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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.

Skin Infections & Rashes

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that's usually caused by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFM) is a common viral infection that causes painful red blisters in the mouth and throat, and on the hands, feet, and diaper area.

Hives (Urticaria)

Has your child broken out in welts? It could be a case of the hives. Learn how to soothe itchy bumps and help your child feel better.

Impetigo

Impetigo is a contagious skin infection that causes blisters or sores on the face, neck, hands, and diaper area. Learn how this common problem is treated and what can help prevent it.

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.

Inflammation

Inflammation is one way the body reacts to infection, injury, or other medical conditions. Many things can cause it.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease can affect the skin, joints, nervous system, and other organ systems. If Lyme disease is diagnosed quickly and treated with antibiotics, most people feel better quickly.

Measles

Measles is best known for the skin rash it causes. Although rare, outbreaks can happen. Getting your kids fully vaccinated is the best way to protect them from this disease.

Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral skin infection. For most children, the rash isn't a big deal and goes away on its own over time.

Oral Thrush

Oral thrush, a very common infection in infants that causes irritation in and around the baby's mouth, often goes away on its own without medical treatment.