health tips for parents

Up to 30 percent of sore throats among children between the ages of 5 and 15 are due to group A Streptococcus (strep), a contagious bacterial infection that causes fever, sudden onset of a sore throat, swollen tonsils and painful swallowing. With appropriate treatment, however, most symptoms completely resolve [...]
By uclahealth • December 21, 2017
When children are exposed to news of violent and tragic events, such as natural disasters or mass shootings, they may start to worry that something similar could happen to them or their loved ones. By openly discussing these events and outlining the family’s emergency preparedness plan, parents can alleviate [...]
By uclahealth • October 27, 2017
Pediatric atopic dermatitis (AD), also referred to as allergic eczema, is a chronic skin disease marked by dry, sensitive skin that easily becomes red, scaly and severely itchy Atopic dermatitis affects 20 to 30 percent of children and adolescents in [...]
By uclahealth • July 31, 2017
Speech and sound disorders – difficulties in articulation, language, voice or fluency – affect 8 to 9 percent of children in the U.S.; however, a variety of therapies can help children strengthen their speech/language skills. Speech development Children typically start producing sounds (babbling) at around six months of [...]
By uclahealth • April 28, 2017
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) describes a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders that can cause significant social, behavioral and communication challenges. Diagnosis Autism spectrum disorder, which affects roughly 1.5 percent of children, is often characterized by repetitive motions, limited social and emotional interaction, and delayed speech and language [...]
By uclahealth • March 29, 2017
Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies in the United States. Between 1 and 2 percent of children and adolescents are allergic to peanuts — and that number has doubled in Western nations over the past decade. Prevention Peanut allergy, a severe and [...]
By uclahealth • February 27, 2017
Up to 60 percent of people experience at least one nosebleed at some point in their lives. Most cases occur in children 2 to 10 years old. Source of nosebleeds Most children report that they can sense the onset of a nosebleed before it occurs. Ninety percent [...]
By uclahealth • December 21, 2016
Children under the age of 5 are more likely to be hospitalized from influenza (flu) complications than those in other age groups. Annual flu vaccines are the best way to protect your child and family from the flu. Seasonal Influenza Seasonal influenza is a contagious, but preventable, [...]
By uclahealth • October 28, 2016
Several factors can affect a child’s normal body temperature (98.6°F), including time of day, age and activity level. While slight variations can be normal, any body temperature above 100.3° F is considered a fever. Understanding fevers As a parent, you may feel distressed when your child has [...]
By uclahealth • September 30, 2016