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Why Do Children Bite?

For infants and early toddlers, biting is almost impulsive.

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Treating Whooping Cough in Kids

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a bacterial infection with primarily respiratory symptoms. Its ability to easily spread through physical contact and coughing or sneezing makes it highly contagious. While it is not as pervasive as it once was thanks to the rising use of vaccinations, there is still a chance your child may be infected by unvaccinated children at school or elsewhere.

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How To Stop A Whooping Cough Outbreak Before It Starts

In 2012, the United States experienced its highest outbreak of whooping cough (pertussis) since the 1950s with over 40,000 cases reported. That number was drastically reduced by more than half in 2015 thanks to increased education and adoption of vaccinations for infants.

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A Chubby Baby Is Not A Sign Of Obesity

With childhood obesity on the rise, should parents worry about the weight of their babies?

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Car Seat Safety Guide for New Parents

As much of a struggle as it can be to wrestle your child into his or her car seat, the importance of your child's safety in a vehicle cannot be ignored.

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Treating Children with OTC Drugs

Just because some medications are available without a prescription doesn’t mean they are safe for all ages.

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Foreign Bodies and Young Children

What are foreign bodies?

Pediatricians, surgeons, and other medical practitioners refer to objects that don't belong inside you as foreign bodies. For young children, foreign bodies most frequently enter the human body through openings like the throat, nose, and ears.

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How To Evaluate Your Teen's Sleep Schedule

At an important time in their lives for growth and maturity, teenagers require at least 8 ½ hours of sleep every night. However, studies show that only 15% of teens are getting the necessary amount of sleep they need to function. This is shocking because it is an indication that sleep is a widespread problem for adolescents. It also means that many parents are not making sleep a priority in the lives of their teens.

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Keeping Your Child Healthy and Comfortable in Diapers

Infants wear diapers until they are fully potty trained, which can usually be around the age of three. During that time, they will go through 6-10 diapers each day. As a parent, finding the right diapers for your child is an important part of childcare that will ensure comfort for them and an easy cleanup for you.

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Growth and Development: 1 to 3 Months

During the early months of his or her life, your baby will transform from a sleepy newborn into a more interactive 3 month old.

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Protecting You & Your Baby This Flu Season

Understanding the value of flu vaccinations is crucial for expecting mothers. The typical flu season lasts from October through May. The best approach, pregnant or not, is always to get vaccinated earlier rather than later.

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Outbreak Incoming: What's New With The Flu

If you are a parent, then you understand that the only predictable thing about raising your kids is that things change. Being prepared is the best defense for dealing with change–especially during flu season.

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Coping with Colic and Excessive Fussiness

The incessant crying from colic is challenging for parents to cope with. Many parents may blame themselves if their baby has colic. It is important to know, however, that colic is normal and that there are certain steps you can take to soothe your baby.

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Guide to Breastfeeding

The saying "breast is best" aptly describes how breast milk is nutritionally the ideal food for your baby. It is gentle on your baby's digestive system, but beyond that, the breastfeeding relationship between mother and baby also provides nurturing intimacy as the two of you bond in this shared activity.

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Feeding Guide: Infants

Your baby grows more quickly in the first year of life than any other time, which makes healthy eating so important during this time. Early healthy eating habits also set the stage for healthy eating patterns throughout their entire lives.

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