Obesity is dangerous enough with adults but the health problem of obese child can be even more frightening because they are showing up much earlier in life. What used to be considered almost exclusively the health problems of middle age are now becoming very common in younger children and teens.
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Having a child can be hard work. They need food, water, shampoo, and a host of other items that can be costly. However, children are also a joy to have around. Their smiles light up the room, and their off-key singing of Barney songs can make your heart swell. Putting notes in their lunchboxes can be a real treat, especially considering the hugs you’ll get upon their return from school. No matter what you do for your child, there are some things you need to consider early on so that your child will be healthy and protected.
Children less than two years of age should not take over-the-counter cough and cold medicines according the latest recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Parents may be surprised to learn that these medicines have not been shown to help with common colds and viruses, and, even worse, they have been shown to cause dangerous side effects in young children.
There are few pediatric topics that fuel as much passionate debate (among physicians and laypeople alike) as to whether healthy newborn boys should be routinely circumcised. One camp argues that the procedure is essential to avert potentially catastrophic illnesses whereas the opposition go as far as calling the procedure a wanton violation of human rights.
Policy statement from pediatricians’ group bolstered by Minnesota study on foodborne illness.