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Children And Birth Defects Birth defects can occur to couples whom have no family history of birth defects and to those who even have other healthy children. There are some birth defects in which there is no known cause. Alcohol abuse and certain medications may be causes for birth defects and some infections can also cause birth defects.

Autism Having a child who has been diagnosed with autism can be a particularly challenging time for any family. The emotional roller coaster lurches from disbelief, anger, relief at finally having an explanation for your childs unusual behavior, guilt, surprise, helplessness, devastation, understanding, and so the list goes on.

AIDS and HIV Babies born to HIV-infected women may become infected before or during birth or through breast-feeding after birth.  Children who are born with the HIV virus are often diagnosed at an early age and treatments can begin immediately.

Alcoholism  Alcohol is the leading preventable cause of mental and physical birth defects. When a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy, she risks giving birth to a child who could have lifelong mental and physical deficiencies.

Anger Management Techniques A teen has many tools available to them in which to manage their anger. Anger Management Tools are what a teen can use to channel or funnel their emotions so that they can express themselves without causing injury to themselves, others or property.

Depression Researchers are beginning to understand that this is a serious problem amongst the youth of this country. Studies are telling them that one in every eight teenagers and one in every thirty-three children under the age of twelve are suffering from depression. This becomes a bigger problem because if a child has a depressive episode so young it means they are likely to have another within five years time.

Diabetes Although the increase in obesity in children is beginning to increase the incidence of these overweight children developing type 2 diabetes, it is usually type 1 diabetes that develops in juveniles.

Eating Disorders Eating disorders tend to affect young people more than any other age group. Because eating disorders often develop during the often-difficult period of the adolescent years, it is imperative that parents take a proactive role in helping prevent the onset of an eating disorder in the family.

Snoring It is estimated that somewhere between 3% and 12% of children of a preschool age snore even though the majority of these children are probably without any other symptoms and otherwise appear quite fit and healthy. This type of snoring experienced by children is called primary snoring.

Weight Loss Surgery Due to our international childhood obesity epidemic, weight loss surgeons are now taking the drastic measure and launching weight reduction surgery for adolescents as well as adults. Treatment consists of radical surgery on those children who are morbidly obese.

Infection Control There are countless measures at the home you can take to avoid infections. However, always remember that there are some good bacteria too so try and be cognizant that antibacterial products will not necessarily be the best cleaning solution for you.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Facts If your child is exhibiting any of the following symptoms: obsessive thoughts, repetitive behaviors, frequent mood swings, extreme shyness or isolating behaviors or depression, your child may be suffering from one of many teen anxiety disorders.  So, how can you treat anxiety disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder?  Believe it or not, you have many options both conventional and holistic in nature.

Skin Infection A baby's skin is not just tender and soft, it is susceptable to many skin infections. Some common skin conditions and infections include: baby acne, candidiasis, chapped skin, cradle cap, diaper rash, eczema, heat rash or also known as prickly heat and impetigo.

Quitting Smoking Those who begin smoking young are more likely to smoke long term. Sometimes kids get caught by their parents who by their disappointment and concern are able to help them quit but all too often their parents are not aware of their new habit because the teen smokes only at school or because he parents are too busy to see.

Sports Injuries The most common sports injuries are Achilles tendon injuries, dislocations, fractures, knee injuries, sprains and strains, shinbone pain, and swollen muscles. Sports injuries can be caused by accident during the course of playing the sport or when exercising, or they can be the result of poor training, or improper gear and equipment.



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