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  • Bites and Scratches
    Animal bites and scratches, even minor ones, can become infected and spread bacteria to other parts of the body, regardless of whether the animal is a family pet or a wild animal.
  • Broken Bones, Sprains, and Strains
    Broken bones and torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons happen. Find out what to do if your child experiences any breaks, strains, or sprains.
  • Bug Bites and Stings
    In most cases, bug bites and stings are just nuisances. But in some cases, they can cause infections and allergic reactions. It's important to know the signs, and when to get medical attention.
  • Concussion Basics
    The term concussion conjures up the image of a child knocked unconscious while playing sports. But concussions can happen with any head injury, often without any loss of consciousness.
  • Dealing With Cuts
    Most small cuts don't present any danger to your child. But bleeding from large cuts may require immediate medical treatment.
  • Dehydration
    Sometimes kids lose fluids and salts through fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or long periods of exercise with excessive sweating. Here are some tips on preventing or treating dehydration.
  • Fever and Taking Your Child's Temperature
    Although it can be frightening when your child's temperature rises, fever itself causes no harm and can actually be a good thing - it's often the body's way of fighting infections.
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Casts
    Getting a cast often comes with plenty of questions. Read on for answers to some frequent inquiries many parents - and kids - may have about casts.
  • Heat Illness
    Active kids can be at risk for heat illness, which can result in heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heatstroke. Learn how to prevent and treat heat illness.
  • Seizure Basics
    Seizures are caused by abnormal electrical discharges in the brain. Find out what you need to know about seizures and what to do if your child has one.
  • Tick Removal: A Step-by-Step Guide
    Boy, your child's freckles really stand out in the sun - but wait, that one isn't a freckle at all. It's a tick. What should you do?
  • What You Need to Know in an Emergency
    In an emergency, it's hard to think clearly about your kids' health information. Here's what important medical information you should have handy, just in case.
 

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