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Parenting is a hard job. You
knew you'd be responsible
for your child's health and
well-being, but no one told
you you'd have to know so
much! Here are 26 things to
keep in mind to help keep
SUMM ER 2017
26 facts and tips to help
you raise healthy children
LLERGIES. Food allergies among
children went up about 50 percent
from 1997 through 2011. If you're concerned, talk to your doctor.
ULLYING. Kids who are bullied
often experience depression and
anxiety. They might also have lower
grades and test scores. Keeping the lines
of communication open at home can
help, and so can talking to your child's
school about its approach to bullying.
ONCUSSIONS. A concussion is
a serious brain injury, and it can
happen on playgrounds, during sports
(not just football) and as a result of
falls or accidents. If your child suffers
a head injury, make sure he or she sees
a doctor and eases back into academic,
social and athletic activities.
IARRHEA. See a doctor if your
child has diarrhea and has signs
of dehydration, appears ill, has bloody
stool or abdominal pain, or if the loose
stools persist for several days.
AR INFECTIONS. Five out of 6 children get at least one ear infection by
the time they're 3 years old, according
to the National Institutes of Health.
EVERS. If a baby younger than
2 months has a rectal temperature
of 100.4 degrees or higher, call your doctor or go to the emergency department.
RUMPINESS. Is your tween
grumpy? Adolescence and puberty
can be trying for both boys and girls.
Let your children know you're there for
them, and if you have concerns, talk to
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kids as healthy and happy
There's no manual to raising kids,
but here are a few things to know.