Children's Health
Pre-Schoolers and School-Age
A Primer for Preschooler Safety
Your little ones can learn a lot about safety if you take some time to teach them. Here's an ABC that you and your children can recite together.
Biting
Young children may bite others out of frustration or stress, or because they feel powerless. Infants and toddlers often bite as a way of exploring their world.
What Is Scalp Ringworm?
Scalp ringworm isn’t caused by a worm. The infection is the result of a fungus, the same one that leads to athlete’s foot.
Stuttering
Stuttering may occur in a child with normal developmental speech problems who is pressured to speak better. The child's struggle to improve speech actually makes the problem worse.
Preparing Your Child for Sleep-Away Camp
Before making a decision on a camp, though, you should consider what kind of camping experience will benefit both your child and family.
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism spectrum disorders, which include autistic disorder, affect children in different ways. Some children have mild symptoms, others have severe limitations.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
A child with autism appears to live in his or her own world, showing little interest in others and a lack of social awareness.
Learning Disorders
Learning disorders are sometimes called learning disabilities. Most children with learning disorders have normal intelligence, but they have difficulty with reading, math, or another academic area.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Children with ODD may refuse to follow commands or requests made by parents, teachers, or other adults.
School Refusal
School phobia can be seen in young children going to school for the first time, in older children who fear a bully or mean teacher, and in children who are anxious about leaving their parents.
Urinary Incontinence
Enuresis is the medical term for bedwetting, or accidental urination in children who should be able to control their bladder. Girls usually have bladder control before boys do. The diagnosis of enuresis is for girls older than 5 and for boys older than 6.
Kyphosis
Kyphosis is a forward curvature of the spine. It is a type of spinal deformity and should not be confused with poor posture.
Growing Up Short or Heavy Can Be Difficult
When children believe they are different in some way, they feel bad. Whether because of their height or some other characteristic, they are going to be aware of differences.
Watch that Backpack Load
When your child acts as if she’s carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders, maybe you should check her backpack.
Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children
ADHD is a behavior disorder marked by inattention, impulsivity, and, in some cases, hyperactivity.
Scoliosis in Children
Detailed information on scoliosis, including types, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
Thumb Sucking
Thumb sucking is normal in infants and young children. It shouldn't cause any permanent problems if your child stops by age 5.
Hypothyroidism in Children
Congenital hypothyroidism occurs in about one in 3,500 to 4,000 live births and is about two times more common in girls than boys. Newborn screenings can lead to earlier treatment and reduce the risk for developmental delay.
Graves’ Disease (Hyperthyroidism) in Children
The most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the U.S. is an autoimmune disorder called Graves’ disease. Children can develop Graves’ disease, although it's less common in kids than adults.
Encopresis
Detailed information on encopresis, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
Retainers Keep Teeth from Shifting
Whether you are a child or an adult, your orthodontist will want you to use a retainer after your braces are removed.
Fluency Disorder
A person with fluency disorder has trouble speaking in a fluid or flowing way. They may repeat parts of words (stutter) or speak fast and jam words together (clutter).
Cochlear Implant Surgery
A cochlear implant is a small electronic device implanted in the brain that may help people with severe hearing loss hear again.
Language Disorders in Children
A child with a language disorder may have a difficult time understanding written and spoken words and trouble speaking.
Speech Sound Disorders in Children
A child with a speech sound disorder may have trouble saying certain sounds and words beyond the age expected.

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