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Actively Listening to Your Child

Communicating with our children can be a difficult task at times.  We feel like they're not listening to us; they feel like we're not listening to them.  Good listening and communication skills are essential to successful parenting.  Your child's...

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Children’s Oral Health

Overview Cavities (also known as caries or tooth decay) are one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood in the United States. Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. Children who...

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The 12 Ways to Health Holiday Song

1. The first way to health, said the CDC to me Wash hands to be safe and healthy. 2. The second way to health, said the CDC to me Bundle up for warmth, and wash hands to be safe and healthy. 3. The third way to health, said the CDC to me Manage stress, bundle up for...

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Food Safety Tips for the Holidays

Feasting with family and friends is part of many holiday celebrations. Follow these simple tips to help prevent food poisoning, or foodborne illness, during the holidays. Cook food thoroughly. Meat, chicken, turkey, seafood, and eggs can carry germs that cause food...

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Halloween Health and Safety Tips

Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety. Check out...

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A Healthy Mouth for Your Baby

Healthy teeth are important to your child's overall health. From the time your child is born, there are things you can do to promote healthy teeth and prevent cavities. For babies, you should clean teeth with a soft, clean cloth or baby's toothbrush. Avoid putting the...

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Helmet Safety

Your Child's or Teen's Helmet Your child’s helmet should fit properly and be: Well maintained Age appropriate Worn consistently and correctly Appropriately certified for use While there is no concussion-proof helmet, a helmet can help protect your child or teen from a...

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A Guide to Children’s Mental Health

Understanding childhood mental illness is important for supporting children and helping to treat the conditions afflicting them. This resource is intended to help parents, educators, and other adults better understand childhood mental illness, and to provide them with...

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How to Fit a Life Jacket Make sure you’ve got the right life jacket for your child—and that you’re putting it on properly to get maximum protection.

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Measles: Make Sure Your Child is Fully Immunized

Measles is a highly contagious disease. It can be serious for young children. Protect your child by making sure he or she is up to date on measles vaccine, including before traveling abroad. Children Need 2 Doses of Measles Vaccine You can protect your child against...

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Screen Time vs Lean Time

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation External kids ages 8-18 now spend, on average, a whopping 7.5 hours in front of a screen for entertainment each day, 4.5 of which are spent watching TV. Over a year, that adds up to 114 full days watching a screen for fun....

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Five Minutes or Less for Health Widget

There is nothing more important than your family's health. However, it takes a lot of time to learn about living a healthy life, right?  Not always, you can learn a lot in just five minutes.  Use the widget to the left to learn in less than five minutes ways you and...

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RSV in Infants and Young Children

RSV in Infants and Young Children RSV can be dangerous for some infants and young children. Each year in the United States, an estimated 57,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized due to RSV infection. Those at greatest risk for severe illness from RSV...

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Genetics of Hearing Loss in Children

Hearing loss has many causes. 50% to 60% of hearing loss in babies is due to genetic causes. There are also a number of things in the environment that can cause hearing loss. 25% or more of hearing loss in babies is due to “environmental” causes such as maternal...

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