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Featured Tests and Procedures
A monospot test is used to confirm a diagnosis of mononucleosis (mono). This portion of the eMedTV archives explains how this blood test works, how accurate it is, and the other tests that may be used to diagnose mononucleosis.
Featured Conditions and Diseases
It is very common for children under the age of six to wet their bed. This eMedTV article offers an in-depth discussion on bedwetting, including why it occurs, how it can be treated, who is most likely to be affected by it, and more.
Many women may experience breast engorgement (extreme filling and swelling of breasts) after giving birth. This eMedTV segment explains what causes this condition, lists possible symptoms, and offers tips on treatment and prevention.
If your baby cries for three hours straight, three days a week for three weeks, she may have infant colic. This eMedTV article describes this condition in detail, with information on possible risk factors and tips on coping with a newborn who has it.
A diaper rash most often occurs when the skin covered by a diaper becomes irritated from stool or urine. This eMedTV article explains what these rashes look like, explores other causes, and offers detailed treatment and prevention information.
Fever blisters occur as a result of direct or indirect contact with someone who has an active infection. This eMedTV article describes this condition in more detail and explains how the blisters can be diagnosed, transmitted, and treated.
Fifth disease is a mild illness that usually occurs in children and is caused by parvovirus B19. This eMedTV Web page explains the history, symptoms, transmission, and treatment of the disease, and links to other resources about the condition.
Even though head lice are very common, they are easily treated, and the lice do not spread disease. This eMedTV article provides a detailed overview on head lice, including information on the insect's life cycle, transmission methods, and treatment.
For most people with mono, symptoms include such things as swollen glands, fever, and sore throat. This eMedTV Web page describes these and other possible symptoms often seen with mono, such as body aches, chills, and fatigue.
Mononucleosis is a viral illness that often results in fever, swollen lymph glands, and a sore throat. This eMedTV article discusses the causes, transmission, symptoms, and treatment of mononucleosis and provides links to additional information.
How does pertussis get into the body? As this eMedTV resource explains, pertussis is transmitted through contact with an infected person's respiratory secretions, which are most often transmitted when the infected person sneezes or coughs.
As this eMedTV selection points out, pneumonia doesn't just occur in adults -- children can get it, too. This article discusses childhood pneumonia in detail, with in-depth information on its causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is a contagious virus that causes respiratory infections. This selection from the eMedTV archives discusses the transmission, risk factors, symptoms, and treatment of this virus.
Scarlet fever is an illness that is characterized by a rash, fever, and sore throat. As this eMedTV Web page explains, it is caused by bacteria. This article discusses the cause, symptoms, treatment, and possible complications of this condition.
Scoliosis is a disorder that is characterized by a sideways curvature of the spine. This portion of the eMedTV Web site offers an in-depth look at this condition, including information on its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
A viral upper respiratory infection is one of the most common causes of sinus infections in children. This eMedTV segment takes a closer look at children and sinusitis, including information on causes, symptoms, treatment options, and more.
Strep throat is a type of bacterial infection that most often affects children between the ages of 5 and 15. This eMedTV Web article further explores this throat infection, including causes, possible symptoms, and treatment options.
Featured Medications
Acetaminophen suppositories are a nonprescription drug that is used to treat fevers and relieve pain. This eMedTV Web page explains how to use the suppositories, describes how the drug works, and explains what you should know before using it.
ActHIB is a vaccine that can be used alone or in combination to protect children against certain illnesses. This eMedTV segment describes this vaccination in detail, with information on how it is administered, possible side effects, and more.
Adacel is a "booster" vaccine used to help prevent diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). This eMedTV resource describes how the vaccine works, explains how often it is given, and lists some of the side effects that may occur.
Amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium ES is a drug prescribed to treat bacterial ear infections in children. This eMedTV article offers an overview of this antibiotic, including information on how it works, dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Atrovent nasal spray may be prescribed to treat a runny nose due to the common cold or allergies. This eMedTV article offers a more in-depth look at Atrovent nasal spray and its effects, precautions and warnings, and dosing information.
Balmex is a line of over-the-counter (OTC) diaper rash products used to both treat and prevent rashes. This eMedTV resource describes the various products in this line, explains how they work, and provides information on how to use them.
Boostrix is a booster vaccine used to prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. This eMedTV article offers a complete overview on this drug, including how it works, dosing guidelines, general precautions, possible side effects, and more.
Boudreaux's Butt Paste is a non-prescription diaper rash ointment used to treat and prevent rashes. This eMedTV Web page describes how the ointment works, explains how to use the product, and lists some of its potential side effects.
Children's Tylenol is a nonprescription drug approved for treating minor pain in children ages 2 to 11. This eMedTV page further explains what this medication is used for and offers information on dosing, warnings, and possible side effects.
As an antibiotic medication, ciprofloxacin ear drops help treat outer ear infections, or "swimmer's ear." This eMedTV page takes an in-depth look at these prescription drops, including potential side effects, helpful dosing guidelines, and more.
Clonidine ER is a drug prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This eMedTV Web page takes an in-depth look at this medication, including details on how it works, dosing guidelines, potential side effects, and more.
Comvax is a combination vaccine used to prevent Hib and hepatitis B. This selection from the eMedTV archives offers an overview of this product, including information on why it is currently unavailable, how it works, possible side effects, and more.
Daptacel is a routine childhood vaccine approved to prevent diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough. This eMedTV segment describes how the vaccine works, explains when your child should get vaccinated, and lists possible side effects of the product.
Desitin is a line of non-prescription ointments approved for treating and preventing diaper rashes. This eMedTV resource lists the various products currently available, explains how they work, and offers dosing information for these ointments.
Desonide foam is a prescription skin medicine used to treat atopic dermatitis in adults and children. This eMedTV resource describes how this steroid works to reduce inflammation, offers general dosing guidelines, lists potential side effects, and more.
Docosanol is a non-prescription drug commonly used to treat symptoms of cold sores and shorten healing time. This eMedTV resource provides an in-depth look at the medication, including how it works, guidelines for those taking it, side effects, and more.
Fluocinonide topical solution is prescribed to treat skin problems like psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. This eMedTV segment discusses how this steroid works to treat skin inflammation, lists potential side effects, and explains how to use this drug.
Available by prescription, fluticasone propionate lotion is used to treat dermatitis in adults and children. This eMedTV resource describes how this medicated skin lotion works, outlines some dosing guidelines, and lists possible side effects.
The antibiotic gatifloxacin is commonly prescribed to treat eye infections. This page from the eMedTV Web site provides a detailed look at this drug, with information on possible side effects, dosing, how it works, and more.
Hiberix is a childhood vaccine used to prevent a type of bacteria that can cause life-threatening diseases. This eMedTV article further explores the benefits of the product, explains how and when to get vaccinated, and describes how the vaccine works.
Imipramine hydrochloride is a prescription drug used to treat both depression and bedwetting. This eMedTV article discusses the drug in more detail, including how the drug works, dosing information, and possible side effects.
Increlex is a drug licensed to treat children who have growth failure due to the lack of a certain hormone. This eMedTV article features more details on this prescription medicine, with information on how it works, dosing tips, side effects, and more.
Infanrix is a childhood vaccine that provides protection against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. This eMedTV resource describes the benefits of this medication, explains how it works, and offers information on when and how to get vaccinated.
Infant Tylenol is a pain reliever and fever reducer available over the counter for children under age three. This eMedTV article offers more information on this product, including its effects, dosing, possible side effects, and more.
IPOL is an injectable vaccine often given during childhood to prevent polio. This article from the eMedTV Web site describes how this vaccination works, explains when and how to receive it, and lists some of the potential side effects to be aware of.
IPV is a routine childhood vaccine that provides protection against polio. This article from the eMedTV library lists various IPV products currently available, offers information on when and how to get vaccinated, and describes how the vaccine works.
Isotretinoin is a prescription medicine licensed to treat severe nodular acne. This eMedTV segment describes the medication in more detail, including information on possible side effects, general precautions, and tips on when and how to take it.
Kinrix is a childhood vaccine that provides protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and polio. This eMedTV page explains how this vaccination works, lists possible side effects, and offers information on when and how to get vaccinated.
Available by prescription only, Lupron is used to treat advanced prostate cancer and precocious puberty. This eMedTV page takes an in-depth look at this medicine, including specific uses, how it works, how to administer it, safety precautions, and more.
Typically given as a one-time injection, Menactra is a vaccine that can help prevent bacterial meningitis. This eMedTV article offers an in-depth look at this vaccine, including information on side effects, dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and more.
As a type of vaccine, MenHibrix is given to infants to help protect them from dangerous diseases. This eMedTV Web selection contains more information on this vaccine, including details on how it works, when it is given, potential side effects, and more.
Natroba is a medication used to treat head lice in adults and children who are at least four years old. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at this product, explaining how it works, how to apply it, and what to expect during treatment.
Pediarix is a childhood vaccine used to prevent tetanus, hepatitis B, polio, and other diseases. This eMedTV article further explores the benefits of the product, explains when you should get vaccinated, and lists some of the possible side effects.
PedvaxHIB is a vaccination given to children that provides protection against several bacterial infections. This eMedTV article explains the age group the vaccine is approved for, how it works, safety concerns to be aware of, and possible side effects.
Pentacel is a vaccine that provides protection against whooping cough, tetanus, and various other diseases. This eMedTV article further explores the benefits of the vaccine, describes how it works, and explains when you should get vaccinated.
The pertussis vaccine is the best method of preventing the illness also known as whooping cough. As this eMedTV segment explains, versions of this vaccine exist for children up to age 7 and for adolescents ages 10 to 18.
Pimecrolimus is a medicated cream used in the treatment of atopic dermatitis in adults and children. This eMedTV segment features a detailed look at this prescription drug, with information on side effects, dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and more.
The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is primarily used to prevent invasive pneumococcal disease. This eMedTV page further explores the benefits of this vaccine, explains when children should get vaccinated, and lists possible side effects of the drug.
The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine is used to prevent pneumonia and other pneumococcal diseases. This eMedTV selection provides a complete overview of this vaccine, including dosing guidelines, potential side effects, and more.
Prevnar 13 is a routine childhood vaccine that helps prevent pneumococcal disease. This eMedTV segment takes an in-depth look at how the vaccine works and tells you what you need to know about side effects, safety precautions, and more.
As a type of vaccination, ProQuad protects against measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox. This eMedTV Web page offers an overview of this vaccine, including information on how it works, potential side effects, and general safety concerns.
Quixin is an eye drop prescribed to treat certain bacterial infections of the eye. This page of the eMedTV Web site provides an overview of this eye medicine, including details on how it works, potential side effects, dosing tips, and more.
Rotarix is a vaccine approved to prevent rotavirus, a common cause of severe diarrhea in infants. This eMedTV resource describes how the product works, explains how and when to get vaccinated, and lists potential side effects of this oral vaccine.
Sklice is a type of medicated lotion prescribed to kill head lice. This part of the eMedTV Web site contains an overview of this medication, including details on how it works, potential side effects, and dosing tips for effectively using this medicine.
Synagis is prescribed to help prevent serious problems caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). This eMedTV Web selection presents information on this drug, including specific uses, how it works, what to expect during treatment, and more.
Tessalon is a cough-suppressing medication that is available only by prescription. This eMedTV article offers a complete overview of this product, with information on strengths, possible side effects, drug warnings, and dosing guidelines.
Triple Paste is a medicated ointment approved for the treatment and prevention of diaper rash. This eMedTV Web page explains how the product works and offers information on dosing, possible side effects, what to do if you miss a dose, and more.
Ulesfia is a medicine prescribed to kill head lice. This selection from the eMedTV Web site offers an overview of this medication, including details on how it works, potential side effects, and dosing tips for effectively using this medicine.
It is not uncommon for adults to be behind on or to have missed important vaccinations. This eMedTV page takes an in-depth look at adult vaccinations that are currently recommended, as well as details on the diseases and infections they protect against.
Vaqta is a type of vaccine used to prevent hepatitis A infections. This part of the eMedTV Web library features more details on this vaccine, with information on how it works, dosing instructions, potential side effects, and more.
The varicella vaccine is used for preventing chickenpox in adults, adolescents, and young children. This eMedTV Web page explains how and when to get vaccinated, describes how the vaccine works, and lists some of its potential side effects.
Vigamox is a prescription eye drop that is used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis. This eMedTV article offers a complete overview of this antibiotic medication, including how it works, potential side effects, safety warnings, and more.
Vusion ointment is typically prescribed to treat diaper rashes complicated by yeast infections. This eMedTV resource describes the effects of Vusion, explains how it works, and describes how long and how often you need to apply the ointment.
Zinc oxide is a type of compound typically found in many diaper rash creams, sunblock, and supplements. This eMedTV page explores other uses of this compound, explains what forms it comes in, and discusses some general precautions.
Featured Symptoms
Pink eye is a condition in which the conjunctiva (a tissue in the eye) becomes inflamed. This page from the eMedTV archives explores the causes of this condition, lists common symptoms, and explains how it is diagnosed and treated.
Featured Germs
The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can cause respiratory infections such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia. This eMedTV Web page provides an overview of this virus, including transmission methods and its season.
Featured Other
There are several tips that can make taking care of your one-week-old baby easier. This eMedTV Web page offers an overview of how to care for your newborn baby during week 1 of his or her life, including information on what to expect during this time.
Breast milk has three distinct stages: colostrum, transitional milk, and mature milk. This page from the eMedTV library describes the composition of breast milk in more detail and explains how mature milk is further broken down into two types.
Before you decide to stop breastfeeding in order to take medications, take a look at this eMedTV article to help you determine whether certain medications are safe to use while you are nursing. It also offers resources that can help in your decision.
Safety, cost, and location are some of the factors to consider when searching for a daycare for your baby. This eMedTV page takes an in-depth look at other factors to consider during your search, including potential dangers.
The new abilities your baby learns as she grows are commonly referred to as developmental milestones. This eMedTV article further describes how your healthcare provider will track the progress of your child's developmental milestones.
This eMedTV resource takes an in-depth look at several learning games for a one-month-old baby. This article explains how these educational games can help newborn infants improve their senses, increase body awareness, and build up body strength.
An infant's diet starts out as complete liquid but gradually includes solid foods by the first year. This eMedTV Web page provides a chart that illustrates a typical feeding schedule for infants during their first year of life.
When your baby cries, he or she is communicating a certain need to you. This eMedTV Web segment takes an in-depth look at what the various cries sound like and what they mean. This article also offers tips on how to calm a crying baby.
There are five stages of language development leading up to a baby's first words. This eMedTV page takes a closer look at these language development stages, which include crying, babble play, repetitive babbling, variegated babbling, and single words.
It is not uncommon for new parents to fret over feeding options and techniques with their newborns. This eMedTV Web page provides some general guidelines for feeding newborns and explores the benefits of breastfeeding and formula feeding.
As this eMedTV page discusses, babies who are around 8 months old achieve a developmental milestone known as object permanence. This page further describes this ability for babies to understand that even though something is hidden, it still exists.
Good oral health is important for everyone at every age. However, as this eMedTV segment explains, it's especially important for pregnant women and newborns. This article takes an in-depth look at taking care of your mouth.
As a new parent or parent-to-be, it is likely that many people will offer their advice on parenting. This eMedTV segment takes an in-depth look at good and bad advice people may offer and provides tips on how to deal with unwarranted baby advice.
Rotavirus, strep throat, and lice are just a few of the infections that can occur in school-aged children. This eMedTV article provides a detailed description of these and other common ailments, with details on signs and symptoms, treatment, and more.
A scoliosis brace is used to keep a spinal curve from getting worse. This eMedTV Web page offers information about the different types of braces that are available, including what your healthcare provider will consider before making a recommendation.
For babies between the ages of 6 months and 10 months old, separation anxiety is fairly common. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at this development, including why babies develop this fear and tips on how to help relieve anxiety in your child.
In most cases, infants are ready to start solid foods between four to six months of age. This eMedTV article lists other signs that your child is ready to switch to solids and explains if it is possible to start a solid diet too early or too late.
Teething is part of the growing process in which your baby's first teeth come in (and may cause pain). This eMedTV article describes this process in more detail, lists pain relief remedies, and explains when babies typically go through this stage.
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