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Most Parents Say Their Kids Aren’t Grateful Enough: Poll

Four out of five parents say their children aren't grateful for what they have and they worry they're giving them too many material things, a new national poll finds.

Halloween 2021 Less Scary as COVID Rates Decline

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers important tips to keep your kids safe and healthy when they're trick-or-treating.

OTC Cold Meds Dangerous to Young Children

Despite major labeling changes and FDA warnings, the misuse of cough and cold medications continues to take young lives, researchers find.


A Simple Way to Boost Kids' Reading Skills?

Extra-large letter spacing helps increase reading speed and accuracy in kids with and without dyslexia, a new study finds.

1 in 5 Kids Eating More Fast Food During the Pandemic: Poll Results

While 50 percent of families report eating healthier during COVID, 20 percent are serving fast food to their kids more often, researchers say.

More than half of American Kids With Mental Health Issues Are Not Getting Treated, New Study Finds

Researchers say barriers to mental health treatment, such as a lack of services, long wait times and stigmatization must be addressed.

HealthDay Now: How our children are faring in the pandemic

Parent Tracy Compton talks about turning her dining room into a classroom.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Changing How Parents Feed Their Kids

Parents with high levels of pandemic-related stress are more likely to use food to manage their children's behaviors and emotions

Do Touchscreens Cause Toddlers To Lose Their Concentration?

Toddlers who spend a lot of time on touchscreens may be less able to control their attention, researchers say.

10 Tips to Help Stop Toddler Tantrums

Occasional outbursts are normal, but what's a parent to do about aggressive behavior?

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24 Nov
Adding Juice to Baby's Diet Could Set Stage for Obesity

Adding Juice to Baby's Diet Could Set Stage for Obesity

Giving your baby fruit juice too early in life could lead to greater intake of sugary drinks later in childhood and much higher odds for obesity and tooth decay, a new study of more than 4,000 American mothers has found.

According to a team led by Edwina Yeung, of the U....

22 Nov
Pfizer Says Its COVID Vaccine Provides Full Protection to Adolescents

Pfizer Says Its COVID Vaccine Provides Full Protection to Adolescents

Pfizer Inc. said Monday that its coronavirus vaccine provides long-term protection in youth ages 12-15, according to data from a company clinical trial that included more than 2,200 participants.

In a company clinical trial that included more than 2,200 adolescents, gett...

22 Nov
Most Parents Say Their Kids Aren't Thankful Enough: Poll

Most Parents Say Their Kids Aren't Thankful Enough: Poll

As American families sit down to celebrate Thanksgiving, a majority of parents say they want to raise grateful kids but they don't think they're succeeding.

Four out of five respondents to a new nationwide poll said children aren't as thankful as they should be, and half...

19 Nov
Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Weight Could Affect Odds for Child's Asthma, Allergies

Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Weight Could Affect Odds for Child's Asthma, Allergies

FRIDAY, Nov. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Can your weight before pregnancy determine your baby's chances of developing asthma or allergies?

Yes, claims a study that looked at that question, as well as whether weight gain during pregnancy might...

19 Nov
Pandemic Curbed Kids' Efforts to Lose Excess Weight

Pandemic Curbed Kids' Efforts to Lose Excess Weight

FRIDAY, Nov. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A new study is highlighting yet another consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: It has likely made it even harder for kids with obesity to manage their weight.

19 Nov
Climate Change May Not Increase Allergies in Kids With Asthma: Study

Climate Change May Not Increase Allergies in Kids With Asthma: Study

While climate change gets a lot of notice for its numerous negative impacts around the globe, children's allergies may not be among them.

Despite climate change, with the longer growing seasons and larger pollen loads that are attributed to it, more than 5,800 children ...

18 Nov
Many Kids Separated From Families at U.S. Border Suffer PTSD

Many Kids Separated From Families at U.S. Border Suffer PTSD

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Parents and children who were separated under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy have shown lasting psychological trauma -- even after being reunited, a new study finds.

Between 2...

18 Nov
Nearly 10% of Younger Kids Have Gotten First COVID Vaccine Dose

Nearly 10% of Younger Kids Have Gotten First COVID Vaccine Dose

Almost 1 in 10 eligible U.S. children ages 5-11 have received a first shot of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine since it was approved for that age group two weeks ago, the White House said Wednesday.

Of the 2.6 million doses put into kids' arms so far, 1.7 million were admi...

16 Nov
Pot Use in Pregnancy May Harm the Fetus

Pot Use in Pregnancy May Harm the Fetus

Marijuana use in pregnancy may increase your child's risk for stress and anxiety, a new study suggests.

Although some moms-to-be use pot hoping to relieve morning sickness and anxiety, they should know it may cause genetic changes in the uterus that result in children be...

16 Nov
Face Masks Don't Hide Emotions From Kids: Study

Face Masks Don't Hide Emotions From Kids: Study

For children, masks don't mask the emotions of others, a new study shows.

It included nearly 300 children, ages 3-6, who were shown 90 pictures featuring actors who expressed joy, sadness or anger. In half of the pictures, the actors wore face masks.

In most cases,...

16 Nov
Cases of Children's Severe COVID-Linked Illness Were Worse in Second Wave

Cases of Children's Severe COVID-Linked Illness Were Worse in Second Wave

A rare inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 in children was more severe in the second wave of patients than in the first, researchers report.

For the study, investigators examined the cases of 106 patients with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MI...

15 Nov
Trauma in Childhood Can Harm Health for a Lifetime: Study

Trauma in Childhood Can Harm Health for a Lifetime: Study

As if suffering through a childhood trauma weren't enough, new research suggests it might raise the risk of poor mental and physical health later in life.

Researchers analyzed nearly 2,900 responses to the 2019 New Zealand Family Violence Survey and found that about 45% ...

12 Nov
Adult 'Picky Eaters' on What Parents Did Right and Wrong

Adult 'Picky Eaters' on What Parents Did Right and Wrong

As many parents know, children can be notoriously picky eaters. In some cases, their chronically fearful approach towards food amounts to what is considered a serious psychiatric condition.

But a new survey of adults who were, and continue to be, finicky eaters suggests ...

11 Nov
Wealthier Parents More Likely to Get COVID Vaccines for Young Kids: Poll

Wealthier Parents More Likely to Get COVID Vaccines for Young Kids: Poll

In a finding that suggests a family's income influences parents' views on COVID vaccines for their younger kids, a new survey shows the more money parents make, the likelier they are to get their kids a shot.

The poll of more than 2,000 parents found that 47% of those wi...

11 Nov
WHO, CDC Warn of Measles Threat After 22 Million Infants Miss Shots During Pandemic

WHO, CDC Warn of Measles Threat After 22 Million Infants Miss Shots During Pandemic

The world faces an increased risk of a measles outbreak because 22 million infants did not get their measles shots last year due to the pandemic, the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Wednesday.

They said that 3 million ...

11 Nov
Federal Judge Overturns Texas Ban on School Mask Mandates

Federal Judge Overturns Texas Ban on School Mask Mandates

THURSDAY, Nov. 11, 2021 (HealthDay News ) -- A Texas ban on mask mandates in schools violates the rights of students with disabilities, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

The decision opens the door for school districts in the state to issue their own mask policies that co...

10 Nov
Nearly 900,000 U.S. Kids Under 12 Have Gotten Their First COVID Shot

Nearly 900,000 U.S. Kids Under 12 Have Gotten Their First COVID Shot

About 900,000 U.S. children aged 5 to 11 received their initial dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine during the first week of eligibility for that age group, the Biden administration said Wednesday.

Not only that, nearly 700,000 more are scheduled in the coming days, hea...

09 Nov
Biden Administration Presses Schools to Provide COVID Shots to Kids

Biden Administration Presses Schools to Provide COVID Shots to Kids

As new government data showed that 360,000 young kids have now gotten their first shot, the Biden administration on Monday asked schools to help by hosting vaccination clinics and providing information to parents on the benefit of the shots.

On Monday, First Lady Jill Bi...

08 Nov
No Evidence Violent Video Games Lead to Real Violence: Study

No Evidence Violent Video Games Lead to Real Violence: Study

Will boys fixated on gore-filled video games become violent in real life? Many parents may worry that's the case, but new and reassuring research finds violent video games don't trigger actual violence in kids.

The study included boys aged 8 to 18, the group most likely ...

07 Nov
Do Your Kids Really Need Cough & Cold Meds?

Do Your Kids Really Need Cough & Cold Meds?

When children have colds, parents may want to hold off on using cough and cold medicines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests.

Most children get better on their own, and cough or cold medicines won't change the natural course of a cold or make it go away faste...

05 Nov
For Kids Afraid of Needles, These Tips May Help Ease COVID Shots

For Kids Afraid of Needles, These Tips May Help Ease COVID Shots

Across the country, children ages 5 to 11 are lining up to get their first dose of Pfizer's newly approved COVID-19 pediatric vaccine.

Most kids fear needles, but a few simple steps can help your young one get their COVID-19 shots with the fewest tears shed, experts say....

02 Nov
CDC Panel Signs Off on Pfizer Vaccine for Younger Kids

CDC Panel Signs Off on Pfizer Vaccine for Younger Kids

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine advisory panel voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend the emergency use of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine in kids ages 5-11.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is widely expected to sign off on the recommenda...

01 Nov
Vaccinations for Kids Will Be in Full Swing by Nov. 8, White House Says

Vaccinations for Kids Will Be in Full Swing by Nov. 8, White House Says

The U.S. government's COVID-19 vaccination program for children ages 5-11 will be ready to roll on Nov. 8, the White House said Monday.

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved vaccines for the 28 million American children who fall into this age group, b...

01 Nov
FDA Delays Decision on Moderna COVID Vaccine for Younger Teens

FDA Delays Decision on Moderna COVID Vaccine for Younger Teens

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has delayed a decision on whether to approve emergency use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in 12- to 17-year-olds until at least January, the company announced Sunday.

That's because the agency told the company on Friday that it needs ...

30 Oct
Hidden Poisons Can Make Trick-or-Treating Truly Scary

Hidden Poisons Can Make Trick-or-Treating Truly Scary

Accidental poisonings on Halloween can turn a night of fun into one that's truly scary.

The following poison prevention tips -- from the Nebraska Regional Poison Center -- can help your little ones stay safe:

The liquid in lighted glow sticks can sting or burn if i...

29 Oct
FDA Approves Pfizer COVID Vaccine for Kids 5-11

FDA Approves Pfizer COVID Vaccine for Kids 5-11

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the emergency use of a smaller dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, paving the way for 28 million kids across the country to get their shots.

These youngest Americans can now receive one-...

28 Oct
CDC Lowers Threshold for Lead Poisoning in Youngest Kids

CDC Lowers Threshold for Lead Poisoning in Youngest Kids

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that it has lowered its limits for lead poisoning in kids.

The move is expected to more than double the number of 1- to 5-year-olds with worrisome levels of the toxic metal in their blood, according ...

26 Oct
FDA Advisors Approve Emergency Use of Pfizer COVID Vaccine in Kids 5 to 11

FDA Advisors Approve Emergency Use of Pfizer COVID Vaccine in Kids 5 to 11

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted Tuesday to recommend emergency use of a smaller dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, advancing plans to offer the shots to 28 million young kids across the United States.

The vote was nea...

25 Oct
Moderna Says Its COVID Vaccine Works Well in Children Aged 6 to 11

Moderna Says Its COVID Vaccine Works Well in Children Aged 6 to 11

Moderna announced Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine safely triggers a strong immune response in children aged 6 to 11.

23 Oct
Pfizer Vaccine Prevents 91% of Symptomatic COVID in Young Children: FDA

Pfizer Vaccine Prevents 91% of Symptomatic COVID in Young Children: FDA

Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is nearly 91% effective in preventing symptomatic illness in young children and brings no unexpected safety issues, according to a study posted Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Late Friday, the agency post...

22 Oct
Pfizer Says Lower Dose of Its COVID Vaccine Protects Younger Children

Pfizer Says Lower Dose of Its COVID Vaccine Protects Younger Children

A lower dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine is 90.7% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in children aged 5 to 11, according to new clinical trial data from the company.

The data was given ...

20 Oct
White House Announces COVID Vaccination Plan for Young Kids

White House Announces COVID Vaccination Plan for Young Kids

The White House on Wednesday unveiled a national plan to roll out coronavirus vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds that is designed to make getting shots as easy and comfortable as possible for both kids and their parents.

Rather than mass vaccination sites, the Biden adminis...

20 Oct
A High-Tech Pointer to Pollutants That Trigger Asthma in Kids

A High-Tech Pointer to Pollutants That Trigger Asthma in Kids

Dust mites and smoke are known triggers of asthma in children. Now, scientists have identified previously unknown combinations of air pollutants that appear tied to the respiratory disorder.

"Asthma is one the most prevalent diseases affecting children in the United Sta...

20 Oct
'6 Stages' Approach Might Help Families Coping With ADHD

'6 Stages' Approach Might Help Families Coping With ADHD

Researchers have created a six-stage process to help families of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) deal with the disorder.

"This framework is family-centered, focused on breaking down the barriers that families face from before diagnosis to pr...

19 Oct
Most Kids Newly Diagnosed With ADHD Aren't Getting Best Care

Most Kids Newly Diagnosed With ADHD Aren't Getting Best Care

Preschoolers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rarely receive the gold-standard treatment recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for their condition, a new study reports.

The AAP recommends a behavioral therapy technique called "paren...

19 Oct
U.S. Pediatricians, Psychiatrists Declare 'Emergency' in Child Mental Health

U.S. Pediatricians, Psychiatrists Declare 'Emergency' in Child Mental Health

Fear, grief, uncertainty and isolation during the pandemic have triggered a national state of emergency in the mental health of America's youth, leading child health care groups warned Tuesday.

Youngsters already faced significant mental health challenges, and the pandem...

17 Oct
RSV Is Common, Dangerous Infection: What Parents Need to Know

RSV Is Common, Dangerous Infection: What Parents Need to Know

Watch closely if your kids appear to have a common cold this fall or winter. It could instead be respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV, and that makes it more likely to progress to a serious lower lung infection.

RSV is back in force this year after a reprieve ...

15 Oct
Two-Thirds of Parents of Kids Ages 5-11 Plan to Get Them Vaccinated Against COVID: Poll

Two-Thirds of Parents of Kids Ages 5-11 Plan to Get Them Vaccinated Against COVID: Poll

In some heartening news on the vaccine front, two-thirds of American parents of children ages 5 to 11 plan to get their youngsters vaccinated when COVID-19 shots are approved for that age group, a new survey shows.

"While we're encouraged to see that a majority of parent...

15 Oct
Nature Helped Many Kids Cope During Lockdown: Study

Nature Helped Many Kids Cope During Lockdown: Study

Children who spent more time in nature during pandemic lockdowns suffered fewer behavioral and emotional problems, British researchers say.

The investigators also found that children in wealthier families tended to increase their connection to nature during the pandemic ...

14 Oct
'Feel Good' Hormone Won't Help Ease Kids' Autism, Study Finds

'Feel Good' Hormone Won't Help Ease Kids' Autism, Study Finds

Despite hints of promise from early research, a new clinical trial finds no evidence that kids with autism benefit from nasal sprays containing the "love" hormone oxytocin.

Researchers called the findings disappointing.

But they said the study also offers important...

14 Oct
Kids Can Carry High, Infectious Levels of COVID Coronavirus

Kids Can Carry High, Infectious Levels of COVID Coronavirus

From newborns to new adults, young people who get COVID-19 can carry high levels of the virus and spread it to others even if they show no symptoms.

That's the takeaway from a study of 110 people between 2 weeks and 21 years of age who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infe...

13 Oct
Kids With Autism Find It Tough to Read Hidden Emotions: Study

Kids With Autism Find It Tough to Read Hidden Emotions: Study

When you're putting on a brave face to mask disappointment or shedding tears of joy, kids with autism are likely to misunderstand how you're really feeling.

That's because they don't use context to identify underlying emotions, according to a new study investigating whet...

13 Oct
Helmets Can Saves Lives in ATV, Dirt Bike Crashes

Helmets Can Saves Lives in ATV, Dirt Bike Crashes

New research provides further proof that helmets are essential for young users of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes.

Wearing a helmet significantly reduces their risk of moderate or severe head injuries in crashes, and also lowers their risk of death, the study ...

12 Oct
Golf Cart Injuries Keep Rising Among U.S. Kids

Golf Cart Injuries Keep Rising Among U.S. Kids

Golf carts aren't just for golfing anymore: They also abound in retirement communities, on farms, and at sporting and other events.

But the downside of that newfound popularity may be that an increasing number of children and adolescents are injured from the carts each ...

12 Oct
Bystanders Can Make the Difference for a Drowning Child

Bystanders Can Make the Difference for a Drowning Child

A drowning child has a much lower risk of severe disability or death if a bystander steps in, even without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), new research finds.

"Bystanders play a critical role in preventing poor outcomes in childhood drowning by instituting safe, ear...

09 Oct
Going Cordless With Window Blinds Could Save Your Child's Life

Going Cordless With Window Blinds Could Save Your Child's Life

Blinds and window coverings might seem harmless, but their cords can be deadly for young children and infants.

The best way to keep children from becoming entangled in these cords is to replace your blinds with cordless versions, advises the Consumer Products Safety Comm...

08 Oct
For Kids, Accidental Burns Another Scar of the Pandemic

For Kids, Accidental Burns Another Scar of the Pandemic

Accidental burns among U.S. children rose by one-third during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.

"COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders inevitably created a new dynamic between children and their social environment. One result was the increas...

08 Oct
Social Distancing Kept Kids From Getting Flu, RSV

Social Distancing Kept Kids From Getting Flu, RSV

Social distancing and mask mandates during the pandemic nearly eliminated cases of the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among children, a new study finds.

"Numbers don't lie. Face masking, and proper hygiene and isolation, can be effective means to protect the v...

07 Oct
Could an App Help Kids With Severe Ear Condition Avoid Surgery?

Could an App Help Kids With Severe Ear Condition Avoid Surgery?

A pair of special headphones plus a free app might help kids with hearing difficulty due to "glue ear," a new, small study suggests.

Glue ear is slang for a condition called otitis media with effusion (OME), where thick fluid builds up in the middle ear. It's very common...

07 Oct
Picky Eating, Social Phobia Often Linked in College Students

Picky Eating, Social Phobia Often Linked in College Students

Parents frazzled by their little ones' finicky food choices often sigh in exasperation, thinking: "They'll grow out of it by college."

Maybe not, suggests a new study from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Some young people continue their picky eating into early ad...

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