Pediatrics

Pediatrics

MedlinePlus Children’s Page
A MedlinePlus resource for children to learn about various health issues. It provides tools, quizzes, games and web links to learn more about how the body works, what happens at the hospital and other important health topics.
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Abdominal Pain
Your abdomen extends from below your chest to your groin and contains many important organs. Abdominal pain can result from any of the important organs within the region. MedlinePlus shares symptoms of abdominal pain that may require immediate medical attention.
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
If your child has difficulty sitting still, acting without thinking first, completing tasks for a long period of time, he or she may have ADHD. ADHD is chiefly categorized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. The National Library of Medicine provides information on testing, controlling symptoms and therapy.
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Asthma
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways. With asthma, the inside walls of the lung airways become sore and swollen. These sensitive airways may react to irritants or allergens, causing them to narrow and reduce air intake. Read more from MedlinePlus on symptoms and treatments for asthma.
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Asthma in Children
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways. Asthma in children can be especially serious due to the smaller size of airways in children. Children with asthma may experience wheezing, chest tightness and coughing. Read about these symptoms and what you can do for children with asthma at MedlinePlus.
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Constipation
Constipation occurs when a person has three or fewer bowel movements within a week. The stool can be hard and dry, and sometimes painful to pass. MedlinePlus provides tips on preventing constipation at their website.
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Ear Infections
Ear infections, called otitis media, are common in children and occurs when the tubes inside the ears become clogged with fluid and mucus. MedlinePlus outlines signs of ear infections in children and what to do to help.
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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
GERD happens when the muscle at the end of your esophagus does not close properly; allowing stomach contents to leak back, or reflux, and irritate the esophagus. GERD can occur in infants and children ,and can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. See MedlinePlus for more information on GERD.
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Obesity
Obesity is defined by the level of body fat in comparison to a person’s weight. Being obese increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and some cancers. The National Library of Medicine shares information on defining, studying and treating overweight and obesity.
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Obesity in Children
Obesity is defined by the level of body fat in comparison to a person’s weight. Because children grow at different rates, it can be difficult to ascertain whether a child is obese or overweight without a health care provider. See tips for encouraging healthy eating and activity at the National Library of Medicine’s website.
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Allergies
An allergy is a reaction of your immune system to an irritant that may not necessarily bother others. Allergies can cause a runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling or asthma. Read more about allergens and how to differentiate allergies from other conditions at MedlinePlus.
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Laryngitis
Laryngitis refers to the swelling that occurs when the vocal cords become infected or inflamed. Often caused by a virus such as a cold or flu, it can also be caused by allergies, bacterial infections, injury and other conditions. Learn about the conditions that can cause laryngitis and the forms that can occur in children.
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Bronchiolitis
Bronchiolitis is swelling and mucus buildup in the smallest air passages in the lungs, typically due to a viral infection. It usually affects children under the age of 2 and most commonly caused by respiratory syncytial virus. MedlinePlus provides symptoms and treatments for bronchiolitis.
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Common Cold
The common cold is caused by contact with a virus and usually causes a runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. People are most contagious for the first 2 to 3 days, and are common in children through schools and daycares. MedlinePlus details symptoms, treatments and prevention ideas for the family.
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Well-child Visits
Well-child visits occur most often when your child is developing the fastest. The visits typically include a complete physical examination, track growth and development along with hearing and vision tests in order to detect problems early. MedlinePlus outlines what to expect during well-child visits and when the visits should occur.
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