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Mumps are anything but swell (VIDEO)

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Although vaccines have nearly eliminated this once common childhood disease in the U.S., mumps is still a concern throughout much of the undeveloped world, and has had several recent outbreaks stateside.

What parents should know about pinkeye

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Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, means just that: Your eye is pink. So, there can be many causes for a pink or reddish eye. Anything from seasonal allergies to lodged foreign bodies to bacterial and viral infections can cause irritation in a child’s eye.

How to help your child cope with back-to-school anxiety

Helping children cope with school anxiety

School-related anxiety affects 2 to 5 percent of children and teens, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. It’s most common between ages 5 and 6, 10 and 11 and transition times, such as entering middle and high school.

Mom, Dad … are you ready for back-to-school?

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The back-to-school countdown begins. In the next week or so, the kids will be heading back to their classrooms. Are they ready? Are you ready? Follow Akron Children’s checklist and prevent lots of that last-minute stress.

Muscle cramps may be sign of blood clots High-intensity training can lead to blood clots in younger athletes

The Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston has been dealing with blood clots in his lungs.

It’s that time of year again for high-intensity training and long practices on the field. With that comes dehydration and the dreaded muscle cramps. But beware, it’s not always muscle cramps from fatigue, heat and humidity. In recent years, we’ve heard about several cases of blood clots, even in young athletes.

Breastfeeding in public is natural, healthy for infants (VIDEO)

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Breastfeeding is a natural, healthy way to ensure infants have the nutrition they need to begin a lifetime of growth and development. In this video, Akron Children’s lactation consultant Liz Maseth is joined by several moms as they discuss the appropriateness and importance of breastfeeding outside the home.