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High Blood Pressure in Kids

High blood pressure can affect people of all ages – kids included. High blood pressure in children can result in serious, long-term health problems and can cause a stroke.

The Truth About Vaccines

Some parents do not vaccinate their children, believing myths that vaccines are dangerous or cause disorders like autism. Learn what the experts say in this health feature.

First Aid in the Home

Young children commonly get hurt at home from rolling or falling off their bed, from falling out of their strollers, hitting their heads or falling off a counter where they are sitting.

Teen Safety in the Car

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers.

Signs & Symptoms of Mononucleosis

Mononucleosis (called mono for short) is an illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a common virus most children get exposed to at some time.

The Role of Teens in their Health Care Decisions

Many teens are able to manage much of their own health care, from giving themselves injections to taking medications. They can speak to their physician and research on their own.

Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia

Symptoms of pneumonia can include fever and cough, and in the very young, those may be the only symptoms. In older children, you will notice their respiratory rates go up because they need to oxygenate their blood so they breathe more often.

Anxiety and Kids

It’s normal for young children to be scared of the dark, or apprehensive when they experience a new place, for example for a six-year-old to be afraid of going to the doctor. Parents can prepare their kids by talking these things.

Keep Kids Healthy While Traveling

To help kids stay healthy while traveling, people should bring waterless, alcohol-based hand sanitizers or wipes with them on the plane and use them before eating or drinking.

What Is Colic? – Colic in Babies

Colic is the term used to describe uncontrollable crying in a healthy infant during its first months of life. Learn what is colic in babies, symptoms, and tips on how to soothe a baby.

Screen Time Insomnia

Setting screentime guidelines can help parents avoid battles with their kids. “Up to two hours a day is reasonable,” says Dr. Galion. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of two have limited screen time.

Identifying Child Abuse

Child abuse doesn’t just occur in families with certain income levels or ethnic groups - it happens across the spectrum of all people, including intact and single-parent families, wealthy and lower-income families, says Dr. Wong.

Current Diet Trends & Kids

A vegetarian diet excludes meat, poultry, fish, seafood and shellfish but includes eggs and dairy products. It can be really healthy for children and teens.

Identifying Hernias

“Parents will typically notice a bulge in the groin or abdominal wall, where there shouldn’t be one,” says CHOC pediatric surgeon Dr. Reyna. The areas around the groin and belly button are the two most common regions for hernias in babies and young children.

Chronic Constipation in Kids

Child constipation is a common problem that can make kids - and their parents - miserable. Learn about symptoms and treatments for chronic constipation in kids.

Dental Hygiene

Poor oral health can cause problems with feeding in babies and also harm a child’s overall health, development and school performance. Learn more in this health feature.

Understanding Health Information on the Web

An electronic health record is a computerized collection of a patient’s health records designed to be shared among a patient’s health care providers using proper security measures and permissions. Learn more about the EMR in this health feature.

Sun Safety and Skin Protection

As much as 80 percent of a person’s lifetime sun exposure occurs by age 18. Check out these tips to lessen the risk of sun damage.

Sleep Position for Young Infants

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant under one year of age, usually during periods of sleep.

Lice and Other School Aged Problems

What are lice? Are my kids too busy? Why does my teen have a bad attitude? Get the answers to these questions and more in this health feature.


One of the best ways to protect your children from bullying is to talk to them with open-ended questions and help them come up with an appropriate response, says pediatric psychologist Dr. Heather C. Huszti in this health feature.

Personal Safety for Children

For your child's personal safety, keep open communication with your child. Ask your child how things are going every day. You can help your children learn to be safe and secure.

Kohl’s Water Safety and Education Program at CHOC

Water safety matters. Children and water can be a fatal combination. Drowning is a quick, silent event. A child can drown in as little as two inches of water.

Home Safety

To practice home safety, supervision is the best way to keep your children safe. However, here are some things you can do to help make your child’s environment safer.

Helmet Safety

Children should wear a helmet while they are riding on their bikes, scooters, skateboards or in-line skates. Helmets protect the head and brain from getting hurt. They are like “seatbelts” for your head.

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