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Parents Worry Too Much About Fevers in Children, Report Says

A fever may make a child uncomfortable, but it can actually help her body fight off an infection. Credit: Getty A child's fever can be anxiety-provoking for many parents, who often have a gut reaction to do whatever they can to bring...Parents should help a feverish child feel more comfortable.

Day Cares Send Sick Kids Home Too Quickly, Study Says

Too sick for day care? Credit: Getty
You're crashing in on a deadline at work or in the middle of an intense conversation over lunch when the phone rings: It's the day care center calling to say your child is sick and needs to be picked up...

Tips for Keeping Your Sick Child Entertained at Home

The child is grumpy. Way beyond grumpy. Grumpy is a distant planet in another solar system past which she's shot in her misery-fuelled rocket ship. She refuses to eat supper. She's lethargic, moping, upset over nothing. Uh oh. She's fallen asleep...

Parent Portal: CDC Resource Center

Parent Portal is a site created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide information on keeping children healthy and safe. If your kid has the sniffles and you are wondering if it's swine flu or a just a common cold, the Parent...

Sick Kids - Do You Google Their Symptoms?

My six-year-old had a high fever on Thursday, no other symptoms ... the kind of bug I hate. When it's a cold or a stomach flu, at least I know what we're getting into. Fever with no symptoms is a troubling mystery. Two days after her fever broke, she...

Making Sick Days Better

It happens to every mom. On the day you're giving a presentation or attending an important event, your child says, Mommy, my tummy feels funny. One memorable morning I was dressing for a meeting when first-grader James announced that he was...

Peanut Butter Recall Hurts Sales

Peanut Butter is more than just your child's lunch/allergy. It's big business. With the recent recall of tainted PB, big name brands like Jif and Peter Pan have seen a drop in sales of at least 20 percent, according to a report by CNN, while the...

School Teaches Children How to Blow Their Noses

Yesterday, Sandy Maple wrote about teaching her daughter to blow her nose and the Kleenex website that could help. Today, I offer another alternative -- a school that is teaching kids how to blow their noses properly. Unfortunately, it's in England,...

Boy's Rare Illness Leads to Challenges, Hope

Kris had always dreamed of having a large family and by the time she was 30, she was living that dream. She and her husband Kurt were parents to four children – Avery, Aidan, Jonah, and Ethan – all under the age of six. But life was not...

Back-to-school without bringing home the germs

As I sit here, my head pounding, my nose stuffed up, my throat dry and sore, my legs aching and a cough that's keeping everyone awake at night, I think fondly of the days when I was single and without kids and never, ever got sick. Tales of Koalas...

Mom uses internet to diagnose daughter's disease

It's like an episode of mystery diagnosis. Thirteen-year-old Danielle Fisher got sick last fall and got progressively worse until she was unable to even get out of bed without suffering from vertigo and shortness of breath. Doctors weren't any help,...

Flu reporting from the trenches

After a winter of reasonably good health, our household has been struck with a flu that makes even gazing out the window a fatiguing proposition. And this year, I was sort of good about getting flu shots. I say sort of because while I did take the...

White House makes kids sick

I think every one knows the White House makes me sick these days, but it seems I'm not alone. A group of kids from a Southern California K-8 school were at the White House as part of an East Coast trip to visit historical sites in Washington, New...

The truth about double dipping

I had every intention of writing about this interesting scientific discovery prior to Super Bowl Sunday. But somewhere along the way, I got sick and spent most of this past weekend in bed with a fever. I don't know if my illness was a result of...

Vaccinations: they're not just for kids!

According to another one of those pesky recent studies, adults in the United States are not getting their vaccinations. Yes, adults are supposed to get vaccinated too--just because we can legally drink doesn't mean we can totally avoid the...

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