Anyone can get a rash, but babies and young children are particularly prone to them because their skin is still sensitive and they are likely to encounter bacteria and viruses that most adults are already immune to.
Nasal discharge or "runny nose" is a common occurrence among children. It is the result of the excess production of mucus. Although the condition may signal the presence of a cold, a sinus infection or an allergic reaction, it usually does not represent a significant health threat.
Many people, including many parents, do not consider that the amount and quality of their children's sleep may play a role in poor performance in school, or acting out in school and at home, and that it can affect other areas of their lives. Thirty to 40 percent of children do not get enough sleep to feel well rested and to perform well in school and elsewhere.
Keeping children safe and healthy is a main concern as we watch them cut new teeth, hit growth spurts, and struggle through adolescence into adulthood.
Since the early 1970s, the number of children with cavities has declined dramatically. Before then, more than half of 3-year-olds had tooth decay, while today only 20 percent have at least one cavity. But dental experts say they would like that number to be lower still.
Although youngsters do not develop as many urinary tract infections (UTIs) as adults, the condition is not uncommon in children. An estimated 3 percent of girls and 1 percent of boys have had a UTI by age 11. Some researchers believe these estimates are low because many cases of UTIs go undetected. Recognizing and promptly treating a child's UTI is essential because, if left untreated, the infection can lead to serious kidney problems.
Vomiting in children is common and usually is not cause for concern if it occurs infrequently. It is important to give enough fluids and lots of tender loving care until your child's stomach settles down.
Having a good talk with your doctor may be the best medicine around. Studies show that when patients are satisfied with how they can discuss problems with their doctors, they tend to recover from illnesses more easily.
Develop a battle plan against the flu this year. Know what you will be up against, get the facts on prevention, learn tips for a quick recovery, and find out when it is appropriate to seek further medical attention.