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Getting Young Athletes Ready for a New School Year

As a new school year begins, many students return to their favorite sports or try something new.

Encouraging kids to make physical activity part of their lives has lifelong benefi...

8/9 -- Pandemic Brought More Woes for Kids Prone to Headaches

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Add more frequent headaches in kids who are already vulnerable to them to the list of ills associated with the pandemic.

Before the pandemic, 60% of kids reported headaches on less than 15 days of the month...

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 responsible for memory, intelligence and well-being compared to those who get the advised nine to 12 hours' sleep.

“We ...

Financial Struggles Can Be Tough on Families, And Tough to Explain to Kids

Financial pressures may have made this a year when some families can’t afford pricy extras, such as after-school activities or summer camp.

It’s OK to explain this to your kids, said an expert from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who offered tips for the conversation, as well as low-cost alternatives for budget-friendly summer fun.

“It’s important to give an optimisti...

Having Kids Around Might Shield You From Severe COVID: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Folks with young kids at home may be less likely than others to develop severe COVID-19, a new study suggests.

Children bring home colds from day care and school and give them to their parents, and it's thought those lower-level infections may ultimately defend Mom and Dad from the worst of COVID. Both common colds and COVID-19 a...

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 Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, offers these tips: Be honest, practice it, provide choices, set a sch...

Less Than Half of Parents Plan to Get COVID Vaccine for Youngest Kids

Parents have had to wait a long time to have access to a COVID-19 vaccine for their kids under the age of 5, but a new survey shows many still won’t get a shot for their children.

About 43% of U.S. parents of children aged 6 months to 4 years said they would not g...

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

TUESDAY, July 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- 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 have been largely driven by big spikes in gun-related

Obesity Rates Continue to Climb Among U.S. Kids, Teens

MONDAY, July 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time ever, more than 1 in 5 American kids is obese.

From 2011 to 2012 and again from 2017 to 2020, rates of obesity rose for kids between 2 and 5 years of age as well as 12- to 19-year-olds, a new analysis of nationwide health survey data shows. And the uptick was true for U.S. kids of every race and ethnic backgro...

Neighborhood Factors Could Raise Your Child's Odds for Asthma

MONDAY, July 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- 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 associated with lower health literacy,” said study author D...

When Genes Raise a Mom's Risk for Cancer, Is It OK to Tell Kids?

FRIDAY, July 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- It's important to talk to kids about family health risks, but the impact of sharing this kind of information has been unclear.

It's probably safe, according to a new study, but how are you supposed to do it -- and when?

Researchers found that kids generally have no problem coping when cancer risk information is shared with...

Half of Parents Don't Realize Impact of Screens on Kids' Vision

Most parents are overlooking simple steps to protect their kids' eyes from overexposure to electronic screens, a new nationwide poll shows.

One in 7 respondents said their 3- to 18-year-olds haven't had a vision test in two years. Yet half of respondents acknowledged that screen time has a big imp...

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 Australian study that found when dads held their premature babies close to their bare chest, they reported feeling a "s...

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 suggests she just might.

"Children may be more likely to learn anxious behavior if it is being displayed by their s...

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 other gun safety measures whe...

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 kids who regularly got 10 hours of sleep or more b...

Babies' Babble Brings Big Learning Bonus

Babies' babble may be smarter than you think.

A new study shows that infants as young as 3- to 5-months of age can tell that the unintelligible sounds they make before they learn to talk can impact the people around them.

Traditionally, this babbling has been regarded simply as a byproduct of babies trying to work their mouths and exercise their voices. Instead, the new research sho...

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.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers some tips for getting a helmet that's neither too small nor too loose, w...

U.S. Opens Baby Formula Market to Foreign Suppliers

The Biden administration said Wednesday it is taking steps to ensure that international makers of baby formula can continue marketing their products in the United States, to avoid any infant formula shortage in the future.

The move to help foreign suppliers who have had temporary approval for their formulas will provide consumers with more choices and bolster the industry against future s...

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.

However, fast forward 12 years and just 69% of kids started kindergarten at a normal BMI, a new study finds.

An...

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 marijuana.

"We found that teenagers are three and a half times more likely to have severe cannabis use disorder, whi...

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 scores got lower with age. Just 14% of 12- to 19-year-olds had high scores, compared to 33% of 6- to 11-year-olds and 56%...

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.

The poll of more than 2,000 parents of children ages 3-18 was conducted this spring and found that more than half sa...

Pool Neck Floats a Danger to Babies, FDA Warns

Neck floats marketed for babies to use in water can lead to serious injury or death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this week.

The inflatable plastic rings are especially dangerous for infants who have developmental delays or special needs, such as those with spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy...

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.

"Scr...

Talking to Kids About Abortion Bans Can Be Tough. Experts Offer Guidance

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade and the resulting media coverage is likely causing anxiety for many people, including children.

On Friday, the high court's ruling on Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ostensibly kicked decisions about restricting or banning...

Postpartum Depression Can Hit Both Mom & Dad, Sometimes at Same Time

Most people have heard that women can experience depression after the birth of a child.

But the condition is not limited to moms: New dads can experience depression in the months after their baby is born, by all accounts an enormous life change. This can even happen simultaneously, and with consequences for each of them and their new baby.

To better understand these experiences, res...

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 questions they may have and learn how they can get the shots. One-on-one conversations with doctors who know their kids are ...

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 a flat surface and not in bed with mom or dad.

In addition, th...

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 warned in new alerts issued Tuesday.

Rockers should never be used for sleep, and infants should never be unsupervi...

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 experience mental health issues ...

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.

"Drowning is the single leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 to 4, and it's one of the top causes ...

Singles or Couples: Who Sleeps Better?

You might think that having the whole bed to yourself would leave you feeling more refreshed in the morning than sleeping with someone who might toss, turn or snore.

Yet, a new study suggests that adults who share their beds with a partner have less severe insomnia, less fatigue and more sleep ...

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 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Child drowning rates and nonfatal drowning injuries among children under 15 years old...

Melatonin Poisoning Cases Soaring Among U.S. Kids

It's a startling statistic: A new study finds the number of kids accidentally poisoned by the over-the-counter sleep aid melatonin has soared by 530% over the past decade.

For most children, the overdose only causes excessive sleepiness, but for some it can result in hospitalization and even ...

Team Sports: Good for Kids' Minds, Too

Kids who play team sports may win some mental health benefits, but the same may not hold true for those in solo sports, a large, new study suggests.

A number of previous studies have linked team sports to better mental well-being for children and teenagers, and the new...

Abbott to Re-Open Baby Formula Plant on June 4

Beginning June 4, Abbott Nutrition will restart producing baby formula at a shuttered factory that's been central to the ongoing shortage of infant formula in the United States, the company announced on Tuesday.

The factory in Sturgis, Mich., has been closed since February for what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called "insanitary conditions." In the first three months of the year...

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 different sexes. The investigators considered prosocial behavior, hyperactivity, peer problems, emotional adjustment and gene...

Emergency Shipment of Baby Formula Arrives From Europe

A 35-ton shipment of hypoallergenic baby formula from Switzerland arrived in the United States on Sunday, the first delivery in what the Biden administration is calling "Operation Fly Formula" to deal with a nationwide shortage.

The 132 pallets of formula arrived in Indianapolis on a military C-17 cargo plane from Germany, and will be fed to babies intolerant of the protein supplied by co...

3-Dose Pfizer COVID Vaccine Spurs Strong Response in Youngest Kids

Pfizer/BioNTech says a three-dose regimen of its COVID-19 vaccine appears to provoke a strong immune response in the youngest age group of children - those aged 6 months to 5 years.

This is the only age group not yet approved for COVID-19 vaccination by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to CNN, Pfizer said it plans to submit its new data to the agency this week.

Poll Finds COVID Low on Parents' Summer Camp Checklist

When choosing a summer camp for their children, many U.S. parents prioritize location, cost and activities. Only one in 10 said COVID-19 precautions are important, a new survey reveals.

Among parents who said

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  • 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 pandemic continues, outdoor time and nature exploration are safe for most kids," pediatrician Dr. Danette Glassy said in an ...

    Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula Rules

    A bill that would allow families in a U.S. government assistance program to buy whatever brand of baby formula they can find is on the way to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

    The bill, which is meant to help families in the WIC program obtain baby formula in the midst of a nationwide shortage, was passed by the S...

    CDC Advisers Recommend Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11

    A panel of science advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent recommended on Thursday that a single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be given to 5- to 11-year-olds.

    The move is expected be confirmed by a sign-off from CDC director Dr. Rochelle Wallensky, and follows on authorization from U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday..

    The third ...

    Closed Baby Formula Plant May Reopen by Next Week

    A baby formula plant closed in February at the heart of the current U.S. shortage of the product could reopen as soon as next week, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told House lawmakers on Thursday.

    The Abbott Nutrition's Michigan formula plant is the largest in the nation, and it was closed due to contamination issues.

    Earlier this week, the FDA...

    Biden Invokes Defense Act to Boost Supply of Infant Formula

    Faced with mounting pressure to help desperate parents, President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the power of the wartime Defense Production Act to get more of the precious product into American homes.

    Under the new powers, the federal government can use commercial aircraft or air cargo planes owned by the Defense Department to transport infant formula from countries abroad and fly it in...

    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 spent more time playing video games experienced a significant increase in their intelligence scores when retested two years ...

    ER Docs to Parents: Please Don't Dilute Infant Formula

    As the United States faces critical shortages of baby formula, parents are being cautioned against watering down formula in an effort to stretch out what they have.

    "Adding extra water to baby formula to try and make it last longer can put a child at risk of a seizure or another medical emergency," said Dr. Gillian Schmitz, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)....

    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 at least two opportunities a day for physical activity, totaling 60 to 90 minutes. While the new study found that 74% of ...

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