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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.

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Asthma Triggers

Triggers — things in the air, weather conditions, or activities — can cause asthma flare-ups. By knowing and avoiding triggers, you'll help lessen your child's asthma symptoms.

Cough and Cold Medicine Abuse

Chugging cough medicine for an instant high is a dangerous, potentially deadly practice.

Coughing

Coughs are a common symptom, but most aren't a sign of a serious condition. Learn about different coughs, how to help your child feel better, and when to call your doctor.

Dehydration

Sometimes kids lose fluids and salts through fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or sweating. Here are some tips on preventing or treating dehydration.

Diarrhea

Most kids battle diarrhea from time to time, so it's important to know what to do to relieve and even prevent it.

Does My Child Need an Antibiotic? (Video)

Antibiotics are powerful medicines that can help kids feel better -- but only when they have certain illnesses. Find out if an antibiotic is right for your child.

Fevers

Fevers happen when the body's internal "thermostat" raises the body temperature above normal. This is often the body's way of fighting infections.

Headaches

Headaches affect kids as well as adults. Learn about common causes and when to talk to a doctor.

How to Safely Give Acetaminophen

What kind? How much? How often? Find out how to give this pain and fever medicine.

How to Take Your Child's Temperature

All kids get a fever from time to time. Here's how to take your child's temperature, safely and accurately.