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What you need to know about the coronavirus and COVID-19


If you've been hearing about the coronavirus and COVID-19 and are worried about what it might mean for you and your family's health, you're not alone. Read on and we'll tell you what we know about the virus right now and answer any questions you might have.

Social distancing: Why it's so important in helping prevent the spread of coronavirus


Social distancing is an incredibly powerful tool that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here's what you need to know.

Taking care of your newborn's umbilical stump


The umbilical cord kept mom and your baby connected since the 7th week of pregnancy, but after she is born, there is little use for the cord, and pretty soon the stump will fall right off. But how do you take care of it until then?

How to stay healthy and take care of yourself and your family during this time


These are challenging times, so we have some tips that we hope will help keep you and your family as safe and healthy as possible.

How to manage stress and anxiety during the coronavirus


This is a stressful time for all of us. Here's some advice on how to care for yourself.

How to manage staying home with kids while practicing social distancing


These is a tough time for everyone, but it can be especially tough if you're practicing social distancing at home with children. Here are some ideas that we hope will help you and your family get through this challenging time.

Combination vaccines


Immunizations are incredibly important because they help children gain immunity to—in other words, to become protected from—serious disease. Thankfully, combination vaccines mean fewer shots and fewer tears

The two-month baby checkup: A play-by-play guide


It's hard to believe 2 months will come so soon. Or is that the sleep deprivation talking? Either way, it'll soon be time to take your baby in for her checkup, so here's what to expect.

Keeping your newborn safe from germs


Some recent studies suggest that germ exposure for children might help boost their immune systems throughout life, but this isn't the case for those so young. So what are the best ways to protect your little duckling from germs?

Recommended immunization schedule for baby's first year


Immunizations are one of the most important tools of preventative medicine that we have. A few brief shots given during childhood can provide a lifetime's worth of protection against serious disease.

What is thrush?


When it comes to infants, even the smallest sneeze or rash can get parents and guardians concerned, but most infants will encounter some sort of minor illness or infection during their babyhood. Thrush is one of the more common of these infections.

The two-month baby checkup: A play-by-play guide


It's hard to believe 2 months have already flown by. Or is that the sleep deprivation talking? Either way, it's time to take your baby in for her checkup, so here's what to expect.

9 baby breathing problems to look out for


Breathing problems aren't great for any person, but when it comes to infants, you want to be even more vigilant about identifying breathing problems and getting help.

Common immunization myths


As parents, all we ever want is to keep our children as safe and healthy as can be. Preventative healthcare is one important tool that can go a long way toward helping with this goal.

Baby's first cold


When your baby's first cold rolls around, you're going to have to get friendly with mucus reeeaaal quick. Learn the symptoms and treatments for colds in babies so that you're prepared from your baby's first sneeze to her last booger.

Baby's first sunburn


Sunburns aren't fun for anybody, but they're even worse for babies. Here's how you can treat them.

Recommended immunization schedule for baby's first year


Immunizations are one of the most important tools of preventative medicine that we have. A few brief shots given during childhood can provide a lifetime's worth of protection against serious disease.

What can I do about baby eczema?


Skin woes already? Isn't your baby too young for this kind of stress? Actually, no. Infant eczema is common and hard to avoid - but luckily, there are lots of ways to manage the condition.

What you need to know about earaches


You probably haven't had an earache since you were your baby's age. And trust us when we say that's a good thing because they're not pleasant! But with all this time having passed since you had your last experience with ear pain, it might help to brush up on the facts surrounding them.

11 signs to call the pediatrician


If you're like 99.7% of Americans, you aren't a doctor. But that's okay! Just because you aren't a doctor yourself doesn't mean you won't have the full support of one as you raise your baby. So what are some reasons to make that call?

Is your pediatrician right for you?


You want to make sure your baby's pediatrician is perfect, so make sure you know exactly what to look for, and what to ask.

Infant fevers 101


Fevers are a part of many illnesses, and your baby isn't too young to be affected. Here's what you need to know.

Convincing a baby to take their medicine


A lot of parents struggle to convince their children to take medicine. If your baby is standing her ground when it comes to taking medicine, there are some time-honored traditions that you can try.

Do babies need multivitamins?


Maybe they're gummi, or shaped like dinosaurs, but they contain pretty much the same ingredients as the pill you might take with breakfast - is your baby ready for a multivitamin yet?

Unstuffing your child's nose


Holding a tissue and telling your little one to blow her nose is a scene that pops up in so many parents' lives, but it's one that your baby isn't quite ready for yet. Instead, if she gets a stuffy nose, she's going to need a little extra help from you.

Common immunization myths


As parents, all we ever want is to keep our children as safe and healthy as can be. Preventative healthcare is one important tool that can go a long way toward helping with this goal.

Combination vaccines


Immunizations are incredibly important because they help children gain immunity to—in other words, to become protected from—serious disease. Thankfully, combination vaccines mean fewer shots and fewer tears

Baby's 1-year immunizations


Whether your baby takes getting her shots like a champ, or if it makes her cry like, well, a baby, you'll probably both be glad to know that the vaccine schedule slows down a lot after this appointment. Just like the shots themselves, this visit to the family doctor or pediatrician should be over before you know it!

Baby's 1-year immunizations


Whether your baby takes getting her shots like a champ, or if it makes her cry like, well, a baby, you'll probably both be glad to know that the vaccine schedule slows down a lot after this appointment. Just like the shots themselves, this visit to the family doctor or pediatrician should be over before you know it!

5 questions to ask at baby's one-year checkup


As your baby gets older, you're going to be taking her to the doctor less and less often - which means that when the two of you do go in for a checkup, it's important to make each time count, and get all your questions in while you're there.

Your guide to scrapes, bumps, and bruises in the second year


There aren't enough hours in a day to worry every time your baby takes a tumble, but the more mobile she gets, the more important it becomes to know when to worry and when to teach your baby to laugh it off.

Pica and your one-year-old


Every toddler enjoys putting new things in her mouth, even if those things don't seem very fun, exciting, or sanitary to you. The curiosity that leads children to put things in their mouths is a normal part of growing up, and usually it's nothing to worry about. However, if your child consistently tries to chew or eat non-food substances, it could indicate pica, an eating disorder.

Helping your toddler feel comfortable going to the doctor


If it's a question of the doctor's office or the playground, for your baby, the playground is pretty much always going to win, but there are some ways you can help her feel a little better about the doctor's office when a trip is unavoidable.

Dealing with fevers as your toddler gets older


Toddler fevers are scary things - they can go sky-high, and they seem to come along a lot more often than adult fevers - so it can help to have an idea of when to worry.

Talking to care providers about allergies


Having a child who has an allergy can be scary, but having that child cared for by someone else is even scarier. The more thoroughly you talk to your baby's care provider, though, the more prepared they'll be if she ever does have an allergic reaction.

Ear infections in the toddler years


Toddler ear infections can be scary for you and uncomfortable for your baby, but they're common enough during the toddler years that they shouldn't be able to take you by surprise.

Coping with daycare germs


Daycare can help children grow in so many ways ...including their immune systems. Knowing how to cope with the illnesses that come with that growth can make your life a little easier until your baby's immune system is tough enough on its own.

Signs of food allergies in toddlers


Food is just one of the many frontiers your toddler is exploring these days, and as exciting as it is, it can come with hidden dangers, so it's important to know what to watch for.

A spoonful of sugar? Convincing your toddler to take medication


Being sick isn't any fun for your baby, either, but at least she doesn't have to convince herself to take her medicine - that task is up to you.

Common daycare illnesses that sound scarier than they are


Babies, while adorable, are not known for their cleanliness or attention to hygiene. So when you put a bunch of them in a room together, it's likely that they're swap some germs and share a few illnesses. The most common daycare illnesses might sound scary, but they're usually easy to handle with a few simple treatments.

When to take your toddler to the emergency room


Deciding whether or not to take a child to the ER isn't a fun decision to make, but it's an important one, and it helps to be prepared.

Signs to call the doctor


Parents don't have their doctors on speed dial these days, but that's just because we don't have speed dial anymore. It's still very important to know when to get into contact with the pediatrician or other healthcare provider.

Dealing with the flu


Annoying at best and dangerous at worst, the flu is an experience most children have for the first time at some point before they're ready to start tying their own shoes.

Dealing with the flu


Annoying at best and dangerous at worst, the flu is an experience most children have for the first time at some point before they're ready to start tying their own shoes.

When is my toddler too sick to go to daycare?


It's not always easy, figuring out whether your baby's the kind of sick that she'll just snuffle through for a few days, or if it's time to bundle her into bed until she feels better.

Common toddler skin rashes: Part 1


Parents learn pretty early on that "baby soft" skin isn't always so soft, but plenty of skin rashes are very common in the toddler years.

When your toddler is afraid of the doctor


Going to the doctor is like ripping off a band-aid. It might be painful, but it's good for you in the long run, and it's better to get it over with sooner than later. your baby doesn't know that, though. It's up to you to help her feel more comfortable about visits to the doctor.

Kissing it better: Dealing with toddler bumps and bruises


You can be as careful as possible and your baby may still end up with the occasional bump or bruise - she just isn't ready to start being careful for herself yet.

Suggested immunization schedule for your baby's second year and onward through early childhood


Wondering what vaccinations your child will receive in later childhood? We've got all the info for you here.

Tips for encouraging your toddler's healthy immune system


your baby's immune system never sleeps, but some days, it might appreciate a little extra help!

Toddlers and UTIs


It's definitely possible for a toddler to grow up without ever encountering a UTI, but they're common enough that it's helpful to know what to look for.

Different types of thermometers and your squirmy toddler


Digital thermometers are fast, accurate, and easy to use. But they do come in a number of forms and can be used a number of different ways. Here's the lowdown on your options, so you'll know just what to do when temperatures are high.

Keeping your cool: Hydration during an illness


When your toddler is sick, it's her illness you want to fight, but when she doesn't really want to drink enough water to stay hydrated, it's her you'll find yourself trying to convince.

Toddlers and fear of the doctor's office


Heights, spiders, public speaking - toddlers can be pretty casual about a lot of common adult fears, but when it comes to fear of the doctor, it tends to come up in all different age groups.

When your whole family gets sick


It's bad enough coming down with an illness yourself, worse still to pass one back and forth with your baby, but the trickiest thing about being sick is the way it can make its way through the whole family.

Suggested immunization schedule for your baby's second year and onward through early childhood


Wondering what vaccinations your child will receive in later childhood? We've got all the info for you here.

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