How Much Do You Know About Kids' Health?

It goes without saying that children don't come with an instruction manual -- so we learn along the way from our extended family, friends, pediatricians, and other experts. (That goes for me too, and I'm a pediatric cardiologist.) How accurate is the info you've gotten so far? Test your kids'-health IQ with this quiz. Then check the correct responses at the end and get your score. Good luck!

1. Pediatricians recommend giving cow's milk to babies only after they turn 1 year old. Why?


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a. It's low in iron, so giving it too early can cause anemia.

b. Giving it too soon can cause allergies.

c. Cow's milk tastes funny to young babies, so they won't drink it.

d. Most babies are lactose intolerant until age 1.

2. Your child can be vaccinated against each of these except:

a. Diarrhea

b. Chicken pox

c. Strep throat

d. Liver disease

e. Flu

3. What is the average weight for a 12-month-old baby?

a. Around 21 to 23 pounds

b. Around 10 to 12 pounds

c. Around 30 to 32 pounds

d. Around 15 to 17 pounds

4. Why don't antibiotics like amoxicillin help many children with ear infections?

a. Antibiotics only kill bacteria, not viruses, and viruses cause many ear infections.

b. Children are already vaccinated against ear infections.

c. The bacteria causing ear infections are resistant to the antibiotics.

5. How should you protect a child's teeth?

a. Clean them daily as soon as they appear, using a damp cloth or a soft toothbrush.

b. Begin flossing when your child is between 2 and 3 years old, since cavities often develop between teeth.

c. Avoid beverages with sugar and acid, including soda, lemonade, flavored teas, and sports drinks.

d. All of the above

6. Head lice are common in preschoolers. Pick the fact about lice.

a. Regular shampooing prevents head lice.

b. Dogs, cats, and other pets in your home can spread lice and also need to be treated.

c. Children with lice should be kept out of child care or school until all nits are removed from their hair.

d. Recently worn clothes should be washed in hot water.

7. Your 2-week-old baby seems very tired and isn't eating well. You take her rectal temperature with a digital thermometer, and it is 101?F. What should you do?

a. Take her to an emergency room or clinic for blood, urine, and spinal-fluid tests and a shot of antibiotics.

b. Try to comfort and feed her; then try to get her to sleep.

c. Make her more comfortable with a fever-reducer like acetaminophen.

d. Nothing. This is a normal temperature for a baby.

8. Which of the following eye issues is normal and needs no special treatment?

a. Your 2-month-old sometimes looks cross-eyed.

b. On a flash photo, one of your toddler's pupils looks white.

c. Your preschooler rubs his eyes and squints a lot.

d. Your toddler often wakes up with crust around his eyes.

9. Your kindergartner has a fever and a sore throat and is diagnosed with strep throat. Why is it important to treat her with antibiotics?

a. It makes the fever and throat pain go away much more quickly.

b. It protects against damage to her heart.

c. It prevents the strep infection from harming her kidneys and causing bloody urine.

d. It allows her to return to school immediately without spreading the infection.

10. At a checkup, the pediatrician says your preschooler has a heart murmur. What does that mean?

a. His heartbeat speeds up and slows down dramatically while he's breathing normally.

b. There is a hole or another structural problem with the heart muscles, which may require surgery.

c. Your child's heart is beating too weakly, and he may need medicine to strengthen it.

d. His heart makes an extra "whoosh" sound, which is very common and usually the sound of blood moving normally through the heart.

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