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General Health (for Parents)

General Health. Keeping your child healthy is a big job! Read all about common childhood aches, pains, and illnesses, plus how to take care of your child's body from teeth to toes.

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Health Screening Tests (for Parents)

Health screening tests are routine tests that check for problems before signs show up. Finding problems early can make treating them easier and more effective. Health care providers screen for health problems during routine checkups. Many schools screen for health issues too, like when the school nurse does yearly hearing and vision tests.

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How the Body Works (for Kids)

Note: All information on KidsHealth® is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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Sexual Health (for Teens)

Sexual Health. Learn the facts about sexual health with articles about puberty, menstruation, infections, and just about everything else you wanted to know, for guys and girls.

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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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About TeensHealth (for Teens)

Welcome to TeensHealth! Who We Are. 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. What We Do. We aim to give you the tools and confidence to make the best health choices.

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Diseases & Conditions (for Teens)

Diseases & Conditions (for Teens) From asthma to ulcers, this section is loaded with articles about diseases and conditions that can affect teens. Look here for health information and resources for yourself or someone you care about.

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Health Information for Teens

Doctors recommend that we start getting involved in our medical care during our teens. It helps us be prepared to handle things as adults. And it can feel easier to share personal problems when it's just you and the doctor. Here are 6 tips for getting there.

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Central Nervous System: The Brain and Spinal Cord

Both the brain and the spinal cord are protected by bone: the brain by the bones of the skull, and the spinal cord by vertebrae , a set of ring-shaped bones. They're both cushioned by layers of membranes (called meninges) and cerebrospinal fluid. …

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Peripheral Nervous System (for Parents)

What Is the Peripheral Nervous System? The peripheral nervous system is a network of nerves that runs throughout the head, neck, and body. It carries messages to and from the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Together, the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system

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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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When Can a Child Switch to a Regular Seatbelt

Usually, this happens when kids are between 8 and 12 years old and around 4 feet 9 inches (about 150 centimeters) tall. Continue to use a booster seat if your child cannot sit properly or wear the seatbelt correctly

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Monkeypox (for Parents)

Monkeypox causes fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash. The rash begins as flat spots that turn into bumps, which then fill with fluid. Some people develop spots that look like pimples or blisters before having any other symptoms. The bumps crust and fall off as they heal. The rash can be painful or itchy.

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Anorexia (for Parents)

Anorexia is an eating disorder. People with anorexia (an-eh-REK-see-uh) are very afraid of gaining weight. They have unrealistic views of their body and try to eat as little as possible. They also might exercise too much or do other things to lose weight. Most people with anorexia (also called anorexia nervosa) are female, but boys can have it too.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine (for Parents)

Complementary and alternative medicine are types of medicine and healing that differ from conventional medicine. Conventional medicine (also called mainstream, traditional, or western-style medicine) is the main type of medicine taught at most medical schools. It is scientifically tested and practiced by many doctors in hospitals and clinics.

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Obesity Factsheet (for Schools) (for Parents)

About 1 in 3 U.S. kids and teens are considered overweight or obese. Genetics, lifestyle habits, or a combination of both may be involved. Students who are obese are at risk for developing: Be supportive of students who are overweight. Focus on strengths and help build self …

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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (for Parents)

The coxsackievirus causes most HFM infections. HFM is contagious and easily spreads through contact with unwashed hands, feces (poop), saliva (spit), mucus from the nose, or fluid from the blisters. Kids under age 7 are most at risk for HFM. Infections are common in childcare centers, preschools, schools, summer camps, and other places where

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A to Z: Diplegia (for Parents)

Diplegia (dy-PLEE-juh) is a form of paralysis that affects similar body parts on both sides of the body, such as both legs or both arms. Diplegia is a condition that causes stiffness, weakness, or lack of mobility in muscle groups on both sides of the body. This usually involves the legs, but in

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