Does your child have food allergies?
- Although the immune system normally protects peole from germs, in people with food allergies, the immune system mistakenly responds to food as if it were harmful. A food allergy occurs when the body has a specific immune response to certain foods that can be repeated. The body's immune response can be severe and life threatening.
What parents need to know about food allergies
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Is your children's eyesight causing headaches or other difficulty with learning?
- Blurry vision may interfere with children's ability to learn in school. Regular eye exams can detect and correct this and other vision problems. Be sure to take children to a local eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist) for an eye exam. Eye exams for young children are extremely important because children often are more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early.
- Talk with the school nurse about an eye exam for your children or ask your pediatrician for a referral to an optometrist who specializes in children.
Have your children seen a dentist?
- When children's teeth hurt, it can affect their concentration and ability to learn. Regular visits to a pediatric dentist can help prevent cavities and other oral diseases. Oral health is an important part of children's overall health.
- Dental disease in children is preventable, but once it sets in the disease can affect children's physical development in the form of reduced body weight and interfere with growth. It can also affect children's school attendance and school success.
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