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08 Dec
FDA OKs Bivalent COVID Boosters for Kids 6 Months and Older

FDA OKs Bivalent COVID Boosters for Kids 6 Months and Older

The updated bivalent COVID-19 boosters are now approved for use in children as young as 6 months of age, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today.

Children can receive either a Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster shot, although the rules differ depen...

07 Dec
U.S. States With Tighter Access to Welfare Payments Have More Kids in Foster Care

U.S. States With Tighter Access to Welfare Payments Have More Kids in Foster Care

Researchers have discovered a link between access to welfare payments and foster care.

As many as 29,000 fewer children may have entered the foster care system during the 12-year study if U.S. states had made it easier for poor families to receive cash through the feder...

04 Dec
Put Safety at Top of Your Holiday Toy Gift List

Put Safety at Top of Your Holiday Toy Gift List

Getting toys for some of the tots in your life this holiday season? Experts at Penn State Health offer tips on making safe choices.

Each year, about 200,000 U.S. children end up in the emergency room with a toy-related injury, ranging from poisoning to choking hazards, a...

23 Nov
Shopping Black Friday for TVs, Furniture? Don't Forget the Tip-Over Kit

Shopping Black Friday for TVs, Furniture? Don't Forget the Tip-Over Kit

That new television, cabinet or appliance you're looking to snag on Black Friday or Cyber Monday could bring unexpected dangers to your home.

So don't forget to buy a kit to anchor it to the wall and keep it from tipping over and harming young kids, the Consumer Product ...

23 Nov
Your Child Is Sick. Do You Call Your Doctor or Head to the ER?

Your Child Is Sick. Do You Call Your Doctor or Head to the ER?

It's a common dilemma when your child seems sick: Do you call the doctor, make a trip to urgent care or head straight to the emergency room?

If it's not an emergency, a call to your child's pediatrician may help guide you. The doctor's staff may recommend bringing your c...

23 Nov
Keeping T-Day Kitchens Safe for the Whole Family

Keeping T-Day Kitchens Safe for the Whole Family

The whole family — even the youngest members — can take part in Thanksgiving's hours of food preparation by following some safety tips.

The nation's leading pediatrics organization offers some holiday advice for families with young children.

“There's a lot of...

17 Nov
When a Parent Is Jailed, Children's Health Care Suffers

When a Parent Is Jailed, Children's Health Care Suffers

Children's health is jeopardized when they have a parent in prison, new research finds.

In the United States, 5 million kids have an incarcerated parent. Those children have worse access to primary, dental and mental health care than their peers, the investigators found...

15 Nov
More U.S. Kids Are Heading to ERs After Drinking Cough Suppressant

More U.S. Kids Are Heading to ERs After Drinking Cough Suppressant

Increasing numbers of young children are showing up in emergency rooms after accidentally ingesting the cough suppressant benzonatate, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday.

Benzonatate is a non-narcotic cough suppressant first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminis...

29 Oct
Pediatricians Offer Tips on a Spooky But Safe Halloween

Pediatricians Offer Tips on a Spooky But Safe Halloween

By the time they're in elementary school, kids typically know their favorite parts about celebrating Halloween.

But the holiday is still new to babies and toddlers, and some little ones may find it all too much.

That's OK, said pediatrician Dr. Dina DiMaggio, a fel...

24 Oct
Child Danger: Almost Half of Parents Have Leftover Meds at Home

Child Danger: Almost Half of Parents Have Leftover Meds at Home

Getting into prescription or over-the-counter medicines at home is a major source of accidental poisoning for young children.

Yet, nearly half of parent...

18 Oct
Online Sexual Abuse of Kids Is Common; Perps Usually Friends, Partners

Online Sexual Abuse of Kids Is Common; Perps Usually Friends, Partners

Substantial numbers of kids and teens are being tracked, lured and sexually abused online, and adult strangers aren't always the perps.

In many cases, it's friends and dating partners who are doing the grooming, a new study shows.

The prevailing image of

13 Oct
Even Before Uvalde, Gun-Related Deaths to Texas Schoolchildren Were Rising

Even Before Uvalde, Gun-Related Deaths to Texas Schoolchildren Were Rising

School-age children are increasingly dying after being injured with guns, with firearms now the United States' second-leading cause of death in 5- to 18-year-olds.

After 19 children and two teachers were killed and 17 others were wounded in May at a school in Uvalde, Tex...

12 Oct
FDA Approves New Bivalent COVID Booster for Use in Children

FDA Approves New Bivalent COVID Booster for Use in Children

The new bivalent COVID-19 booster is now approved for children as young as 5 years old, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

The bivalent booster shot inclu...

11 Oct
Could Video Games Trigger Dangerous Heart Rhythms in Kids?

Could Video Games Trigger Dangerous Heart Rhythms in Kids?

Playing video games may seem sedentary, but it can be enough to trigger life-threatening heart arrhythmias in certain vulnerable children, a new report finds.

Researchers in Australia pulled together reports of 22 children and teens who suffered

10 Oct
Big Rise in E-Scooter Injuries Among U.S. Kids

Big Rise in E-Scooter Injuries Among U.S. Kids

With the growing popularity of electric scooters, the number of kids...

07 Oct
Gun Injuries to Kids Rose During Pandemic

Gun Injuries to Kids Rose During Pandemic

Firearm sales in the United States broke records at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, researchers have found that

07 Oct
Fractured Skulls, Broken Bones: Bike Injuries Still Common for Kids

Fractured Skulls, Broken Bones: Bike Injuries Still Common for Kids

Over 1 million U.S. children and teens — many of them male — have broken bones and fractured their skulls in bicycle injuries over the past 20 years, according to new research that br...

05 Oct
Half of Cases of Childhood Blindness in U.S. Didn't Have to Happen

Half of Cases of Childhood Blindness in U.S. Didn't Have to Happen

More than half of sightless children in the United States did not have to lose their vision, according to a new study.

The findings suggest the need to prioritize addressing preventable vision loss in all children in America, said study co-author Dr. Scott Lambert, a pro...

28 Sep
Study Probes Links Between Vaccines and Asthma in Kids, With Inconclusive Results

Study Probes Links Between Vaccines and Asthma in Kids, With Inconclusive Results

Aluminum in childhood vaccines has long been the cause of speculation about a potential link to allergies and asthma, but a new

28 Sep
Sleep Experts Warn Against Giving Melatonin to Children

Sleep Experts Warn Against Giving Melatonin to Children

Use of the over-the-counter sleep aid melatonin is increasing among young people, and calls to poison control centers and visits to the emergency room are also on the rise.

This is mostly because young children and teens are accidentally ingesting more of the supplement...

26 Sep
Thousands of U.S. Kids Have Died Riding ATVs, Many More Sent to ERs

Thousands of U.S. Kids Have Died Riding ATVs, Many More Sent to ERs

Pediatric surgeon Dr. Rony Marwan has seen way too many kids who have been seriously injured in all-terrain vehicle (A...

21 Sep
High Levels of PFAS 'Forever' Chemicals in Kids' School Uniforms

High Levels of PFAS 'Forever' Chemicals in Kids' School Uniforms

Your children's school clothes may look neat, but are they safe to wear?

Maybe not.

Researchers found high levels of dangerous chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (

21 Sep
Back to School: Keeping Kids Safe From Dangerous Food Allergies

Back to School: Keeping Kids Safe From Dangerous Food Allergies

The back-to-school season may bring on stress for parents of children who live with food allergies.

Parents can help reduce fear and anxiety by following some safety tips from the Americ...

19 Sep
Chicken Cooked in NyQuil? Help Kids Steer Clear of Social Media 'Medicine Challenges'

Chicken Cooked in NyQuil? Help Kids Steer Clear of Social Media 'Medicine Challenges'

Misusing over-the-counter medications can have dangerous consequences, but recent social media trends encouraging this could be downright deadly for gullible teens, the U.S. Food and Drug Admini...

18 Sep
Declutter That Crib: 'Bare Is Best' for Baby's Safe Sleep

Declutter That Crib: 'Bare Is Best' for Baby's Safe Sleep

When putting baby to bed, skip the cozy comforters, stuffed animals and pillows.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says bare is best — just a sheet. And, it urges, always put baby down for a rest in products specifically designed for their sleep, inclu...

15 Sep
Abuse Early in Life May Mean Tougher Menopause Decades Later

Abuse Early in Life May Mean Tougher Menopause Decades Later

It's well-known that hot flashes, sleep disturbances and symptoms of depression are common issues du...

30 Aug
Lawsuit Claims Amazon's Top-Selling Mattress a 'Health Hazard'

Lawsuit Claims Amazon's Top-Selling Mattress a 'Health Hazard'

Customers who bought a bestselling mattress sold on Amazon and at retailers nationwide are suing the manufacturer amid claims that

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...

29 Aug
Child ER Visits for Swallowed Button Batteries Doubled in a Decade

Child ER Visits for Swallowed Button Batteries Doubled in a Decade

Trista Hamsmith's 18-month-old daughter, Reese, died after swallowing a button battery that slipped out of a remote con...

16 Aug
2 Million Infant Swings, Rockers Recalled Due to Strangulation Danger

2 Million Infant Swings, Rockers Recalled Due to Strangulation Danger

Millions of infant swings and rockers are being recalled because crawling babies can get entangled in straps that dangle beneath them.

The recall applies to MamaRoo and RockaRoo swings and ...

15 Aug
One Back-to-School Worry for Parents: Traffic Dangers

One Back-to-School Worry for Parents: Traffic Dangers

The dangers of school traffic is a major worry for many parents, a new poll finds.

In fact, a third of more than 900 parents surveyed last spring said speeding and distracted parent drivers are their main concern, and drivers who don't follow the rules should be banned ...

12 Aug
Wind Can Uproot Kids' Bouncy Castles, With Tragic Results

Wind Can Uproot Kids' Bouncy Castles, With Tragic Results

Inflatable bounce houses are big, colorful, cheap to rent and practically scream "childhood fun." So, what could possibly go wrong?

It turns out plenty. For one thing, the air-filled party staples are vulnerable to being blown aloft and even flipped over if left unmoored...

12 Aug
1 in 4 Kids Hospitalized With COVID Have Symptoms Months Later

1 in 4 Kids Hospitalized With COVID Have Symptoms Months Later

More than a quarter of kids hospitalized with COVID-19 or a complication called multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) continue to have health problems more than two months later, a new study finds.

A follow-up of COVID cases from 25 hospitals found that 27% of childr...

09 Aug
B 8/11 -- Pandemic Showed Teachers' Key Role in Spotting Child Abuse

B 8/11 -- Pandemic Showed Teachers' Key Role in Spotting Child Abuse

Teachers play a critical role in the early detection and reporting of child abuse, according to a new study that found school closures during the height of the...

05 Aug
COVID May Be Tied to Rise in Brain Infections in Children

COVID May Be Tied to Rise in Brain Infections in Children

COVID-19 may be linked to a rise in bacterial brain infections in children, a new study suggests.

When the pandemic hit, doctors at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital of Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., saw a worrisome 236% rise in these infections and wondered why.<...

26 Jul
Gun Deaths Rose 30% Among U.S. Kids in a Decade

Gun Deaths Rose 30% Among U.S. Kids in a Decade

A grim new analysis finds that American youth became 30% more likely to die as a result of gun violence over the past decade.

The jump in risk appears to ...

12 Jul
Key Players in Keeping Kids Safe From Guns: Pediatricians

Key Players in Keeping Kids Safe From Guns: Pediatricians

Pediatricians may become the trusted middle men between gun owners and non-gun owners when it comes to talks about gun safety, a new study shows.

University of Pennsylvania researchers found parents were more open to politically sensitive discussions about gun locks and ...

09 Jul
Cycle Safe: Find the Right Bike Helmet for Your Child

Cycle Safe: Find the Right Bike Helmet for Your Child

Wearing a bike helmet can save the life of your young child or teenager, but it needs to fit well to really do its job.

A well-fitting bike helmet significantly reduces the odds of serious head injury or death due to a bicycle, scooter or skateboard accident, experts say...

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

30 Jun
Many Parents Ignore Fireworks Safety

Many Parents Ignore Fireworks Safety

Many U.S. parents don't take proper precautions to protect their children from fireworks-related burns and injuries, claims a new survey released just ahead of the Fourth of July.

24 Jun
Pediatricians' Group Urges Parents to Get Youngest Kids Vaccinated Against COVID

Pediatricians' Group Urges Parents to Get Youngest Kids Vaccinated Against COVID

Now that a COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for kids under age 5, a leading medical group urges parents to discuss it with their health care provider.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that parents ask their children's doctor or other clinician any ques...

23 Jun
Long COVID Can Hit Kids, Even Babies

Long COVID Can Hit Kids, Even Babies

Even babies aren't immune from the effects of long COVID, Danish researchers report.

Their study found that about one in three kids aged 14 and younger who tested positive for the virus were suffering from mood swings, trouble remembering or concentrating, and rashes as ...

21 Jun
Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines: No Inclined Products, Bed-Sharing

Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines: No Inclined Products, Bed-Sharing

New infant sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stress that parents make sure their infants sleep alone on their back on

21 Jun
Pandemic Gave Clues to Cause of Rare Heart Condition in Kids

Pandemic Gave Clues to Cause of Rare Heart Condition in Kids

A decline in cases of a rare heart disease in children during the COVID pandemic may provide clues about its cause and how to prevent it, researchers say.

Kawasaki disease (KD) affects fewer than ...

17 Jun
COVID Is More Dangerous Than Flu for Kids, Study Finds

COVID Is More Dangerous Than Flu for Kids, Study Finds

COVID-19 poses far more danger to kids than seasonal flu, a new study confirms.

"We found the impact to pediatric hospitalization among the two viruses are not equivalent and, in fact, children admitted with COVID-19 or MIS-C experienced longer stays and required mo...

15 Jun
Feds Warn of 14 Infant Deaths in Rockers From Fisher-Price, Kids2

Feds Warn of 14 Infant Deaths in Rockers From Fisher-Price, Kids2

At least 13 infant deaths have been reported in Fisher-Price's Infant-to-Toddler Rockers and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers since 2009, while there has been one death reported with a Kids2 Bright Starts Rocker, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and both companies ...

15 Jun
Kids' Access to Insulin Pumps: Race, Income Matters

Kids' Access to Insulin Pumps: Race, Income Matters

Overall use of insulin pumps among U.S. youngsters with type 1 diabetes has climbed in recent decades, but those who are poor or from minority groups are less likely to have the devices, a new study finds.

14 Jun
Kids Can Suffer Severe Injuries at Trampoline Parks

Kids Can Suffer Severe Injuries at Trampoline Parks

Bouncing on a trampoline is always risky, but kids are more likely to suffer serious injuries at a trampoline center than at home, according to researchers who are calling for mandatory safety standards at the centers.

U.S. emergency departments treat nearly 100,000 chil...

11 Jun
Pandemic Means Many Kids Didn't Get Lifesaving Swim Lessons

Pandemic Means Many Kids Didn't Get Lifesaving Swim Lessons

Many children missed out on potentially lifesaving swimming lessons during the pandemic, so parents should enroll them in classes as soon as possible, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends.

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10 Jun
Drownings in Home Pools, Hot Tubs Kill Hundreds of Kids Each Year

Drownings in Home Pools, Hot Tubs Kill Hundreds of Kids Each Year

Hundreds of U.S. children die in pool and hot tub drownings each year, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents to redouble safety efforts this summer.

That's because many children have been away from the water during the past two years du...