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Pediatrics

Diseases

Treatment of Cold Sores in Children

It's often easy to overlook a cold sore, or dismiss it as a side effect of stress. A cold sore, however, is actually a symptom of the herpes virus and should always be treated promptly. Here are some tips for the treatment of cold sores in children....(more)

Early Symptoms of Melanoma in Children

Skin cancer is more often associated with adults than children, however the number of children diagnosed with melanoma each year is on the rise. Melanoma, cancer in the skin cells responsible for melanin production, is the most common form of skin cancer in the U.S. The most important thing to know when it comes to any form of this deadly disease are its symptoms....(more)

Common Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Diabetes

Childhood diabetes (also known as type I diabetes) is a condition where the pancreas does not make enough insulin to properly regulate blood sugar levels. Knowledge of child diabetes symptoms is very important if you are a parent. Early recognition of the illness can reduce your child's risk of severe illness and minimize the disease's long-term effects....(more)

5 Childhood Illnesses You May Not Know About

Children are particularly susceptible to many types of illnesses, some easily treated and some life-threatening. Below are five conditions parents should be aware of and their severity and treatment options....(more)

Infant Care

Protecting Your Baby: Top-rated Pediatric Sunscreens

If you're taking your baby outside, whether it's to the beach, the park or just going around town, you want to make sure your little one's sensitive skin is protected from prolonged exposure to the sun. While some parents may think that a combination of a baby's brand sunscreen (Aveeno Baby, Banana Boat Kids) with a high SPF (50-100+) is the right formula for protection, pediatrician Vincent Ianelli points to four criteria to ensure you're buying the "best" sunscreen for your baby: broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, SPF of at least 15-30, water-resistant, and hypoallergenic and fragrance free. The following is a short list of brands that meet those requirements....(more)

Muscular Dystrophy Symptoms in Infants

Muscular dystrophy is a genetic condition in which the muscles do not develop normally, leading to excessive muscle weakness. There are many different types of muscular dystrophy, and not all patients display symptoms in infancy. When muscular dystrophy symptoms are present in an infant, the following are most likely observed....(more)

Recognizing and Treating Oral Thrush in Infants

Newborn babies are susceptible to a number of ailments. Oral thrush is extremely common; this infection causes pain and irritation around the mouth and inside the mouth....(more)

Head Lice

Children's Issues: Pictures of Lice in Hair

Lice are common vermin, which do not usually carry contagious disease. Despite common misconceptions, and although some species do suck blood from their hosts, lice are primarily scavengers, feeding on bits of matter on the skin or old skin itself. Once they are on a host, they multiply rapidly. Their bodies are designed to anchor-in and withstand the itching, scratching and picking to remove them. Humans, especially children, are prone to contracting lice, and in fact, most kids have at least one bout with the creatures before graduating high school. Here are some pictures of lice in hair and in action....(more)

Pictures of Lice on the Scalp

Head lice are a nuisance and simply thinking about it is enough to make your skin crawl. These parasites commonly target children, and when they do you have no choice but to put on a smile and get ready to get rid of them. With over-the-counter lice shampoos, a fine-toothed comb and a lot of patience, your youngster is sure to be itch-free in no time....(more)

Popular Brands of Dog Shampoo for Lice

Your dog is itching like crazy and you look closely to see little eggs attached to his fur, which means that your canine has a raging infestation of lice. Before you start to panic, take comfort in knowing that lice are species-specific. Your dog's lice are not going to jump onto your hair and give you lice, but it is still a pain to treat. Dog shampoos for lice help kill the live bugs and make the nits easier for you to remove....(more)