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Health Problems (for Kids)

Even kids can have health problems. Some problems are serious - and some are not so serious. You can get all the info you need about health problems …

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- KidsHealth in the Classroom

KidsHealth in the Classroom offers educators free health-related lesson plans for PreK through 12th grade. Each Teacher's Guide includes discussion questions, classroom activities and extensions, printable handouts, and quizzes and answer keys all aligned to National Health Education Standards.

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Parents (for Parents)

A simple blood test lets doctors find out if a baby has one of several health problems so that treatment can start right away if needed. Find out more. What are lymphatic malformations? A lymphatic malformation is a clump of lymph vessels. These growths aren't cancerous, but they often need treatment because they can press on other body parts

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About TeensHealth (for Teens)

Nemours Children's Health is committed to transforming the health of children by going beyond medicine to improve the health of the world in which every child lives. We founded KidsHealth.org and TeensHealth.org in 1995. We aim to give you the tools and confidence to make the best health choices

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Mental Health (for Teens)

Mental Health. This section has information on mental health conditions that can affect teens. Anxiety Disorders. Binge Eating Disorder. Bipolar Disorder. Coronavirus (COVID-19): How You Can Make a Difference.

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Teens (for Teens)

This site offers support and advice on health, emotions, and life — created for people 13–18 and approved by doctors.

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Fifth Disease (for Parents)

Fifth disease begins with a low fever, headache, and mild cold-like symptoms (like a stuffy or runny nose). These symptoms pass, and the illness seems to be gone until the rash appears a few days later. Kids younger than 10 are most likely to get the rash. The bright red rash usually starts on the face. Then, red blotches (usually lighter in

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Boys and Puberty (for Kids)

A lot of changes happen as you grow up, especially as you reach puberty (say: PYOO-bur-tee), the name for the time when your body begins to develop and change. Girls start developing breasts and get their periods — signs they are growing into women. But how do boys know they are growing into men

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Laryngomalacia (for Parents)

Laryngomalacia is a common cause of noisy breathing in infants. It happens when a baby's larynx (or voice box) is soft and floppy. When the baby takes a breath, the part of the larynx above the vocal cords falls in and temporarily blocks the baby's airway. Laryngomalacia (luh-ring-oh-muh-LAY-shuh) usually gets better on its own by the time a

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MyPlate Food Guide (for Parents)

MyPlate is as a guide for healthy eating. Talk to your health care provider if you are concerned about your child's eating habits. The USDA's MyPlate website offers daily checklists, recipes and tips, and interactive tools to help you make MyPlate yours.

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Hand Washing: Why It's So Important (for Parents

How Do Clean Hands Help Health? Good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses — from the common cold to more serious infections, such as meningitis , bronchiolitis , the flu , hepatitis A , and many types of diarrhea .

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Pinworm Infections (for Parents)

Pinworm infections (also known as "seatworm infection" or "threadworm infection") are contagious. Pinworms get into the body when people ingest or breathe in the microscopic pinworm eggs. These eggs can be found on contaminated hands and surfaces, such as: The eggs pass into the digestive system and hatch in the small intestine.

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Is It Normal to Get Erections

An erection is a hardening of the penis that occurs when sponge-like tissue inside the penis fills up with blood. Usually, an erection causes the penis to enlarge and stand away from the body. Erections can go away on their own or after ejaculation, the release of …

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All About Periods (for Teens)

Periods are a natural, healthy part of a girl's life. They shouldn't get in the way of exercising, having fun, and enjoying life. If you have questions about periods, ask your doctor, a parent, health teacher, school nurse, or older sister.

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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (for Parents)

What Is Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFM)? Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFM) is a common viral infection that causes painful red blisters in the mouth and throat, and on the hands, feet, and diaper area. HFM is contagious and easily spreads to others through contact with unwashed hands, feces

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Klinefelter Syndrome (for Parents)

Most boys aren't likely to have major health problems, but the condition can bring some other challenges later in life. Klinefelter syndrome puts males at greater risk of breast cancer, some other cancers , and some other diseases like type 2 diabetes, varicose veins and problems with blood vessels, problems with sexual function, and

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Looking at Your Newborn: What's Normal (for Parents

If you feel anxious or uncertain about any part of caring for your baby, don't hesitate to call your doctor, other health care professionals, or family or friends who have had experience caring for a newborn. Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD. Date reviewed: January 2018

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Sexual Orientation (for Parents)

Health and mental health professionals caution against any efforts to change a person's sexual orientation. p1 At What Age Do Kids "Know"? Knowing one's sexual orientation — whether straight or gay — is often something that kids or teens recognize with little doubt from a very young age. Some gay teens say they had same-sex crushes in

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Molluscum Contagiosum (for Parents)

Molluscum contagiosum is a skin rash caused by a virus. The rash has small clear or flesh-colored bumps. The bumps can spread from one part of the body to another or from person to person. For most kids, the rash goes away on its own in 6–12 months, but can take longer. Molluscum contagiosum (mol-US-kum kon-tay-jee-OH-sum), or molluscum for

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Testicular Injuries (for Teens)

It can happen if the testicle gets a forceful direct blow or is crushed against the pubic bone, causing blood to leak into the scrotum. Testicular rupture, like testicular torsion and other serious injuries to the testicles, causes extreme pain, swelling in the scrotum, nausea, and vomiting. Surgery is needed to fix the ruptured testicle.

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XYY Syndrome (for Parents)

XYY syndrome is a genetic condition found in males only. About 1 in 1,000 boys have it. Boys with XYY syndrome — also known as 47,XYY — might be taller than other boys. Other symptoms can include problems with spoken language and processing spoken words, coordination problems, weaker muscles, hand tremors, and behavioral problems.

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Precocious Puberty (for Parents)

It can be hard for some kids and sometimes is a sign of a health problem. What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Precocious Puberty? In girls, signs of precocious (prih-KOE-shiss) puberty include: breast development before age 7 or 8; start of menstruation (her period) before age 10; rapid height growth (a growth spurt) before age 7 or 8

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Cradle Cap (Seborrheic Dermatitis) in Infants (for Parents

Cradle cap is the common term for seborrheic dermatitis (seb-eh-REE-ik dur-muh-TYE-tis) of the scalp in infants. Seborrheic dermatitis, also called seborrhea (seb-eh-REE-uh), can show up: on the forehead and face. behind the ears. in the diaper area, …

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Health Information

KidsHealth is the #1 most-trusted source for physician-reviewed information and advice on children's health and parenting issues. For parents, kids, teens, and …

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Warts (for Parents)

Usually found on fingers, hands, knees, and elbows, a common wart is a small, hard bump that's dome-shaped and usually grayish-brown. It has a rough surface that may look like the head of a cauliflower, with black dots inside. Flat warts. These are about the size of a pinhead, are smoother than other kinds of warts, and have flat tops.

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Gastrostomy Tube (G-Tube) (for Parents)

Kids need G-tubes for different kinds of health problems, including: congenital (present at birth) problems of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, or intestines; sucking and swallowing disorders (due to premature birth, injury, a developmental delay, or another condition) failure to thrive (when a child can't gain weight and grow normally)

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Vaping: What You Need to Know (for Parents)

But health experts are reporting serious lung damage in people who vape, including some deaths. Vaping puts nicotine into the body. Nicotine is highly addictive and can: slow brain development in kids and teens and affect memory, concentration, learning, self-control, attention, and mood. increase the risk of other types of addiction as adults.

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Treacher Collins Syndrome (for Parents)

Treacher Collins syndrome causes changes that are usually symmetrical, meaning both sides of the body look the same. These changes include: downward slant of the outer corners of the eyes. drooping upper eyelids. notches in the lower eyelids with few, if any, lower lid eyelashes. small cheekbones. fewer teeth than usual; they may be crooked and

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Gynecomastia (for Teens)

A health care provider's exam can tell whether a guy has gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia. Who Gets Gynecomastia? About half of all guys going through puberty get gynecomastia in one or both breasts. How Is Gynecomastia Diagnosed? Health care providers diagnose gynecomastia by asking questions and doing an exam.

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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) (for Teens)

Health care providers measure blood pressure with a cuff that wraps around the upper arm. When the cuff inflates, it squeezes a large artery, stopping the blood flow for a moment. Blood pressure is measured as air is slowly let out of the cuff, which lets blood flow through the artery again. Blood pressure is measured in two numbers:

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Health Information

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Go, Slow, and Whoa! A Kid's Guide to Eating Right (for

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health) suggests we use Go, Slow, and Whoa as a way to think about food. Think of the healthiest foods as "go" foods. These are foods like steamed or raw veggies and skim or low-fat milk that are good to eat almost anytime.

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Male Reproductive System (for Teens)

The male gamete, or sperm, and the female gamete, the egg or ovum, meet in the female's reproductive system. When sperm fertilizes (meets) an egg, this fertilized egg is called a zygote (pronounced: ZYE-goat). The zygote goes through a process of becoming an embryo and developing into a fetus. The male reproductive system and the female

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What's a Primary Care Physician (PCP)

A primary care physician (PCP), or primary care provider, is a health care professional who practices general medicine. PCPs are our first stop for medical care. Most PCPs are doctors, but nurse practitioners and physician assistants can sometimes also be PCPs. A PCP is the person your child should see for a routine checkup or non-emergency

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Adenovirus (for Parents)

Adenovirus can cause a cough that sounds like whooping cough (pertussis). Gastroenteritis is an infection of the stomach and intestines. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, belly pain, and fever. Bladder infections: These can cause frequent …

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Puberty (for Teens

Puberty is the name for when your body begins to develop and change. During puberty, your body will grow faster than any other time in your life, except for when you were an infant. Back then, your body was growing rapidly and you were learning new things — you'll be doing these things and much more during puberty.

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Cutting (for Teens)

Cutting is a type of self-injury, or SI. People who cut often start cutting in their young teens. Some continue to cut into adulthood. People may cut themselves on their wrists, arms, legs, or bellies. Some people self-injure by burning their skin with the end of a cigarette or lighted match.

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What Are Wet Dreams

A wet dream is when a guy ejaculates (or "cums") while he's sleeping. During ejaculation, semen (the fluid containing sperm) comes out of the penis and this is what you noticed on your underwear or pajama pants. Wet dreams usually happen during dreams that have sexual images. Sometimes guys wake up from a wet dream, but sometimes they sleep

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Bedwetting (Nocturnal Enuresis) (for Teens)

The doctor will do an exam, and ask you about any concerns and symptoms you have, your past health, your family's health, any medicines you're taking, any allergies you may have, and other issues. This is called the medical history. He or she may ask about sleep patterns, bowel habits, and urinary symptoms (such as an urge to pee a lot or pain

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Health Information

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Sexual Harassment and Sexual Bullying (for Teens

Harassment and bullying are abusive ways of treating others. People who harass or bully use cruel comments, gestures, threats, or actions. They try to insult, demean, exclude, shame, or hurt others. Sometimes, people who harass and bully do it with sexual comments or actions. This is called sexual harassment or sexual bullying.

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