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    A nagging cough can keep kids up all night long. And if they're up, you're up. It's always an ugly scene. No one does well sacrificing sleep.

    So, what are the alternatives to sleepless nights when your child has a cough? You can flee to a hotel, of course, but you will not win any mom of the year honors going that route. And you will probably hear your kid screaming "MOMMMMMMYYYYY" across town anyway.

    "A cough can be a little thing that becomes a big deal," said Carol Wilkinson, MD, PhD, a pediatrician at UCSF and Medical Director of Kinsights. "Coughing can not only be irritating, but it can keep a child from getting a restful night’s sleep just when it’s most needed."

    Check out the nine natural remedies to help quiet a child's cough so you your child can catch some zzzzzzzzzs!

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    The enterovirus D68 has been spreading across the country at an alarming rate and infected hundreds of people in over 40 states. Its most common and vulnerable hosts, however, are children. And just this morning, a child in Rhode Island has passed away from an infection associated with the virus.

    The 10-year-old girl contracted Staphylococcus aureus sepsis, which can turn deadly when associated with enterovirus -- however, it's a rare combination. The latest news coming out of Boston also shows that some kids who have been diagnosed with it are also experiencing polio-like symptoms.

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    Brad Pitt has managed to get even hotter, impossible as it seems. He's positively gushing about how being a father made him "the richest man in the world."

    Forget the French chateau and assorted mansions, the $300,000 motorcycles, the designer duds, the luxury cars ... it's Brad Pitt's kids with new wife Angelina Jolie that make his life beautiful.

    Is there anything hotter?

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    When mom gets sick, it's all hands on deck at home. If you're lucky, there's someone there to pick up the slack and to take over duties while you're out of commission. But for those days when there's no backup available, mom still needs to keep the kids entertained, even if she's a bit under the weather.

    So, for the upcoming flu season, we've put together a list of fun activities sick moms can orchestrate from the couch. That's right. Stay off your feet AND keep the kids busy.

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    All hell breaks loose when you're dealing with sick kids and stuck inside of the house. They "don't feeeeeeel good" so they're extra whiny, clingy, and demanding. They spread germs with wild abandon ... sneezing, blowing their noses, and throwing their used tissues all over the couch. They forget everything you ever told them about covering their mouths when they cough. Oh, and this is a biggie: they don't always make it to the bathroom on time. Who hasn't dealt with an awful projectile scene at, say, 3 a.m.? Ugh.

    In the spirit of helping you cope, we've got eight sick kid hacks from moms who've seen it all ... and then some.

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    It's hard enough when your kids are sick, hacking and wheezing and curled up with a fever in bed. Only in addition to alleviating their misery, parents are also faced with doing damage control. After all, you don't want other family members catching it or for your kids to reinfect themselves with the same ailment after their ordeal is over. Luckily, though, you don't have to hire a HAZMAT team to disinfect your home. Just try a few of these easy expert-approved tips to curb the spread of germs.

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    Sooner or later, all parents end up with a sick kid ... only how sick is the big question. That's because colds and the flu have such similar symptoms, it's hard to tell one from the other. "Sometimes it's hard to tell if your child has a cold or the flu for parents and doctors alike," says Kathryn Boling, MD, a family medicine practitioner at Mercy Medical Center. "Colds and the flu not only have many of the same symptoms, but another complicating factor is that the worst of the 'cold season' is September through April -- pretty much the same time as the flu season."

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    It’s an age-old problem. Kids hate feeling lousy and their moms hate seeing them droopy and sad. But feeling lousy comes with the territory when you are a kid during cough and cold season. The good news is there are many medicines kids can take to make them feel better and get a little relief from their coughs and stuffy noses. The bad news is many kids don't like the taste of liquid medicines and would rather suffer from symptoms than take a dose.

    Now, there’s some happy news for kids with colds.

    Dr. Cocoa is a new CHOCOLATE-tasting cough and cold medicine. There is actually real cocoa in this medicine so it doesn’t mask the taste, it IS the taste!

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    When my kids were younger, I remember thinking how much easier things would be when they got past the baby/toddler stage. Now that they are 9 and 6, I'm greatly relieved to have made it through the years of sleep deprivation, tantrums, and potty training -- but while the physical job of caring for them has eased, I'm discovering that our lives are actually growing more hectic day by day.

    I've always said that babies should come with their own "It gets better" campaign, but in terms of creating scheduling headaches and the sensation of being overwhelmed at all times, it turns out that kids only get worse as they get older. Hello, I feel like I should have been warned about this! The system's broken! I mean, come on, I'm getting older too! Yeats must have been thinking about motherhood when he wrote, "Turning and turning in the widening gyre; (...) Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."

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    "What do you want to be when you grow up?" It's the question every single parent has uttered at one point during their child's most formative years. And a new survey has polled almost 4,000 American parents to find out what their children, ages 10 and under, wish to be when they're older.

    Get ready for this, world, because we're about to have a ton more good guys in the next generation. Check out the list of the 10 most popular career choices for today's fourth graders:

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