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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.

Gastrointestinal Infections

Appendicitis

Appendicitis requires immediate medical attention, so it's important to know its symptoms. The earlier it's caught, the easier it is to treat.

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.

Campylobacter Infections

These bacterial infections can cause diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever. Good hand-washing and food safety habits can help prevent them.

Cholera

While cholera isn't common in the U.S., it can be a health threat elsewhere. Learn about cholera and how to prevent it.

Dengue Fever

You're not at risk of this illness in the U.S., but if you live in or are traveling to a tropical country it's wise to take precautions against this virus.

Diarrhea

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

Fighting Germs

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

Food Poisoning

Sometimes, germs can get into food and cause food poisoning. Find out what to do if your child gets food poisoning - and how to prevent it.

Giardiasis

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

Helicobacter pylori

H. pylori bacteria can cause digestive illnesses, including gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.