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Abdominal Pain, Age 12 and Older

The cause of abdominal problems can be hard to pinpoint. Sometimes minor and serious abdominal problems start with the same symptoms. Fortunately,...


Acne is a disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. With acne, the sebaceous glands are clogged, which leads to pimples and cysts.

Anxiety Disorders

Detailed information on the most common types of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and phobias.


What is appendicitis? Appendicitis is one of the causes of serious belly pain. It happens when the appendix becomes infected and inflamed. The...


Asthma is a long-term disease of the airways of the lung. The airways become sensitive to triggers (allergens and irritants).

Atypical eating disorders

Atypical eating disorders, or eating disorders not otherwise specified, is a diagnostic term used when many but not all the criteria are met for...


Bulimia is an eating disorder. People with bulimia are overly concerned with their body shape and weight. They will overeat (binge) then follow this with vomiting, laxative or enema abuse (purge) to maintain body weight. An affected person may also fast, follow extreme diets or over-exercise.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a broad term that describes a group of non-progressive brain (neurological) disorders that cause the loss of normal motor function, body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, reflex, posture, and balance.


Chickenpox is a common childhood disease. It causes an itchy, blistering rash and is easily spread to others.


Colic is when a healthy baby cries for a very long time, for no obvious reason. It is a common problem that affects some babies during the first 3 to 4 months of life.

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a skin rash caused by something that touches the skin and makes it irritated and inflamed. Your skin may be red, swollen, dry, and may be cracked. Blisters may form and ooze. The rash will itch.


Health advice for those with a dry cough, with little to no clear-white phlegm; or a wet cough, where there is yellow, green or brown phlegm.


Croup is a disease that causes swelling in the upper portion of the airway in the neck and problems breathing. Children with croup often have a high-pitched “creaking” or whistling sound when breathing in; this is called stridor.

Developmental delay

Developmental delays are present when a child does not demonstrate abilities and skills commonly found in other children in the same age group....

Developmental disability

Developmental disabilities are a group of problems that often include difficulty with physical, intellectual (thinking and reasoning), social or...

Diaper Rash

Learn to identify the signs and symptoms of diaper rash - a skin problem caused by the skin staying wet, rubbing from the diaper, and contact with chemicals in the urine and stool, causing skin to look red, raw, scalded, or burned - and when you should call the doctor.


Diarrhea is the sudden increase in the frequency and looseness of bowel movements (BMs); mild diarrhea is the passage of a few loose or mushy BMs; severe diarrhea is the passage of many watery BMs.


When something goes wrong with the muscles that direct swallowing, it’s called dysphagia and it can lead to aspiration—food or other material entering the airways or lungs.


Epilepsy causes repeated seizures and is one of the most common neurological condition. The seizures are caused by bursts of electrical activity...

Failure to Thrive

Failure to thrive is defined as slowed down or arrested physical growth and is associated with abnormal growth and development.


Hives are an itchy rash made up of raised pink bumps with pale centers, that comes and goes.

Lactose Intolerance

People with lactose intolerance cannot digest dairy products; undigested lactose in the gut cannot be absorbed, which can cause nausea, cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea and foul-smelling stools.

Low birth weight

Babies born weighing less than 5 1/2 pounds are considered low birthweight, and are at increased risk for serious health problems as newborns,...

Medically fragile child

“Medically fragile child” refers to children whose complex medical conditions require professional nursing monitoring and supervision on a 24-hour...

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the brain and spinal cord, where the protective covering (myelin) on nerves in the brain and spinal cord is damaged, causing messages traveling along affected nerves to slow or stop.

Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a broad term that describes a genetic (inherited) disorder of the muscles; it causes the muscles in the body to become very weak.


Pneumonia is an infection of one or both of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. It is a serious infection in which the air sacs fill with pus and other liquid.


Sometimes accidental poisonings can be treated in the home by following the directions from a poison control center or your child's doctor. At other times, you may need emergency medical care.


Poliomyelitis, most often called polio, is spread by a virus and can cause paralysis. The disease is now rare in the U.S. because of a vaccine against the virus. However, polio still exists in a few countries.


Healthy skin is a barrier between the inside of the body and the outside environment. A rash means a change has affected the skin. Rashes generally...


Rosacea is a long-lasting (chronic) skin condition affecting the face. In the early stages it causes easy flushing or blushing. It looks like a bad case of acne, and has been called adult acne.

Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is an infection with streptococcal bacteria. These are the same bacteria that cause strep throat.


A sunburn is an injury to the skin. It is caused by over-exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. The skin becomes pink or red and painful. Very severe sunburns may cause blistering and fluid draining from the skin.


What is tonsillitis? Tonsillitis is an infection or inflammation of the tonsils. The tonsils are balls of lymphatic tissue on both sides of...

Type 1 Diabetes

In type 1 diabetes, the body can’t make insulin. Insulin is needed to help glucose enter cells for energy. Without insulin, glucose builds up in the blood. This causes high blood glucose or high blood sugar.