close   X

kidshealth library

health & safety topics

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.

Health Videos

Quick Summary: How the Ears Work

The ears gather sounds from our environment and turn them into messages for the brain to decode. Learn more in this video about the ears.

Quick Summary: Hydrocele

A hydrocele (HI-dro-seel) is a pouch of fluid around the testicle inside the scrotum. Hydroceles are common in newborns, especially in premature babies. Older boys and men can get them too.

Quick Summary: Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a problem that happens when the left side of a baby’s heart doesn't form as it should. It’s smaller than normal and can’t pump enough blood to the body. After the baby is born, doctors can treat the problem with medicines and several surgeries.

Quick Summary: Spinal Tap (Lumbar Puncture)

A lumbar puncture, or spinal tap, is a medical test that involves collecting a small sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for examination. Doctors use the sample to look for signs of possible infections or other illnesses.

Quick Summary: Treating Indirect Inguinal Hernia

An inguinal hernia happens when part of the intestines slips into the groin (where the belly meets the upper leg) instead of staying in the belly as it should. Doctors fix inguinal (IN-gwuh-nul) hernias with surgery.

Quick Summary: Treating Pilonidal Cysts (Gips Procedure)

A pilonidal cyst is a fluid-filled sac under the skin in the lower back, near the crease of the buttocks.

Quick Summary: Treating Tear-Duct Blockage (Tear Duct Massage)

Blocked tear ducts are a fairly common problem in infants. If your child has a blocked tear duct, your doctor may show you how to massage the eye several times a day at home for a few months. Massaging can help open the blockage.

Quick Summary: Treating Tear-Duct Blockage (Tear Duct Probe)

Blocked tear ducts are a fairly common problem in infants. A common procedure called a tear duct probe can open the blockage.

Safe Sleep for Babies (Video)

Guard against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by learning how to safely put your baby to sleep.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Steven's Story (Video)

A teen athlete talks about why he won't let his condition take him out of the game.