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  • Baby Walkers

    Baby Walkers

    I have a 9 month old boy, who weighs 24 lb. 6 oz. and is 31 in. long. Do you think that it is safe for him to be in a walker?
    Traci Rectenwald – Administrative Assistant – Research Beaufort,…

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  • Fast Facts about the DTaP Vaccine

    Fast Facts about the DTaP Vaccine

    The DTaP vaccine is a newer version of the older DPT vaccine. DTaP is designed to immunize against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.

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  • Tips for Avoiding Damage from Sun Exposure

    Tips for Avoiding Damage from Sun Exposure

    Even though skin cancer occurs in adults, the serious skin cancers are caused by the radiation damage (particularly the sunburns) that occurred in our youth. Children are at the highest risk for sun damage, and more than half of a lifetime’s sun exposure usually happens during childhood.

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  • Liniting Exposure to Second Hand Smoke

    Limiting Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

    We live in a condominium with our two daughters, ages 15 months and 4 years. I am concerned with the level of secondhand smoke we are receiving from our neighbors. Frequently we notice our home smelling strongly of cigarette…

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  • Recognizing Sexual Abuse

    Recognizing Sexual Abuse

    How can I recognize sexual abuse if it happened to my three-and-a-half-year-old daughter? About a month ago she told me a friend of ours touched her vagina. Since that time she has said nothing else and on gentle questioning…

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  • How Much Lead is Safe

    How much Lead is Safe?

    My wife and I just found there is lead on the back of a paint chip from a window sill. The dust from the floor tests negative. Should we be concerned about living here during a pregnancy and afterwards…

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  • Lead Levels in Paint

    Lead Levels in Paint

    How is lead in paint measured and what do we do if we find that there’s a dangerous amount in our home?

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  • Fast Facts about Lead

    Fast Facts about Lead

    Deaths from lead poisoning are now rare, but it is not unusual for a child’s blood to contain enough lead to cause intellectual and developmental delay, neurologic problems, kidney disease, and anemia.

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  • Young boy with swollen forehead after a fall

    When to Call the Doctor after your Child Hits Her Head

    When we hear the awful thud of a child’s head, our breath catches. A prompt cry after the injury is reassuring. It is normal for a child to feel sleepy after hitting her head, and is even O.K. for her to vomit once. The following is a list of signals that tell you that you […]

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  • The Dangers of Balloons

    The Dangers of Balloons

    Believe it or not, balloons cause more childhood deaths than any other toy. That’s right. Balloons! This shocking fact was established by a study conducted by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in conjunction with DuPont Institute, and Inchcape Testing Services Risk Analysis and Management.

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