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    There are moments in life that strike like a stray bolt of lightning -- recklessly, dangerously, and leave your nerves singed, your heart shattered. When the smoke clears, you feel like curling up in the fetal position to grieve, to heal, to compose yourself ... but you choose to absorb the life-altering zap. As a mom, you instinctively know your child is counting on you to meet her gaze with hopeful eyes. Carrie Sorkin recently delivered in one of those moments ... when her beloved 8-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

    According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food.

    Each year, more than 15,000 kids are diagnosed and that figure is on the rise. Three million people are living with the disease ... and there is no cure.

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    Childhood obesity is a hot button topic for moms, but helping your kids shape up and slim down is much easier said than done. Many moms out there are wondering what they can do to help their kids shed some pounds without messing with their heads.

    The Stir asked weight loss experts to dish out some kid-friendly advice (some of which they say worked wonders on their own children). Here are some top dos and don'ts to set your family on a healthier path.

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    Here's a scary statistic: nearly one third of kids age 10 to 17 are overweight or obese. Most moms would certainly like to help their kids fight childhood obesity for the sake of their health, but getting kids to cooperate can turn into a battle over every candy bar. Not up for a fight with your overweight child? Joanna Strober can help.

    Two years ago, the mom from Palo Alto, California, was told that her 11-year-old son Jared needed to lose weight. Today he's a healthy teenager, and the mom behind the Kurbo Health program to help parents help kids to lose weight told The Stir how she helped her son pare his weight down without instigating a ton of family dinnertime fights.

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    Poison ivy is a great way to ruin a perfectly good camping trip. The itching, scratching, and burning begins almost immediately after contact with the dreaded plant and can persist and spread to other parts of the body if it's not treated almost immediately.

    But luckily, if you're not up for buying any OTC treatments or creams, there are plenty of homemade options. Fight nature with nature, right? With some essential oils, types of clay, and even pantry items, it's possible to cure and treat the pesky rash before it gets much worse.

    Here are 8 natural ways you can treat poison ivy:

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    Today, one in every 68 children is diagnosed with autism, and Betty Crea Davidson, a lawyer living in Westchester, New York, was devastated when her 2-year-old son became one of them in 2004. While there is no cure for autism, she became determined to find the best treatment possible for her son. Three hard years later, Davidson had achieved an astounding feat: Atticus had improved so much, doctors say he no longer has the condition. While Davidson is the first to say that what worked for her won't work for everyone, she wants to share what she's learned in the hopes that some parents can follow in her footsteps. Here is her story:

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    Summer has moms on high alert for tick bites on kids, and for good reason: These nasty insects can cause all sorts of illnesses including Lyme disease. Only what's it like to actually come down with this much-dreaded ailment? To find out, we talked to Kathleen O’Rourke, 49, co-founder of Bay Area Lyme Foundation, whose 15-year-old son, Louis, came down with the disease four years earlier -- a discovery which led her to realize that she also had the condition herself. Here is their story:

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    Of all the bugs that accost us during summer, ticks strike fear in the heart of most moms. Every black dot on our kid's skin is cause for alarm. Every dot that turns out to be a freckle, a sigh of relief. Not only do these tiny bugs bury their heads under our skin, they carry a plethora of tick-borne illnesses including the very serious Lyme disease, which can drag on for years with symptoms ranging from joint pain to fatigue to neurological disorders, learning disabilities, even death.

    Here's what to do if you find a tick embedded in your child's skin.

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    Kids who wander into a patch of poison ivy can pay dearly for this mistake ... only if you're a parent keen to ease your child's suffering, never fear -- there's plenty you can do. Follow these guidelines to get the details on how to treat poison ivy on kids, from how to I.D. the rash to ways to alleviate the itch.

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    In the eyes of many natural moms, commercial bug spray presents more dangers to their kids than the insects they repel. And they have some reason to worry -- studies have shown that pesticides like DEET can cause a host of problems in children. So what's a holistic-minded mom to do, short of letting her kids get bitten to death? One option is you can make your own bug spray at home. As is the case with all-natural remedies, it's best to consult your doctor before trying them, and test for allergies on a small area of skin first. But since the ingredients are all-natural, the odds of an adverse reaction are slim. Here we highlight five all-natural recipes from holistic bloggers and explain what makes them effective.

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    Nothing can put a damper on summer fun faster than a sunburn. And as hard as moms try to keep it from happening, sooner or later, your kids are bound to come home looking like lobsters. Then what? Luckily there are plenty of ways to treat sunburn and ease their discomfort. Here are a few things that can provide some relief.

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