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Introduction to Miscellaneous Disorders in Infants and Young Children


Christopher P. Raab

, MD, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Last full review/revision Oct 2019| Content last modified Oct 2019
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Few children make it through their first years without minor concerns. Crying, problems with feeding, rashes, and an occasional fever are common. These become health concerns only when they are extreme—for example, when children cry too much, when they are not growing well (see Failure to Thrive), or when they have high fevers that do not go away. Most childhood problems are not severe.

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