Whether on the school bus, neighborhood park, or on the internet, children sometimes find themselves the target of bullies.  Not only can bullies cause bodily injury, but they can also destroy a child’s self esteem and sense of security.  Parents must be vigilant and be prepared to take action if bullying is suspected.

The holiday season is an exciting time of year for children and families. However, this season also brings higher rates of injuries, fires, and emergencies. Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to ensure that this holiday season is safe and provides warm, happy memories.

As the weather turns colder, parents not only think about seasonal pleasures like hot chocolate and warm fires, but also the stress of dealing with colds, coughs, and sleepless nights. The season of more frequent illness has arrived, so here are a few helpful tips to stay as healthy as possible. 

When your child has a fever, it can be quite scary. Fever in itself is not harmful and can actually be a good thing. If your child is normally healthy, a fever usually does not indicate anything serious – it is the body’s way of fighting off infection. You don’t necessarily need to treat the fever; however a high fever can make a child uncomfortable and worsen problems such as dehydration.

In Georgia, an estimated 297,000 children have asthma. In addition, asthma is the number one cause of missed school days annually. 
Asthma is defined by chronic (long-term) inflammation of the airways. This leads to increased mucus production inside of the airways in an attempt to coat and protect the airway walls in the lungs. In turn, these factors result in airways that become narrowed and blocked. As a protective response, the body attempts to clear the mucus that is building up by coughing vigorously. Coughing occurs frequently in the morning and evening hours and often worsens with exertion. Other symptoms of asthma may include wheezing, shortness of breath, and a feeling of tightness in the chest.

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