Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that involves the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. and the age limit usually ranges from birth up to 18 years of age

Chickenpox Vaccine: What You Need to Know

Varicella (also called chickenpox) is a very contagious viral disease. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus. Chickenpox is usually mild, but it can be serious in infants under 12 months of age, adolescents, adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. Chickenpox causes an itchy rash that…

Circumcision: Should I Keep My Son’s Penis Natural?

Guides through decision to have your son circumcised. Describes the circumcision process and what to expect after surgery. Lists common reasons for and against circumcision. Covers benefits and risks. Includes an interactive tool to help you decide.

Depression: Should My Child Take Medicine to Treat Depression?

Have your child take medicine for depression. Don’t have your child take medicine. Use counseling or home treatment to help manage your child’s symptoms. If your child’s symptoms are mild to moderate, counseling or lifestyle changes may be enough to help your child feel better. But if…

DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) Vaccine: What You Need to Know

DTaP vaccine can help protect your child from diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. DIPHTHERIA (D) can cause breathing problems, paralysis, and heart failure. Before vaccines, diphtheria killed tens of thousands of children every year in the United States. TETANUS (T) causes painful tightening of the muscles…

Ear Infection: Should I Give My Child Antibiotics?

Guides through decision to use antibiotics for a child’s ear infection. Covers symptoms of an ear infection. Offers home treatment tips. Includes interactive tool to help you make your decision. This topic is only appropriate for children 6 months and older.