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  • Sleep - Early Morning Riser

    Children who wake up early before their parents do, usually between 5 and 6 AM. They come out of their bedroom and want everyone to get up. Early morning risers are not waking early on purpose. They are no longer tired. They’ve been put to bed too early the night before.

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  • Sleep - Nightmares

    Nightmares are scary dreams that wake a child from sleep. Occasional bad dreams are normal at all ages.

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  • Sleep Problem from Feeding Until Asleep

    A baby over 6 months old who can’t sleep through the night (at least 7 straight hours). Wakes up and cries one or more times a night to be fed.

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  • Sleep Problem from Holding Until Asleep

    A baby over 6 months old who can’t sleep through the night (at least 7 straight hours). Wakes up and cries one or more times a night to be held.

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  • Sleep Problems - Prevention

    Good sleep habits don’t just happen. You need to have a plan. It’s far easier to prevent sleep problems than it is to treat them later.

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  • Sleep Talking

    Sleep talking is a partial wake-up in which children talk in their sleep. They act confused and can’t be fully awakened, but are usually calm.

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  • Sleep Terrors

    Sleep terrors are partial wake-ups in which children act terrified. They act confused and can’t be fully awakened.

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  • Sleeping with Parents (Bed-Sharing) - How To End It

    Your child sleeps with you during all or part of the night. You want to stop sharing your bed with your child

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  • Sleeping with Parents (Bed-Sharing) - Pros and Cons

    Sharing the bed with your child. Bed-sharing should be avoided during the first year of life. Reason: Safe sleep.

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  • Sleepwalking

    Sleepwalking is a partial wake-up in which children walk in their sleep. They act confused and can’t be fully awakened, but are usually calm.

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  • Solid Foods (Baby Foods)

    This topic deals with how to introduce solid (baby) foods to young infants.

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  • Sore Throat - Symptom

    Pain, discomfort or raw feeling of the throat. Pain is made worse when swallows

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  • Spider Bite

    Bite from a spider.

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  • Spitting Up (Normal Reflux)

    Spitting up (normal reflux) is 1 or 2 mouthfuls of breast milk or formula. Spitting up (normal reflux) occurs in most infants (50%).

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  • Splinters (Slivers)

    A foreign body (FB) is stuck in the skin. Some examples are a splinter of wood or sliver of glass

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  • Spoiled Children - Prevention

    A spoiled child insists on having his own way. If demanding doesn’t work, he escalates. He uses tantrums and whining to get his way.

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  • Stools - Unusual Color

    The stool color is strange or different. Normal stool colors are any shade of brown, tan, yellow or green. Colors that may be caused by a disease are red, black and white. Dark green may look like black, but dark green is a normal color.

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  • Strep Exposure

    Guidance on possible strep exposure.

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  • Stubborn Toddler

    Your child says No to many normal requests. Your child disagrees with many of your normal suggestions. Your child constantly tests your rules

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  • Sty

    A sty is a red lump or pimple on the edge of an eyelid.

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  • Sunburn

    Red or blistered skin from too much sun. The redness, pain and swelling starts at 4 hours

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  • Suture Questions

    Common questions about sutures or stitches. Stapled wounds are treated the same as sutured wounds

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  • Tear Duct - Blocked

    The tear duct is blocked in 10% of newborns. The tear duct is the tube that carries tears from the eye to the nose

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  • Teething

    Teething is the normal process of new teeth working their way through the gums. Teeth come in between 6 and 24 months of age

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  • Temper Tantrums

    Tantrums are normal in toddlers. Tantrums may include whining, crying, screaming or yelling. It may also include pounding the floor, slamming a door, or breath-holding. Also called meltdowns or emotional outbursts.

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  • Thin Body Type (Normal Slenderness)

    Your child looks thin or slender. Their weight is more than 20% below the ideal weight for their height. However, your child is well-nourished, with a normal fat tissue layer (8–12 mm). This is measured by a skinfold calipers.

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  • Throat Infection - Viral

    A viral infection of the throat

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  • Throat Infection - Strep

    A bacterial infection of the throat caused by Strep

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  • Thrush

    Thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth in young babies. White patches in the front of the mouth are the hallmark

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  • Tick Bite

    A tick (small brown bug) is attached to the skin. A tick was removed from the skin.

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  • Time-Out Technique

    Time-out means putting a child in a boring place for a few minutes to correct a misbehavior. It’s the most effective consequence (discipline technique) for misbehavior in 2- to 5-year-old children. Every parent needs to know how to give a time-out.

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  • Tinea Versicolor

    Skin infection of teens and adults caused by a fungus. Tinea versicolor means "ringworm of many colors"

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  • Toe Injury

    Injuries to toes.

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  • Toenail - Ingrown

    The corner of the toenail grows into the skin around it. Almost always involves the big toe (great toe)

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  • Toilet Readiness Training

    Readiness training means preparing your child for later potty training. It increases his or her chances of success.

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