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  • Physical Activity: Creating a FITT Plan (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Physical activity is important for everyone in the family. The following is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics summarizing the FITT method and includes general fitness tips and an activity log.

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  • Performance-Enhancing Supplements (Care of the Young Athlete)

    The most effective way young athletes can improve their sports performance is to pay close attention to the basics: fluids, calories, training, conditioning, and rest. Shortcuts, such as the use of performance-enhancing substances and supplements,

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  • Pelvic Exam, The

    Pelvic exams are an important way to take care of your health. You should get a pelvic exam if you have ever had sex (even one time) or are having any problems with your periods.

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  • Pediatric Subspecialists

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has created a series of fact sheets about different surgical and medical pediatric subspecialists to whom your children may be referred. The fact sheets are available on the official AAP Web site for parents: www.HealthyChildren.org.

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  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

    Patellofemoral pain syndrome is one of the most common causes of knee pain in young athletes. The condition is an overuse injury that results from activities that cause pressure or friction on the cartilage behind the kneecap. Patellofemoral

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  • Parents’ Guide: A Strengths-Based Approach

    The following guidance is based on the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program.

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  • Parenting Your Infant
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  • Parent-Teen Driving Agreement and a Message to Parents of Teen Drivers: Pediatrician Implementation Guide

    Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 16- to 20-year-olds, accounting for about 5,500 fatalities annually and injuring thousands more. A variety of legislative measures—graduated driver licensing (GDL), minimum drinking-age and drunk-driving laws, and improved seat belt laws—are

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  • Parent's Guide to Toy Safety, A

    Children can have a lot of fun playing with their toys. However, it's important to keep in mind that safety should always come first. Each year thousands of children are injured by toys.

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  • Parent's Guide to Teen Parties, A

    As a parent, you know the importance of your teen's social life and that parties are a way to socialize and relax. But an unsupervised or poorly planned party can result in unwanted or even tragic consequences. However, parental responsibility is the key to a fun and safe party.

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  • Parent's Guide to Pets, A

    Pets are found in millions of American homes. If you don't already own a pet, at some point your child may ask for one. If you already own a pet, your child may want another one. So how do you decide?

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  • Parent's Guide to Insect Repellents, A

    Mosquitoes, biting flies, and tick bites can make children miserable. While most children have only mild reactions to insect bites, some children can become very sick. Some insects carry dangerous germs such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease bacteria, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever bacteria.

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  • Parent's Guide to GER (Gastroesophageal Reflux) and GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

    Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) occurs during or after a meal when stomach contents go back into the tube (esophagus) that connects the mouth to the stomach.

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  • Parent's Guide to Complementary and Integrative Medicine, A

    While most children in North America receive conventional medicine when they are sick, many parents want to know about natural therapies too. Alternative, complementary, and integrative medicine and folk remedies are some of the words used to describe these different therapies. Read on for more information.

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  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease

    Osgood-Schlatter is a common condition in young athletes that refers to irritation of a growth plate at the knee. It typically occurs in active teens during their growth spurt and resolves after the bone stops growing.

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  • Orthotics (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Orthotics are shoe inserts that are designed to provide cushioning, support, stability, and/or relief to pressure areas of the foot. They can be soft, semi-rigid, accommodative, or rigid; they can be custom-made from a mold or impression of

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