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Caring for Your Sick Child

You should always call a doctor if you have any doubts or questions about how to take care of your sick child at home.

Fever in Children

When your child has a fever, the body resets its thermostat at a higher temperature. This helps the body fight off invading microorganisms.

When Your Child Refuses to Go to School

School avoidance syndrome, as described by doctors, is the most common cause of vague, unverifiable symptoms in school-age children and is triggered by stress, says a clinical professor of pediatrics.

What You Need to Know About Strep Throat

Strep bacteria pass from one person to another through nose and throat fluids when an infected person coughs or sneezes or touches another person or object with a hand contaminated by these fluids.

Is Your Child Too Sick for Day Care or School?

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association have guidelines that can help you make up your mind.

Help for a Child with a Cold

You want to help a child with cold symptoms feel better, but choosing among countless over-the-counter (OTC) cold medicines can be daunting. Here are some guidelines that can help.

Psychological Complications of Chronic Illness

Adolescence is a stressful time of life even for physically healthy teens. Chronic illness further complicates adolescent development.

Appendicitis: Children and Teens

Appendicitis, an infection of the appendix, is the most common reason for a child to need emergency abdominal surgery.

Kids' Health Concerns Ease with Age

When children are young, it's normal for them to have a variety of childhood illnesses and problems. Most go away as the child gets older.

Treat Kids' Headaches Seriously

Youngsters' most common head pain is a tension headache—a dull ache that feels like pressure around the head.

Why Children Get Carsick -- and What to Do

Carsickness isn't really about the car. It's about the brain's ability to interpret a message based on what it senses.

Measuring a Baby's Temperature

Most physicians recommend taking a baby's temperature rectally, by placing a thermometer in the baby's anus. This method is accurate and gives a quick reading of the baby's internal temperature.

Home Care for Children with Sickle Cell Disease

Although a child who has sickle cell disease should be under a doctor’s care, parents can do many things at home to minimize symptoms and maintain the child’s health.

School-Based Occupational Therapy

School-based occupational therapy is a type of help given to children at school to help them be more successful.