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Your child's health and safety is our top priority. Please search our resource library for information on health, nutrition, fitness, injury prevention and other important topics.

Bacterial & Viral Infections

Toxic Shock Syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome is a serious but uncommon bacterial infection. TSS is a medical emergency - symptoms include sudden high fever, a faint feeling, diarrhea, headache, and muscle aches.

Toxic Synovitis

Read about this temporary inflammation of the hip joint that affects young children.

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is making a comeback in the United States today. Find out who's at risk, what to watch for, and how doctors treat TB.

Understanding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Looking for information about coronavirus (COVID-19)? Our articles and videos explain what the virus is, ways to prevent it from spreading, how to talk to kids about it, how to care for someone who is sick, and much more.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in kids. They're easy to treat and usually clear up in a week or so.

Warts

Many of us have had a wart somewhere on our bodies at some time. But other than being a nuisance, most warts are harmless.

West Nile Virus

The threat of West Nile virus has made getting a mosquito bite a cause for concern. What is West Nile virus, and what can you do to prevent it?

What Is Herd Immunity?

Herd immunity is when many people are immune to a contagious infection, so it's harder for that infection to spread in a community. But does it have a role in the fight against COVID-19?

What Is Powassan Virus?

Find out what the experts have to say.

When and Where to Get Medical Care

Should you head to the ER when your child is hurt or ill? What about an urgent care center? Different problems need different levels of care, and you have many options.