Children’s Health

Nothing is more important than the well-being of our children. It’s at the core of many of the commonwealth’s most pressing health care issues. The articles below will help parents make good decisions concerning their children’s health.

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  • » Helping Parents with Straight Talk on Drugs
    Tools, tips, and resources are available to help parents talk with their children about substance abuse.
  • » Know the Tell-Tale Signs of Strep
    Every sore throat feels sore and scratchy—so how do you know when it’s strep?
  • » Do You Know the Best Position for Your Baby to Sleep?
    How should you lay a baby down to sleep—on its back, side, or stomach?
  • » Get Healthy Foods for Your Family at Low Cost
    In this tough economy, there’s some good news for women and children.
  • » Physicians Encourage Parents to Vaccinate Children
    Immunizations have largely eliminated many illnesses in the US, but it’s important to keep immunizing children since these germs are only a plane ride away.
  • » Your Child’s Caregivers Can Give Medical Authorization with Consent Card
    Caregivers, such as grandparents, can use this medical consent form to authorize emergency care when a child’s parents are unavailable.
  • » Head Injuries, Helmets and Head Gear—A No Brainer
    It’s important to wear protective head gear in sports where the risk of concussion and head trauma is significant.
  • » Childhood Diabetes on the Rise
    Type 2 diabetes used to be a problem for adults, but it is being diagnosed with greater frequency in children.
  • » Don’t Pump Up the Volume
    How often were you told by your parents to turn that music down? Now, in the age of the MP3 player, it’s the same story, but more serious when listeners are plugged in morning, noon, and night.
  • » Umbilical Cord Blood: To Save or not to Save?
    What exactly is cord blood, and what can it do?
  • » More Teens Abusing Prescription Drugs
    Learn how to talk to your children about the dangers of abusing precription drugs with this information from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.
  • » Get the Lead Out: How to Create a Lead-Free Environment
    Exposure to even low levels of lead over time is particularly harmful to young children and can slow development, impair learning, and harm hearing.
  • » Resources on Childhood Obesity
    Learn more about the rising problem of childhood obesity.
  • » “Poke and Stick” Parties Pose Serious Health Risks to Teens
    Pennsylvania Medical Society cautions that safety should come first when considering tattoos and body piercings
  • » Pennsylvania Schools Report Record Number of Students with Asthma
    The Pennsylvania Medical Society cautions parents about cold-weather triggers
  • » Children’s Earaches: Medicate? Or Watch and Wait?
    If your child has an earache, antibiotics may not be the cure you want.
  • » Your Child and Antibiotics
    This brochure explains how unnecessary antibiotics can be harmful.