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  • Teens & COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities During the Outbreak

    Social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 can be especially hard for teens, who may feel cut off from their friends. Many also face big letdowns as graduations, proms, sports seasons, college visits and other long-planned events are cancelled or postponed. Here are a few ways you can help your

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  • The Child as a Passenger on an Adult's Bicycle

    A young passenger on an adult's bike makes the bike unstable and increases the braking time.

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  • The Medical Home for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder—Autism Toolkit

    Parents, pediatricians, and other health care professionals are encouraged to work together so that all of the needs of children and youths are met. This partnership is at the core of what the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) calls a medical home. The medical home is not a physical place but rather

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  • Tips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19

    All babies cry. Most babies cry a lot from two weeks to two months of age. Some cry more than others, and some cry longer than others. For many new parents, crying is one of the most stressful parts of coping with a newborn.

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  • Tips for Getting Your Children to Wear Bicycle Helmets

    Have your children wear helmets as soon as they start to ride tricycles and if they are a passenger on the back of an adult's bike. If they learn to wear helmets whenever they ride tricycles and bikes, it becomes a habit for a lifetime. It's never too late, however, to get your children into helmets.

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  • Trampolines: What You Need to Know

    If you choose to have a home trampoline, the AAP recommends the following safety precautions: adult supervision at all times, only one jumper on the trampoline at a time, and no somersaults should be performed. Also, trampolines should have adequate protective padding that is in good condition and appropriately

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  • Using Liquid Medicines

    Many children’s medicines come in liquid form. Liquid medicines are easier to swallow than pills. But they must be used the right way.

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  • Using Over-the-Counter Medicines with Your Child

    “Over-the-counter” (OTC) means you can buy the medicine without a doctor's prescription. This doesn’t mean that OTCs are harmless. Like prescription medicines, OTCs can be dangerous if not taken the right way. Talk with your child's doctor before giving your child any medicine, especially the first

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  • Wandering Off (Elopement)—Autism Toolkit

    Research shows that about 1 in 3 young children with ASD has tried to wander off. This behavior may continue to happen in older children and even teenagers and adults with ASD. This is concerning since many people with ASD may not be able to share their names, addresses, or phone numbers if they get

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  • Water Safety for Your School-aged Child

    Swimming and playing in water can give your child much pleasure and good exercise. But you must take steps to prevent your child from drowning.

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  • When Your Child Needs Emergency Medical Services

    It is rare for children to become seriously ill with no warning. Depending on your child's symptoms, you usually should contact your child's pediatrician for advice. Early recognition and treatment of symptoms can prevent an illness or injury from getting worse or turning into an emergency.

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  • Working and Learning from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak

    To help contain COVID-19, many schools moved children to online learning at home. In addition, many parents are being asked to work from home. These forms of social distancing are needed to help slow the spread of the virus and prevent overloading the health care system.

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  • Your Baby's First Steps

    Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help prepare you for your baby’s first steps.

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  • Your Child and Medications—Autism Toolkit

    While medications will not change your child’s autism spectrum disorder (ASD), they can be helpful when added to other treatments to help your child’s development and learning.

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  • Your Child and the Environment

    Environmental dangers are everywhere. Most of these dangers are more harmful to children than adults. However, there are things you can do to reduce your child's contact with them. Read more to learn about how to protect your family from environmental dangers.

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