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Whether you’re a parent of an infant and toddler or school-age kids and teens, you probably have a zillion questions about your children. What’s normal? What should I expect when my child is sick? When should I call the doctor? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more in this section.

Beware of altitude sickness when hiking in the mountains

Backpacking in the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

With school out and summer in full swing, family vacations abound. But, it’s not just about beach adventures anymore. Many families are planning mountain hikes in the nearby Appalachians or even across the country in the Rockies. But with that, we must be aware of altitude sickness, or acute mountain sickness.

Safe toys help kids play on (VIDEO)

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From a well-worn, hand-me-down teddy bear to the latest building blocks set, parents should carefully inspect toys before they make it into the playroom. In this video, Gia Ramsey, injury prevention coordinator for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, offers this and several other tips to help ensure a child’s safety at playtime.

Clearing up common myths about soccer and concussions

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With soccer on the brain these last few weeks during the U.S.A. team’s most recent appearance in the FIFA World Cup, I wanted to clear up a few misunderstood facts about the high-energy sport and concussions while I was in studio with WAKR morning show host Ray Horner.

Supervision, common sense help kids keep their heads above water (VIDEO)

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Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1-4 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this video, Gia Ramsey, injury prevention coordinator for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, stresses the importance of supervision when children are near water, as well as several other strategies to help keep kids safely in the swim.

Dealing with fleas and ticks during the dog days of summer

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Bug bites are an inevitable part of summer and spending time outdoors. And while most of us expect to be feasted on by mosquitoes at one time or another, what about fleas and ticks?

Kids and diabetes: How to toe the line when it comes to foot care

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Most people don’t think much about their lowly feet. That is, until there is a problem with them. And for a person with diabetes, foot problems can quickly become serious. By restricting blood flow, diabetes can cause a loss of feeling in the feet, and without sensation, it may be difficult to detect a cut or infection.