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  • Congenital Muscular Torticollis
  • Congenital torticollis means that a baby is born with an odd position of the neck. The odd position is because of a tight, short neck muscle. It affects the right side more often than the left side. It may range from mild to severe. The condition is sometimes called wryneck.

  • Home Wound Care
  • Your child may come home with unhealed areas that still require dressing changes. You will be instructed on how to change dressings before you leave the hospital.

  • Newborn Warning Signs
  • Most newborns adjust well to the outside world. But it's helpful to know about these warning signs that could indicate a possible problem.

  • Strabismus
  • Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes. The eyes (one or both) may turn inward, outward, up, or down. This condition is also called wandering eye or crossed eyes.

  • Warmth and Temperature Regulation
  • Premature and low birthweight babies may be too immature to regulate their own temperature, even in a warm environment. Even full-term and healthy newborns may not be able to maintain their body temperature if the environment is too cold.

  • Warts in Children
  • Warts on the skin are harmless growths. They are caused by a virus. Warts can spread to other parts of the body and to other people.

  • Watch That Backpack Load
  • Most children rely on backpacks to carry books and supplies to and from school and activities. But a backpack that’s too heavy or doesn’t fit right can cause harm.

  • Water Safety and Teens
  • Encourage your adolescent to take swimming, diving, and water safety or rescue classes to give him or her the skills needed to swim and dive safely.

  • Water Safety—Prevention
  • If your children are around bodies of water on a regular basis, learn CPR. CPR can save lives, reduce the severity of injury, and improve the chance of survival.

  • Weight Room No Longer Off-Limits to Kids
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine now say that strength training is fine for kids, as long as they are supervised and don't try to lift too much weight.

  • What are Chromosomes?
  • Detailed information on chromosome abnormalities, including how a chromosome is inherited

  • What You Can Do to Prevent Child Abuse
  • Child abuse can happen in any family and in any neighborhood. Studies have shown that child abuse crosses all boundaries of income, race, ethnic heritage and religious faith.

  • What You Need to Know About Heroin
  • Until recently, heroin was not considered a problem among children of middle-class parents. But lately, it has been showing up in new places.

  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
  • Whooping cough, or pertussis, mainly affects infants and young children. It is characterized by intense coughing spells that end with a characteristic whoop as air is inhaled.

  • Wilms Tumor
  • Wilms tumor is a cancerous tumor that starts in the cells of the kidney. It’s the most common type of kidney cancer in children. It’s usually found by the time a child is age 3 or 4. The tumor can be very large before it’s found. And it may spread (metastasize) to other body tissues.