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Fathers who regularly read, play and draw with their young children give them an educational advantage, according to new research.

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Parents, Take Note: Survey Shows Teens Need More Support Than They Get

As millions of American teens continue to struggle with their mental health, a new survey reveals a sizable gap between how much support teens say they get and how much support their parents think they are getting.

In the report, published Tuesday by the National Center for Health Statistics, just over a quarter of teens said t...

How Handing a Child a Screen During a Tantrum Could Backfire Long-Term

When your preschooler pitches a fit, handing them a smartphone or tablet is probably the fastest -- and the worst -- way to stop it, a new study suggests.

"If parents regularly offer a digital device to their child to calm them or to stop a tantrum, the child won't learn to regulate their emotions," said first author Veronika Konok...

Tips to Safely Helping Your Baby Through Teething Pain

Tending to a teething baby is tough: Parents want to help, but might not be sure how.

Teething typically begins around 4 to 7 months of age, as the 20 or so "baby teeth" that will emerge by the age of 3 begin to form.

The usual signs of teething include "mild irritability, a low-grade fever, drooling and an urge to chew something hard," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in...

Sports Injuries: Your Guide to Helping Your Child Heal

Youth sports are important for the development of children and teenagers, but there's no sure way to ensure a youngster doesn't get hurt while competing.

That's why it's important for parents to spot and appropriately respond to their children's sports injuries, Dr. Eileen Crawford, an orthopedic surgeon with ...

Could Mom's Smartphone Use Affect Baby's Language Development?

Mothers tend to speak less to infants when they're on their smartphones, a new study finds.

Moms talked 16% less to their babies when they were fiddling with their phone, researchers found.

Shorter 1- to 2-minute intervals of phone use interfered with mom-baby interaction even more, decreasing a mother's baby talk by 26%.

"Our advice to new parents is to be cognizant of the im...

Trouble Getting Your Kids to Sleep? You're Not Alone, Poll Finds

Nearly 1 in 4 parents struggle to get their child to sleep, a new poll reports.

Some of this is related to poor sleep hygiene, but some also is due to dark worries harbored by the kids, researchers report.

Parents of sleepless children are less likely to have a bedtime routine, more likel...

Loaded, Unlocked Guns Common in American Homes, Study Finds

In half of American homes containing a loaded gun, that gun is kept unsecured and ready for potential use, often with children in the home, new research shows.

The finding is especially troubling given the link between gun accessibility and accidental child deaths, as well as rising rates of gun-related suicides in the United States, researchers said.

"The presence of a firearm in t...

Younger Kids in Class Might Be Misdiagnosed With ADHD, Autism

If your child is among the youngest in their school grade, it's more likely they'll be mistakenly identified by teachers as having ADHD or autism, a new study confirms.

"Adults involved in identifying or raising concerns over a child's behavior -- such as parents and teachers -- may be inadverte...

Close-knit Family, Community Key to Teens Delaying Sex

Teenagers who are part of close-knit neighborhoods and families are less likely to have sex at a young age, a new study has found.

On the other hand, teens' schools have less influence on their sexual behavior, researchers report.

"Our results echo other studies' findings on the importance of families and neighborhoods in protecting youth from risky behaviors, and show that feeling ...

Two Key Steps to Curbing Your Tween's Screen Time

Parents frustrated with kids who are seemingly glued to their phones, take heart: New research finds you can tear them away from their devices.

Two approaches seem to work best: Limiting screens during meals or bedtime, and modeling good screen behaviors yourself, according to a team from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

"These results are heartening because they ...

Drug-Linked Infant Deaths Doubled in U.S. in 4 Years

As an epidemic of drug abuse cuts it way through America, none are left unharmed, even the very young.

New data finds that the rate of infants dying from drug-related reasons more than doubled between 2018 and 2022.

In 2018, 10.8% of all deaths to babies under 1 year of age were linked to drugs. Four years later that had risen by 120%, to 24.4% of fatalities, according to research...

FDA Warns of Bacterial and Other Dangers From Recalled Infant Formula

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning parents about a goat milk infant formula potentially tainted with a bacterium that's very dangerous to babies.

Crecelac brand formula, already under recall since May 24, could contain Cronobacter, which "can cause bloodstream and central nervous system infections, such as sepsis and meningitis" in infants, the FDA warned in

U.S. Deaths Linked to ATVs Rose by a Third in One Year

In just one year, U.S. deaths linked to the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) jumped by a third, according to the latest report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

With another summer set to begi...

Moms, Even When Kids Reject Your Advice, It's Still Helping Them

Does advising your teen sometimes feel like talking to the proverbial brick wall?

Don't fret: New research shows that even when your preteen or teen gives your advice a flat "no way," your counsel is probably having an impact.

It may simply be tucked away by your child, ready for use another day.

"The kids are at an age where they're maturing and wanting to make their own de...

Parents' Vaping Might Help Spur Eczema in Kids

A mom or dad who vapes at home might be setting their child up for eczema, new research suggests.

In a study involving data from over 35,000 U.S. households, children with a parent who used e-cigarettes had a 24% higher odds for eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) than kids with two non-vapi...

TikTok: Ground Zero for Vaping Sales to Kids

TikTok is full of fun memes, pranks, dances and challenges -- and illicit vaping product sales targeting teenagers, a new study reports.

Advertising and sales of vaping products is common on the video-sharing platform, according to findings published May 23 in the journ...

Teen Cannabis Users' Risk for Psychosis May Be Stronger Than Thought: Study

Doctors have long known that excessive marijuana use can trigger psychosis, especially in the young. But new research suggests the link is stronger that ever imagined before.

Teens who use cannabis face 11 times the odds for a psychotic episode compared to teens who abstain from the drug, new Canadian research contends.

The teen years may be an especially vulnerable time in this re...

1 in 4 Parents Say Their Teen Drinks Caffeine Daily

Many teens are spending their days buzzed on caffeine, with their parents mostly unaware of the potential risks, a new national poll says.

A quarter of parents reported that caffeine is basically part of their teen's daily life, according to the University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health released Monday.

Two out of three parents sa...

The More Kids Use Social Media, The More They're Likely to Vape

Kids and young adults who use social media for seven or more hours per day have double the risk of taking up vaping or smoking or both, new research shows.

The study is based on a survey of almost 11,000 young British people ages 10 to 25 who were tracked from 2015 through 2021.

Overall, 8.5% said they currently smoked, 2.5% said they vaped and about 1% did both.

How much ti...

Is Your Child Ready for Summer Sleepaway Camp?

Sleepaway camp can be a lot of fun for kids, but only if they're ready for the experience.

And that's the tough part -- figuring out as a parent when a child is ready to stay away from home, and what they'll need while they're at camp, said Dr. Laurel Williams, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Baylor...

More Than 321,000 U.S. Kids Lost a Parent to Drug ODs in a Decade

More than 320,000 U.S. children lost a parent to drug overdose during the past decade, according to a new study reported May 8 in JAMA Psychiatry.

What's more, the death rate accelerated during the period, more than doubling between 2011 and 2021, researchers found.

About 27 children per 100,000 had a parent die ...

Drive to Be 'Perfect' Parent Isn't Healthy, Survey Finds

Parents striving to be "perfect"will never attain that goal, and the aim isn't even healthy for their families, a new study says.

The risks of striving for perfection are such that researchers have now created a scale to help parents track their burnout and, if necessary, counter it.

The first-of-its-kind

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  • How Bad Was Beethoven's Lead Poisoning?

    No one knows what caused the liver and kidney disease that led to Ludwig van Beethoven's untimely death.

    But one popular theory"that high lead levels killed the great composer"should be ruled out, researchers argue in the journal Clinical Chemistry.

    Analysis of samples taken from preserved locks of Beethoven's hair reve...

    Study Finds Heart Damage in 'Couch Potato' Kids

    Children and young adults who are couch potatoes could wind up with enlarged hearts, increasing their risk of heart attack, stroke and early death.

    Sedentary behavior contributed as much as 40% to the total increase in heart size between the ages of 17 and 24, researchers found.


    Helping Your Child Make Friends With a Child With Autism

    Kids are very likely to make the acquaintance of a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at some point, whether they know it or not.

    An estimated 95% of children with disabilities enroll in regular schools, experts say.

    "Given the rates of autism diagnosis and our ability to identify it, most kids will meet an autistic child at some point during their school-aged years,...

    A Parent's Watchful Eye Does Keep Kids From Drugs, Alcohol: Study

    Parents can be very effective buzzkills for their teens, just by letting kids know they're being closely watched, a new study reports.

    Teenagers are less likely to drink, smoke or use drugs when parents keep tabs on their activities, according to fin...

    Parental Deaths to Guns, Drugs Harmed Nearly 100,000 U.S. Kids in 2020

    Nearly 100,000 U.S. children lost a parent in 2020 to gun violence or drug overdose, a three-fold rise since 1999, according to a new study.

    Overall, these two causes made up nearly a quarter (23%) of parental losses in 2020, almost double the level cited in 1999, according to a team who reported its findings May 4 in the

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  • Parents of Infants With Cystic Fibrosis Often Feel Confused, Unsupported: Survey

    Parents of newborns diagnosed with cystic fibrosis often are confused about both the disease and their next steps, a new national survey has found.

    In fact, about half of new parents don't even know that newborns are routinely screened for the genetic disorder, the poll found.

    This confusion can lead to a delay in treatment that will have long-term consequences for a child's health,...

    How 'Unruly' Sports Parents Harm Their Kids' Mental Health

    Everyone knows that specific type of sports parent"the over-the-top dad or mom who curses, shouts and even becomes physically aggressive during their kid's match.

    While they might think they're cheering their kid to victory, such poor sports behavior actually can turn a child or teen off to athletics, psychiatrists warn.

    "Some of those behaviors would be setting unrealistic expectat...

    Day Care Pick-Up Often Involves Sugary Snacks, Study Finds

    Giving your kid a drink, snack or small bag of fast food on the way home from day care might distract them during a busy commute, but it's not doing their daily diet any favors, a new study warns.

    The hour after kids are picked up from day care stands ou...

    School Entry Rules Boost Kids' HPV Vaccination Rates

    Getting the HPV shot in adolescence can spare kids a lifetime of risk for cervical and other cancers related to the virus, but only half of American kids are up-to-date on these shots.

    Now, a new review suggests that if schools mandate HPV shots as an entry requirement for students, immunization rates rise.

    "A majority of studies evaluating HPV vaccine school-entry requirements fou...

    For Parents of Kids with Food Allergies, Social Media Can Bring Support -- and Stress

    Having a child with food allergies isn't easy to manage, and now new research shows that most of these parents turn to social media for medical advice.

    When they do, some of the advice is good and some is not, researchers report. 

    In the study, published recently in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and...

    There's an 'Epidemic' of Loneliness Among U.S. Parents, Poll Finds

    Anne Helms is one busy mom, constantly juggling the demands of working from home with parenting two young children.

    Despite that whirl of activity, Helms says she often feels isolated and lonely.

    "I work from home full time and I actually have a job where I'm on camera a lot and I'm Zoom calling people very often,"Helms, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, said in a news release.


    Pandemic Had Only Minor Effect on Young Kids' Development

    The pandemic caused only "modest"delays in developmental milestones for infants and toddlers, a new study has found.

    Previous research has reported that pandemic-related lockdowns disrupted the lives of many people, including families with young children.

    Day-to-day life was upended as schools and child care centers closed, many people worked from home and the number of play dates a...

    Many Parents Cook Special Meals for Little Picky Eaters: Poll

    Parents too often wave the white flag when it comes to young picky eaters, a new survey finds.

    Three out of five parents say they're willing to play personal chef and cobble up a separate meal for a child who balks at the family dinner, according to a national poll from the University of Michigan.

    This often leads to the kids munching something less healthy, said

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  • April 22, 2024
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  • Parents, Coaches: Help Young Athletes Avoid Summer Heat Hazards

    Another broiling summer looms, along with another season of kids' summer sports.

    It's a potentially harmful, even lethal combination. But experts at Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH) have advice for kids, parents and coaches on how to keep young athletes safe when thermometers rise.

    Each year, an estimated 240 people die from heat-linked illnesses, and

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  • April 20, 2024
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  • Teens Often Bullied Online About Their Weight: Study

    Teenagers are frequently bullied about their weight on social media, and the bullying increases with each hour they spend on these sites, a new study reveals.

    Nearly one in five teens (17%) said they'd experienced weight-related bullying online, a...

    'Feeling Like a Burden' Can Be Motivator for Suicide in Preteens

    Quiet preteens who feel they're a burden on others are more likely to have suicidal thoughts and behaviors, a new study reports.

    Criticism from parents or caregivers also increased the likelihood of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, researchers found.

    Preteen girls with these traits are at especially high risk, according to the study published recently in the

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  • Planning Safe Summer Camp Fun for Kids With Allergies & Asthma

    Preparing a kid for summer camp is already a daunting task, and it's even more complicated if your child has allergies or asthma, experts say.

    "Kids with allergies and asthma need an extra layer of protection when they head off to summer camp,"said allergist Dr. Gailen Marshall Jr., president of the America...

    Parents, You Can Ease a Teen's Stress Around Standardized Tests

    Standardized tests put a lot of pressure on teenagers who want to secure their future and make their parents and teachers proud.

    This stress can lead to symptoms like stomach aches, sleep problems, irritability and heightened emotionality, experts say.

    But there are concrete steps students can take to prepare for a standardized test while also keeping their cool.

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    Parents Tending Backyard Poultry Can Pass Along Dangerous Salmonella to Infants

    A days-old newborn in Oregon was sickened with salmonella that may have been transmitted from parents who tended infected poultry located 150 miles away, a new report finds.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long warned of the d...

    Parks, Forests Boost Preschoolers' Mental Health

    Toddlers who grow up near nature are less likely to have emotional issues, even if the green space is just a park or a big back yard, a new study shows.

    The more green space there is within three-fourths of a mile from a child's home, the fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression they'll hav...

    Suicide Rates Have Doubled in 20 Years Among U.S. College Athletes

    Suicides among U.S. college athletes have doubled over the past two years, according to data from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

    Suicide is now the second most common cause of death for college athletes after accidents, results show.

    "Athletes are generally thought of as one of the healthiest populations in our society, yet the pressures of school, internal and...

    Steady Rise in U.S. Suicides Among Adolescents, Teens

    U.S. rates of suicide by all methods rose steadily for adolescents between 1999 and 2020, a new analysis shows.

    During those two decades, over 47,000 Americans between the ages 10 and 19 lost their lives to suicide, the report found, and there have been sharp increases year by year.

    Girls and minority adolescents have charted especially steep increases in suicides, said a team le...

    Many Kids Worry About Missing School Due to Illness: Poll

    Most parents are torn about letting their middle or high school students take a sick day.

    "In some cases, the decision to keep kids home from school is clear, such as if the child is vomiting or has a high fever," said Sarah Clark, co-director of the Mott Poll from University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children's H...

    Tally of Infant SIDS Deaths Shows Many Unsafe Sleep Practices

    Babies who die unexpectedly in their sleep often are subjected to many hazards that could have contributed to their deaths, a new study reports.

    Multiple unsafe sleep practices are at play in three-quarters (76%) of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID), according to a

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  • March 25, 2024
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  • Household Foods Get Less Healthy as Babies Age Into Toddlers

    Over the first few years of a child's life, foods found in a family's fridge and cupboards tends to get less healthy, new research shows.

    "We found significant changes in several food categories over time," said study lead author Jennifer Barton. "Food items such as non-whole grains, processed meats, savory snacks, candy and microw...

    Youth Baseball Can Lead to Overuse Injuries: What Parents Need to Know

    Baseball season is near, and one orthopedic surgeon is warning young players and their coaches and parents about the very real danger of overuse injuries.

    Dr. Mark Cohen is a hand, wrist and elbow surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH, in...

    Medical Costs for Kids' Mental Health Jumped 31% in 5 Years

    The cost to American families of caring for a child with a mental health condition rose by almost a third between 2017 and 2021, a new report finds, to an average $4,361 per year. 

    Overall, American families spent an estimated $31 billion in 2021 on child mental health services, which now make up nearly half (about 47%) of all child medical spending, the report found.

    The findi...

    How After-School Programs Can Harm Teens' Mental Health

    Days clogged with numerous after-school activities are detrimental to the mental health of over-scheduled high school students, a new study finds.

    Researchers also found that these "enrichment' activities -- tutoring, sports, school clubs and even homework -- are unlikely to benefit students academically.

    Many folks think extra study time or tutoring will lead to better grades, but ...

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