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  • ADHD Basic Facts: What Every Parent Should Know Before Starting a Child on Medication—ADHD Toolkit

    Studies have shown that medication is effective in treating the symptoms of ADHD alone or in combination with behavioral interventions.

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  • ADHD—How Is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnosed?

    Your child’s or teen’s doctor will determine whether your child or teen has ADHD by using standard guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics specifically for children, teens, and young adults 4 to 18 years of age. It is difficult to diagnose ADHD in children younger than 4 years.

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  • ADHD—What Are Common Questions About Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms?

    Common questions and answers from the American Academy of Pediatrics about attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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  • ADHD—What Are the Symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

    Children with ADHD have symptoms that fall into 3 groups: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

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  • ADHD—What Causes Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and How Is It Treated?

    ADHD is one of the most studied conditions of childhood, and it may be caused by a number of things. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the outlook for most children who receive treatment of ADHD is encouraging. There is no specific cure for ADHD, but many treatment options are available to manage the

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  • ADHD—What Is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

    Behavior management skills that can be included in a Care Plan include

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  • ADHD—What Types of Medication Reduce Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms?

    Most experts recommend using both behavioral therapy and medication to treat ADHD depending on the age of the child. This is known as a multimodal treatment approach.

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  • ADHD—What is Behavioral Therapy?

    Most experts recommend using both behavioral therapy and medication to treat ADHD depending on the age of the child. This is known as a multimodal treatment approach.

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  • Achondroplasia (Short Stature Conditions)

    More than 100 specific conditions have been identified that can cause short stature. Achondroplasia occurs in people of all races and with equal frequency in males and females, and it affects about 1 in every 26,000 children. An estimated 10,000 individuals in the United States have achondroplasia.

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  • Allergic Skin Conditions

    Estimates are that up to 20% of infants and young children may be affected by eczema at some point. There is no good data about how frequently hives and contact dermatitis occur.

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  • Allergies: An Overview

    Allergies are very common. In a national study of children with special health care needs, 53% had allergies of some type.

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  • Altered Immunity: An Overview

    No one knows for sure how many children have suppressed immune systems. It is becoming more common as more children receive transplants and survive serious problems with their immune systems like HIV. Some children have temporary alterations in their immune system from medications and the immune system

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  • Anaphylaxis

    The key adaptation to avoiding anaphylaxis is to try to avoid the allergen. This may mean

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  • Asthma

    Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children, affecting between 5% and 10%.

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  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    Behavior management skills that can be included in a Care Plan include

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  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities caused by a problem with the brain. Children with ASDs have trouble in 3 core areas of their development.

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  • Bleeding Disorders: An Overview

    Bleeding disorders vary in types and severity, so it is best to get details about the specific child’s needs from parents/ guardians and the child’s specialty doctors.

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  • Cancer

    Ask the child’s oncologist for suggested training resources.

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  • Celiac Disease (Gluten-Sensitive Enteropathy)

    The treatment team includes a pediatric gastroenterologist and registered dietitians or nutritionists.

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  • Cerebral Palsy

    Cerebral palsy (CP) is a condition caused by brain injury that interferes with messages from the brain to the body; this interference affects movements and muscle coordination.

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  • Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

    Develop strategies for accommodating children with cleft lip or cleft palate. Suggestions include

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  • Cystic Fibrosis

    There are currently about 30,000 children and young adults with CF in the United States.

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  • Diabetes

    Physical activity is important to the health of children with type 2 diabetes, so outdoor play is part of their therapy. Children with type 1 diabetes should be able to play normally. Staff should take a portable pack with insulin, syringes, high-calorie supplements, and glucagon in case of emergency

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  • Down Syndrome

    Down syndrome is a relatively common birth defect caused by extra genetic material from chromosome 21 (ie, there are 3 copies of chromosome 21 rather than 2). This syndrome affects the physical and intellectual development of the child.

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  • Fluoride Varnish Can Help Prevent Tooth Decay

    Healthy gums and teeth are important to your child’s overall health. This is why your child’s doctor will talk with you about good dental habits even before your child’s first tooth appears.

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  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

    Babies with GERD can choke; a bulb syringe should be available to help clear the airway if necessary. If the baby is coughing, nothing should be done because the cough is the most effective way to clear the airway. If the baby stops breathing or making any sound, CPR techniques for infants should be

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  • Gastrostomy Tubes

    Gastrostomy tubes are placed in children for many reasons, including prematurity, feeding problems, and brain disorders, and they have become more prevalent as lifesaving medical treatments for children have improved.

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  • Hearing Loss and Deafness

    The Care Plan for children with hearing loss may include

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  • Heart Conditions, Functional

    Approximately 4,000 children are diagnosed with Kawasaki disease every year and most are younger than 5 years.

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  • Heart Conditions: An Overview
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  • Heart Defects, Structural

    Thirty-five thousand babies are born every year in the United States with these problems, according to the American Heart Association.

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  • Hepatitis

    Hepatitis means liver inflammation. Most of the time, hepatitis is caused by a viral infection of the liver. The most common types are hepatitis A, B, and C.

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  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
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  • Hydrocephalus and Shunts

    Hydrocephalus is the abnormal accumulation of spinal fluid, called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), within the brain. Hydrocephalus can be caused by a structural defect in the brain or spine that blocks CSF and causes it to accumulate. Sometimes a brain injury, especially one that causes bleeding, can interfere

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  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

    The treatment team may consist of the primary care provider and a hematologist.

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