Safety Around Pets

Although most animals are friendly, some can be dangerous. More than any other age group, children between the ages of 5 and 9 are the victims of animal bites; about 5 percent of youngsters of this age are bitten each year. Children 9 to 14 are next in line as the...

Choosing A Pet

When selecting a pet, keep your child’s developmental stage in mind. If this is going to be his pet – and thus he agrees to care for it – choose an animal whose needs can be met by your child. Some pets – like dogs or cats – require daily...

You And Your Pediatrician

Child Health Experts Children have different health care needs than adults – both medical and emotional. In choosing a pediatrician, you can know that your child is being treated by an expert in children’s health. Pediatricians  are trained to prevent and...

You And Your Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Child Health Experts Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) are health care providers who are dedicated to improving children’s health. PNPs have advanced education in pediatric nursing and health care and they serve children and families in an extensive range of...

Seizures (Convulsions)

Seizures are a symptom of disordered inhibitory functioning of the brain. They are caused by abnormal electrochemical activity within the nerve pathways in the brain. They become obvious when they cause stiffening or movement – jerky, sometimes repetitive or...

Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease

A coxsackievirus is any of a group of viruses that cause a variety of infectious diseases, including a mild form of meningitis and hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Coxsackieviruses are always present in the environment in forms that change from one year to the next,...