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Pet Dogs Help Kids Develop Better Social and Emotional Behaviors, New Study Finds

Researchers say pet dogs help make children less antisocial and more considerate

Will You Send Your Kids Back To School This Fall?

The majority of parents say yes, under certain conditions.

When Children Return to School

What could be in store for students

Preschoolers Spending More Time On Tech Devices Than Parents Think

Moms and dads may be underestimating kids' screen time by more than an hour a day.

Tactics to Change a Child's Picky Eating Habits Can Backfire

The study also found that picky eaters tend to have a lower body mass index.

Rare Children's Syndrome May Be Tied to Covid-19

Symptoms of Toxic Shock and Kawasaki Disease Showing Up In Young Covid-19 Patients, New Report Warns.

Are More Children Than Expected Coming Down With COVID-19?

A new study advises hospitals to be ready for a possible influx of young coronavirus patients.

Screen Time and Autism Risk

Greater TV and video viewing at 12 months linked to ASD-like symptoms at 2.

Keeping Kids Active During The Coronavirus Pandemic.

Avoiding potential hot spots like the playground.

Second Wave Of The Flu

Kids being hit harder this year, CDC says.

Little Night Owls May Be At Increased Risk of Obesity

Children who go to sleep after 9 gain more weight.

Sharing The Love On Valentine's Day And Every Other Day

10 tips to show your kids unconditional love and support.

How Can You Inspire Kids To Work Harder In School?

The impact of praise versus reprimands in the classroom

Could Fish Oil Supplements Be An Alternative Treatment For ADHD In Kids?

Young ADHD patients with low levels of omega-3 fatty acids experience improved attention after taking supplements.

Toddlers and Screen Time

87% of toddlers spend more than the recommended amount of time watching TV, on computers or mobile devices.

Serious Shortage of Child Psychiatrists

Many children with mental health disorders have no access to professional care.

Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Still Dominate The Children's Drink Market

None of the 34 top-selling sweetened children's drinks meet expert health recommendations.

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28 Sep
1 in 3 U.S. Parents Won't Get Flu Shots for Their Kids: Survey

1 in 3 U.S. Parents Won't Get Flu Shots for Their Kids: Survey

The coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming flu season could pose a double threat, but many U.S. parents plan to skip flu shots for their kids, a new survey finds.

Though public health experts stress the need for people of all ages to get the seasonal flu vaccine durin...

28 Sep
For Kids With Hearing Issues, Early Intervention Crucial to School Readiness

For Kids With Hearing Issues, Early Intervention Crucial to School Readiness

When babies with hearing impairments get help very early in life, they are more likely to be "kindergarten-ready" when the time comes, a new study finds.

In the United States, all states have government-funded "early intervention" programs designed to assist parents ...

25 Sep
Kids Much Less Prone to Coronavirus Infection Than Adults: Study

Kids Much Less Prone to Coronavirus Infection Than Adults: Study

Combined data from 32 studies from around the world suggest that children under the age of 10 are much less likely to become infected with SARS-CoV-2 compared with adults, given the same daily contacts.

Children's risk appears to rise with age: Among adolescent and ...

25 Sep
Immune System Clues to Why COVID Is Easier on Kids

Immune System Clues to Why COVID Is Easier on Kids

Kids and adults have different immune system responses to infection with the new coronavirus, which may help explain why severe COVID-19 is more common in adults, researchers report.

For their new study, they examined blood and cell samples from patients admitted wit...

24 Sep
After COVID-19 Exposure, When Can Young Athletes Resume Play?

After COVID-19 Exposure, When Can Young Athletes Resume Play?

Young athletes who've had moderate COVID-19 symptoms should be symptom-free for 14 days and get their doctor's OK before returning to practices or games, according to a leading group of U.S. pediatricians.

An electrocardiogram (EKG) is also recommended for those who'...

23 Sep
Kids Often Hit Hard by Death of Beloved Pet, Study Finds

Kids Often Hit Hard by Death of Beloved Pet, Study Finds

The loss of a pet may be a child's first encounter with death, and new research suggests no one should underestimate the psychological trauma that the loss can bring.

Previous studies have found that kids form deep emotional attachments to their pets and having a fur...

21 Sep
Holidays Can Be a Fright for Kids With Food Allergies

Holidays Can Be a Fright for Kids With Food Allergies

Parents of kids with food allergies probably won't be surprised to hear that Halloween is an especially risky time for their youngsters.

A new study found that serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) triggered by peanuts jumped 85% when kids were trick or treat...

16 Sep
Black Kids at Higher Odds for ADHD

Black Kids at Higher Odds for ADHD

Current wisdom holds that white kids are at greater risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than Black children are, but a new analysis finds the opposite is true.

In a review of 21 previously published U.S. studies, which included nearly 155,000 Bla...

15 Sep
Death From COVID-19 Very Rare for Americans 21 and Under: Report

Death From COVID-19 Very Rare for Americans 21 and Under: Report

Only a tiny fraction of children and young adults who have contracted COVID-19 have died from their infection, a new government report shows.

Just 121 people younger than 21 have died from COVID-19 through the end of July, out of nearly 392,000 confirmed or probable ...

15 Sep
More Than 1 in 3 U.S. Pediatricians Dismiss Vaccine-Refusing Families

More Than 1 in 3 U.S. Pediatricians Dismiss Vaccine-Refusing Families

Parents who choose to forgo or delay their children's vaccinations may quickly find themselves without a pediatrician.

Just over half (51%) of pediatric offices in the United States have a policy to dismiss families that refuse childhood vaccines, a nationwide s...

15 Sep
Probiotic Might Help Ease Children's Eczema

Probiotic Might Help Ease Children's Eczema

Applying a type of "good" bacteria to the skin may relieve children of the itch and discomfort of eczema, a new, small study suggests.

Eczema is a chronic inflammatory condition that causes dry, itchy skin and scaly rashes. It usually starts in early childhood, and c...

14 Sep
Are School Lunches a Ticket to Healthy Eating?

Are School Lunches a Ticket to Healthy Eating?

Healthier school meals improve the diets of American children, a new study finds.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act took effect in 2012 and required school meals to include more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and less sodium.

To assess how the act aff...

14 Sep
Fewer Kids May Be Carrying Coronavirus Without Symptoms Than Believed: Study

Fewer Kids May Be Carrying Coronavirus Without Symptoms Than Believed: Study

Are infected-but-healthy children major "silent spreaders" of the new coronavirus? New research out of northern Italy, once a COVID-19 hotspot, suggests they might not be.

Rigorous COVID-19 testing of children and adults admitted to a hospital in Milan for reasons o...

10 Sep
Electrical Brain Stimulation Offers Hope Against Dyslexia

Electrical Brain Stimulation Offers Hope Against Dyslexia

Electrical stimulation of a sound-processing area of the brain can briefly improve reading skills in adults with dyslexia, a new, small study has found.

Researchers say their results suggest that deficits in that brain region are a cause of the reading difficulties s...

10 Sep
Children Use Both Sides of the Brain to Understand Language

Children Use Both Sides of the Brain to Understand Language

Adults process language on one side of the brain, but kids use both hemispheres, a new study suggests.

The finding might explain why children recover more easily from brain injuries than adults, the study authors added.

"This is very good news for young ch...

09 Sep
Over Half a Million U.S. Kids Already Infected With COVID-19

Over Half a Million U.S. Kids Already Infected With COVID-19

More than 500,000 U.S. children had been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of early September, with a sizable uptick seen in recent weeks, a new report reveals.

There were 70,630 new child cases reported between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3, 2020. That brings the total to 513,415 ca...

08 Sep
First Trial of Gene-Targeted Asthma Rx in Kids Shows Promise

First Trial of Gene-Targeted Asthma Rx in Kids Shows Promise

Asthma treatments tailored to the genes of kids and teens could help improve control of their symptoms, new research suggests.

The study included 241 adolescents, aged 12 to 18, who were randomly selected to receive either traditional asthma treatment or "personalize...

08 Sep
Kids Can Have Coronavirus And Antibodies at Same Time: Study

Kids Can Have Coronavirus And Antibodies at Same Time: Study

The new coronavirus and antibodies that fight it can be in children's bodies at the same time, surprised researchers have found.

"With most viruses, when you start to detect antibodies, you won't detect the virus anymore. But with COVID-19, we're seeing both," said D...

02 Sep
Does TV And Computer Time Affect Kids' Math, Reading?

Does TV And Computer Time Affect Kids' Math, Reading?

Children who spend too much time on computers or watching TV may have poorer reading and math skills, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed school test data of more than 1,200 Australian children when they were 8 and 9 years of age and again two years later. Parent...

01 Sep
Kids, Teens Usually Have Mild COVID-19 Infections, Rarely Fatal Ones: Study

Kids, Teens Usually Have Mild COVID-19 Infections, Rarely Fatal Ones: Study

Severe COVID-19 is rare in kids and teens, and death is exceptionally rare, occurring only in those with serious underlying conditions, according to a new study.

The study, published Aug. 27 in the BMJ, also showed that Black children have a disproportionately...

31 Aug
Time Spent in Nature Boosts Kids' Well-Being

Time Spent in Nature Boosts Kids' Well-Being

Whether camping, hiking or gardening, connecting with nature has many benefits for children's well-being, a new study suggests.

"There is strong evidence that children are happier, healthier, function better, know more about the environment, and are more likely to t...

31 Aug
Sweet-Tooth Tendencies Change as Kids Get Older: Study

Sweet-Tooth Tendencies Change as Kids Get Older: Study

Young people seldom say a food or drink is "too sweet." A new study suggests that may be because they're less sensitive to sugar than adults and prefer more of it.

Researchers found that compared to adults, kids and teens needed 40% more sugar in a solution to de...

31 Aug
A Guide to Managing Children's Diabetes During COVID-19

A Guide to Managing Children's Diabetes During COVID-19

Parents worry that COVID-19 can make a diabetic child's condition worse, but an expert has some tips for keeping kids healthy during the pandemic.

"If a child has good control of their diabetes, it does not seem as though there will be severe effects if they were to...

28 Aug
Artificial Pancreas Controls Diabetes in Kids 6 and Up, Clinical Trial Shows

Artificial Pancreas Controls Diabetes in Kids 6 and Up, Clinical Trial Shows

An artificial pancreas system is safe and effective at managing blood sugar levels in kids as young as age 6 with type 1 diabetes, according to a new study.

The system uses a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) to track blood sugar levels and automatically delivers insu...

27 Aug
Pandemic Learning Can Strain Children's Eyes

Pandemic Learning Can Strain Children's Eyes

If your child will be doing online learning this school year, you need to take steps to protect them from eye strain, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says.

"I really have seen a marked increase in kids suffering from eye strain because of increased screen time....

26 Aug
Obesity in Youth Could Be Big Risk Factor for MS

Obesity in Youth Could Be Big Risk Factor for MS

High rates of child and teen obesity could play a growing role in people's risk for multiple sclerosis (MS), British researchers say.

Prior research has suggested that 53% of MS risk is directly attributable to environmental factors. For example, up to 1 in 5 cas...

25 Aug
Don't Count on Vitamin D to Ease Childhood Asthma

Don't Count on Vitamin D to Ease Childhood Asthma

Vitamin D supplements don't prevent severe asthma attacks in at-risk children, according to a study that challenges previous research.

"The reason that's important is there are colleagues around this country and worldwide who are testing vitamin D levels for kids wit...

24 Aug
For Black Kids, Autism Caught Late in the Game

For Black Kids, Autism Caught Late in the Game

It takes close to three years for a Black preschooler with autism to get a definitive diagnosis, a new U.S. study finds.

That delay means that young Black Americans miss out on early intensive treatment that is essential to help children with autism be better able t...

21 Aug
Play It Safe With Allergies, Asthma During Pandemic School Year

Play It Safe With Allergies, Asthma During Pandemic School Year

As parents deal with the uncertainty surrounding school this year, allergies and asthma may not be top of their minds.

But even during a pandemic, parents of children with allergies and asthma need to consider the added risks their children may face, one allergist sa...

21 Aug
Flu Shots for Kids Protect Everybody, Study Shows

Flu Shots for Kids Protect Everybody, Study Shows

When elementary school students get their annual flu shot, everyone benefits, a new study shows.

An increased vaccination rate among grade schoolers in California was associated with a decrease in flu hospitalizations for folks in every other age bracket, researchers...

20 Aug
Fluoridated Water Protects Baby Teeth, Too

Fluoridated Water Protects Baby Teeth, Too

Fluoride in drinking water reduces the odds for severe cavities in baby teeth, researchers from New Zealand report.

Although fluoridated toothpaste is widely available, fluoridated water continues to show a benefit in reducing cavities, said Dr. Howard Pollick, a he...

20 Aug
Anorexia Often Stunts Girls' Growth, Study Finds

Anorexia Often Stunts Girls' Growth, Study Finds

Girls with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa may have stunted growth, new research suggests.

People with anorexia nervosa believe they weigh too much, even if they're underweight. They may lose a dangerous amount of weight by dieting, exercising excessively, or b...

20 Aug
Help Your Child Cope With Back-to-School Jitters

Help Your Child Cope With Back-to-School Jitters

Back-to-school season can be a time of stress for many kids -- even in the best of times.

But pandemic fears add to the anxiety many kids will experience with the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, according to David FitzGerald, a child and adolescent psychologist...

20 Aug
Air Pollution Tied to Asthma in Young Kids

Air Pollution Tied to Asthma in Young Kids

High levels of air pollution may increase young children's risk of developing asthma and persistent wheezing, researchers warn.

The findings "support emerging evidence that exposure to air pollution might influence the development of asthma," according to a report by...

20 Aug
Kids With Special Needs Struggling to Receive Good Care During Pandemic

Kids With Special Needs Struggling to Receive Good Care During Pandemic

With the likelihood that many kids will be taught remotely this fall, all children are bound to face obstacles to their learning and development. But kids with disabilities often require more support, some of which cannot be delivered remotely.

...

19 Aug
Pharmacists in All U.S. States Can Give Kids Childhood Shots

Pharmacists in All U.S. States Can Give Kids Childhood Shots

Children can now be vaccinated by pharmacists in all 50 states as the U.S. government seeks to prevent a decline in routine vaccinations during the coronavirus pandemic.

While 28 states already allowed pharmacists to vaccinate children, the directive announced Wednes...

17 Aug
When Parents, Grandparents Don't Agree on Childrearing Choices

When Parents, Grandparents Don't Agree on Childrearing Choices

Disagreements between parents and grandparents over parenting choices like discipline, meals and TV time can strain family relationships, a new poll finds.

When kids stay with grandparents, relaxed rules can cause friction with the child's parents, child health expe...

14 Aug
Help Your Kids Navigate School Amid a Pandemic

Help Your Kids Navigate School Amid a Pandemic

This school year comes with special challenges for kids as the United States grapples with a coronavirus pandemic, but experts say parents can help their children navigate the tough emotional terrain.

Whether returning to a school building, continuing online learnin...

14 Aug
Fast Food Makes an Unhealthy Comeback Among Kids

Fast Food Makes an Unhealthy Comeback Among Kids

After a period of improvement, U.S. kids are eating as much fast food as they were in the early 2000s, new government figures show.

Researchers found that between 2003 and 2010, there was a decline in U.S. kids' intake of fast-food calories -- dipping from an average...

13 Aug
Special Contact Lenses Can Help Curb Nearsightedness in Kids

Special Contact Lenses Can Help Curb Nearsightedness in Kids

Kids suffering from nearsightedness can slow the progression of their myopia by using soft bifocal contact lenses, a new trial shows.

Bifocal contacts with a powerful corrective prescription slowed the progression of nearsightedness in youngsters by 43% compared ...

13 Aug
Too Many Kids Getting Seriously Hurt Riding ATVs: Study

Too Many Kids Getting Seriously Hurt Riding ATVs: Study

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are a big draw for adventure-loving kids, but a new study warns that the thrill ride can often land children in the ER.

U.S. data shows that nearly 280,000 children were treated over a 25-year period for head and neck injuries caused by AT...

12 Aug
2 in 3 Parents Nervous About Childhood Vaccines During Pandemic: Survey

2 in 3 Parents Nervous About Childhood Vaccines During Pandemic: Survey

With coronavirus cases climbing in the United States, many parents are wary of taking their kids in for vaccinations, new research finds.

The survey of more than 700 parents by Orlando Health found that although 84% believe vaccines are necessary to protect their...

07 Aug
As in Adults, Minority Kids Hit Hardest by COVID-19

As in Adults, Minority Kids Hit Hardest by COVID-19

U.S. minorities have been particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and a new study suggests kids are no exception.

Researchers found that at one community testing site, nearly half of Hispanic children and teens were positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that ...

06 Aug
Will Your Kid Play School Sports This Fall? Here's Some Guidance on Doing It Safely

Will Your Kid Play School Sports This Fall? Here's Some Guidance on Doing It Safely

If you're thinking about letting your child resume sports while the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage, a leading pediatricians' group says there are a few things you should consider.

To help families make informed decisions, the American Academy of Pediatrics (A...

04 Aug
U.S. Grandparents Are Raising Millions of Kids, and It's Tough

U.S. Grandparents Are Raising Millions of Kids, and It's Tough

Nearly 3 million children in the United States are being raised by grandparents, and life has placed these kids on a rocky road toward adulthood, a new study reports.

These children are much more likely to have experienced traumatic events that will influence their d...

31 Jul
Kids 'Efficient' Transmitters as COVID-19 Raced Through a Georgia Summer Camp

Kids 'Efficient' Transmitters as COVID-19 Raced Through a Georgia Summer Camp

With school reopenings just a few weeks away, a report on how the new coronavirus spread rapidly through a summer camp in Georgia suggests kids transmit the virus very well.

Nearly 600 young campers and counselors attended the camp in late June, and of the 344 who we...

30 Jul
New Study Sheds Doubt on Notion Kids Aren't COVID-19 Spreaders

New Study Sheds Doubt on Notion Kids Aren't COVID-19 Spreaders

Children with COVID-19 carry as much or more coronavirus in their nose as adults, suggesting that they could pose a serious infection risk if schools and day care centers reopen, a new study argues.

Coronavirus testing performed in Chicago in March and April shows th...

29 Jul
Mastering the Violin Won't Help Your Child Master Math: Study

Mastering the Violin Won't Help Your Child Master Math: Study

All the parents who force their children to play an instrument because it has been touted as a way to boost overall intelligence, take note.

New research now suggests that it may not help develop memory, math, reading and writing skills after all.

Earlier s...

27 Jul
Spanking on the Decline in American Homes

Spanking on the Decline in American Homes

American kids have something to celebrate: Spanking has hit a new low.

About one in three parents said they spanked their kids in 2017 compared to 50% in 1993, new research shows.

"Fewer parents are spanking, and I think it's helpful for people to kno...

24 Jul
CDC Issues Call to Reopen America's Schools This Fall

CDC Issues Call to Reopen America's Schools This Fall

Facing opposition from President Donald Trump and others, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a document supporting a reopening of the nation's schools this fall.

"As families and policymakers make decisions about their children returning t...

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