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The Truth About Vaccines

Some parents do not vaccinate their children, believing myths that vaccines are dangerous or cause disorders like autism. Learn what the experts say in this health feature.

First Aid in the Home

Young children commonly get hurt at home from rolling or falling off their bed, from falling out of their strollers, hitting their heads or falling off a counter where they are sitting.

Teen Safety in the Car

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers.

Signs & Symptoms of Mononucleosis

Mononucleosis (called mono for short) is an illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a common virus most children get exposed to at some time.

Chemical Poisoning in the Home

Many ordinary household items can be poisonous, from medicines and makeup to bug spray and cleaning products. Chemical poisoning in the home can be avoided.

The Role of Teens in their Health Care Decisions

Many teens are able to manage much of their own health care, from giving themselves injections to taking medications. They can speak to their physician and research on their own.

Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia

Symptoms of pneumonia can include fever and cough, and in the very young, those may be the only symptoms. In older children, you will notice their respiratory rates go up because they need to oxygenate their blood so they breathe more often.

Anxiety and Kids

It’s normal for young children to be scared of the dark, or apprehensive when they experience a new place, for example for a six-year-old to be afraid of going to the doctor. Parents can prepare their kids by talking these things.

Keep Kids Healthy While Traveling

To help kids stay healthy while traveling, people should bring waterless, alcohol-based hand sanitizers or wipes with them on the plane and use them before eating or drinking.

What Is Colic?

Colic is the term used to describe uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy infant during its first three to four months of life. Sometimes colicky babies are responding to a discomfort in digestion.

Screen Time Insomnia

Setting screentime guidelines can help parents avoid battles with their kids. “Up to two hours a day is reasonable,” says Dr. Galion. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of two have limited screen time.

Identifying Child Abuse

Child abuse doesn’t just occur in families with certain income levels or ethnic groups - it happens across the spectrum of all people, including intact and single-parent families, wealthy and lower-income families, says Dr. Wong.

Current Diet Trends & Kids

A vegetarian diet excludes meat, poultry, fish, seafood and shellfish but includes eggs and dairy products. It can be really healthy for children and teens.

Identifying Hernias

“Parents will typically notice a bulge in the groin or abdominal wall, where there shouldn’t be one,” says CHOC pediatric surgeon Dr. Reyna. The areas around the groin and belly button are the two most common regions for hernias in babies and young children.

Chronic Constipation in Kids

Constipation is a common problem that can make kids - and their parents - miserable. Learn about the treatments for chronic constipation in this health feature.

Dental Hygiene

Poor oral health can cause problems with feeding in babies and also harm a child’s overall health, development and school performance. Learn more in this health feature.

Understanding Health Information on the Web

An electronic health record is a computerized collection of a patient’s health records designed to be shared among a patient’s health care providers using proper security measures and permissions. Learn more about the EMR in this health feature.

Home Safety

To practice home safety, supervision is the best way to keep your children safe. However, here are some things you can do to help make your child’s environment safer.

Sun Safety and Skin Protection

For sun safety, both children & adults need to practice good sun protection. Sunscreen should be worn while outside at all times. This may sound like a hassle, prevention pays off.

Kohl’s Water Safety and Education Program at CHOC Children’s

Water safety matters. Children and water can be a fatal combination. Drowning is a quick, silent event. A child can drown in as little as two inches of water.

Personal Safety for Children

For your child's personal safety, keep open communication with your child. Ask your child how things are going every day. You can help your children learn to be safe and secure.

Be Wise Immunize

Immunize your children to prevent them from getting sick. Staying healthy is important to keeping you and our community safe. Children under the age of 5 are less able to fight off germs.

Sleep Position for Young Infants

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant under one year of age, usually during periods of sleep.

Lice and Other School Aged Problems

What are lice? Are my kids too busy? Why does my teen have a bad attitude? Get the answers to these questions and more in this health feature.

Bullying

One of the best ways to protect your children from bullying is to talk to them with open-ended questions and help them come up with an appropriate response, says pediatric psychologist Dr. Heather C. Huszti in this health feature.

The experts at CHOC Children's and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital in partnership with the Orange County Register have developed this site to provide you with the information you need to help keep your children healthy. From immunizations to broken bones, we're here to provide answers to some of parenting's most common, and not-so-common, questions.

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