Alternatives to infant cold medications are available - Your baby has a cold and you reach for the cough medicine to relieve her symptoms. However, infant formulations of cough medicines have been taken off the market because of concerns about an increase in side effects and complications. There are alternatives.
Food allergy severity varies - For some children and adults, eating a seemingly innocent peanut butter cookie could be a matter of life and death. They are among the 12 million Americans - 3 million of whom are children - with allergic sensitivity to certain foods.
Contacts OK for kids ready for proper care - At about the age of 10 to 12, many children who need vision correction start wanting to wear contact lenses. This may be because of appearance or for sports. What is the right age for children to begin wearing contact lenses?
Whooping cough: Booster vaccine urged for adolescents - With an increase in the number of pertussis cases among adolescents, booster vaccines are now recommended for ages 11 to 18. Also known as whooping cough, this is a highly contagious, bacterial respiratory illness.
New school rule: Meningitis vaccine advised for adolescents - Young people starting a new school can add a new item to their back-to-school checklist: The meningococcal meningitis vaccine is recommended for adolescents entering middle school and high school as well as dormitory-bound college freshmen.