Health Concerns

healthimgFrom coughs to chickenpox, sneezes to stomach flu, kids seem to be germ magnets. And there’s nothing more stressful than a sick child. What do you do when the baby’s temperature spikes to 104 F or the babysitter calls with news that your son has a stomachache? Sometimes the best medicine is a little “tender loving care,” sometimes what’s needed is a trip to the doctor. With all the medical advice around, whom should you trust? Herbal remedies, a dozen cough syrups, expensive specialists — how can a parent know what’s best? If you visit the pediatrician so often you feel like you should have a standing appointment, this site offers practical advice on how to promote good health in your child, when to be worried and when to wait the illness out.


Background Information

Health Problems, Hypochondria or Cries for Help?
When your adolescent repeatedly complains of not feeling well in the morning, how do you know whether to offer TLC and bed rest or escort him to the bus stop?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
This advice won’t eliminate all cases of SIDS, but it could save hundreds, if not thousands, of lives every year.

The Debut of Teeth
Though it’s exciting for parents, getting teeth can be a pain in the mouth and elsewhere for babies.

Understanding Vaccines
Do you know the purpose of each of your child’s vaccinations?

What Causes Vomiting and Diarrhea in Infants?
If your infant vomits or has diarrhea, be aware of these possible causes.


Questions and Answers

I’m trying to potty train my 3-year-old son who has Down syndrome. Does he have the capacity to understand at this age, considering his challenges?
Answer

Review more Frequently Asked Questions


Stories

Chronic Kids, Healthy Spirits
Two sisters write about parenting their children with chronic illnesses

Dear Friend
In the face of bad news, it helps to hear from someone who’s already passed through the valley.

Too Young To Die
Living with a seriously ill child can seem too much to bear.

If you’ve been through an experience related to this topic, we invite you to share your story with others.
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Other Things to Consider

Bearing the Burden of a Child’s Illness
In the midst of a devastating diagnosis, sometimes all you can do is to trust God.


Transitions: Having a Baby, Preparing for Adolescence

Life Pressures: Working Moms, Stay-At-Home Moms, Time for Family

Relationships: Parents and Adult Children, Blended Families