide to learn how to be the best babysitter around. Been babysitting forever? Use the guide to check your skills.

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  • / First Aid & Injuries (for Teens) / Sports
    Nosebleeds

    Although nosebleeds are usually harmless and easily controlled, it may look like a gallon of blood is coming from your nose! Read this article to find out what causes nosebleeds and how to stop them.

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  • Back to School Time / School Stuff
    Back to School

    Dread it or love it, you gotta go to school. Looking for ways to make the first day a little less painful? Here are some tips.

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  • / Lungs & Respiratory System
    Cystic Fibrosis

    Cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disorder that particularly affects the lungs and digestive system, makes kids who have it more vulnerable to repeated lung infections.

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  • Feelings & Emotions / Feeling Sad / Dealing With Feelings About Cancer (for Teens) / Handle Negative Emotions / Cancer Q&A for Teens / Stressful Feelings
    Why Am I in Such a Bad Mood?

    Because of all the changes taking place in your life, you may feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster. Find out more about bad moods and why you have them.

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  • / Dealing With Problems / Relationships
    Date Rape

    About half of people who have been raped know the person who attacked them. This article explains what date rape is, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you’ve been raped.

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  • Managing Health Care / Caring for a Seriously or Chronically Ill Child / Caring for Your Child / Cancer Treatment & Prevention
    Managing Home Health Care

    When kids need intensive health care after they’re discharged from the hospital, it’s important that family and caregivers learn about the devices, equipment, and support they’ll need.

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  • / Playing It Safe Around the House
    Safe Cyberspace Surfing

    Even though the Web can be a great place to learn stuff and meet up with friends and family, you have to know some cyberspace safety rules.

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  • / Parasitic Infections (Worms, Lice, etc.)
    Malaria

    Malaria – a common infection in hot, tropical areas – is a leading cause of death worldwide. But if diagnosed early and treated, it can be cured.

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  • / Dealing With Feelings About Cancer (for Kids) / My Thoughts & Feelings
    Why Am I So Sad?

    Feeling down? Got the blues? Everyone feels sad sometimes. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • / Growing Up
    Understanding Puberty

    Puberty was awkward enough when you were the one going through it. So how can you help your kids through all the changes?

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  • Cooking Basics / Nutrition Basics / Food & Nutrition
    Cooking Tips and Resources

    Get some cooking basics in this article for teens, including tips on where to find recipes.

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  • / First Aid & Injuries (for Teens) / Exercise & Fitness / Sports Injuries for Teens / Sports / Sports Safety (for Teens) / Flu Treatment for Teens
    Dehydration

    Dehydration is when the amount of water in the body has dropped too low. Read about what causes dehydration, what it does to your body, and how to prevent it.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Common Childhood Infections
    Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in kids. They’re easy to treat and usually clear up in a week or so.

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  • Eat Well / Losing Weight Safely / Nutrition Basics / Food & Nutrition / Total Well-Being
    Smart Snacking

    Healthy snacks are essential for busy teens. Find out how eating nutritious snacks throughout the day can keep your energy level high and your mind alert.

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  • / Exercise / Exercise & Fitness / Safety Basics (for Teens) / Sports / Sports / Sports / Sports Safety (for Teens) / Training & Performance for Teens
    Sports and Exercise Safety

    Playing hard doesn’t have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.

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  • / Endocrine Glands, Growth & Diabetes
    What Is a Growth Disorder?

    The other kids in the class have been getting taller and developing into young adults, but your child’s growth seems to be lagging behind. Could a growth disorder be the cause?

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  • Diagnostic Tests for Teens With Cancer / For Girls / Medical Care
    Gyn Checkups

    Girls should get their first gynecological checkup between ages 13 and 15. Find out what happens during a yearly gyn visit — and why most girls don’t get internal exams.

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  • / Exercise & Fitness / Sports / Sports / Training & Performance for Teens
    Cold-Weather Sports

    Don’t let the chill of winter turn you into a couch potato! Read this article to learn about some cool winter sports.

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  • / First Aid & Injuries (for Teens) / Sports Injuries for Teens / Sports / Sports
    Dealing With Sports Injuries

    You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries – and how to avoid getting them.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Gastrointestinal Infections
    Helicobacter pylori

    H. pylori bacteria can cause digestive illnesses, including gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.

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  • / Healthy Eating & Your Family / Wellness & Prevention
    Healthy Eating

    Good nutrition and a balanced diet help kids grow up healthy. Here’s how to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits.

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  • / Dealing With Feelings When Your Child Has Cancer / Emotions
    How Can Spirituality Affect Your Family’s Health?

    Can spirituality promote a healthier physical life for your family? Recent medical studies indicate that spiritual people exhibit less stress and a greater total life satisfaction.

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  • / Sports / Sports / Sports / Sports Psychology for Teens / Stressful Situations
    Dealing With Stress In Sports

    Winning is all that matters when you play sports, right? Not when that means you can’t even enjoy the game. Read about how to handle sports pressure and competition.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Lung & Respiratory Infections / Skin Infections & Rashes
    Measles

    Measles is best known for the skin rash it causes. Although rare, outbreaks can happen. Getting your kids fully vaccinated is the best way to protect them from this disease.

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  • Aches, Pains & Injuries (for Kids) / Learning About Emergencies & First Aid / Exercise & Sports Safety
    Checking Out Cuts, Scratches, and Abrasions

    If you’re wearing a bandage right now, chances are you have a cut, scratch, or abrasion. Find out more about them in this article for kids.

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  • Brain & Nervous System for Kids
    Tourette Syndrome

    Tourette syndrome is a condition that causes tics — movements or sounds that are repeated over and over. Learn more about Tourette syndrome in this article for kids.

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  • / Fungal Infections / STDs & Other Infections
    Vaginal Yeast Infections

    What are vaginal yeast infections? Can anything be done to prevent them?

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  • / Medical Care / Medical Care & Your Baby
    Medical Care and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old

    The toddler months might continue to bring colds, bruises, and other minor emergencies, but you’ll also find yourself dealing with your toddler’s emerging independence.

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  • / Exercise & Fitness / Get Fit / Safety Basics (for Teens)
    Bike Safety

    The sun is shining – why not dust off your bike and go for a ride? Before you hit the trail, though, read these tips on the right type of bike and gear you will need.

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  • / Medical Care / Medical Care & Your Baby / Newborn Care / Newborn Health Conditions
    Medical Care and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old

    You probably have lots of questions about your baby’s health. When should you call the doctor, and what medical care should you expect for your baby at this age?

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  • / Safety at Home / Preparing for Parenthood
    Choosing Safe Baby Products

    Choosing baby products can be confusing, but one consideration must never be compromised: your little one’s safety.

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  • / Things / Cancer Treatment & Prevention for Kids
    What Medicines Are and What They Do

    You’ve taken medicine before. But what is it?

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  • Your Kid's Body / Prevention / Immunizations / Immunizations / Medical Care & Your Baby / Newborn Care
    Your Child’s Immunizations

    Immunizations protect kids from many dangerous diseases. Find out what vaccines your child needs to grow up healthy.

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  • / Learning Disorders / Learning & Health
    Understanding Dyslexia

    Dyslexia is a learning disability that makes it hard to learn to read and understand written language. Even kids with average or above-average intelligence can have dyslexia.

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  • / Staying Fit / Training & Performance / Wellness & Prevention
    Fitness for Kids Who Don’t Like Sports

    Some kids aren’t natural athletes and they may say they just don’t like sports. What then?

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  • / Medical Care / Medical Care & Your Baby / Newborn Care / Newborn Health Conditions
    Medical Care and Your 4- to 7-Month-Old

    Because your baby begins to show his or her personality during these months, your questions may move from simple sleeping and eating concerns to those about physical and social development.

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  • / Medical Care / Medical Care & Your Baby
    Medical Care and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old

    As your baby becomes more independent, you may have questions about how to prevent bumps and bruises. Here are some other topics you’ll cover with your doctor.

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  • / Sexually Transmitted Diseases / STDs & Other Infections
    Hepatitis

    Hepatitis, an infectious liver disease, is more contagious than HIV. Find out about the different types of hepatitis.

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  • Emergencies / Safety at Home
    Knowing Your Child’s Medical History

    In an emergency, health care professionals will have many questions about a patient’s medical history. It’s easy to compile this information now, and it could save critical minutes later.

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  • / Miscellaneous
    Have a Heart-to-Heart With Your Kid About Valentine’s Day

    Ask 20 kids what love is and you’ll get 20 different answers. But ask them what Valentine’s Day means and the answer will be the same – candy hearts and sending cards to every kid in school.

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  • Ear Infections / Ears, Nose, Throat/Speech & Hearing / Surgical Conditions
    Ear Tube Surgery

    Many kids get middle ear infections (otitis media). Doctors may suggest ear tube surgery for those with multiple infections or a hearing loss or speech delay.

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  • / Exercise Safety / Sports Injuries / Parks & Camping / Playground and Sports Safety / Fun in the Sun / Sports Safety / Training & Performance
    Preventing Children’s Sports Injuries

    Participation in sports can teach kids sportsmanship and discipline. But sports also carry the potential for injury. Here’s how to protect your kids.

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  • Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking
    What You Need to Know About Drugs: Cocaine and Crack

    Cocaine and crack are dangerous drugs that produce a fast, intense high. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Bones, Muscles & Joints for Kids
    Scoliosis

    The word scoliosis means a curve in the spine. You may know someone with scoliosis – read our article for kids to find out more.

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  • Emergencies / Exercise Safety / Sports Injuries
    Head Injuries

    Head injuries can be external or internal. Learn more about both kinds, how to prevent them, and what to do if your child is injured.

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  • / Sexually Transmitted Diseases / STDs & Other Infections
    Gonorrhea

    The STD gonorrhea can be very dangerous if it’s not treated, even in someone who has mild or no symptoms. For information about how to protect yourself, read this article.

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  • Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking
    What You Need to Know About Drugs: Depressants

    Depressants are a dangerous drug if used the wrong way. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Bug Bites & Stings / When Bugs Are Buzzing
    Hey! A Scorpion Stung Me!

    Scorpions are about three inches long (about the length of a crayon), with eight legs and a small pair of claws that look like crabs’ claws. Read all about them.

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  • Ears, Nose, Throat/Speech & Hearing / Surgical Conditions
    Adenoids and Adenoidectomy

    Enlarged adenoids are normal some kids, but others need surgery. Often, tonsils and adenoids are removed at the same time.

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  • Healthy Weight / Losing Weight Safely / Overweight
    The Deal With Diets

    With all the focus on dieting, how do you figure out what’s healthy and what isn’t? Read this article to get the basics on dieting.

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  • Bacteria & Viruses / Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis B can move from one person to another through blood and other body fluids. For this reason, people usually get it through unprotected sex or by sharing needles.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Lung & Respiratory Infections
    Adenovirus

    Adenoviruses can infect the lining of the eyes, airways and lungs, intestines, urinary tract, and nervous system. They’re common causes of fever, coughs, sore throats, diarrhea, and pinkeye.

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  • Common Childhood Infections / Parasitic Infections (Worms, Lice, etc.)
    Head Lice

    Lice aren’t dangerous and they don’t spread disease, but they are contagious, annoying, and sometimes hard to get rid of. Learn more about this common childhood problem and how to get rid of those pesky little bugs.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections
    Staph Infections

    When skin is punctured or broken for any reason, staph bacteria can enter the wound and cause an infection. But good hygiene can prevent many staph infections. Learn more.

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  • Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking
    What You Need to Know About Drugs: Heroin

    Heroin is a very addictive and dangerous drug. Learn more in this article for kids.

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  • Aches, Pains & Injuries / Brain & Nervous System / Treatment
    Headaches

    Headaches affect kids as well as adults. Learn about common causes and when to talk to a doctor.

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  • Special Dietary Needs / Healthy Eating & Your Family
    Vegetarianism

    Vegetarian diets have become more popular, and many parents may wonder if kids can safely follow a vegetarian diet and still get all the nutrients necessary for growing up healthy and strong.

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  • / Special Health Needs / Sexually Transmitted Diseases / STDs & Other Infections
    HIV and AIDS

    There is no cure for AIDS, which is why prevention is so important. Get the facts on HIV/AIDS, as well as how it affects the body and is treated, in this article.

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  • Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking
    What You Need to Know About Drugs: Inhalants

    Inhalants such as glue are sniffed or huffed to give the user a high. Doing this even once can kill you. Learn more in this article for kids.

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  • Behavior / Learning & Education / Learning Disorders / Learning & Health
    ADHD

    ADHD is a common medical condition that can affect kids at school, at home, and in friendships. This article is for parents who want to learn more about ADHD and how to help kids get the best diagnosis and care.

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  • / Sexually Transmitted Diseases / STDs & Other Infections
    Pubic Lice (Crabs)

    Pubic lice, or “crabs,” are tiny insects that usually spread through sex.

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