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The Truth about the Measles Epidemic in the United States – and How to Protect Your Kids

May 15, 2019 • Our Blog • Illness

Measles was once considered eradicated in the United States. Now, it’s back. Here’s how to keep your child safe. Just under two decades ago, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared victory over measles. After seeing zero transmission of the disease for a period of over twelve months, the CDC confidently affirmed the success of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine — and the U.S. population’s herd immunity from measles. However, in recent years, much of that progress has been undone. As anti-vaccination movements have grown in popularity in ...

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Breaking Down the Vaccination Debate

April 24, 2019 • Our Blog • General Health

The anti-vaccination movement is growing in popularity, but science shows that vaccines do far more good than harm. In early March, some 300 children in Bologna, Italy, were barred from attending kindergarten because they were missing at least one of the ten vaccinations Italian law requires public schoolchildren to receive. Though the United States has no federal vaccination law, the Italian decision was preceded by a similar ban in Brooklyn, New York, that went into effect in December 2018 after 39 cases of measles were confirmed in the area....

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If Your Child Is Complaining of Back Pain, You’re Not Alone

April 11, 2019 • Our Blog • General Health

More and more children are complaining of back pain. Here’s why, and what parents can do to help. Because back pain is often thought of as a symptom of aging, parents are often surprised and concerned when their young children frequently complain that their backs hurt. However, back pain at a young age is becoming the norm. In fact, a recent survey of 3,700 American children showed that as many as one in three kids experience backaches at least once a year. In other words, if your child is complaining of back pain, you’re not al...

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How to Soothe Kids’ Spring Allergies

March 22, 2019 • Our Blog • Allergies

Spring has sprung — and so have seasonal allergies. Here’s how to help your child find relief from sneezing, a runny nose, and other bothersome symptoms. The beginning of spring brings blooming flowers, warmer weather, and fun times outdoors. Unfortunately, for many kids, it can also bring sneezing, runny noses, itchy throats, congestion, coughing, and watery eyes. If that’s the case for your child, they likely have seasonal allergies. Though seasonal allergies can be triggered in summer and fall, as well, the abundance of pollinating trees in the spring can make them especially common in March, April, an...

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Your Teen Has Mononucleosis. Now What?

February 25, 2019 • Kids Health LLC • Illness

Mononucleosis can take a toll on your teen and your entire family. Here are some of the most common signs of mono, as well as what you can do to support your teen physically and emotionally. For most teens, a mononucleosis diagnosis may feel like the end of the world. They’ll feel bad for weeks, be prevented from doing most normal activities, and have to deal with the stigma of what’s known as “the kissing disease.” If you’re supporting a teen with mono, it’s important to understand the causes, symptoms, and recovery time of the disease....

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