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Cruel To Be Kind – Treating Conjuctivitis In Kids

This week my daughter contracted a nasty case of conjunctivitis. She woke up crying, "My eyes! My eyes!" Her eyelids glued together with a crust of luminous mucus. Once bathed with cotton wool, she squinted out of red, swollen sockets which oozed with green gunk. It was horrible to see her in pain. But even …

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Does A Toddler Bite Require A Tetanus Shot?

My daughter is attempting to eat a packet of potato snacks with one hand, and I am somewhat concerned. It has been over 24 hours since she was bitten on the thumb by a fellow two-year-old and she has stopped using her left hand. There was a lot of blood at the time - they …

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Helicopter Parenting – How Low Should You Go?

My daughter's right leg is currently in plaster.  Before the age of two she has suffered a fractured metatarsal, damage to a bone in her foot.  It is a common injury in professional footballers and dancers. She incurred her damage jumping off the bed. "Mummy called the doctor and the doctor and the doctor said, …

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Parenting With Epilepsy – Staying Afloat

It's late afternoon and I am starting to get that sinking feeling. The air around me is becoming thick and heavy and everything suddenly seems much further away. I try to focus on my surroundings, digging my fingernails into my palms in a desperate bid to cling onto consciousness. But I soon know that I …

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