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Some types of anxiety are normal in childhood, such as anxiety in the presence of a stranger; separation anxiety, which occurs between 18 months and 3 years of age; fear of monsters, which appears around 4 to 6 years; and phobias (irrational fears of objects or situations), which are common and disappear on their own.

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Asthma is the most common chronic illness among children. In the United States, millions of people have this lung disease, and an estimated one-third of them are children. Asthma causes a child's airways to become inflamed and tighten, and leads to coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing. Asthma is unpredictable and affects each child differently.

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Although it is a nuisance for parents, bed-wetting is a normal part of childhood. Bed-wetting (known medically as nocturnal enuresis) is quite common in young children ages 5 and under, especially boys. It is estimated that up to 7 million U.S. children wet their beds on a regular basis and that one in five 5-year-olds is affected by the condition.

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Croup (laryngotracheobronchitis) is a general term for an acute condition that causes a brassy cough (sounds similar to a barking seal), and possibly hoarseness. It is usually caused by a viral infection that causes inflammation and swelling of the area near the vocal cords, trachea (windpipe) and bronchial tubes (small airways) in young children.

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Your baby cries all the time? Don't loose your temper, he is trying to tell you something. Instead, try to get the message.

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Diarrhea is common in infants and young children. Diarrhea in children most often clears up on its own and requires little or no treatment. A parent's job is to watch the child with diarrhea closely and to make sure that the child gets enough liquids and lots of tender loving care.

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Although many parents tend to regard the presence of "earwax" in children as an embarrassing indicator of poor hygiene, this oily substance actually performs an important function in protecting the health of the ear.

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Earaches in children are usually caused by an infection of the middle ear (otitis media), a pea-sized chamber located directly behind the eardrum.

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Parents and other caregivers should understand two essential things about the medicines they give to children.

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Pinworms are common parasites that affect mostly children.

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