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- Adjustment Disorder
- Birth Defects
- Breath-Holding Spells
- Congenital Hypothyroidism
- Congenital Torticollis
- Delayed Breast Development
- Developmental Problems
- Failure to Thrive
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
- Foreskin Adhesion
- Kawasaki Disease
- Keratosis Pilaris
- Labial Adhesion
- Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome
- Respiratory Failure in Children
- Sepsis in Children
- Sleep Apnea in Children
- Sleep Problems in Children
- Speech and Language Problems in Children
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Tinea Versicolor
- Urethral Prolapse in Children
As children learn to deal with frustration, fear, and anger, breath-holding spells become less frequent. Parents may be able to prevent some spells by seeing that their child gets plenty of rest and that he or she feels secure. Some ways to help...
Before taking your child to a doctor for breath-holding spells, write down what typically happens. These descriptions will help you to give your child's doctor accurate information to make an initial diagnosis. Try to observe and record what happens...
What are breath-holding spells? Breath-holding spells are brief periods when young children stop breathing for up to 1 minute. These spells often cause a child to pass out (lose consciousness). Breath-holding spells usually occur when a young child is angry, frustrated, in pain, or afraid. But the spell is a reflex...
What is congenital torticollis? Torticollis, also known as "wryneck," is a condition in which your baby's head is tilted. The chin points to one shoulder, while the head tilts toward the opposite shoulder. Treatment is necessary to prevent your baby's face and skull from growing unevenly and to prevent limited motion...
What is craniosynostosis? Craniosynostosis (say "kray-nee-oh-sih-noh-STOH-sus") is a problem with the skull that causes a baby's head to be oddly shaped. In rare cases it causes pressure on the baby's brain, which can cause damage. It is also called craniostenosis. A baby's skull is not just one bowl-shaped...
Learn how to use home treatment to stop a cough from croup.
Learn why antibiotics shouldn't be prescribed to children who have a cold or flu.
What is croup? Croup is a common respiratory problem in young children. It tends to occur in the fall and winter. Its main symptom is a harsh, barking cough. Croup causes swelling and narrowing in the voice box, windpipe, and breathing tubes that lead to the lungs. This can make it hard for your child to breathe...
If your child has a barking cough: Hold your child in a calming manner. Keep your child quiet, if possible. Crying can make breathing more difficult. Try rocking or distracting your child with a book or game. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Don't use a hot vaporizer. Use only water in the humidifier...
Using techniques to help your child control symptoms of croup can help prevent the need to see a doctor at a clinic or emergency room. These techniques focus on keeping your child's airway open to make breathing easier. Keep calm and soothe your child. Anxiety and panic can make symptoms worse. Recognize that...