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Conditions

Understanding your child's condition is an important step on your treatment journey. Learn more about causes, symptoms and diagnosis for a variety of conditions, as well as unique treatments and research being performed at Children's National.

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the airways become sensitive to allergens. Learn about asthma in children and how to manage symptoms.

Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs. Learn more about this serious illness.

Meningitis

Meningitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection that invades the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). 

Epilepsy and Seizure

Epilepsy is a brain condition that causes a child to have seizures. Learn more about this condition.

Sepsis or Septic Shock

Sepsis is a term for severe infection that is present in the blood and spreads throughout the body. Learn more about this condition.

Arrhythmia

An arrhythmia (also called dysrhythmia) is an abnormal rhythm of the heart.

Apnea of Prematurity

Apnea is a term for the absence of breathing for more than 20 seconds. It can occur in full-term babies, but is more common in premature babies. The more premature the baby, the greater the chances that apnea will occur.

Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Meconium aspiration syndrome occurs when a baby breathes in amniotic fluid containing meconium (a baby's first stools), which your health care provider will check for at birth. Read about this condition.

Premature Infant

A baby born before 37 weeks of pregnancy is considered premature, that is, born before complete maturity. Learn more about this condition.

Epilepsy and Seizure

Epilepsy is a brain condition that causes a child to have seizures. Learn more about this condition.