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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.

Parasitic Infections (Worms, Lice, etc.)

Amebiasis

Amebiasis is an intestinal illness transmitted when someone eats or drinks something that's contaminated with a microscopic parasite.

Ascariasis

Ascariasis is an intestinal infection that occurs when the eggs of a parasitic roundworm are ingested. Read about signs and symptoms, treatment, and tips for prevention.

Bedbugs

Bedbugs have people on high alert, checking mattresses and furniture for telltale signs of these irritating, hard-to-control pests. Here's what to look for and how to deal with them.

Chigger Bites

Chiggers are tiny red mites whose bites aren't painful but do cause intense itching. Home care can help the itchiness.

Fighting Germs

Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa can cause disease. Here's how to help protect your family from germs.

Giardiasis

Giardiasis, one of the chief causes of diarrhea in the United States, is an intestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite.

Head Lice

Lice aren't dangerous and they don't spread disease, but they are contagious, annoying, and sometimes hard to get rid of. Learn more about this common childhood problem and how to get rid of those pesky little bugs.

Infections That Pets Carry

Kids can benefit from the companionship, affection, and relationships they share with pets. But it's important to know how to protect your family from infections carried by pets and other animals.

Malaria

Malaria - a common infection in hot, tropical areas - is a leading cause of death worldwide. But if diagnosed early and treated, it can be cured.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Mosquito-borne diseases are illnesses spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.