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06 Oct
Another Sports Bonus for Kids: Healthier Eyes

Another Sports Bonus for Kids: Healthier Eyes

Sometimes allergies can lead to pink, irritated eyes. But allergic conjunctivitis, or "pink eye" may have a simple fix: physical fitness.

That's the concl...

03 Oct
Not All Kids With Autism Will Benefit From Therapy Dogs

Not All Kids With Autism Will Benefit From Therapy Dogs

For many kids with autism, Rhett, a black Labrador retriever, has been a calming and comforting influence in his seven years as a therapy dog.

But parents shouldn't assume that a service pooch is the solution for every child on the

27 Sep
COVID Infection Raises a Child's Odds for Type 1 Diabetes by 72%

COVID Infection Raises a Child's Odds for Type 1 Diabetes by 72%

Children who fall ill with COVID-19 may have a slightly increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that of more than 285,000 children with COVID, 0.04% were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes over the next six months. While that's a...

22 Sep
First Good Evidence That Babies React to Taste, Smell in Womb

First Good Evidence That Babies React to Taste, Smell in Womb

At the kitchen table, babies trying different foods might look eager or offended, depending on the flavor of what they are asked to eat.

It turns out infants may develop those taste differences while still in the womb, according to a new study that delivered the first di...

14 Sep
Walking, Sitting: What Works Best to Help Baby Stop Crying?

Walking, Sitting: What Works Best to Help Baby Stop Crying?

A new study hands parents what seems like a miraculous gift: A simple, free technique that takes just 13 minutes to put wailing infants to sleep.

Researchers in Japan fo...

09 Sep
Getting Kids Walking, Biking to School Can Lead to Long-Term Fitness

Getting Kids Walking, Biking to School Can Lead to Long-Term Fitness

Kids who walk, skateboard or ride their bikes to school when they are young are more likely to keep it up as they get older, reaping the health benefits, recent research suggests.

“The walk to school is a wonderful moment in the day that provides children a glimpse of ...

02 Sep
One Form of Fertility Treatment May Raise Long-Term Cancer Risk in Offspring

One Form of Fertility Treatment May Raise Long-Term Cancer Risk in Offspring

Children born as a result of a common fertility procedure involving frozen embryos may have higher risk of cancer, Swedish researchers report.

In frozen-thawed embryo transfer, an embryo is created in a laboratory from an egg and sperm,

01 Sep
Half of Moms of Children With Autism Have Depression

Half of Moms of Children With Autism Have Depression

While half of mothers of children with autism suffer symptoms of depression, a new study has di...

31 Aug
Tight Blood Sugar Control Boosts Brain Power of Teens With Type 1 Diabetes: Study

Tight Blood Sugar Control Boosts Brain Power of Teens With Type 1 Diabetes: Study

When teenagers with type 1 diabetes get better control of their blood sugar, their brains may benefit, a new clinical trial shows.

Researchers found that when teenagers started treatment with a newer technology — often dubbed

29 Aug
Leading U.S. Pediatricians' Group Issues Guidelines to Prevent Patient Abuse

Leading U.S. Pediatricians' Group Issues Guidelines to Prevent Patient Abuse

Recent years have seen several high-profile cases of doctors sexually abusing young patients. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is issuing new recommendations aimed at prevention.

Medical visits are usually a safe place for children and teenagers, but when abu...

26 Aug
Breastfeeding Can Protect Hearts of Mom, Baby Long Term

Breastfeeding Can Protect Hearts of Mom, Baby Long Term

Breastfeeding can deliver long-term heart benefits to both mother and child, a new statement from the American Heart Associatio...

20 Aug
Tips to Food-Fueling Your Active Vegan Child

Tips to Food-Fueling Your Active Vegan Child

Kids can take part in sports while on vegetarian and vegan diets, but parents and caregivers must help them select foods that will fuel them and meet their nutrition needs.

Vegan athletes can become deficient in vitamin B12, vitamin D, long-chain omega-3 fats, riboflavin...

18 Aug
Kids Born Premature Lag in Elementary School, But Most Catch Up Later

Kids Born Premature Lag in Elementary School, But Most Catch Up Later

While babies born prematurely may lag behind their elementary school peers, they eventually catch up, British researchers report.

By the end of high school, only the kids born before 32 weeks of gestation were continuing to struggle, according to a new study published on...

17 Aug
The More Words Your Preschooler Knows, the Better They Do in Class

The More Words Your Preschooler Knows, the Better They Do in Class

Kids who enter preschool with good vocabulary and attention skills have a head start on academic success.

That's the takeaway from a new study of nearly 900 4-year-olds and t...

16 Aug
Lead Poisoning Plus Systemic Racism Are Harming Black Kids' Test Scores

Lead Poisoning Plus Systemic Racism Are Harming Black Kids' Test Scores

It's well known that exposure to lead can harm young children's brain development. Now a new study suggests that racial segregation may be compounding the detrimental effects of lead on Black children.

The

16 Aug
Premature Birth Tied to Higher Risk for ADHD

Premature Birth Tied to Higher Risk for ADHD

Children born a little early -- before 39 weeks of pregnancy -- are more likely to have symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests.

While birth before 37 weeks' gestation has known links to hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattentio...

16 Aug
If a Child's Grades Falter, Consider Hearing Loss

If a Child's Grades Falter, Consider Hearing Loss

While some may think of hearing loss as something that happens with age, it can also happen to kids.

Parents and teachers should consider hearing loss if a child's academic performance declines or he or she develops behavioral issues, lack of focus and depression, the Am...

03 Aug
Too Little Sleep May Harm Young Kids' Brains

Too Little Sleep May Harm Young Kids' Brains

For peak performance, school-age children need more than a healthy diet and exercise. They also need plenty of sleep.

A new study finds that elementary school kids who get less than nine hours of sleep each night show significant differences in some brain regions respons...

31 Jul
Tough to Get Your Kid to Take Medicine? An Expert Offers Tips

Tough to Get Your Kid to Take Medicine? An Expert Offers Tips

Sometimes it's difficult for parents to get their child to take necessary medication.

One expert who spends part of her workday guiding parents through this challenge offers some suggestions to make the ordeal easier.

Emily Glarum, a child life specialist at the H...

25 Jul
Neighborhood Factors Could Raise Your Child's Odds for Asthma

Neighborhood Factors Could Raise Your Child's Odds for Asthma

Inner-city kids are known to be at greater risk for uncontrolled asthma. Now, new research suggests that violent crime and poor school achievement may be two reasons why.

“Experiencing violent crime can result in toxic stress, and decreased educational attainment is as...

20 Jul
Lonely Childhoods Make Adult Drinking Problems More Likely

Lonely Childhoods Make Adult Drinking Problems More Likely

Having friends in childhood may help keep you clean and sober as a young adult, new research suggests.

Researchers from Arizona State University (ASU) interviewed more than 300 college students who participated in assessments that focused on childhood loneliness, stress ...

14 Jul
Snuggling With Dad: Fathers' Contact Can Help Preemies Thrive

Snuggling With Dad: Fathers' Contact Can Help Preemies Thrive

Decades of research have shown the power of skin-to-skin contact between preemies and their moms, but would the same technique, dubbed "kangaroo care," work with fathers?

Yes, claims a new...

13 Jul
Breastfeeding May Be Key to Letting Preemie Babies Thrive

Breastfeeding May Be Key to Letting Preemie Babies Thrive

Preterm infants who are breastfed do better in school and are less likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a new study.

Preemies have a higher risk of doing poorly in math, reading and other academic skills, previous studies have shown. T...

13 Jul
Can Anxiety Disorders Pass From Parent to Child?

Can Anxiety Disorders Pass From Parent to Child?

From the ongoing pandemic and the monkeypox outbreak to the charged political landscape, New York City mom and entrepreneur Lyss Stern has been increasingly anxious.

Stern worries that she will pass all of this fretting down to her 8-year-old daughter, and a new study su...

11 Jul
Long, Regular Sleep Key to Kindergarten Success

Long, Regular Sleep Key to Kindergarten Success

Long, restful and - most importantly - regular sleep is key to helping kindergarteners adjust to school, and a new study urges parents to start forming good sleep habits a full year ahead of time.

Researchers found that

08 Jul
How Childhood Abuse Can Haunt the Senior Years

How Childhood Abuse Can Haunt the Senior Years

Poor mental and physical health among older adults may trace back to childhood abuse, a Canadian study suggests.

The study, published online July 7 in the journal

06 Jul
About 1 in 7 U.S. Kindergarten Kids Now Obese

About 1 in 7 U.S. Kindergarten Kids Now Obese

Despite reports that rates of childhood obesity are decreasing, kids seem to be packing on pounds at younger ages.

In 1998, just under 73% of children entering kindergarten in 1998 had a normal body mass index (BMI), while 15.1% were overweight, and 12% were obese.

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06 Jul
Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

In yet another report that illustrates the dangers pot poses to the young, developing brain, a new British study finds teenagers are much more likely than adults to develop an addiction to mariju...

05 Jul
Most U.S. Kids Score Low on Heart Health

Most U.S. Kids Score Low on Heart Health

Most U.S. children and adults have poor scores for heart health, according to a new assessment tool called "Life's Essential 8."

Fewer than 30% of 2- to 19-year-olds had high scores for cardiovascular health on the new American Heart Association scoring tool. And their s...

30 Jun
Study Spots Key Factor in Kids' Friendships

Study Spots Key Factor in Kids' Friendships

While kids in a classroom are likely to be familiar with all their classmates after a short time, the children they are assigned to sit near are likely to become their closer friends, a new study suggests.

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University found that after se...

29 Jun
Kids Happier, Healthier Away From All Those Screens: Study

Kids Happier, Healthier Away From All Those Screens: Study

New research confirms the dangers of too much screen time for kids and teens: Those who play sports, take music lessons, or socialize with friends after school are happier and healthier than children who are glued to a screen during these hours.

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14 Jun
Why Getting Along in Preschool Is So Important

Why Getting Along in Preschool Is So Important

The expression "plays well with others" is often tossed around to describe people who are less likely to ruffle feathers, and new research shows these sandbox skills really matter.

It turns out that kids who play well with others in preschool are less likely to experienc...

10 Jun
Neurodevelopmental Issues Double in Babies Exposed to COVID in Womb: Study

Neurodevelopmental Issues Double in Babies Exposed to COVID in Womb: Study

The babies of women infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy may have developmental difficulties during their first year, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that pregnant women with COVID-19 were more likely to have preterm births and infants with developmental probl...

25 May
Another Study Finds Kids of Same-Sex Parents Do Just Fine

Another Study Finds Kids of Same-Sex Parents Do Just Fine

Children raised by same-sex parents are just as well-adjusted as kids raised by different-sex parents, researchers say.

In the new study, the researchers compared 62 Dutch children (aged 6 to 16 years) whose parents were the same sex with 72 kids whose parents were diffe...

24 May
A Child's Pet Dog May Shield Them From Crohn's Disease

A Child's Pet Dog May Shield Them From Crohn's Disease

Add a lower risk of Crohn's disease to the many benefits of having a dog during childhood, a new study suggests.

Sorry, cat lovers, researchers didn't find a similar benefit for you.

"We did not see the same results with cats, though we are still trying to determin...

23 May
C-Sections Won't Raise Baby's Odds for Food Allergies

C-Sections Won't Raise Baby's Odds for Food Allergies

Babies delivered by cesarean section are no more likely to have food allergies during their first year of life than other infants, according to an Australian study.

The association between type of delivery and food allergy risk had been unclear, so researchers decided to...

21 May
It's 'Kids to Parks Day': Get Out, Get Active

It's 'Kids to Parks Day': Get Out, Get Active

It's a good idea to get children outside every day, but especially on Kids to Parks Day, a national day of outdoor play on May 21.

"Even as the COVID-19 pand...

19 May
Could Video Games Boost a Child's Intelligence?

Could Video Games Boost a Child's Intelligence?

Folks often believe that video games rot a kid's mind, but a new study argues the opposite could be true.

Children actually might get a brain boost from playing hour after hour of video games, researchers report.

American kids between 9 and 10 years of age who spen...

18 May
Most Day Care Programs Don't Give Kids Enough Exercise

Most Day Care Programs Don't Give Kids Enough Exercise

Rates of childhood obesity in the United States are soaring, and new research suggests child care programs may be part of the problem.

Most tots in these programs aren't getting nearly enough exercise.

National guidance for child care programs calls for providing a...

12 May
No Link Between Antidepressants in Pregnancy, Epilepsy in Children

No Link Between Antidepressants in Pregnancy, Epilepsy in Children

There's good news for women with a mental health condition: Taking antidepressants early in pregnancy doesn't increase a baby's risk of having epilepsy or seizures, researchers say.

"The findings of this study are very important," said study co-author Ayesha Sujan of Ind...

10 May
Pregnant American Women Are Facing Higher Exposures to Chemicals

Pregnant American Women Are Facing Higher Exposures to Chemicals

Exposure to potentially harmful chemicals is on the rise among pregnant women in the United States, a new study warns.

"This is the first time we've been able ...

09 May
Better School Lunches Blunt U.S. Kids' Weight Gain

Better School Lunches Blunt U.S. Kids' Weight Gain

America's kids have a weight problem, but regulations that boosted the nutritional standards for school meals may have helped slowed down weight gain among low-income students, a new study finds.

For decades, the Na...

09 May
There's a Secret to Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables

There's a Secret to Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables

Do you have a child who refuses to eat anything green? Rewarding them for trying new vegetables may make them more willing to eat them, a new study claims.

"It's important to start

09 May
Kids' Sleep Suffers When Parents Can't Afford Diapers

Kids' Sleep Suffers When Parents Can't Afford Diapers

It might seem like an unlikely connection at first, but a new study finds that infants and toddlers suffer sleep issues -- and maybe other problems --- when their parents can't afford diapers.

"Sleep promotes brain development and solidifies learning and memory," noted s...

04 May
Obesity May Be Affecting Heart Health in Kids as Young as 6

Obesity May Be Affecting Heart Health in Kids as Young as 6

As early as age 6, children who carry extra weight could be headed down a path toward future diabetes or heart disease, a new study suggests.

The study, of nearly...

04 May
Most Transgender Children Stick With Gender Identity 5 Years Later: Study

Most Transgender Children Stick With Gender Identity 5 Years Later: Study

Kids who feel their true gender identity doesn't match the sex they were given at birth are sometimes given the chance to adopt the lifestyle and characteristics of the opposite gender, in a process known as "

03 May
Could a Stressed-Out Pregnancy Hinder a Toddler's Development?

Could a Stressed-Out Pregnancy Hinder a Toddler's Development?

Babies born to women who are stressed out during pregnancy may be more likely to experience social, emotional and learning problems as they grow up, new research sugges...

02 May
Are Vegetarian Diets Healthy for Growing Kids?

Are Vegetarian Diets Healthy for Growing Kids?

Vegetarian diets are a healthy choice for growing kids -- though they may slightly raise the odds of youngsters being underweight, a new study suggests.

The study, of nearly 9,000 young children, found that those on vegetarian diets were, on average, of similar weight an...

02 May
When Is the Right Time to Tell a Child They Have Autism?

When Is the Right Time to Tell a Child They Have Autism?

Bella Kofner, a 24-year-old graduate student in special education at the College of Staten Island in New York, was 10 when her parents first told her she had autism. Developmental psychologist Steven Kapp, now 35, was 13 when he was told the same.

So, is there a best tim...

29 Apr
Teen Brain Naturally Tunes Out Mom's Voice

Teen Brain Naturally Tunes Out Mom's Voice

Mom's voice may be music to a young child's brain, but the teen brain prefers to change the station, a new study finds.

Past research using brain imaging has revealed how important a mother's voice is to younger children: The sound stimulates not only hearing-related par...

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