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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.

Girls and heavy menstrual bleeding: When it may be time to see a specialist

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For young women starting their menstrual cycles, many questions may arise for them about what’s normal and what’s irregular when it comes to their period. The range of what’s normal with a young woman’s period is broad.

It’s In Your Genes

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Have you ever looked at your child and wondered where all that curly hair came from? Or why only one of your kids seems to be musically inclined? Or why your family photos look like a sea of freckles? The answer is in your genes – and your environment.

Don’t let heat stroke come into play

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Heat stroke is no joke. It’s a rare, yet life-threatening condition that is preventable. With pre-season football’s high-intensity, 3-a-day practices starting next week, I wanted to get down to the facts about heat illness.

Beware of altitude sickness when hiking in the mountains

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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.