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  • Constipation, Age 11 and Younger

    Briefly discusses constipation in those 11 and younger. Covers normal patterns of bowel movements. Covers hard stools and if and when children should be given laxatives. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

  • Constipation, Age 12 and Older

    Briefly discusses constipation in those 12 and older. Covers symptoms, including few bowel movements, straining, and passing hard stools. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

  • Confusion, Memory Loss, and Altered Alertness

    Briefly discusses causes that contribute to confusion, memory loss, and altered alertness, including injuries, infections, health conditions, and medicines. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

  • Choking Rescue Procedure: Heimlich Maneuver

    Choking is usually caused by food or an object stuck in the windpipe. For tips to avoid choking, see preventing choking. A person who is choking cannot talk, cough, or breathe, and may turn gray or blue. The Heimlich maneuver can help get the food or object out. WARNING: Do...

  • Pinkeye

    Briefly discusses causes of pinkeye (conjunctivitis). Covers symptoms like red eyes and itching or burning feeling. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

  • Cold Temperature Exposure

    Briefly discusses types of cold temperature exposure and related symptoms. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

  • Typhoid Vaccines: What You Need to Know

    Typhoid vaccine can prevent typhoid fever. People who are actively ill with typhoid fever and people who are carriers of the bacteria that cause typhoid fever can both spread the bacteria to other people. When someone eats or drinks contaminated food or drink, the bacteria can multiply and spread into...

  • Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine: What You Need to Know

    Varicella vaccine can prevent chickenpox. Chickenpox can cause an itchy rash that usually lasts about a week. It can also cause fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, and headache. It can lead to skin infections, pneumonia, inflammation of the blood vessels, and swelling of the brain and/or spinal...

  • Yellow Fever Vaccine: What You Need to Know

    Yellow fever vaccine can prevent yellow fever. Yellow fever is a serious disease caused by the yellow fever virus. There is no medicine to treat or cure yellow fever. Yellow fever virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. It is found in parts of Africa and South...

  • Rotavirus Vaccine: What You Need to Know

    Rotavirus vaccine can prevent rotavirus disease. Rotavirus commonly causes severe, watery diarrhea, mostly in babies and young children. Vomiting and fever are also common in babies with rotavirus. Children may become dehydrated and need to be hospitalized and can even die. Rotavirus vaccine is administered by...


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