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My child gets recurrent styes in her eye what's causing this, and how do T treat them?

Styes are pimplelike infections in the glands of the eyelid, and Ihey can grow on the inside or Ihe outside of the lid. Some people are more prone to them, especially those with blepharitis, an inflammation of the skin of the eyelids. (Blepharitis is often a manifestation, sometimes the only one, of seborrheic dermatitis, a type of skin inflammation that you know as cradle cap or dandruff.) The good news: Styes aren't harmful to your child's vision, and most go away on their own in a few days. Speed the healing process along by applying warm compresses three or four times a day for about ten minutes at a time at the first sign of a bump on the lid. Also, give your child's eyelids a gentle daily cleaning with a soft cloth and some watered-down tear-free baby shampoo. If it's persistent, a call to the doctor, and perhaps a referral to an ophthalmologist, makes sense.

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Claire McCarthy, M.D. A pediatrician and mom, Claire prescribes solutions for kids' health issues in her Q&A. And she's an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard, as if she's not busy enough.

Send her your questions at [email protected].


■ THERE ARE LOTS OF GOOD REASONS NOT TO SPANK-kids who are spanked have an increased risk of being abused, of developing mental health and/or substance-abuse problems, and of being violent toward a partner or child as adults. But for some people, spanking can seem like the only option in a heated moment. If you find yourself on the brink of lashing out, step back and take a few deep breaths. Ask yourself what you want your child to learn, recommends Adam Zolotor, M.D., lead author of the study of almost 3,000 moms conducted at the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center, in Chapel Hill. Spanking may temporarily stop your child from screaming, but it doesn't help him understand why he shouldn't do it in the first place. It's okay, notes Dr. Zolotor, to ignore the misbehavior for a few minutes (unless he's about to run into traffic!) until you get your anger under control and figure out how to handle the situation.

FAST FIX FOR... a bloody nose

If it's an out-of-the-blue bleeding due to dry air, a cold, or—yuck—too much nose picking, tilt your child's head forward so that the blood doesn't run down his throat, says Denver pediatrician Scott Merenstein, M.D, Have him blow his nose to dispel any clots, then pinch His nose shut just below the bony ridge and hold the pressure for about five minutes {or for as long as he lets you). Apply petroleum jelly to his septum—the middle part inside his nose—to soothe it and prevent further bieeds.

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