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Health Insurance

Details: Health Insurance. Insurance benefits can be very complicated. It is important to understand your health insurance coverage so that you can be an active advocate for your child. The rights you have depend on how you get your insurance, the type of plan you have, and the state …

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HealthyChildren.org

Details: Vaccines for Kids 12+. Long-Haul COVID. Swim Lessons. Masks & Speech. Mental Health. Immunization Catch-Up. More on COVID-19.

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Common Health Problems at College

Details: Visit the student health service if your pain or swelling does not get better in 1 to 2 days or if you are unable to put any weight on the injured area. Prevention: Being physically active is a great way to stay healthy, but be smart and avoid injuries by Using the right safety gear (such as pads and helmets). Warming up and cooling down.

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Poverty and Child Health

Details: Consequences of Poverty on Child Health . Children from poor families or neighborhoods are more likely than other children to have serious health problems. Low birth weight . Poor nutrition and smoking during pregnancy are common causes of low birth weight.

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Technology to Improve Your Child's Medical Home

Details: Electronic health records (EHR) – An individual’s medical record in a digital format—which means a computer is used to record, store, and review medical information. Personal health records (PHR) – A record of an individual’s health. The record could include information from multiple sources (eg, patient, family, doctors, and other

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Teaching Health Education in School

Details: Teaching Health Education in School. Many parents are keenly interested in the basic academic education of their youngsters—reading, writing, and arithmetic—but are not nearly as conscientious in finding out about the other learning that goes on in the classroom. A comprehensive health education pro­gram is an important part of the

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11 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Be Physically Active

Details: Healthy, active living. During well-child visits (also known as health supervision visits), your child's doctor will ask you questions related to nutrition, fitness, and media habits. Remember that health is not about a specific weight, shape, or size. All children, regardless of their weight, shape, or …

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PFAS: Limiting Children’s Exposure to “Forever Chemicals

Details: Lauren Zajac, MD, MPH, FAAP, an executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr.

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What is an Adolescent Health Specialist

Details: Adolescent health specialists provide adolescents and young adults with comprehensive care and treatment for a variety of problems and conditions, including. Physical exams required for driver’s permits, college entrance, and sports participation. Sports medicine and orthopedic problems, such as scoliosis. Growth and development issues.

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HSAs, HRAs & FSAs

Details: Health savings account (HSA). A fixed dollar amount is withheld from your paycheck, and/or your employer contributes an amount. A HSA must be paired with a high-deductible insurance plan (over $1300 for an individual or over $2600 for a family, in 2017). HSA owners may be covered only by the high-deductible health insurance plan and no other

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Chest & Lungs

Details: Chest & Lungs. Article Body. Healthy lungs are crucial to your child's well-being. The lungs can get infections that, when serious, can cause chronic and sometimes life-threatening illnesses.

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Mental Health Problems

Details: This is a 24/7 substance abuse and mental health referral line. They can give you local treatment choices and numbers for support groups. Mental Health Helpline: 1-800-950-6264. This is an information and referral source for finding local mental health programs. Postpartum Depression Helpline: 1-800-944-4773.

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Involving Your Child in the Decision-Making Process: AAP

Details: Within the AAP, Dr. Levy is a member of the following Sections: Epidemiology, Public Health & Evidence, Obesity, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, and Integrative Medicine. She is a current member and past Executive Committee member of the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities (COCWD) and Chairperson of the COCWD Autism subcommittee.

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Nutrition & Fitness

Details: Nutrition & Fitness. Your preschooler may seem to be in constant motion much of the time. This is because she uses her body to convey thoughts and emotions that she still can’t describe through language. Moving her body also helps her better understand many words and concepts that are new to her. In addition, your child

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Injuries & Emergencies

Details: Injuries & Emergencies. A true emergency is when you believe a severe injury or illness is threatening your child's life or may cause permanent harm. In these cases, a child needs emergency medical treatment immediately. Discuss with your child's pediatrician in advance what you should do in case of a true emergency.

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Mask Mythbusters: Common Questions about Kids & Face Masks

Details: Health Issues Listen. Español. Text Size. Mask Mythbusters: Common Questions about Kids & Face Masks By: Kimberly M. Dickinson, MD, MPH & Theresa W. Guilbert, MD, MS, FAAP. Along with physical distancing and good hand washing, face masks help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This includes the more contagious

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HealthyChildren Magazine

Details: Summer - Many of us are looking forward to a summer that includes getting back to at least some of the activities we missed in 2020. In this issue, we include articles about how to enjoy summer fun safely. This issue also provides information on how to support mental and social-emotional health for the whole family through gratitude, positive experiences, and prioritizing what is important to you.

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The Physical Toll of Obesity

Details: But more worrisome, there are many health risks associated with being too heavy. For example, one recent report stated that among children 5 to 10 years of age with obesity, 60% already had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol levels, high triglycerides (another type …

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Rhinovirus Infections

Details: Rhinovirus ( rhin means "nose") infections cause the common cold. Rhinoviruses may also cause some sore throats, ear infections, and infections of the sinuses (openings in the bone near the nose and eyes). They may also cause pneumonia and bronchiolitis, but this is less common. Most children have about 8 to 10 colds during the first 2 years of

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Ten Tips for Your Child's Success in School

Details: Enforce Healthy Habits. You can’t perform well when you don’t feel good. To help your child have the best chance at doing well in school, make sure she follows healthy habits at home. Choose a bedtime that will give your child plenty of sleep, and provide a healthy breakfast each morning. Encourage exercise, and limit the amount of time she

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Common Heart Defects

Details: Health Issues Listen. Español. Text Size. Common Heart Defects Congenital heart defects are structural problems arising from abnormal formation of the heart or major blood vessels. At least 1% of all live-born infants have a heart defect. The cause of a heart defect is most often unknown.

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Obesity Prevention

Details: The prevalence of pediatric obesity has increased significantly in the past few decades, and is now recognized as a public health priority. This video explains the new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations on obesity prevention and offers practical steps families can …

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Preparing for Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Schools: The

Details: Health Issues Listen. Español. Text Size. Preparing for Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Schools: The Essential Role of AEDs It strikes without warning and is the No. 1 cause of death in young athletes. This startling fact about sudden cardiac arrest has prompted 37 states to pass a law requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training for high

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AAP Details Principles in Child Health Care Financing

Details: Existing benefits in health care coverage should be safeguarded and expanded to reach all children The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in an urgent response to proposed changes to the health care system, published a policy statement that supports maintaining the structure of the Medicaid program, including the expansion, and opposes any sacrifice in gains made toward providing

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Caring for a Premature Baby: What Parents Need to Know

Details: The nurses will instruct you on either breast-or bottle-feeding techniques, whichever is appropriate for the baby's needs and your desires. Some premature babies may initially require fluids given intravenously or through a feeding tube that passes through the mouth or nose into the stomach. But your breast milk is the best possible nutrition

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Defining Terminology for Unexpected, Unexplained Infant

Details: Forensic and health care professionals should incorporate terminology that avoids placing blame or increasing feelings of guilt on the part of a caregiver suffering a tragic loss, and objectively and accurately describes the circumstances around an infant's death.

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Safety for Your Child: 6 Years

Details: Your child should use a booster seat until the lap belt can be worn low and flat on the hips and shoulder belt can be worn across the shoulder rather than the face or neck (usually at about 4 feet 9 inches tall and between 8 and 12 years old). The safest place for all children, even through school age, is in the back seat of the car.

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Stages of Adolescence

Details: What is an Adolescent Health Specialist? Concerns Girls Have About Puberty. Concerns Boys Have About Puberty. About Dr. Allen: Brittany Allen, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified general pediatrician and provides specialty care to transgender and gender nonconforming youth.

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Formaldehyde Exposure and Common Household Products

Details: Health Effects of Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde exposure may potentially cause a variety of symptoms and adverse health effects. Low levels. Formaldehyde can be released into the air (off-gassing) from building materials or other products that are made with it. Off-gassing produces very low levels of formaldehyde in the air. These low levels can

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Caring for Children with Asthma During COVID-19: Parent

Details: Having uncontrolled asthma is a risk factor for asthma attacks, so control is the goal. However, if your child is having an asthma emergency, don't delay seeking immediate medical care. Hospitals and urgent care clinics are still open and taking extra steps to keep patients and health care workers safe.

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Avoid a Food Allergy Scare on Halloween

Details: Always read the ingredient label on any treat your child receives. Many popular Halloween candies contain some of the most common allergens, such as peanuts or tree nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat. If the ingredients aren't listed, arrange for a treat "exchange" with classmates or friends. Or, bag up the goodies your child can't eat because of an

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