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Pets and Animals - familydoctor.org

Pets can make a wonderful addition to any family. They can teach children about responsibility, provide companionship or just…

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https://familydoctor.org/prevention-and-wellness/staying-healthy/pets-and-animals/

Travel - familydoctor.org

Are you getting ready to plan a trip? Be sure you make healthy travel your top priority. Whether you…

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https://familydoctor.org/prevention-and-wellness/staying-healthy/travel/

Probiotics - familydoctor.org

Probiotics are live, healthy microorganisms found in your intestines and available in some foods and dietary supplements.

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Preventive Services for Healthy Living - familydoctor.org

A preventive service might be a test, an immunization or vaccine, or advice from your doctor. These services can detect disease or help prevent illness.

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Privacy Policy - familydoctor.org

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Protecting Your Family During Cold and Flu Season - familydoctor.org

Cold and flu season begins in the fall and continues through spring. Both conditions are contagious. But you can help lessen your chance of getting sick.

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https://familydoctor.org/protecting-family-cold-flu-season/

Progestin-Only Birth Control Pills - familydoctor.org

A progestin-only birth control pill is often called the mini-pill. It may not have as many side effects as regular birth control pills.

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https://familydoctor.org/progestin-only-birth-control-pills/

Rapid Strep Test – familydoctor.org

A rapid strep test (rapid antigen test) is a quick method your doctor can use to diagnose strep throat.

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Recovering From Delivery - Postpartum Recovery | familydoctor.org

Your postpartum recovery won’t be just a few days. Fully recovering from childbirth can take months. Many women feel mostly recovered by 6-8 weeks.

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https://familydoctor.org/recovering-from-delivery/

Running: Preventing Overuse Injuries - familydoctor.org

It’s common for runners to overdo it and become injured. You may run too far or too fast. But it’s important to take steps to avoid injuries.

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https://familydoctor.org/running-preventing-overuse-injuries/

Safe Use, Storage, and Disposal of Opioid Drugs - familydoctor.org

Opioids are powerful pain relievers your doctor can prescribe to manage acute and chronic pain. They come as pills, tablets, or as pain patches.

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https://familydoctor.org/safe-use-storage-and-disposal-of-opioid-drugs/

Sexuality in Older Adults - familydoctor.org

As you age, it doesn’t mean that you lose interest in sex. It’s very common for people to remain sexually active throughout their lives.

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https://familydoctor.org/sexuality-in-older-adults/

Safe Use, Storage, and Disposal of Opioid Drugs – familydoctor.org

Opioids are powerful pain relievers your doctor can prescribe to manage acute and chronic pain. They come as pills, tablets, or as pain patches.

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Smokeless Tobacco: Tips on how to stop - familydoctor.org

Using smokeless tobacco is a harmful habit just like smoking. Learn about why you should quit, and discover tips to help you stop today.

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https://familydoctor.org/smokeless-tobacco-tips-on-how-to-stop/

Changes In Sleep Patterns In Older Adults | familydoctor.org

As you age, you may have changes in your sleep patterns. Hormones, lifestyle habits, and certain conditions and medicines can affect your sleep.

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https://familydoctor.org/sleep-changes-in-older-adults/

Splenectomy - familydoctor.org

Your spleen is an organ in the upper left side of your abdomen. The surgical procedure to remove it is called a splenectomy.

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https://familydoctor.org/splenectomy/

Smoking Cessation in Recovering Alcoholics - familydoctor.org

People who have successfully overcome alcohol abuse will find it difficult to quit smoking. However, it can be done, with help.

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https://familydoctor.org/smoking-cessation-in-recovering-alcoholics/

Sore Muscles from Exercise - familydoctor.org

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. However, it can cause sore muscles. This is common if you try a new exercise or increase intensity.

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https://familydoctor.org/sore-muscles/

Screening In Pregnancy - Genetic Screening | familydoctor.org

When you are pregnant, genetic screenings can determine your baby’s risk for having Down syndrome, trisomy 18, and spina bifida. Tap here to learn more.

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https://familydoctor.org/screening-in-pregnancy/

Do I Want to Quit? Quiz - familydoctor.org

Learn how you feel about smoking and how you can use this information to help you quit.

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https://familydoctor.org/do-i-want-to-quit-quiz/

Stop the Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation - familydoctor.org

Washing hands with soap and water is the most effective method to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.

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https://familydoctor.org/stop-the-spread-of-covid19-misinformation/

Managing Daily Stress - familydoctor.org

Feelings of stress are caused by your body’s instinct to defend itself. Stress can cause unhealthy physical symptoms if it isn’t managed properly.

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https://familydoctor.org/stress-how-to-cope-better-with-lifes-challenges/

Sports and Exercise at Every Age - familydoctor.org

A lifelong exercise program helps us live and thrive into old age. There is a place for exercise at every stage of a person’s life.

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https://familydoctor.org/sports-and-exercise-at-every-age/

Editorial Policy - familydoctor.org

The following editorial policy applies to all health content on familydoctor.org, the AAFP’s patient education website.

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Sponsored Content Guidelines - familydoctor.org

Sponsored content goes through the same medical and editorial review process as content that is created by familydoctor.org.

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Sponsored Content Specifications - familydoctor.org

Get more information about sponsored content specifications.

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Surgery for Obesity - familydoctor.org

Weight loss surgery can be called bariatric surgery. It involves surgically reducing the size of your stomach so your body absorbs less food.

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https://familydoctor.org/surgical-treatment-obesity/

Abdominal Pain (Stomach Pain), Long-term - familydoctor.org

Ongoing or recurrent abdominal pain (stomach pain), also called chronic pain, may be difficult to diagnose, causing frustration for…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/abdominal-pain-stomach-pain-long-term/

Advertising Guidelines - familydoctor.org

The American Academy of Family Physicians accepts advertising on the familydoctor.org website.

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Abdominal Pain (Stomach Pain), Short-term - familydoctor.org

Find out what might be causing your upper or lower stomach pain and when you should consult a doctor using our trusted Symptom Checker.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/abdominal-pain-stomach-pain-short-term/

Ankle Problems - familydoctor.org

Follow this chart for more information about problems that can cause ankle pain.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/ankle-problems/

Breast Problems in Men - familydoctor.org

Although many people only associate breast problems with women, men can also be affected. If you have noticed changes…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/breast-problems-men/

Breast Problems in Women - familydoctor.org

Breast lumps, pain, discharge or skin problems can be a sign of a minor problem or something more serious,…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/breast-problems-women/

Chest Pain, Acute - familydoctor.org

Severe, sudden chest pain can represent a life-threatening problem. Follow this chart for more information.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/chest-pain-acute/

Chest Pain, Chronic - familydoctor.org

Many problems can cause symptoms in the chest area, such as discomfort, shortness of breath or pain with swallowing.…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/chest-pain-chronic/

Cold and Flu - familydoctor.org

Follow this chart for information about how to treat the symptoms of a cold or the flu.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/cold-and-flu/

Cough - familydoctor.org

A cough is an annoying symptom that can have many causes. Follow this chart to help identify your problem…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/cough/

Diarrhea - familydoctor.org

Diarrhea is an uncomfortable condition that can have many causes. Most cases of diarrhea will go away on their…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/diarrhea/

Chest Pain in Infants and Children - familydoctor.org

Chest pain isn't just a problem for adults. It may occur in a child as well. Many of the…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/chest-pain-infants-children/

Eye Problems - familydoctor.org

Eye problems, including eye pain or redness and changes in your vision may be signs of a problem that…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/eye-problems/

Elimination Problems in Infants and Children - familydoctor.org

Follow this chart for more information about changes in an infant or child's bowel movements.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/elimination-problems-infants-children/

Elimination Problems - familydoctor.org

Follow this chart for more information about pain, itching or blood with a bowel movement.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/elimination-problems/

Facial Swelling - familydoctor.org

Follow this chart to help distinguish various types of swelling on the face.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/facial-swelling/

Fever in Infants and Children - familydoctor.org

Because young children are not able to hold a thermometer in their mouths, their temperature may be checked rectally…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/fever-infants-children/

Foot Problems: Causes and Pain Relief - familydoctor.org

Use our trusted Symptom Checker to find a possible diagnosis for foot pain by choosing a symptom and answering a few simple questions.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/foot-problems/

Fever - familydoctor.org

A fever is defined as a temperature 1° or more above the normal 98.6°. Minor infections may cause mild…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/fever/

Ear Problems - familydoctor.org

Ear problems are often caused by an infection. Other conditions may also cause ear pain or discomfort. Follow this chart for more info about ear problems.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/ear-problems/

Genital Problems in Infants (Female) - familydoctor.org

Any deformity or change in the genitals is of obvious concern to parents. Yet many of these changes can be corrected. Follow this chart for more info.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/genital-problems-infants-female/

Genital Problems in Men - familydoctor.org

Follow this chart for more information about genital problems in men.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/genital-problems-men/

Symptom Checker: Genital Problems in Women - familydoctor.org

Vaginal irritation and discharge are common problems for women. Find a possible diagnosis by answering simple questions using our trusted Symptom Checker.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/genital-problems-women/

Hair Loss - familydoctor.org

Permanent or temporary hair loss can occur for many reasons. Sometimes, hair loss can be reversed, depending on the…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/hair-loss/

Symptom Checker: Hand, Wrist, Arm Problems - familydoctor.org

Use our trusted Symptom Checker to learn about the possible causes of pain in your hands, wrists and arms by answering a few simple questions.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/handwristarm-problems/

Headaches - familydoctor.org

There are many causes for headaches, which are sometimes accompanied by other symptoms. Follow this chart for more information.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/headaches/

Feeding Problems in Infants and Children - familydoctor.org

Feeding problems are often frustrating, especially if the baby wakes often or cries during the night. Follow this chart…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/feeding-problems-infants-children/

Hearing Problems - familydoctor.org

Loss in the ability to hear or discriminate sounds is a common disability. This flow chart will help direct…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/hearing-problems/

Hip Problems - familydoctor.org

Follow this chart to gain insight into some common causes of hip pain.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/hip-problems/

Knee Problems - familydoctor.org

Pain, swelling, stiffness and water on the knee are common symptoms. Follow this chart for more information about knee…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/knee-problems/

Genital Problems in Infants (Male) - familydoctor.org

Any deformity or change in the genitals is of obvious concern to parents. Yet many of these changes can…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/genital-problems-infants-male/

Menstrual Cycle Problems - familydoctor.org

From missed periods to painful periods, menstrual cycle problems are common, but usually not serious. Follow this chart for…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/menstrual-cycle-problems/

Mouth Problems in Infants and Children - familydoctor.org

Sores and other problems in and around your child's mouth can be painful and worrisome. Follow this chart for…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/mouth-problems-infants-children/

Leg Problems - familydoctor.org

Follow this chart for more information about pain and swelling in your legs.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/leg-problems/

Nausea and Vomiting in Infants and Children - familydoctor.org

Parents often feel uncomfortable when their children are unable to eat or hold down food or fluids. Many mild…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/nausea-vomiting-infants-children/

Neck Swelling - familydoctor.org

Any swelling on the neck causes concern. Yet most swellings aren't serious. Follow this chart if you have any…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/neck-swelling/

Shortness of Breath in Infants and Children - familydoctor.org

Shortness of breath is a very serious symptom in children and should never be ignored. Knowing a doctor has…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/shortness-breath-infants-children/

Mouth Problems - familydoctor.org

Mouth problems, such as sores, are very common. Follow this chart for more information about mouth problems in adults.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/mouth-problems/

Neck Pain - familydoctor.org

Neck pain can be caused by injury, stress or by other health problems, including some that may have serious…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/neck-pain/

Shoulder Problems - familydoctor.org

Shoulder injuries, arthritis and inflammation in and around joints are common problems in adults, often causing severe pain, discomfort…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/shoulder-problems/

Shortness of Breath: Causes and Treatment - familydoctor.org

Shortness of breath (dyspnea) can be caused by respiratory or circulatory problems and other conditions such as severe anemia or high fever. Find out more.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/shortness-of-breath/

Symptom Checker: Skin Rashes and Other Skin Problems

Skin rashes cause a noticeable texture or color change. Use our trusted symptom checker to find a possible diagnosis by answering a few simple questions.

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/skin-rashes-skin-problems/

Throat Problems - familydoctor.org

Throat pain and mouth sores, along with other cold and flu symptoms, are common problems. This chart will direct…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/throat-problems/

Urination Problems - familydoctor.org

Pain and difficulty with urination are common conditions in both men and women. But urination problems may be a…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/urination-problems/

Tooth Problems - familydoctor.org

A tooth that causes ongoing pain may be a sign of a serious problem. Use this chart to determine…

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https://familydoctor.org/symptom/tooth-problems/

adolescent vaccine schedules Archives - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

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adult vaccine schedules Archives - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

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adult immunization schedules Archives - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

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adolescent immunization schedules Archives - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

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Anxiety Archives - familydoctor.org

Stress affects everyone. Some stress can be caused by good things in your life, such as an interesting project,…

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https://familydoctor.org/tag/anxiety/

child immunization schedules Archives - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

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cold Archives - familydoctor.org

For healthy adults, the symptoms of gastroenteritis are usually mild. In most cases, you don’t need to see a…

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child vaccine schedules Archives - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

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depression Archives - familydoctor.org

When a patient is diagnosed with depression, I’m trained to provide care that ranges from prescribing antidepressants to helping…

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https://familydoctor.org/tag/depression/

Immunization Schedules Archives - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

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infant immunization schedules Archives - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

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infant vaccine schedules Archives - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

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stress Archives - familydoctor.org

Stress affects everyone. Some stress can be caused by good things in your life, such as an interesting project,…

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suicidal thoughts Archives - familydoctor.org

When a patient is diagnosed with depression, I’m trained to provide care that ranges from prescribing antidepressants to helping…

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suicide Archives - familydoctor.org

When a patient is diagnosed with depression, I’m trained to provide care that ranges from prescribing antidepressants to helping…

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vaccine Archives - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

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Take Care of Yourself Before Pregnancy - familydoctor.org

Whether you’re planning to become pregnant or not, preconception care during your childbearing years is essential. Here are some things to do to get ready.

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https://familydoctor.org/take-care-pregnancy/

Taking Care of You and Your Baby While You're Pregnant

It’s important to take care of your baby, even before he or she is born. Do this with a healthy lifestyle and keep doctor’s appointments while pregnant.

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https://familydoctor.org/taking-care-of-you-and-your-baby-while-youre-pregnant/

vaccine schedules Archives - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

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Taking Medicines Safely after Alcohol or Drug Abuse Recovery

Taking medicines after recovering from alcohol or drug addiction can be tricky. Talk to your doctor; he or she can let you know which ones are safe.

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https://familydoctor.org/taking-medicines-safely-after-alcohol-or-drug-abuse-recovery/

Talking to Your Kids About Sex - familydoctor.org

Talking to your child about sex can feel awkward, but it’s an important conversation to have early and often.

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https://familydoctor.org/talking-kids-sex/

vaccines Archives - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

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Talking to Your Kids About Virginity - familydoctor.org

Making the choice to stay a virgin is a big commitment. It affects your physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well being.

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https://familydoctor.org/talking-kids-virginity/

Is Your Teen in an Abusive Relationship? - familydoctor.org

Teen dating violence is widespread. Experts predict that nearly one in three teenagers, both boys and girls, is a victim of abuse from a dating partner.

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https://familydoctor.org/teen-abusive-relationship/

Taking Medicine While Breastfeeding - familydoctor.org

Certain medicines taken during breastfeeding can affect you or your baby through your breast milk.

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https://familydoctor.org/taking-medicine-breastfeeding/

Teen Suicide – familydoctor.org

Teen suicide is when a child ends his or her life. However, not all suicide attempts end in death. In fact, it doesn’t always mean a child wants to die.

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https://familydoctor.org/teen-suicide/amp/

Teenagers: How To Stay Healthy - Health and Wellness | familydoctor.org

Developing healthy habits when you’re a teenager will help you as you grow into an adult.Tap here for tips on staying healthy both physically and mentally.

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https://familydoctor.org/teenagers-how-to-stay-healthy/

Teens and Alcohol - familydoctor.org

Underage drinking can occur in any family. It’s important to talk to your child frequently, and at a young age, about the dangers of underage drinking.

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https://familydoctor.org/teens-and-alcohol/

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