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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?

Young Social Media Celebrities Are Pushing Junk Food On Streaming Platforms, New Study Finds.

90% of the videos reviewed promoted unhealthy foods and beverages, researchers say

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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...

27 Jul
Pfizer, Moderna to Expand Vaccine Studies in Young Children

Pfizer, Moderna to Expand Vaccine Studies in Young Children

Pfizer and Moderna are expanding trials of their COVID-19 vaccines in children ages 5 to 11, to more closely measure the risk of heart inflammation and other rare side effects that occurred in teens and young adults who received the vaccines.

The companies made the move ...

27 Jul
Kids With Autism Have Unique Gut 'Microbiomes'

Kids With Autism Have Unique Gut 'Microbiomes'

Children with autism differ socially and developmentally from their typically developing peers. Now, researchers say there are also differences in their array of healthy gut bacteria or "microbiome."

The findings may lead to earlier treatment for kids with an autism spe...

26 Jul
Can COVID Transmit Easily on Crowded School Buses?

Can COVID Transmit Easily on Crowded School Buses?

MONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- 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...

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...

26 Jul
Simple Step Gets More School Kids Eating Their Veggies

Simple Step Gets More School Kids Eating Their Veggies

Give kids just a little more time if you want them to eat better.

New research suggests that longer school lunch breaks could boost their intake of fruits and veggies.

"It makes sense that you might eat the part of the meal you look forward to first, and if there's...

26 Jul
When Are Head Injury Risks Highest for Young Soccer Players?

When Are Head Injury Risks Highest for Young Soccer Players?

Young soccer players have more head impacts during practices but experience more severe head impacts during games, a small, preliminary study shows.

The findings could help devise ways to improve head impact safety in youth soccer, according to the researchers.

"He...

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

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...

21 Jul
Even Young Children Can Have Breathing Issues During Sleep

Even Young Children Can Have Breathing Issues During Sleep

It's important for parents to recognize when kids have breathing problems during sleep and to seek medical help, an expert says.

"During sleep, the muscles keeping the upper airway stiff relax, and as a consequence, the airway narrows, which can cause snoring, snorting o...

20 Jul
Severe COVID in Kids: Rare, but Brain Issues Can Result

Severe COVID in Kids: Rare, but Brain Issues Can Result

About one in 20 kids hospitalized with COVID-19 develop debilitating brain or nerve complications that could haunt some for a long time, a new British study reports.

Children with severe infections can suffer from brain inflammation, seizures, stroke, behavior changes, h...

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 ...

20 Jul
Prescriptions for U.S. Kids Declined During Pandemic

Prescriptions for U.S. Kids Declined During Pandemic

Prescriptions for U.S. children fell by about one-quarter during the COVID-19 pandemic, with prescriptions for antibiotics alone plunging by more than 50%, a new study finds.

The findings are a "national picture of prescription drug dispensing to children before and duri...

19 Jul
Pediatricians' Group: All School Kids, Staff Should Continue to Wear Masks

Pediatricians' Group: All School Kids, Staff Should Continue to Wear Masks

All U.S. students, teachers and staff should wear masks when in school, regardless of their vaccination status, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said Monday.

That guidance runs counter to recommendations released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preven...

19 Jul
Any COVID Infection Leaves Strong Antibody Levels in Kids

Any COVID Infection Leaves Strong Antibody Levels in Kids

Even a mild or asymptomatic case of COVID-19 triggers a strong antibody response in children and teens, new research shows.

"These findings are encouraging, especially because we cannot yet vaccinate children under the age of 12 against the virus," said study co-lead au...

15 Jul
Drowning Deaths for U.S. Kids Have Fallen 38% Since 1999

Drowning Deaths for U.S. Kids Have Fallen 38% Since 1999

There's some good news as millions of American children head back to the nations' lakes, beaches and pools: Newly released numbers for 1999 through 2019 show steady progress in reducing the number of young lives lost to drowning.

"Over the past two decades, the rate of u...

15 Jul
Antibiotic-Resistant Pneumonia Is Killing Children in Bangladesh — Could It Spread?

Antibiotic-Resistant Pneumonia Is Killing Children in Bangladesh — Could It Spread?

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is causing deadly pneumonia infections among large numbers of children in the South Asian nation of Bangladesh, a rising threat that could one day reach American shores, experts warn.

Doctors found these "superbug" bacteria in more than thre...

15 Jul
Many States Move to Ban Vaccine Mandates, Passports in Public Schools

Many States Move to Ban Vaccine Mandates, Passports in Public Schools

As schools around America begin to prepare for reopening this fall, many states are taking steps to stop public schools from requiring COVID-19 vaccination or proof of vaccination.

At least seven states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Montana, Oklahoma and U...

15 Jul
Heart Troubles Ease Over Time in Kids With MIS-C

Heart Troubles Ease Over Time in Kids With MIS-C

Here's some reassuring news for parents: Most heart problems in children with a rare inflammatory condition triggered by COVID-19 infection resolve within a few months, a new study finds.

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) causes inflammation throughou...

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-...

13 Jul
Growing Up in Lead-Contaminated Area Might Alter Personality: Study

Growing Up in Lead-Contaminated Area Might Alter Personality: Study

TUESDAY, July 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Can childhood lead exposure affect personality into adulthood?

Yes, a big multi-decade study suggests.

The finding stems from an analysis of data on atmospheric lead levels across the United States and 3...

13 Jul
Pesticide Harmed Children's Brains: Lawsuits

Pesticide Harmed Children's Brains: Lawsuits

Lawsuits claiming that the widely used bug killer chlorpyrifos caused brain damage in children were filed Monday in California.

Past research has shown that the pesticide harms the brains of fetuses and children, the Associated Press reported.

Chl...

09 Jul
Vaccinated Teachers, Students Can Skip Masks This Fall: CDC

Vaccinated Teachers, Students Can Skip Masks This Fall: CDC

When schools open their doors this fall, teachers and students who are vaccinated can enter without masks, according to a new guidance issued Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The relaxed recommendation comes as a national vaccination campaig...

09 Jul
Is Your Kid a Fast or Slow Eater? Personality Might Tell

Is Your Kid a Fast or Slow Eater? Personality Might Tell

Could your children's eating habits be a reflection of their personalities?

A new study finds a link between the two, but researchers say it's not clear exactly how they influence each other.

They found that slow eaters are less likely to be extroverted and im...

08 Jul
School-Based Mindfulness Program Gives Big Boost to Young Kids' Sleep

School-Based Mindfulness Program Gives Big Boost to Young Kids' Sleep

THURSDAY, July 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Children tend to sleep less as they approach early adolescence, perhaps because of the pressures of homework and the presence of social media.

Now, new research suggests that loss of precious slumber is not in...

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...

01 Jul
What Drives Preschoolers' Curiosity to Learn?

What Drives Preschoolers' Curiosity to Learn?

Want to hold a preschooler's interest in learning something new? Give them just enough information to make them want to know more, a new study suggests.

This creates the perfect mix of uncertainty and curiosity in children, said researchers from Rutgers University, in Ne...

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

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

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- 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 b...

29 Jun
High Curiosity in Infancy Carries Through to Toddler Years

High Curiosity in Infancy Carries Through to Toddler Years

Using a bit of sleight of hand, researchers were able to demonstrate that babies who were the most intrigued with magic tricks became the most curious toddlers.

The children's early delight in the unexpected could be a sign of their future thinking skills, the researcher...

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

MONDAY, June 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- 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 developin...

28 Jun
Spanish Spoken at Home? It Won't Slow Youngsters Learning English: Study

Spanish Spoken at Home? It Won't Slow Youngsters Learning English: Study

Being in a Spanish-speaking home doesn't hamper American kids' ability to learn English, new research shows.

The first-of-its-kind study included 126 U.S.-born 5-year-olds who were exposed to Spanish at home from birth, along with varying amounts of English.

Resea...

28 Jun
Sleep Apnea in Childhood a Bad Sign for Teenage Heart Health

Sleep Apnea in Childhood a Bad Sign for Teenage Heart Health

Teens who've had sleep apnea since childhood have a much higher risk of high blood pressure than those who never had sleep apnea, new research shows.

"Our study showed that pediatric sleep apnea can act as a gateway to future hypertension," said study author Julio Fernan...

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...

25 Jun
Lockdown Weight Gain May Have Caused Surge in New Diabetes Cases in Kids

Lockdown Weight Gain May Have Caused Surge in New Diabetes Cases in Kids

Rates and severity of type 2 diabetes among U.S. children rose during the COVID-19 pandemic, possibly due to weight gain during lockdowns, researchers say.

"While our study examined hospital admissions for type 2 diabetes in children at one center, the results may be a m...

22 Jun
Why Do So Many Kids Never Get Swimming Lessons?

Why Do So Many Kids Never Get Swimming Lessons?

Cost and lack of time are among the reasons parents don't enroll their kids in swimming lessons, a new survey finds.

"Swimming is one of the most important life-saving skills that children and adults should master. Whether for fun or for exercise, swimming will serve the...

22 Jun
When Is Your Very Earliest Memory?

When Is Your Very Earliest Memory?

Your earliest memories may stretch back to a younger age than previously thought, new research suggests.

The study found that people can recall back to an average age of 2½ years old, which is a year earlier than suggested by previous studies.

The findings from th...

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 ...

21 Jun
Screen All Kids for Heart Problems, Pediatricians' Group Says

Screen All Kids for Heart Problems, Pediatricians' Group Says

All children should be screened for conditions that may put them at risk for cardiac arrest or death, a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement recommends.

The screening should be done whether or not kids play sports, and it is particularly important as...

21 Jun
5 Tests You Should Not Order for a Child With Autism

5 Tests You Should Not Order for a Child With Autism

A leading medical group is offering testing guidelines for children with autistic behaviors.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health emphasized that certain measurements to test for exposure to chemicals are not helpful to guide treatment. The...

17 Jun
Fast-Food Companies Spending More on Ads Aimed at Youth

Fast-Food Companies Spending More on Ads Aimed at Youth

The U.S. fast-food industry has boosted spending on ads targeting kids, especially Black and Hispanic youth, new research shows.

For the study, the researchers analyzed data on ad spending and TV ad exposure for 274 fast-food restaurants and found that annual spending hi...

16 Jun
Treating Teachers' Depression Could Boost Young Students' Grades: Study

Treating Teachers' Depression Could Boost Young Students' Grades: Study

When depression strikes teachers, they can suffer mightily, but a new study suggests their students' ability to learn might also be harmed.

Researchers found a correlation between teachers' depressive symptoms and math skills in early learners enrolled in Head Start prog...

16 Jun
Obesity in Teens Raises Adult Diabetes Risk, Even After Weight Loss

Obesity in Teens Raises Adult Diabetes Risk, Even After Weight Loss

In a finding that confirms what many suspect, a new study shows that teens who are overweight or obese may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes or have a heart attack in their 30s and 40s.

These teens are also more likely to have other health issues down the road, r...

16 Jun
Strict Rest Not Recommended After Sports-Linked Concussion, Experts Say

Strict Rest Not Recommended After Sports-Linked Concussion, Experts Say

Strict rest isn't advised after athletes suffer a concussion because it could slow their recovery, an updated consensus statement from a U.S. expert panel says.

Most adult athletes fully recover within two weeks and children within four, according to the statement publis...

16 Jun
Is Zinc a Friend or Foe to Kidney Stones?

Is Zinc a Friend or Foe to Kidney Stones?

The nutrient zinc can be both helpful and harmful when it comes to kidney stones, a new study finds.

There have been two conflicting theories about the link between zinc and kidney stones. One suggests zinc stops the growth of the calcium oxalate crystals that m...

14 Jun
Gun Suicides Are Rising Steeply Among American Youth

Gun Suicides Are Rising Steeply Among American Youth

A rising number of young Americans, including children, are taking their own lives using firearms, a new study finds.

Researchers found that between 2008 and 2018, gun suicides showed an "alarming" increase among Americans aged 5 to 24. And while those suicides remain ra...

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 ...

08 Jun
ADHD Meds May Help Keep Some Kids From Thoughts of Suicide

ADHD Meds May Help Keep Some Kids From Thoughts of Suicide

ADHD medications might help lessen the risk of suicide in children with serious behavioral issues, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that medications like Ritalin and Adderall, commonly prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), were linked to ...

08 Jun
Your Teen's Smartphone Could Be Key to Unhealthy Weight

Your Teen's Smartphone Could Be Key to Unhealthy Weight

Your teens' route to a healthy or unhealthy weight may be in their hands -- literally.

New research out of South Korea shows that teens who spend too much time on their smartphones are also more prone to eating habits that increase their odds for obesity.

One nutri...

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