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Doctors reported the first cases of MIS-C in April. Learning more about how SARS-CoV-2 affects children is essential to the safe reopening of communities. (Pexels/August de Richelieu)

Rare multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children linked to coronavirus

A rare new disease syndrome appears to be caused by an overactive immune response in children, often hitting weeks after exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The front gate of New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, N.Y. The school was closed March 11, 2020 as part of efforts to contain spread of coronavirus. AP Photo/Chris Erhmann

Coronavirus, kids and school closings: A public health expert answers 4 questions

So far, children have not been as sickened by the coronavirus as adults. So why do officials talk about closing schools? And what does this mean for you as a parent? A public health expert explains.
Brightly coloured, strategically placed. No wonder parents and kids can have a tough time saying “no” to sugary snacks. from www.shutterstock.com

Let’s untangle the murky politics around kids and food (and ditch the guilt)

The mixed messages around children, food and weight - not to mention sophisticated marketing - can leave parents perplexed. But there are ways to wade through it all and find healthy choices.
Up to 14% of toddlers have “hypomineralised second primary molars” (HSPM), where the enamel (outer layer) of the second baby molars doesn’t develop properly. plantic/Shutterstock

Why some kids are more prone to dental decay

Despite good oral hygiene, some children have weak teeth that are more prone to decay.
Campers at Twitch and Shout, a camp for teenagers with Tourette, in Winder, Georgia, say goodbye in this 2014 file photo. David Goldman/AP

Tourette syndrome: Finally, something to shout about

There's more to Tourette syndrome than swearing and shouting. Over the last several years, many life-altering treatments of this tic disorder have become available to patients and their families.
Displaced children, like these in the Iraqi town of Qaraqosh, are remarkably resilient but not all thrive in their new countries. Here’s how we can help them. Joseph Galanakis/AAP

How we can help refugee kids to thrive in Australia

New research into the health of newly arrived refugee children in Australia gives us clues about how we can help all refugee kids.

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