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    By now you've probably heard about enterovirus D68, or E-D68 -- a highly contagious virus that's spreading rapidly across the US. So far, hundreds of kids in 12 states have been hospitalized as they struggle to recover. Adding to the panic is that symptoms for E-D68 are remarkably similar to those for the common cold or allergies.

    This may have you wondering: how the heck can you distinguish whether your child has come down with a garden-variety bug or become the next victim of this serious illness?

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    Delilah & Her Son

    By now, you have probably heard about enterovirus-D68, or EV-D68, a horrifying, highly contagious virus spreading across the country at a feverish pace. Twelve states are dealing with hundreds of kids left sick and hospitalized, fighting to recover from the respiratory illness.

    Delilah Dawson is the mom of one of those children. Dawson's 5-year-old son had a terrifying bout with the enterovirus that befuddled his doctor, delaying his diagnosis, and gave her a huge scare. The mom from a small mountain town in Georgia sat down with The Stir in the hopes she will help moms familiarize themselves with enterovirus and spare them from a similar ordeal.

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    Here's one mystery you don't think you'll have to solve as a parent: the case of the missing teeth. Kids get their baby teeth, they fall out, and they're replaced by permanent ones. Your biggest fear is getting the bill for your kid's braces ... not searching for permanent teeth that are MIA.

    But sometimes, that's exactly what happens. According to Dr. Anne Hertzberg, DMD, a pediatric dentist with Chestnut Dental Associates in Massachusetts, missing permanent teeth in children are not as rare as you may think.

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    Sooner or later pretty much any working mom will find herself in this pickle: Her kid is sick and can't go to school ... yet a deadline is looming on a project at work and her boss will kill her if she falls short. She scrambles for a last-minute babysitter but can't find one. Given she's in a jam, she may be tempted to just take her sick kid to work ... yet in the back of her mind, she's wondering if that's career suicide.

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    Sick kids sometimes call for desperate measures. We'll try anything to give our adorable, miserable little snot-factories some relief from cold viruses that always seem to strike exactly 2.3 weeks after the first day of school. You'd be stunned at some of the wacky, alternative things parents have tried feeding their kids to terminate germs, like, er, um, animal blood. Yes, real uncooked plasma from the veins of creatures from the butcher. 

    It was this mom's comment about the animal blood that got us wondering about some of the other strange things moms have given kids when they were sick

    Important note here: This post is NOT meant as medical advice. While some may be valid alternative remedies, please for goodness sakes use your sense and don't force any of these on your kid without checking with their doctor first. (Except 1, 6 and 7. And you probably should take a dose of #3 yourself.)

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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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