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  • Can Chronic Ear Infections Cause Long-Term Hearing Loss?
    Find out what the experts have to say.
  • Chickenpox
    It's most common in kids under age 12, but anyone can get chickenpox. The good news is that a vaccine can prevent most cases.
  • Cold Sores
    Cold sores are small and painful blisters that appear around the mouth, face, or nose. They're very common and, while uncomfortable, usually go away on their own.
  • Common Cold
    With kids getting up to eight colds a year, this contagious viral infection is the most common infectious disease in the United States and the top reason kids visit the doctor and miss school.
  • Diarrhea
    Most kids battle diarrhea from time to time, so it's important to know what to do to relieve and even prevent it.
  • 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.
  • Flu Center
    Learn all about protecting your family from the flu and what to do if your child gets flu-like symptoms.
  • Head Lice
    Lice aren't dangerous and they don't spread disease, but they are contagious and downright annoying. Learn more about this common childhood problem and how to get rid of those pesky little bugs.
  • Is It a Cold or the Flu?
    Your child is sent home from school with a sore throat, cough, and high fever - could it be the flu that's been going around? Or is it just a common cold? Find out here!
  • Middle Ear Infections
    Ear infections are common among kids and, often, painful. Find out what causes them and how they're treated.
  • Mononucleosis
    Mononucleosis - or "mono" - is an infection that produces flu-like symptoms, and usually goes away on its own in a few weeks with the help of plenty of fluids and rest.
  • Neonatal Infections
    The vast majority of newborns enter the world healthy. But sometimes, infants develop conditions that require medical tests and treatment.
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
    Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is the most common eye infection affecting kids. Learn more about pinkeye and how to prevent it from spreading.
  • Urinary Tract Infections
    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in kids, but often can be prevented. Early detection and treatment are key.
 

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