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28 Jun

1 in 4 Parents Worry Their Child Isn't Reaching Milestones

While the majority of parents worried about their child's development seek advice from healthcare providers, many still turn to the internet or family and friends, researchers say.

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24 Sep
Infant Deaths Spark Baby Loungers Recall

Infant Deaths Spark Baby Loungers Recall

The death of eight babies has prompted the Boppy Company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to recall more than 3 million baby loungers, they announced Thursday.

A year ago, the CPSC issued a safety warning about similar pillow-like baby products,

24 Sep
Obesity a Threat to Adults With Autism, But There May Be Help

Obesity a Threat to Adults With Autism, But There May Be Help

FRIDAY, Sept. 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Eating well and exercising regularly can be a challenge for anyone. But for those with autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disabilities, that challenge is exponentially greater.

Many young men and wo...

24 Sep
New Tricks to Turn Your Fussy Eater Around

New Tricks to Turn Your Fussy Eater Around

If your children are picky eaters, bribing or pressuring them will probably backfire.

But there are other steps you can take to help them get over their fussiness, researchers report.

Australian scientists reviewed 80 studies to find out more about fussy eaters. <...

23 Sep
Could Your Genes Be to Blame for Your Kid's Aversion to Broccoli?

Could Your Genes Be to Blame for Your Kid's Aversion to Broccoli?

Parents and their children often share numerous traits -- including a dislike for broccoli and other veggies in the same family.

Noxious enzymes from bacteria in saliva may be the reason why, a new study suggests.

Levels of these compounds are similar in paren...

23 Sep
Childhood Trauma Linked With Higher Odds for Adult Neurological Ills

Childhood Trauma Linked With Higher Odds for Adult Neurological Ills

Kids who suffer abuse, neglect or household dysfunction are more likely to have neurological problems like stroke or headaches as adults, researchers report.

"Traumatic events in childhood have been linked in previous studies to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes,...

22 Sep
Witnessing Abuse of a Sibling Can Traumatize a Child

Witnessing Abuse of a Sibling Can Traumatize a Child

Seeing a parent abuse a sibling can be as traumatizing as watching a parent hurt another parent, a new study finds.

And it can lead to depression, anxiety and anger, researchers say.

"When we hear about exposure to family violence, we usually think about someone b...

22 Sep
Parents of Hospitalized Kids Need More Info on Costs: Study

Parents of Hospitalized Kids Need More Info on Costs: Study

Having a child in the hospital is distressing for families, and not knowing what that stay might cost can add to that stress, researchers say.

A new study has found that three-quarters of U.S. families want to have conversations about the costs of care. Yet only 7% of fa...

21 Sep
Intervening in Infancy Might Help Prevent Some Cases of Autism: Study

Intervening in Infancy Might Help Prevent Some Cases of Autism: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Infants may show early signs of autism, but a diagnosis usually isn't made until age 3. Now, a new study suggests that jumpstarting therapy might stave off that diagnosis altogether.

Researchers say their p...

21 Sep
Pandemic Changed Families' Eating Habits, for Good and Bad: Poll

Pandemic Changed Families' Eating Habits, for Good and Bad: Poll

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past year and a half, the coronavirus pandemic has remade so much of everyday life, including the foods families eat.

In many families, that's been a good thing, with half cooking at home more...

17 Sep
What Helps Your Heart More, Losing Fat or Gaining Muscle?

What Helps Your Heart More, Losing Fat or Gaining Muscle?

FRIDAY, Sept. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Shedding excess weight does much more for the long-term heart health of young people than building muscle, new research suggests.

It's not that gaining muscle while young proved to be a cardiovascular problem....

10 Sep
It's a Win-Win When a Child With Autism Gets a Shelter Cat

It's a Win-Win When a Child With Autism Gets a Shelter Cat

Parents of a child with autism might wonder if a pet cat would be a good fit for the family. Now, research suggests both children with autism and cats benefit when a feline joins the household.

Gretchen Carlisle, a research scientist at the Missouri University Research C...

07 Sep
More College-Educated Women Are Having Children Outside of Marriage

More College-Educated Women Are Having Children Outside of Marriage

First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes baby in the baby carriage.

While that childhood rhyme used to be true, college-educated women in the United States are now more likely than ever to have a first baby outside marriage. They're also more likely than other w...

30 Aug
Leaving Work to Care for Special Needs Child Takes Big Financial Toll

Leaving Work to Care for Special Needs Child Takes Big Financial Toll

Having a special needs child can mean medical emergencies and doctors' visits where parents have to take time off from work, and now a new study shows that can bring a bit financial hit to a family.

Researchers analyzed U.S. government data from more than 14,000 families...

30 Aug
Soothing Sound: Mom's Voice Eases Preemies' Pain

Soothing Sound: Mom's Voice Eases Preemies' Pain

Mothers are known for drying their little ones' tears, sometimes with a hug, a song or a kiss on a scraped knee.

So, perhaps it isn't a surprise that new research shows the sounds of mom's voice provide comfort and even pain relief to the tiniest ones, premature babies....

27 Aug
Toppling TVs, Furniture Sending Many Young Children to ERs

Toppling TVs, Furniture Sending Many Young Children to ERs

It can happen in an instant. A young child climbs a heavy piece of furniture, and it topples over on the toddler.

New research suggests that's not as rare as you might think: Hundreds of thousands of children have been treated in U.S. emergency rooms for such injuries in...

23 Aug
Teachers' Unions, Doctors Agree: Vaccines, Masks Crucial for Return-to-School

Teachers' Unions, Doctors Agree: Vaccines, Masks Crucial for Return-to-School

Schools are reopening as the Delta variant surges across America, a scary prospect for educators and parents alike.

But experts representing teachers and doctors say reopening must happen for the sake of students, and a combo of vaccination and safety measures will help ...

23 Aug
Parents' Poll Finds Strong Support for Vaccination of Students, Teachers

Parents' Poll Finds Strong Support for Vaccination of Students, Teachers

As the school year starts across much of the United States amid a surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the Delta variant, a new survey shows most parents support vaccines for students and staff alike.

Sixty-two percent of nearly 1,700 parents with at least one child aged...

19 Aug
4 Out of 10 Parents Have No Plans to Get Child Vaccinated for School: Poll

4 Out of 10 Parents Have No Plans to Get Child Vaccinated for School: Poll

Almost 90% of U.S. parents plan to send their kids back to the classroom this fall, but fewer than 60% plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine for those who are old enough, a new poll reveals.

Anxiety is also high among many parents, who wonder just how safe in-person learning wi...

19 Aug
Kids Who Grew Up With Smokers Have Higher Odds for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Kids Who Grew Up With Smokers Have Higher Odds for Rheumatoid Arthritis

While breathing in secondhand smoke is known to harm kids' lungs, new research suggests that children whose parents smoked are also more prone to developing rheumatoid arthritis later in life.

"Our findings give more depth and gravity to the negative health consequences ...

12 Aug
Kids of Heavy Drinkers Face Multiple Threats to Health

Kids of Heavy Drinkers Face Multiple Threats to Health

Death, injuries, abuse and mental health disorders are among the many harms faced by children whose parents are heavy drinkers, Danish researchers say.

"Within the last 10 years, there has been an expansion of research on consequences that extend beyond the drinker," wro...

05 Aug
'Long COVID' Symptoms Rare in Kids: Study

'Long COVID' Symptoms Rare in Kids: Study

As doctors see more kids with COVID-19, some positive news has emerged: Only about 4% of children and teens have long-lasting COVID symptoms, a British study finds.

The study confirms that COVID-19 tends to be a mild illness in children and that they usually recover quic...

03 Aug
AHA News: Protecting Children's Mental Health as They Head Back to School

AHA News: Protecting Children's Mental Health as They Head Back to School

At-home schooling was no vacation for Francis Huang and her 11-year-old daughter, Cheyenne Kuo.

The COVID-19 pandemic thrust remote learning upon their family in spring 2020. With it came the stresses now familiar to millions of families. "I think the whole year, we just...

02 Aug
After Nearly 9 Million Pfizer Shots for U.S. Teens, Serious Side Effects Rare: CDC

After Nearly 9 Million Pfizer Shots for U.S. Teens, Serious Side Effects Rare: CDC

U.S. health officials have some reassuring news about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine in young people: Among millions of U.S. teens who've received Pfizer's shots, serious side effects have been rare.

As of July 16, close to 9 million teens, aged 12 to 17, had receive...

30 Jul
Most Athletes With Genetic Heart Ailment Can Return to Play

Most Athletes With Genetic Heart Ailment Can Return to Play

Having a genetic heart condition often means the end of sports for young athletes, but new research could be a game changer.

A 20-year study by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., suggests that for kids with most genetic heart conditions, the risks of playing sports c...

26 Jul
Can COVID Transmit Easily on Crowded School Buses?

Can COVID Transmit Easily on Crowded School Buses?

New research offers some reassuring news for parents of kids returning to school soon: The risk of acquiring COVID-19 on the school bus is very low when proper precautions are taken.

With open windows, mandated masking and two kids per seat, there was no transmission of ...

26 Jul
Survey Finds U.S. Parents Split on COVID Vaccination for Kids Under 12

Survey Finds U.S. Parents Split on COVID Vaccination for Kids Under 12

As a new school year approaches, U.S. parents are nearly evenly split on whether they'll vaccinate their young kids when a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for their age group, a new survey finds.

"It's important that parents and providers don't wait for full COVID vaccine a...

23 Jul
Regulators Pressure AirBnB, Vrbo After Another Child Dies in Elevator Accident

Regulators Pressure AirBnB, Vrbo After Another Child Dies in Elevator Accident

The death of another child between a residential elevator's inner and outer doors had prompted the

23 Jul
Big Road Trip This Weekend? Keep Baby Safe

Big Road Trip This Weekend? Keep Baby Safe

If you're hitting the road with your infant this summer, you need to ensure your child's safety and comfort, a pediatric expert says.

First, check your car safety seat to make sure it's installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. It needs to be rear-facing an...

22 Jul
Most Parents Clueless About Overuse Dangers to Young Pitchers

Most Parents Clueless About Overuse Dangers to Young Pitchers

Before you sign your young pitcher up to play baseball in multiple leagues, familiarize yourself with guidelines that can protect them against overuse injuries.

Sound obvious? A new survey shows it isn't, because most parents have no idea what those guidelines are.

21 Jul
1.5 Million Kids Worldwide Lost Parent or Other Caregiver to COVID-19

1.5 Million Kids Worldwide Lost Parent or Other Caregiver to COVID-19

In yet another finding that illustrates the tragic toll the pandemic has taken on families around the world, a new study shows that 1.5 million children have lost a parent, grandparent or other caregiver to COVID-19.

"For every two COVID-19 deaths worldwide, one child is...

20 Jul
How Your Kid's Education Could Make You Healthier

How Your Kid's Education Could Make You Healthier

If you're a parent, here's another reason to encourage your kids to get a good education: Children's educational successes or failures can impact their parent's physical and mental health, new research suggests.

For the study, researchers at the University at Buffalo in ...

15 Jul
Half of U.S. Teens Plan to Get COVID Shot, But Can Numbers Go Higher?

Half of U.S. Teens Plan to Get COVID Shot, But Can Numbers Go Higher?

Vaccine advocate Ethan Lindenberger, now 20, had to wait until age 18 to get the vaccinations that he knew he needed to protect his health.

"I knew growing up my mom was very anti-vaccine. Because of the legal restrictions, I really wasn't trying to fight her on getting ...

14 Jul
Summer Drowning Deaths Can Happen Quickly: Know the Facts

Summer Drowning Deaths Can Happen Quickly: Know the Facts

The best way to prevent drowning in children and teens is to guard against the danger on multiple fronts, a leading pediatricians' group says.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released its "Prevention of Drowning" report online this week, which notes that about 7...

14 Jul
Parent's Words Key to Young Kids' Fears Around Vaccination

Parent's Words Key to Young Kids' Fears Around Vaccination

What's the best way to help your young child handle the stress of getting shots? New research claims that perfectly timed encouragement makes all the difference with vaccinations.

"What we found is that in the first minute after the needle, the more parents said coping-p...

05 Jul
Telehealth: Tips for Helping Kids With Autism Take Part

Telehealth: Tips for Helping Kids With Autism Take Part

Telehealth is increasing in popularity in the United States, partly due to the pandemic. But some children with autism have difficulty sitting through these virtual appointments.

Yet those visits can be a helpful part of a child's ongoing medical care, and their convenie...

04 Jul
Backyard Fireworks on the 4th?  Rethink It to Keep Your Child Safe

Backyard Fireworks on the 4th?  Rethink It to Keep Your Child Safe

If you're planning on shooting off fireworks on the 4th of July, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges you to find other ways to celebrate the holiday.

"We know that sales of fireworks increased in 2020 as did injuries, so parents and caregivers need to be vigil...

02 Jul
Key to Good Sleep for Toddlers Starts in Infancy

Key to Good Sleep for Toddlers Starts in Infancy

Introducing bedtime routines very early in life can improve sleep habits in the toddler years, according to a new study.

Almost 500 new mothers were first surveyed when their infants were 3 months old. They were questioned again when the children were 12 months,...

01 Jul
Gene-Based Embryo Selection: Are 'Designer Babies' on the Horizon?

Gene-Based Embryo Selection: Are 'Designer Babies' on the Horizon?

The notion of parents picking out genetically perfect babies may seem like science fiction, but bioethicists warn in a new report that some companies have already started to offer couples going through in vitro fertilization (IVF) the means to pick better embryos through polyg...

30 Jun
More Evidence Spanking Kids Doesn't Work, Can Cause Harm

More Evidence Spanking Kids Doesn't Work, Can Cause Harm

Is spanking good for parents? Is spanking good for kids? Is spanking good for anyone? No, no and no, according to a big new review of prior research.

"Zero studies found that physical punishment predicted better child behavior over time," said study co-author Elizabeth ...

29 Jun
Pandemic Day Care Closures Forced 600,000 U.S. Working Moms to Leave Jobs

Pandemic Day Care Closures Forced 600,000 U.S. Working Moms to Leave Jobs

When child care centers were forced to close in the pandemic's early months, hundreds of thousands of American working mothers lost their jobs, new research shows.

The study is just the latest illustration of the toll the pandemic has taken on working women in the United...

29 Jun
Kids Born Through Fertility Treatments Have No Higher Cancer Risk

Kids Born Through Fertility Treatments Have No Higher Cancer Risk

Good news for couples considering fertility treatments: Children born through assisted reproductive technology (ART) don't have an increased risk of cancer, researchers say.

In the new study, kids born through high-tech fertility treatments -- such as in vitro fertilizat...

28 Jun
1 in 4 Parents Worries Their Young Child Isn't Reaching Milestones: Poll

1 in 4 Parents Worries Their Young Child Isn't Reaching Milestones: Poll

As babies and toddlers grow, parents may feel excited about their little one learning to crawl, walk or talk.

But these same milestones can also raise concerns when parents fear their child may not be developing normally. Nearly a quarter of parents -- 23% -- who partici...

27 Jun
Summer Playgrounds Come With Fun and Hazards

Summer Playgrounds Come With Fun and Hazards

As the pandemic eases and children flock to playgrounds this summer, parents need to make sure their kids are safe, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says.

"After a challenging school year and months of being socially distanced and kept apart from their...

21 Jun
Sharing Bed With Baby: Dangerous, and It Won't Boost 'Attachment,' Study Shows

Sharing Bed With Baby: Dangerous, and It Won't Boost 'Attachment,' Study Shows

Whether to share your bed with your infant at night has been the subject of heated debate: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises against it, recommending room-sharing but not bed-sharing, while others promote the practice as part of an idea called attachment parenti...

21 Jun
Survey Finds Many Adults Don't Want Kids -- and They're Happy

Survey Finds Many Adults Don't Want Kids -- and They're Happy

Marriage and children may be the norm for most Americans, but a new study shows that many people are choosing to remain child-free -- and they're happy that way.

The study of 1,000 Michigan adults found that one-quarter had opted not to have kids. And, on average, their ...

18 Jun
Dads of 'Preemie' Babies Can Be Hit by Depression

Dads of 'Preemie' Babies Can Be Hit by Depression

Postpartum depression strikes fathers of premature babies more often than previously thought, and it can linger longer in fathers than in mothers, a new study finds.

The researchers screened for depression in 431 parents of premature infants in a neonatal intensive care...

11 Jun
Big Rise in Suicide Attempts by U.S. Teen Girls During Pandemic

Big Rise in Suicide Attempts by U.S. Teen Girls During Pandemic

The suicide attempt rate has leapt by as much as half among teenage girls during the coronavirus pandemic, a new government study shows.

Emergency room visits for suspected suicide attempts among girls between the ages of 12 and 17 increased by 26% during summer 2020 and...

09 Jun
Child Drownings in U.S. Pools, Spas Are on the Rise

Child Drownings in U.S. Pools, Spas Are on the Rise

Pool and spa drowning deaths among U.S. children are spiking upwards, and restrictions related to the COVID pandemic may also mean that fewer kids are getting the swimming lessons that might keep them safe, the Consumer Product Safety Commission warns.

On average, there ...

02 Jun
'Boomerang Kids': When an Adult Child Moves Back Home

'Boomerang Kids': When an Adult Child Moves Back Home

It's a scenario fraught with potential conflict: Moving back home as an adult can be tough - on both the grown children and their parents.

But it can also come with opportunities, as long as expectations are established early, say some "boomerang kids" who moved back in ...

28 May
Debunking Myths That Have Some Parents Resisting COVID Vaccines for Teens

Debunking Myths That Have Some Parents Resisting COVID Vaccines for Teens

Many health experts hailed the recent approval of the Pfizer vaccine for those aged 12 to 15, but some parents have been hesitant to take their kids in for a shot.

"Parents naturally worry more about their children than they do about themselves -- I think that's parentin...

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