1. Staph Infections: What Parents Need to Know About Treating and Preventing

    Mom putting bandage on daughter’s kneeCuts, scratches and scrapes are a typical part of growing up. A quick clean-up, a bandage, and a kiss from Mom frequently suffice to make everything better. Sometimes, however, a cut or scrape may become infected and, if not treated appropriately, could worsen and lead to an infection.

    A Staph infection, for example, can occur when an open wound is exposed to Staph bacteria – a bacteria found on the skin or in the nose of about a third of the population, according to The Mayo Clinic.

    Staph bacteria, the most common cause of skin infections in the United States, explains the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), can cause minor infections such as boils and pimples, which are usually treated without antibiotics. A more serious Staph infection may require an antibiotics regimen in order to rid the body of the infection.

    If you think that your child may have a Staph infection, consult your child’s pediatrician, who can advise if treatment requires antibiotics.

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  2. How to Guard Against Motion Sickness

    Child sitting in the backseat of a carMany people experience some kind of motion sickness. Car sickness and sea sickness, for example, are common kinds that both children and adults can experience.

    According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of motion sickness can strike suddenly and can quickly progress from a queasy, uneasy feeling in the stomach to a cold sweat, dizziness and vomiting, in some cases. Often, motion sickness can subside as soon as the motion stops, but by then the “damage” has been done.

    There are ways for lessening the likelihood of motion sickness and for alleviating the symptoms. Here are some from the Mayo Clinic:

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  3. Common Symptoms of Strep Throat in Children and Ways to Treat It

    Mother taking son’s temperatureStrep throat can be a very painful and contagious infection. While anyone can catch strep throat, it is most common among school-age children and teens between the ages of 5 and 15 years old, as the bacteria that causes strep throat spreads most often during the school year when large groups of children are in close quarters, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    How can you tell if your child has strep throat or is simply suffering from a sore throat? The CDC recommends checking for these common strep throat symptoms in children:

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  4. Five Ways to Work Off Halloween Candy

    Halloween treatsThanks to trick-or-treating, Halloween is often synonymous with candy. As a child, you likely could eat all sorts of Halloween goodies guilt-free, without worrying about gaining weight. As you grow older, your desire for Halloween treats may not go away. Health-conscious individuals may be able to abstain from indulging, but if you are like many of us, it can be hard to resist the temptations that await in your child’s trick-or-treating bag.

    These simple tips can help to work off Halloween candy and avoid candy temptation altogether:

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  5. Common Symptoms of Child Ear Infections

    Common symptoms of child ear infections Common symptoms of child ear infections infographicSeeing your child in pain can be painful in itself. For younger children who may not yet have the language skills to communicate what he or she is feeling, it can be especially frustrating for parents as they try to determine the cause of the pain, so that they can try to relieve it.

    How can you tell if your child is suffering from an ear infection? Watch for these common child ear infection symptoms:

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