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Baby Product Safety Risks
Most of the injuries to infants and toddlers happen at home and involve products designed for child safety. What parents need to look for. Read more >


Heading Off School Problems Before They Start
Some kids start school already behind. Early intervention helps. Read more >


Few Parents Store Opioids Safely
Too many parents store opioid pain relievers where kids and teens can get them. Read more >


It's the Behavior, Not the Vapor
Vaping, inhaling the vapor from e-cigarettes, seems safe enough, but study after study finds it's a gateway to smoking. Read more >


Naughty or Nice?
With kids, personality traits are pretty contagious. So it matters who their friends are. Read more >


The Power of Mistakes
We all make mistakes. Some of us are better about using them to good advantage, however. Here's why. Read more >


"Really, Really Smart"
When 7-year-olds are asked to pick someone really smart, they choose differently than they did when they were five. Read more >


Dads Give High Marks to a School Readiness Program
When fathers read with their children, instead of to them, it's a win-win. Read more >


For Kids with Behavior Problems — Cybercycling
The exercise that virtual reality cycling programs offer can make a big difference for kids who find it hard to deal with school. Read more >


Obesity's Bad Effect on Babies' Development
Infants born to overweight parents are at risk for developmental delays in a number of areas. Read more >


Kids Meals Are Heavy on Calories
Most meals marketed to teens and kids have way more calories than they should. What to look for. Read more >


Karate Kids
Martial arts are great for kids. They offer exercise, discipline and camaraderie. But they also pose serious risks. Read more >


Autism and the Flu Vaccine
Childhood vaccinations don't cause autism spectrum disorders. But what about moms' flu vaccines? Read more >


Keeping Sleeping Babies Safe
New guidelines to guard against sudden infant death suggest that babies are safer in your room. Read more >


Math Prejudice
In kindergarten, girls and boys are equals when it comes to math. But by second grade... Read more >


Raising a Reader
Many parents don't realize how easy it is to help kids learn to read, but their involvement makes a huge difference. Read more >


Want to Curb Kids' Electronic Media Use?
First you need a plan. Setting limits now will pay off. These guidelines will get you on your way. Read more >


Why Combo Meals Are A Bad Deal
The “free” sodas and extras in combo meals add calories that pack on the pounds. Read more >


Codeine and Kids: A Dangerous Mix
It is too easy to overdose a child without meaning to. A report in Pediatrics explains why. Read more >


A Spoonful of Medicine Helps the Medicine Go Wrong
When measuring doses for children, there's a right way and a way that almost guarantees you'll get it wrong. Read more >


A New Take on Food Allergies
It turns out to be a good idea to expose kids to eggs, peanuts and other foods linked to allergies — even gluten. Read more >


A Pill to Improve Kids' Reading Skills
A Swedish study found children who received this supplement read faster and better. Read more >


Laser Pointers Are Not for Kids
When kids look at laser pointers, severe and lasting eye damage is often the result. Read more >


Help for Kids Facing Surgery
There's a surprising way to reduce kids' anxiety before surgery, no drugs required. Read more >


A Safer Kind of Football Practice
A simple change to kids' football practice routines can reduce the risk of brain injury by over a third. Read more >


For Teens, Dieting Can Lead to Eating Disorders
Teens who are overweight often turn to extreme dieting. The result? An eating disorder. Family meals help. Read more >


School Meals Pack on the Pounds
The meals schools serve low-income students help them learn. They also make them overweight. Read more >


E-Cigarettes, The Coolness Factor
Kids like e-cigarettes mostly because they seem cool. But are e-cigs safer than smoking tobacco? Read more >


A Little Quiet for Toddlers
Background noise makes it hard for toddlers to pick up language. So turn off the TV. Read more >


Your Child's “Overnight Therapy” — Sleep
Every parent knows what a tired child is like. What they may not know is that sleep problems can create emotional problems. Read more >


Early Bedtimes for Toddlers Cut The Risk of Obesity Later On
Preschoolers who go to bed around 8 pm are half as likely to become overweight teens. Read more >


A Lesson in After-School Obesity
Children's food environments, especially their route home from school, can build healthy or unhealthy snacks into their diets. Read more >


Protect Your Baby's Microbial Diversity
Breastfeeding and avoiding antibiotics are two ways parents can safeguard the diversity of their children's gut microbes. Read more >


An Accident Waiting to Happen
Teenagers drive more — and cause more accidents — during the summer. Parents can do a lot to reduce the risk. Read more >


Foods That Reduce Aggression
Violent, antisocial kids behaved better when their diets were rich in this nutrient. Read more >


The Attention Span of a Two-Year-Old
Children's ability to pay attention appears to be affected by the amount of attention their parents pay to things. Read more >


Fertilizer for Babies
Breast milk is a complex mix of over 200 sugars that gets newborns off to a strong start. Read more >


Parents' Effects on the Brain
Supportive parenting actually leaves its mark on key areas of kids' brains, making them better able to handle stress and emotion. Read more >


Under-Vaccinated Children, A New Public Health Threat
Parents, the decision not to vaccinate your child can put others at risk. Read more >


Violent Neighborhoods and Teen Homicide
Certain physical changes to violent areas can improve safety and could reduce teen homicides. Read more >


Why “BPA-Free” May Not Mean Much
Supposedly safer, BPA alternatives like BPS still seem to disrupt our hormones. Read more >


Better Learning Through Collaboration
Kids look at more of the angles when they solve problems and make choices if they work with others. Read more >


Help for Parents Hoping to Curb Sugary Drinks
Sometimes it's hard to keep kids from drinking sugary beverages. Warning labels on soft drinks can help. Read more >


It's A Game! It's An Ad! It's Advergame!
Candy companies are getting really sneaky in their efforts to get kids to eat more junk. Read more >


Beep. Talk to Me, Baby
Even before they can talk, babies are picking up communication skills. So do talking toys help? Read more >


Unpacking The Sensory Overload of Autism
The brains of children with ASD have less of a neurotransmitter that helps us filter out competing stimuli. Read more >


Attention Deficit Diagnoses Rise Sharply
Rates of ADHD have shot up 40% over the past eight years, particularly among girls. Read more >


Crib Bumpers Are Deadly
Parents think they are doing a good thing when they put soft bumpers in their children's cribs. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more >


Parents, Dial Down the Pressure
High expectations can be good for kids. But when they are unrealistic, they can backfire. Read more >


The Breakfast of Academic Champions
A bit of attention to what you child eats in the morning can make a difference in their GPA. Read more >


Daycare Couch Potatoes
Your child's daycare facility may reserve time for exercise outside, but that doesn't mean it happens. Read more >


Like Magic: A Quick Turn-Around For Kids’ Health
Simply reducing sugar in the diets of children who are overweight changes their metabolism for the better. Read more >


Soothing With Song
If you’re trying to calm your baby, try singing. It works even better than talking. Read more >


Antibiotics Are Making Kids Fat
The more antibiotics a child has growing up, the likelier he or she is to be packing some extra pounds. Read more >


A Consolation Prize For Parents Of Moody Teens
Parents caught in the undertow of adolescent mood swings take heart: they don't last forever. But for some, problems may run deeper. Read more >


Exercise Helps Kids Cope With Bullies
Bullying can erode victims’ mental health. But there is a way to reduce these terrible effects. Read more >


Theater As Therapy
A theater program that pairs autism spectrum disorder children with child actors helps teach social skills. Read more >


A Low-Cost Fix for Jaundice In Newborns
Infants with jaundice may no longer need to spend extra time in the hospital. And that's good news for new parents. Read more >


Short School Lunch Times Mean Less Nutrition
Many school children don't have enough time to eat a decent lunch, even if they want to. They need 25 to 30 minutes. Read more >


Social Media's Emotional Costs
The pressure to keep up with social media, particularly at night, does not do anything good for teens’ mental health. Read more >


Kids, School and Headaches
Back-to-school brings headaches for many kids. The stress and change of schedule are two reasons. Read more >


Caught On Camera: Kids Behaving Normally
Cafeterias are putting more fruit and veggies on kids’ trays. But are they eating them? Read more >


E-Cigarettes — Under-Regulated And Far From Risk-Free
E-cigarettes may be creating a new generation of smokers. Read more >


High Protein Breakfasts Help Kids Lose Weight
Kids eat less later when they eat more early in the day. Give your kid an egg for breakfast. Read more >


Helping Kids Develop A Healthy Relationship with Food
Some children love the taste and smell of food. This isn't bad, as long as parents help them learn to know when to stop. Read more >


Sometimes Picky Eating Is Something More Serious
Lots of kids are picky eaters. But selective eating can be a sign of a more serious set of issues. Read more >


Where Teens Go for Health Information
Most teenagers get health information from the Internet. But guess who they listen to most? Read more >


Those Lazy, Hazy, Unhealthy Days of Summer
Summer vacation used to be full of activity, but screen time has changed that. What parents should do. Read more >


Bullying Starts In Front of The TV
Children who are bullied usually have problems socializing. TV time doesn't help them learn social skills. Read more >


Another Disease Re-Emerges
Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding is on the rise, thanks to parents who refuse preventive treatment. Read more >


The Veggie Chronicles
What's the best way to get babies to like veggies? You can try being sneaky, or you can try a different way that seems to work. Read more >


Brain Training Begins on the Field
Organized sports are one of the best ways to prepare young children for school. They help kids learn self control, among other qualities. Read more >


Drugs Disrupt Sleep and Kids’ Brain Development
Drugs used to treat ADHD, depression and psychological problems interfere with sleep, and this is a problem for the developing brain. Read more >


When Parents Micro-Manage
Even when parents are warm and caring, their “helicoptering” can reduce self esteem — and worse. Read more >


With Autism, Early Treatment Offers Lasting Benefits
When parents and therapists work with young children at home, one-on-one, benefits continue even after treatment has ended. Read more >


Kids in U.S. Drinking Too Little Water Each Day
Inadequate hydration affects children’s physical, emotional, and mental functioning. Ideas for helping kids get enough. Read more >


Don't Cut That Cord — Yet!
Waiting a little longer to clamp the umbilical cord may help neurodevelopment – especially in boys. Read more >


Segregation Is Bad for The Brain
Even today, African Americans who attended segregated schools are proof that there is no separate but equal when it comes to education. Read more >


Cell Phones, Boredom and Playgrounds
It is hard to avoid turning to your cell phone at the playground. But you should. Read more >


Which Matters Most to Mental Health — Family Or Neighborhood?
Finally, an answer to the the question, Which matters most, genes or the environment? Read more >


What Legalizing Marijuana Means for Adolescents and Children
Pot may be legal for adults in some states, but it's not for kids. Experts outline policies to protect developing brains. Read more >


Car Seats and Baby Carriers Are Not Safe For Sleeping
Suffocation and falls are risks when kids fall asleep in car seats and carriers, Tips for parents. Read more >


Taking a Step Back from a Stressor May Be the First Step in Recovering from It
Taking a mental step back from a problem may be just the trick to solving it. Read more >


The Unexpected Helps Babies Learn
Learning becomes almost effortless when the unexpected happens. Read more >


Should 400,000 More Teens Be on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs?
Over 400,000 more teens would be on heart medications if pediatric guidelines were followed. Read more >


Professional Chefs Help Improve Kids’ School Nutrition
When chefs develop the recipes used in school lunchrooms, kids eat better. But it takes time. Read more >


Breakfast Is Part of a Healthy...Educational Policy
Simply feeding low-income kids a decent breakfast raised test scores 25%. It's one of the easiest reforms around. Read more >


Half of Parents Are Unaware of Safe Pitching Guidelines
If parents don't know about the safety guidelines designed to protect young players, how can they help their kids? Read more >


Parents Who Share Too Much
When parents share their children's every move on YouTube or Facebook, it can create problems with privacy and identity. Read more >


Atypical Antipsychotics: What Parents Need to Know
Antipsychotic drugs can be lifesavers for kids. But parents, you have a major role to play. Read more >


“You’re The Best!” The Perils of Overvaluing Our Children
Overblown praise often has the opposite effect parents intend. How to give kids the support they need. Read more >


Progress in The Search for the Cause of Peanut Allergy
Two studies put a dent in peanuts' reign of terror among parents of school children. Read more >


The Impact of Parental Depression
When people become depressed, it can be tough on those around them; when those people are parents, the stakes are higher. Read more >


Sugar-Sweetened Energy Drinks Associated With Inattention and Hyperactivity
Energy drinks can bring on attention and hyperactivity problems in children and teens that interfere with school. Read more >


Mothers’ Milk Primes Infants’ Digestion
Breastfeeding adds diversity to the microbes in babies' guts, which can make the transition to solid food easier. Read more >


Children's Heart Health Begins at Home
It's not just what you feed your kids that makes them healthy adults. Intangibles like impulse control and friends have a big effect, too. Read more >


Teens’ Misperceptions of Others’ Risky Behavior
Teens misjudge one another a lot, and it can lead them into trouble. Read more >


Another Health Risk of Sugary Soda: Early Menstruation
Daily consumption of sugary soda can lead to early menstruation in girls. Read more >


Age A Factor in Sports-Related Brain Injury
Football players who started young are more likely to develop memory problems later in life. Read more >


Calorie Counts Give Parents Pause When Ordering for Their Children
When menus show calorie counts and an estimate of the exercise needed to work them off, people order smarter. Read more >


A Simple Switch Raises Kids' Fruit and Veggie Consumption
When schools made this simple, no-cost change, kids ate more fruit and vegetables at lunch. Read more >


Too Much Milk is Bad for Kids' Waistlines
Milk is good for you, but parents may be tempted to let kids have more than is good for them. Read more >


Small Screens Can Be a Big Problem at Bedtime
There are some good reasons why having a phone in the room at bedtime makes kids so tired the next day. Read more >


Family Pets Improve Autistic Children's Social Skills
Cats, dogs and other pets give children with autism a way to learn how to deal with others and assert themselves. Read more >


Childhood Trauma's Lasting Impact
The effects of traumatic events in childhood can last a lifetime. But they don't need to. Read more >


Brain Impact of Football Hits Seen in Even High School Players
Scans of high school players' brains show how hard hits jar the brain and disrupt cells' communication. Read more >


Prescription Meds Can Turn Teens into Drug Abusers
Teens prescribed anti-anxiety and sleep medications are more likely to abuse drugs later on. Read more >


To Fight Obesity, Help Kids Get Enough Sleep
Sleep can help your child develop a healthy metabolism and avoid gaining weight. Read more >


Cozy, Comfy, and Dangerous
Nearly half of all infants are put to bed with bedding that poses a risk of SIDS and suffocation. Read more >


What School Lunch Guidelines Need to Work Better
The environment of school cafeterias — and the amount of time kids have to eat — can have a big effect on how well kids eat at lunch. Read more >


Helping Babies Learn to Love Vegetables -- The French Way
In France mothers have a trick for getting infants to like vegetables. It works wonders. Read more >


Energy Drinks Land Young Children in The ER
The amount of caffeine in energy drinks is dangerous to children. It can cause seizures and abnormal heart rhythms. Read more >


Children Eat Healthier When Parents Set Food Rules
Kids become better at controlling their own eating when parents set a few rules. They whine less, too. Read more >


Cafeteria Food Faces Off Against Brought-From-Home
School lunches take a lot of abuse, but a new study finds that they are healthier than we think. Read more >


Chemical in Broccoli (in High Doses) Appears to Reduce Symptoms of Autism
A chemical in broccoli, sulforaphane, reduces the social symptoms of autism symptoms. But only in h Read more >


Experts Agree: Violent Gaming is Linked to Aggression in Kids
The exact relationship between violent video games and violence and aggression among children isn't clear, but the fact they are linked is. Read more >


Immature Connections Among Brain Networks May Be Behind ADHD
The connections among brain networks in people with ADHD are immature. Can they be helped to develop normally? Read more >


Pruning the Hedges of Autism
“Neural pruning” helps kids' brains become more efficient. This happens less among children with ASD. Here's why. Read more >


Brain Development Puts the Brakes on Kids’ Growth
There's a reason why toddlers' heads are too big for their bodies: Their brains are using most of what they eat. Young minds need to be fed properly. Read more >


Family Intervention Helps Prevent Psychosis in Vulnerable Youth
When family communication and dynamics improve, psychosis can be nipped in the bud. Read more >


Children‘s Lunch Boxes Fail Nutrition Test
Tips for sendings kids to school with healthy lunches they'll enjoy. Read more >


Antibiotics in Early Life — and in Utero — May Bring Obesity Risk Later On
Early exposure to antibiotics — even prenatally — can raise the risk for obesity later in life. Read more >


Promising New Technique for Monitoring Early Brain Development in Infants
A new technique makes it possible to predict developmental delays more accurately. Read more >


Early Lead Exposure in Children Linked to Depression and Anxiety
In addition to harming brain development, lead exposure is also linked to emotional problems like depression and anxiety. Read more >


The Childhood Obesity Crisis: Who Is in Denial?
Kids can have inaccurate ideas about their own weight. Parents, too. What helps. Read more >


Genetic Risks for Autism Come into Focus
A large new study of the genetic underpinnings of autism finds that sudden mutations play almost no role in the disorder. Read more >


Outdoor Time Breeds Fitness in Children
Time outside translates into more physical exercise. That brings better health. Read more >


For Kids, Sports Are about Much More than Just Winning
For kids, winning isn’t the best part of sports. Knowing what is most important can keep them engaged — and fit. Read more >


Unstructured Time Helps Develop Children's “Executive” Skills
Children learn the “executive” skills that will help them run their lives best when they have unstructured time. Read more >


Preschoolers More Likely to Recognize Unhealthy Food Brands
What parents eat has the biggest effect on kids' food choices. But it would help if carrots or apples had the branding that junk foods do. Read more >


Pesticide Exposure Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Pregnant women living near agricultural areas where pesticides are used have a far higher risk of having a child with ASD. Read more >


An Obsession with Popularity Can Handicap Teens' Social Development
Kids obsessed with who's cool may be less popular later in life. They don't know how to make friends. Read more >


Children from Divorced Homes May Be at Risk for Weight Problems
Children of divorce are more likely to be overweight or obese. Especially boys. Read more >


Early Exposure to Allergens Can Boost Infant Immunity
When it comes to allergens and bacteria, early exposure may be better than no exposure. Read more >


Environmental Influences May Be Behind Autism in Some Children
Older parents are more likely to have a child with ASD. It may be that exposure to environmental influences plays a role. Read more >


ADHD Stimulant Treatment May Help Prevent Smoking
People with ADHD are often smokers and face serious health problems. Stimulant drugs for the disorder may reduce this risk. Read more >


Kids Need Early and Repeated Exposure to Veggies
You know the best way to keep kids healthy and at a good weight is to be sure vegetables are part of their diets. Here's how to make that happen. Read more >


Body Fat, Obesity in Kids Linked to Getting Too Little Sleep
Kids who don't get enough sleep have more body fat and are more likely to be obese. Read more >


Children Prefer Being Helpers to Helping
If you want your children to clean up, try enlisting them as helpers, rather than asking them to help. It makes a difference. Read more >


Bullying's Effects Seen in Adulthood
We tend to think of bullying as schoolyard behavior, but it can affect victims even as adults. Read more >


Kids' Food Portions Mirror Parents' Food Portions
Avoid that "finish your dinner" fight. Young children need smaller portions. Better they ask for more than not finish. Read more >


Active Moms Raise Active Kids
Parents' own activity levels have a big effect on how active — and healthy — their children will be. Read more >


Cholesterol Screening Offers Benefits for At-Risk Children
Almost a third of children 11 and under had problems with their cholesterol levels. Luckily, such early information means they can be improved. Read more >


Parents Have a Big Effect on Kids' Screen Time
Parents, you have more influence than you think when it comes to helping kids curb screen time. Use it. Read more >


Violent Video Games and Aggression
Playing violent video games makes kids prone to seeing others as hostile and acting aggressively. Read more >


Parents' Over-Feeding Can Encourage Infants' Overeating
Overfeeding babies sets the stage for lifelong weight problems. It's easy to avoid the pitfalls. Read more >


Little League Pitching Can Do Major League Damage
Young pitchers’ arms are prone to injuries, especially from certain types of pitches. Read more >


Study Finds One Way Genes Are Affected by Lifestyle
We don't choose our genes, but as we age we make choices that can affect them, and that can make all the difference. Read more >


Secondhand Smoke Is A Heartbreaker, Literally
Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home had thickened artery walls as adults. There were other problems, too. Read more >


Teens' Breakfast Behaviors Predict Metabolic Syndrome
Kids who don't eat in the morning aren't just depriving themselves of nutrients, they are setting the stage for major health issues down the road. Read more >


Acetaminophen Use in Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Hyperactivity
Acetaminophen has some bad effects on unborn babies and may be behind the rising rates of ADHD. Read more >


The Road to Obesity Begins in Infancy
Overeating is so easy, even a child can do it. Parents and pediatricians can nip the tendency in the bud. Read more >


Scientists Begin to Understand Why Autism Is More Common in Boys Than Girls
Now we know why boys are more genetically susceptible to autism. Read more >


More Evidence for Bullying's Emotional Toll
Bullying casts a long shadow. There are things parents can do to reduce the emotional, physical, and psychological damage. Read more >


Study Reaffirms the Key Roles Oxytocin and Chloride Play in Autism
Oxytocin helps babies' cells adjust to the shift from womb to world. ASD kids' cells appear to lack this transition, and that may be possible to change. Read more >


To Ease Babies' Colic — Probiotics
Probiotics can help reduce infants' colic, easing babies' discomfort and parents' stress. Read more >


Weight in Kindergarten Predicts Obesity Later in Life
If your child is overweight, he or she needs your help. The weight isn't going to come off naturally. Read more >


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnoses on The Rise
More and more children are being diagnosed and treated for attention deficits. Is this a good thing? Read more >


Home Visits Help New Parents
Nurses' visits to new parents not only provide answers to questions and ease stress, they reduce healthcare costs considerably. Read more >


Student-Teacher Relationships Are Key to Early Education
Teachers' responsiveness to preschoolers' questions and needs is even more important than what's being taught. Read more >


For Teens, Sleep Is a Family Affair
Puberty wreaks havoc on teens' sleep cycles; so do teens' family and social relationships. Read more >


Kids More Active With a Little Help From Their Friends
Peers can really affect how active -- or inactive -- a child is. Read more >


SIDS Appears Linked to Brain Abnormalities
Babies who die of SIDS may have brain abnormalities that make them miss signals to breathe again. Read more >


Parents Need to Step Up And Limit Screen Time
How many hours a day does you child spend in front of a screen? You can bring it under control. Read more >


Gun Violence in PG-13 Movies Can Exceed That in R-rated Films
Beware the gun effect. PG-13 films are more violent than those rated R. Read more >


Back Injuries Common in Young Athletes
Overtraining is the main way kids injure themselves. Specializing in one sport is also a problem. Read more >


Too Many Bike Riders Without Helmets End Up in the ER
Helmets can only help prevent injury when kids wear them. Parents need to insist. Read more >


Making Social Networks Work for Vulnerable Teens
The Internet offers troubled kids support and community. It also raises the risk of suicide. Read more >


Exercise Improves Teens' Academic Performance
Teens who exercise moderately to vigorously every day do better academically. But no, running a 10K can't replace studying. Read more >


Young Children Behave Better When They Have a Consistent Bedtime
Young children need to go to bed at a regular, consistent time. Think of it as a miracle cure for bad behavior. Read more >


Brief School Counseling Program Helps Teens Cope
Offering teens a couple sessions of therapy can go a long way to nipping mental health problems in the bud. Read more >


A Parental Wake-Up Call: Yelling Doesn't Help
No parent starts out wanting to yell at his or her child. But somewhere along the line, usually in adolescence, most of us do. Read more >


Severe Obesity On the Rise Among Kids and Teens
The fattest kids are getting fatter. Parents and doctors need to step in to help. Read more >


Skype Me! Social Interaction Feeds Language Development
The back-and-forth of social interaction -- gestures, eye contact and reactions -- are very important to learning language. Read more >


New Way to Study Movement Could Yield Autism Treatments
New technology may make it possible for ASD kids to guide their own treatments. Read more >


Nap Time is Learning Time
Preschoolers need their naps, even, or especially, in school. Read more >


Antipsychotic Use in Children
Children taking certain antipsychotics for behavioral problems are far more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Bad Nutrition: Baby Food Is Promoted for Babies Too Young to Need It
Breastfeeding is best for babies six months old and younger. Read more >


Lead Exposure Linked to School Suspension
Children exposed to lead are almost four times more likely to be suspended from school. Read more >


Simple Routines Help Kids Lose Weight
Just a few small changes at home help kids avoid the kind of weight gain that leads to obesity. Read more >


Circumcision Rates Are Falling, Says CDC
The decision to circumcise -- or not -- is less standard procedure and more an informed parental choice these days. Read more >


Soda Consumption and Bad Behavior
It's not clear what it is in soda that brings on aggression and hostility, but the link is there. Read more >


Preventing Drop-Outs: Keeping Kids Engaged in School
Keeping kids engaged in school is perhaps the most important thing you can do to foster success. Read more >


When Bullying Hits Home: Sibling Rivalry or Dangerous Victimization?
Siblings will fight, but bullying happens at home, too. And the emotional impact is just as serious as when it happens at school. Read more >


Eczema May Make Infants Vulnerable to Food Allergies
Irritated, inflamed skin may set the autoimmune response leading to food allergies in motion. Read more >


Brain Development Appears Influenced by Regular Bedtimes
Regular bedtimes for kids are important for brain development. Read more >


Researchers Cast Doubt on The Virtues of Low-Fat Milk
Whole milk is fattening, right? Not so fast says a group from Harvard's School of Public Health. Read more >


Breastfeeding Promotes Brain Development
Breastmilk enhances the fatty covering around nerves so baby's brain circuits become superhighways. Read more >


Hand Gestures Help Kids Pick Up Language
The more we “talk” with our hands – using gestures to express meaning – the easier it is for children to understand and pick up new words. Read more >


Pediatricians and LGBTQ Teens
Whether a teenager's sexual orientation is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning, his or her doctor is an important ally. Read more >


BPA Appears to Increase the Risk of Obesity in Teenaged Girls
The plastic additive BPA has been linked to obesity in teenaged girls. Read more >


Sensory Enhancement Helps Autistic Children Connect
Lemons and bubblewrap. Kids with autism improved with sensory focused therapy. Read more >


Identifying Motor Delays in Children
Baby still not crawling? The AAP helps you figure out when delays matter. Read more >


Road Kill: Nearly Half of Teens Text While Driving
Half of all teens text while driving, a danger for all. Parents are the front line of defense. Read more >


Breast Milk and Necrotizing Enterocolitis
A breast milk appears to protect against a serious gastrointestinal problem facing babies. Read more >


Kids Need Magnesium for Healthy Bones
When it comes to bone density, children need magnesium as much, if not more than calcium. Read more >


Kids with Autism Focus on the Essentials
Kids with ASD copy the actions of others differently. This tells us a bit more about how they see things. Read more >


Public Pre-K Exceeds Its Goals
Pre-K programs can help kids with school readiness and bring unexpected side benefits that last a lifetime. Read more >


CDC Study Examines Autism-Vaccine Link
Vaccines have not been shown to cause autistic spectrum disorders. Read more >


Teens' Relationship Problems Predict Their Struggles as Adults
When parents help teens navigate peer social relationships, they improve kids' adult relationships down the road. Read more >


Water Often Not Available in Childcare Centers
Childcare centers are missing the opportunity to help make children water-drinkers. Why is H2O so rarely easily available? Read more >


Aerobic Fitness Raises Scores on Reading and Math Tests
Fitness is more important to academic performance than most people realize. Read more >


Bullying Leaves Long-Lasting Psychological Effects
The effects of bullying can be long-lasting, especially for those who have been both bully and victim. Read more >


Smarter Lunchrooms Help Kids Make Better Lunch Choices
Children need to be encouraged — not forced — to eat more fruits and vegetables. Read more >


BPA Exposure Damages Male Reproductive Tissue
A new study finds human fetal cells are highly sensitive to the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A. It's not just about lab animals anymore. Read more >


Ibuprofen Can Present Risks for Kids
Ibuprofen can occasionally lead to serious kidney problems in children. Read more >


Obese and Overweight Children Face Serious Health Risks
You wouldn't let your child play near the street unsupervised; don't let him or her eat unsupervised either. Read more >


Finding the Sweet Spot: Milk Intake, Vitamin D and Iron
Cow's milk offers vitamin D but also contributes to low iron. New research offers a guideline. Read more >


The School Day Needs More...Recess
In Japan, schoolchildren are given a 10-15 minute break every hour. Recess is important to cognitive, physical and social development. Read more >


Kindness Is a Key to Kids' Happiness and Popularity
When kids are encouraged to be kinder, they also end up being happier and more popular. Read more >


Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Moodiness is not uncommon in kids, so how do you know if your child or teen is suffering from mood swings related to this disorder? Read more >


Study Skills and Motivation More Important to Math Than Smarts
Math is not all about smarts. Motivation and going beyond rote memorization are more important. Read more >


Pediatricians Come Out in Favor of Emergency Contraception for Teens
The AAP says girls need to know emergency contraception is an option when birth control fails. Read more >


How Old is Too Old for Santa?
Concerned about telling your children about Santa? A psychologist says, back off. Read more >


The Emotional Lives of Parents
Some studies suggest parenting is linked to happiness, while others claim the opposite. A new one gets closer to the truth. Read more >


Cartoons and Videos Calm Kids Headed to Surgery
The Power Rangers have a new role: easing kids' fear of surgery. Read more >


Too Many Toxic Chemicals Making Their Way into Food
Probably the easiest way to lower acrylamide exposure is to avoid or minimize eating potato chips, tortilla chips and French fries. Read more >


Cheerleading: Pediatricians Call for Improving Safety
Cheerleaders should be coached and conditioned just like any athletes. Serious injuries are on the rise. Read more >


Flame Retardants Affect Children's Brain Development
Flame retardants may cause delays in children’s brain development. Read more >


Kids' Generosity Needs Monitors
Is our “ungenerosity” innate? Read more >


Clear Expectations Mean Better Student Behavior
Bullying and disruptive behavior are big problems in schools. So why not teach kids how to behave? Read more >


The Impact of Eating Out on Children's and Adolescents' Nutrition
Kids eat out a lot. And when they do, they consume extra salt, fat, sugar, and of course, calories. Read more >


HPV Vaccine Does Not Change Sexual Behavior in Girls
Good news for parents: protecting girls with the HPV vaccine does not encourage sexual activity. Read more >


Safety Seats? It Depends on How You Use Them
Strap your kid in and they're safe, right? Wrong. And for kids aged 4 to 8, seatbelts alone won't do it. Read more >


Organic Foods May Be Healthier for Kids After All
Organic fruits and veggies may be better for kids' developing brains - but any kind of fruits and veggies are better than none. Read more >


Enlisting Exergames in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity
"Exergames," video games controlled by players' motion, offer a new way to raise children's activity levels. Read more >


Screen Media Hinders Child Development
Screen time is physiologically distinct from other sedentary activities like reading or being read to. And that's a problem. Read more >


Off-Label Antipsychotic Use Continues to Rise, Especially in Children
Off-label prescribing for kids is way up. So are their serious side effects. The search for... Read more >


The Effects of Social Violence in Children's TV Shows
All the gossip, rejection, teasing and excluding that goes on on shows sets the wrong tone. Read more >


Progress on Two Fronts in Our Understanding of Autism
Researchers may have found a treatment for one form of autism. Read more >


Temper Tantrums
Nearly all preschoolers have tantrums sometimes, but perhaps surprisingly, daily tantrums are not typical behavior. Read more >


BPA Linked to Obesity in Kids and Pre-Teens
Children and teens with high levels of BPA were over two and a half times more likely to be obese... Read more >


Shy Preschoolers May Be at a Disadvantage
Children who are quiet or withdrawn may not reap the same benefits of education as the outgoing ones. Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome and Cognition in Adolescents
Childhood obesity can affect the brain, shrinking areas connected with memory and reducing performance on IQ and achievement tests. Read more >


Healthy Diet Leads to Better IQ in Kids
There is strong evidence that what an infant eats from six to 24 months can have a significant effect on IQ at eight years of age. Read more >


Relationships, Not Schoolwork, Are the Key to a Good Future
When it comes to well-being later in life, having friends is more important than good grades. Read more >


A Link Between Antibiotics and Obesity
Antibiotics appear to fatten up kids the way they fatten up cattle. Needless to say, this is not... Read more >


Children with Food Allergies: Parents Need To Do More
Too often children with food allergies are exposed to foods that can bring on a severe reaction. Adults need to be on guard. Read more >


Newborn Screening
Screening newborns for a variety of conditions saves lives. But finding care can be difficult. Read more >


Medical Decision-Making on Behalf of Children and Adolescents
Can a child or teen seek medical treatment without parental consent? Maybe. It pays to know the issues. Read more >


Dental Filling Material Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children
Fillings with a form of the chemical BPA raise the likelihood that a child will have emotional... Read more >


Lazy Eye (Amblyopia): Causes, Treatment and Outcomes
Amblyopia is a disorder of brain development. The sooner a child is treated, the better. Read more >


Influencing Flavor Preferences Begins During Pregnancy
What you eat while you are pregnant can influence your baby's food and flavor preferences. Read more >


Vitamin C Supplementation and Smoking During Pregnancy
If you are pregnant and smoke (not a good combination), taking vitamin C can help prevent damage to the your unborn baby's lungs. Read more >


Hypertension on the Rise in Children and Adolescents
Hypertension in children has doubled in the past ten years. Obesity is a major factor. Read more >


Cytomegalovirus, A Serious Health Risk Hiding in Plain Sight
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is responsible for roughly 20% of the hearing loss in newborns. Read more >


Nearsightedness in Children is More Common Than Expected
Nearsightedness, not being able to see things in the distance, is affects about one in six children by age 16. Read more >


Give Me More Space: A Novel Strategy For Dyslexic Readers
It appears that having more space around letters and words makes it easier for people with dyslexia to understand printed text. Read more >


Oxytocin May Hold Even More Promise for Treating Symptoms of Autism
Oxytocin, the mother-infant bonding hormone, activates the "social" areas of the brain.... Read more >


Washing Works: Hand-Washing and School Absenteeism
When children are taught how to wash their hands in school, absenteeism goes down. Read more >


Traumatic Brain Injuries May Be Rising for Young Football Players
Fatal brain injuries in high school football players rose last year. Read more >


Adolescence, A Global Health Issue
With nearly two billion adolescents worldwide. If you think that's scary, consider the health risks. Read more >


Teens, Alcohol and Benign Breast Disease
Teen girls who drink have an increased risk of benign breast disease and ultimately, breast cancer.. Read more >


Helping Kids Lose Weight
Helping your child lose weight is tricky. You may want to start by changing your own behavior. Read more >


Vitamin D, Sunscreen and Children's Brainpower
If you use sunscreen to protect your child's skin, are you also preventing vitamin D synthesis... Read more >


Recess: A Learning Opportunity
Recess can be an arena for bullies or a lab for learning the social skills needed to get past conflict. Read more >


No More Tears: Comforting Baby after Vaccinations
The five S's calm babies who have just felt the sting of a vaccination; it's likely they can help... Read more >


Print Referencing Helps Preschoolers Learn to Read
When children come to understand that the story they love is also a thing in print, it can inspire.. Read more >


Pediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, PANS
Infection can sometimes bring on sudden bizarre obsessions and compulsions in children. Knowing the signs can help. Read more >


Special K Can Lead to Ongoing Bladder Problems in Its Users
The club drug Special K or Ketamine can cause serious bladder problems in the people who use it.... Read more >


Brown Rice Syrup: Trading Fructose for Arsenic?
Brown rice syrup, used in baby formulas and energy bars, contains arsenic, exceeding safe limits... Read more >


Failing Has Its Benefits For Kids
Teaching kids that failing is a part of learning can give them the confidence to do well. Read more >


Hiding Veggies in Other Foods May Not Be the Best Way to Get Kids to Eat Healthy
Hiding vegetables in children's food can backfire. Read more >


Breastfeeding as a Public Health - and Family – Issue
Breastfeeding has so many health benefits, it's like a miracle drug. But work and family can be obstacles. Read more >


Parent Training Could Help Manage the Difficult Behaviors of Autism
Training parents helps them help their children behave better.... Read more >


Kids' Sugar Consumption Down, But Not Enough
The Centers of Disease Control have released a report on sugar consumption. Read more >


Little League Safety: Protecting Future All Stars
Tips to keep Little Leaguers injury-free. Learn the rules and risks and stay out of the ER. Read more >


Teen Weight Loss Programs May Work Better Without Parents
Parents have long been key players in helping their kids lose weight. But for teens, peers may... Read more >


Physical Activity and School Performance
Children do better in school when they have more opportunity for physical activity, not more time at a desk. Read more >


Physical Punishment Takes A Toll on Kids' Mental Health
Physical punishment does more harm than good to a child and encourages aggressive behavior. Other methods are more effective. Read more >


Keeping Infants Safe from Cronobacter Infections
To avoid introducing microbes, shake infant formula to mix it rather than stirring. Read more >


"Western" Diet May Contribute to ADHD
Sugar, preservatives and allergies have been thought to contribute to attention deficits... Read more >


Preschool Attachment and Teen Obesity: Is There a Link?
Teens rated as less attached during infancy were almost 2.5 times more likely to become obese... Read more >


More Education Improves IQ
An extra year or two of education can raise IQ significantly, even if the students are already teens Read more >


Children May Eat More When Served Less
There is a really simple way to get children to eat more fruits and vegetables: reduce the size of their main course. Read more >


When Safe Playgrounds Become Boring, Kids' Health Suffers
Out on the playground, there's a fine line between safe and boring. Read more >


Study Links PFCs to Poor Vaccination Response
Children's immune response to vaccines was greatly reduced if they had been exposed to a common... Read more >


Figuring The Cost-Benefit Ratio of Vaccines
Parents in some communities have decided that the risks of vaccines are greater than the benefits. Not true. Read more >


Children's Powers of Positive Thinking
At what age do children learn that one can choose to see a situation in a more positive light? Read more >


Lead Poisoning: Proposed New Guidelines for Identification, Prevention, and Treatment
Because many of the effects of lead on young children are irreversible, they have troubling implications for the potential children... Read more >


Play and the Impact of Poverty
Underprivileged kids have less chance to play at school, at home, in their neighborhoods... Read more >


Preference For Salt Shaped Early in Life
When introducing solids, parents should try to avoid giving infants cereals and crackers with... Read more >


Having Trouble with Parenthood? You Are Not Alone
Having kids interrupts your sleep, destabilizes your relationship, and costs lots of money and time. So what's the upside? Read more >


Children and Family Violence
The brains of children exposed to family violence show changes similar to those of soldiers... Read more >


Infants' Social Reasoning Emerges Early
At 5 months babies know who is naughty or nice, by 8 months, they like to see a bit of justice done. Read more >


Too Much Iron Might Be Harmful to Infants
Having a hemoglobin, or iron, level that is too high carries many of the same risks as having a level that is too low. Read more >


Autism Spectrum Disorders Linked to a Variety of Genetic Mutations
Autism spectrum disorders are increasingly being linked to different genetic mutations... Read more >


Kids and Cholesterol: New Guidelines for Screening
Current recommendations call for children to first be screened for high LDL cholesterol between age 9 and 11. Read more >


A Chicken Pox on Thee: Parents Get Caught for Infecting Kids with Virus
The chicken pox vaccine is the best way of protecting your child from the virus... Read more >


An Over-Abundance of Neurons Linked to Autism
Runaway neuronal growth in the prefrontal cortex, in the brains of kids with autism. Read more >


Preschoolers Learn Language From Each Other
Other children are often the best teachers when it comes to language skills. Read more >


Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Over-Diagnosed and Over-Treated in Infants
Generally speaking, infants with colic do not need acid-suppressing drugs, which carry a number of risks. Read more >


Gestational BPA Linked to Developmental Problems in Girls, Not Boys
Higher BPA levels during pregnancy are linked to cognitive and emotional problems in children. Read more >


Dyslexia and IQ: Are They Related?
The same techniques that help dyslexic children decipher language can help children with low IQ.. Read more >


Carbonated Soda Consumption Raises Risk of Teen Violence
Heavy soft drink consumption (5+ cans a week) has been linked to an increased risk of violent behavior and alcohol consumption. Read more >


Toddlers and TV: The AAP says No!
Children under two are not yet mentally equipped to learn from a screen. They benefit most from hands-on play with others. Read more >


Cartoon Viewing Reduces Children's Higher Cognitive Functioning
Fast-paced cartoons and other shows can reduce, at least temporarily, children's ability to plan and organize. Read more >


Early Introduction of Solid Foods Doesn't Affect Baby's Growth
Introducing solids earlier may increase an infant's weight gain in the near term, but has little overall effect. Read more >


The Power of Play
The time kids spend just playing is declining. Well-meaning parents are partly to blame. Read more >


Can Parents Complete with Clever Marketing to Kids?
It's hard to compete with clever marketing, but you can help your kids make better food choices with consistent encouragement. Read more >


Bringing Home Baby: Doctors and Parents Offer Advice on the Big Decisions
What would new moms do differently the next time around? Reconsidering circumcision and breastfeeding are high on the list. Read more >


Parks and Play: How To Get Our Children To Exercise More
Parents who want to encourage physical fitness should take their children to a playground or park with other active children. Read more >


Breastfeeding May Help Brain Development
Infants, particularly preemies, who were breastfed scored higher on reasoning and language tests at age 5. Read more >


Fewer Boys Being Circumcised
The decision to circumcise a newborn boy is one that is best made after looking at all the information available. Read more >


Hookah Smoking: Not Safe At All
Hookah lounges are on the rise in California and with them, tobacco use... Read more >


Backpack Safety
Backpacks should be the right size, well-padded, and loaded so weight falls on the middle of the back, rather than on shoulders. Read more >


A Nagging Problem
Kids' nagging can wear down moms' resistance. But a study found some winning strategies... Read more >


Where There's Smoke, There Are Developmental Problems
Secondhand smoke sharply increases the risk of a child's having neurodevelopmental disorders like learning disabilities and ADHD. Read more >


Pack Kids' Lunches Safely
Putting an ice pack in your child's lunch box may not be enough to keep the food at a safe temperature. Other tactics may be needed. Read more >


Parenting and Temperament: Does "Goodness of Fit" Matter?
Certain styles of parenting are more beneficial for children with difficult temperaments, such as the anxious or depressed. Read more >


Speech Processing May Be at the Heart of Dyslexia
The root of dyslexia may be in speech processing, a surprise to researchers... Read more >


How to Mess up Your Kids
Twelve things parents do that can damage their children. How to avoid such mistakes. Read more >


The Causes Of Autism: So Many Theories. So Few Answers.
What causes autism? What can parents do to avoid it? Early environments matter. Read more >


Training in Positive Thinking Helps Teens Interpret Life in Healthier Ways
A simple computer program seems to help teens avoid negative thinking, which may help with anxiety.. Read more >


"Late Talkers" Turn Out Just Fine
Children with language delays have no more behavioral or emotional problems as adolescents than other kids. Read more >


ADHD and The Risk of Substance Abuse
Why are kids and adolescents with ADHD prone to substance use? Read more >


How to Make Hand-Washing Fun
Gels that glow under black light can be used to teach kids to wash their hands more thoroughly. Read more >


Pediatric Mental Health Emergencies: Where are they Treated?
Too often, children with behavioral or emotional issues are taken to the ER. Read more >


Sports and Energy Drinks: Not Kids Stuff
The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with a warning about sports and energy drinks. Why? Read more >


Prolonged Bottle Use Linked to Obesity
Children still being bottle-fed at two years old are 33% more likely to be obese. Read more >


Kids' Brains Change as They Learn New Math Skills
Children's brains change as they learn math skills. Adults' too, hopefully. Read more >


Violence in Cartoons Does Not Make Them More Enjoyable
Contrary to popular belief, kids do not enjoy violent cartoons any more than nonviolent ones... Read more >


Swimmer's Ear Costs Too Much, May Be Prevented
To prevent swimmers' ear, tilt your head and gently pull the earlobe in a few directions to help water escape, then dry your ears. Read more >


FDA Panel Urges New Instructions and Dosing on Infant Pain Relievers
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, does not appear to reduce kids' pain, just their fever. Read more >


Kids May Be Exposed to Too Much Radiation with Unnecessary CT Scans
Kids may get unnecessary CT scans for minor head injuries, exposing them to unnecessary radiation. Read more >


Children and Environmental Chemicals: A Call for Better Regulation
Children are small and low to the ground, leaving them more exposed to environmental toxins. Read more >


Pesticide Exposure May Affect Kids' Cognitive Function
A banned residential pesticide is linked to lower IQ in kids. Read more >


Family Meals Help Cut Childhood Obesity
Just having kids cut their fat intake does not help them lose weight. So what does work? Read more >


FDA Panel Votes to Reject Warning Labels on Artificially Colored Foods: Good Move?
Some studies show a link between artificial dyes and ADHD. So why did the FDA reject warning labels? Read more >


Dangerous Exposures: Sun and Skin
Sun exposure in childhood and adolescence than can set the stage for skin cancers and problems later. Read more >


Wound Cleaning May Be More Important than Antibiotics
One of the surest ways to beat infection is to clean a wound well and keep it covered. Read more >


Simple Febrile Seizures: Revised Practice Guidelines and Advice for Parents
Seizures that occur when a child has a fever are scary, but are they dangerous? Sometimes. Read more >


Exercise Boosts Tests Scores, Thinking Ability
Intelligence scores rose by four points with just 40 minutes of play a day... Read more >


Starting Baby on Solids Too Soon May Pose Obesity Risk Later
Introducing solid foods too early raises the risk of obesity... Read more >


100 Innings a Year or Less for Young Arms
Pitching too much can damage young (and old) arms. It is important to limit the number of pitches to reduce the risk of injury. Read more >


Diet and ADHD: The Debate Continues
Are kids with ADHD just exhibiting an allergic response to certain foods? Read more >


Helping Overweight Children by Teaching Parents
Educating parents about healthy lifestyles and nutrition is a very good way to reduce childhood obesity. Read more >


Nature and Nurture: Social Environments Influence Genetic Blueprints
A study of children two and under shows just how much being poor restricts kids' genetic potential. Read more >


Kids' Friends May Be Big Influence on Grades
Kids' friends may have a bigger influence on how well they do in school than parents do. Read more >


Surgeon General: End Barriers to Breastfeeding
The Surgeon General addresses the reasons women don't engage in this free, healthy practice... Read more >


Infant Formulas Are Not All the Same
When it comes to babies' weight gain, not all formulas are alike. Which is right for your baby? Read more >


High Sugar Intake in Teens May Increase Heart Disease Risk
Teens who eat a diet high in added sugars have higher "bad" LDL cholesterol and trigylcerides. Read more >


Baby Fat May Predict Childhood Obesity
Don't assume a chubby baby is a healthy baby. Don't deny infants food, but when solids are introduced, make healthy choices. Read more >


Cytomegalovirus May Affect Newborn Health
Many of us haven't heard cytomegalovirus, but babies can develop disabilities because of the disease Read more >


Too Clean? Chemical in Antibacterial Soap Linked to Allergies in Kids
A chemical in antibacterial soap is linked to more allergies in kids, suggesting that a little moderation may be good. Read more >


Antibiotics for Children's Ear Infections?
It is often unnecessary to treat ear infections with antibiotics. They can increase bacterial resistance and cause side effects Read more >


Energy Drinks Linked to Alcohol Consumption in College Kids
College kids who drink more energy drinks also consume more alcohol: coincidence or cause? Read more >


Synthetic Marijuana Worse Than the Real Stuff
Synthetic marijuana, often legal and sold at convenience stores, can be more deadly than the real thing. Read more >


CDC Panel Recommends Meningitis Booster for Teenagers
The meningococcal vaccine MSV4 doesn't last as long as anticipated. Is a booster needed to protect. Read more >


More Teens Are Reporting Hearing Loss
Teens' hearing has gotten worse. It may be from having the iPod or MP3 up too loud. Read more >


Literate Mothers Boost Children's Test Scores
For young children in poor communities, having a mom who reads is a huge boost to school success. Read more >


Evidence that Violent Media Desensitizes Teenage Boys
Boys used to violent video clips have less response to them. Does this increase the likelihood... Read more >


AAP: Infants Should Be Screened for Iron Deficiency at 12 Months
Breastfed babies should have iron supplements beginning at four months old. All babies should be checked for iron at 12 months. Read more >


Dogs Can Ease the Stress of Autism
Having a service dog reduces undesirable behavior and eases kids' (and parents') stress. Read more >


Too Much Screen Time Bad for Kids' Psychology
Limiting kids' TV and computer time can improve their ability to pay attention and reduce the risk of psychological problems. Read more >


Can Tooth Health Reduce Preterm Births?
Taking care of gum disease while you're pregnant may reduce the risk the risk of preterm birth. Read more >


FDA Says Infant Sleep Positoners Pose Suffocation Risk
Infant sleep positioners that are designed to hold babies in a position in their cribs may actually raise the risk of SIDS. Read more >


Common Cold Virus Linked to Obesity in Youngsters
New research finds a link between childhood obesity and the common cold virus. But how? Read more >


Contagious Yawning Teaches Researchers About Social Development
Contagious yawning is familiar to most. But did you know it is a form of normal social bonding... Read more >


Eye Injuries from Laser Pointers
Laser pointers can damage eyesight. Parents should teach kids the risks and know the power of any pointer their child uses. Read more >


Youngest Children in Their Class Most Likely to Be Diagnosed with ADHD
Before accepting a diagnosis of attention-deficit disorder, consider whether your child is young for his or her grade in school. Read more >


Earlier Onset of Puberty in the U.S.
More and more girls are beginning puberty between ages seven and eight. Read more >


Tax Credits and Healthy Babies
Babies born to mothers who received Earned Income Tax Credits weigh more, a sign of greater health. Read more >


Stages of Puberty and the Risk of Violent Teens
Teen violence can de-rail young lives. A new study links it to a teen's stage of sexual development, not age. Read more >


Too Much Mac-N-Cheese? Lure Your Kids to Healthy Eating With a Little Fun
Adding some fun activities to meal preparation improves kids' attitude toward fruits and vegetables. Read more >


Kids Read More When They Pick the Books
Let your child choose his or her summer reading books. Reading anything helps keep those skills sharp and helps in school. Read more >


The Teenager Sleep Schedule vs. the School Bell
Starting the school day just a half hour later helps teens get the sleep they need, raising motivation. Read more >


Why Are So Many Children Overweight?
When it comes to helping kids lose weight, exercise is very important; but reducing calories is the most important first step. Read more >


Hospital Rounds Get a Face-Lift
More hospitals are using the new family-centered rounds, which help keep parents in the loop. Read more >


TV and Video Games Can Harm Kids' Attention Spans
Limiting your child’s TV or video game time to less than two hours per day may help his or her attention. Read more >


Breastfeeding Means Fewer Infant Infections
Among other benefits, breastfeeding lowers babies' risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Read more >


Cartoon Characters May Sway Kids to Make Poor Food Choices
Kids say foods taste better when cartoon characters are on the label... Read more >


Pro-Anorexia, Pro-Bulimia Websites All Too Common, Study Finds
Parents should be aware that there are pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia (pro-ana and pro-mia) websites which encourage these eating disorders. Read more >


FDA Issues Warning for Parents to Measure Carefully When Giving Babies Vitamin D
Make sure your baby gets the proper amount of vitamin D Read more >


Parents Should Be Cautious with Autism Sites, Researchers Say
Be cautious about what websites you use for research Read more >


Cutting: Teens Who Hurt Themselves
The medical community calls it "non-suicidal self-injury" (NSSI); the kids call it "cutting." Read more >


Food for Thought: Pesticide Exposure and ADHD Risk in Children
Pesticide exposure may play a role in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read more >


Does Mozart Really Make Your Kid Smarter? New Study Says "Nein."
There’s little evidence that exposing your child to Mozart will actually improve their IQ. Read more >


Alcohol and Adolescents: The Need to Teach our Children Well
Teen drinking is not like on TV. There are real risks, like auto accidents and impaired brain development. Read more >


Kids and Screens: Media and Health
Teens' screen time offers risks and rewards. How to minimize the risks. Read more >


Vitamin D: Are Babies Getting Enough?
When babies begin to eat solids they are particularly at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Read more >


TVs, DVDs, and Babies
Research shows that educational DVDs don't improve learning in children under two. Babies need interaction to learn. Read more >


Mother-Infant Bonding Hormone Oxytocin May Help Those with Autism
Oxytocin, a hormone, may help some autistic kids gain social skills. Read more >


Youth Sports Without All the Injuries
Sports injuries among child athletes are increasing. Many injuries can be prevented by getting proper rest, stretching after games... Read more >


Researchers Help Children Build Tolerance to Peanuts over Time
Some children with peanut allergies can become less dangerously allergic through immunotherapy. Parents should not try this on their own. Read more >


Controversial Autism-MMR Vaccine Study Retracted by Journal: Why Did This Happen - and Can We Forget?
Retractions don't happen often in science, but they are part of the process. Changing the public's perceptions is another matter. Read more >


SIDS and Serotonin: Is There a Connection?
The cause of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS is not yet known, but low levels of serotonin may play a role. Read more >


Autism Clusters Around the Highly Educated, Study Finds
Autism appears to be more common among the children of the well-educated. But is this just the result of more frequent diagnosis? Read more >


Better Relationships Cut Teenage Weight Gain
Negative emotions can contribute to overeating or binge eating. Therapy aimed at improving social skills can therefore help prevent weight Read more >


Prescribing Medication Safely for Children
Warnings about the effects of prescription drugs on children are often not reported accurately... Read more >


Kids' Mental Health Needs Often Unmet
Treating children for mental health problems can reduce the risk that the problems will get worse. Read more >


Early Daycare and Childhood Asthma: Are They Related?
Daycare may actually lower the risk of developing asthma even though it may raise the risk of infection. Read more >


Adolescent Behavior: Expectations vs. Reality
When teenagers feel alienated from their families, they are at greater risk for sadness and depression. Read more >


Preterm Birth and the Risk of Autism
Being premature doesn't in itself raise the risk of autism, but complications affecting the brain do. Read more >


Where There's Smoke, There's Illness
Secondhand smoke remains a danger to children exposed to it in the home. Read more >


Acetaminophen Reduces Vaccines' Effectiveness
Using acetaminophen to prevent a fever after your child has had a vaccine may end up reducing the effectiveness of the vaccine. Read more >


Raising Safer Teen Drivers: What Works?
As a parent, one of the best ways to keep your child safe on the road is to set rules and pay attention to their activities. Read more >


Universal Newborn Bilirubin Screening: An Ounce of Prevention?
Newborns' bilirubin levels are routinely monitored as a way of preventing possible brain damage... Read more >


High Quality Day Care: An Escape Route for Children of Poverty
Daycare that offers children living in poverty a chance to learn school-readiness skills and exposure to role models helps them keep pace... Read more >


Treating Ear Infections: Antibiotics Aren't Always the Best First Choice
All middle ear infections should be treated immediately with antibiotics. Read more >


A Quiet Routine Makes for an Easier Bedtime
Having a consistent and peaceful nighttime routine helps babies and toddlers fall asleep more easily. Read more >


Little Boy Blue: Depression in Toddlers
What does a depressed toddler look like? He may be unable to enjoy things that used to be fun or not thinking as clearly as she used to. Read more >


"Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be:" Medication Sharing Among Adolescents
It is dangerous to share prescription medication. Side effects are common. Read more >


No Place Like Home: Premature Infants, Socioeconomic Status, and Development
As important as medical intervention is for premature infants, the home environment is just as important. Read more >


A New Look at the Cause of Colic
Bacteria may play a major role in causing the discomfort of colicky babies. Read more >


Kids and Cholesterol: To Screen Or Not To Screen?
Children are starting to show dangerously high cholesterol, triglycerides and lipid levels. How to prevent life-long damage to young hearts. Read more >


Helping Parents Change Children's Health Habits
Having confidence in your ability to change behavior even in the face of obstacles is a critical asset for an effective parent. Read more >


Xylitol Syrup: Better than a Spoonful of Sugar
Xylitol, a plant extract that prevents the growth of bacteria on teeth, reduces cavities. Read more >


Teen Smoking: The Influence of Movies and Team Sports
For teens, playing team sports helps reduce the risk of starting smoking. Read more >


From Silent to Serious: Chlamydia Infections in Teens and Young Adults
The STD chlamydia can be diagnosed with a urine specimen and does not require a pelvic examination or vaginal or urethral culture. Read more >


Colicky Babies and Depressed Dads: Is There a Connection?
Excessive crying lasts for more than three hours a day, more than three days a week, during which a baby can't... Read more >


Adolescent Health: So Many Teens; So Little Care
Parents may want to request that their teen‘s doctor discuss safety, diet, smoking, sexuality and other topics. Read more >


Weighty Matters: The Risks of Obesity During Pregnancy
Infants of obese mothers have increased fat mass compared to infants of mothers who are not. Read more >


Get Milk!
Only half of males and one-fifth of females between the ages of 19-30 get the recommended amount of calcium. Read more >


Pacifiers and Breastfeeding: Is There Really A Problem?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime. Read more >


Let Them Drink Water
Between the 1970s and the early 2000s, the rates of obesity in children ages 2-11 years nearly doubled. Read more >


Sleepless in Adolescence
The Internet, television and online videos and games are all responsible for a reduction in the amount of sleep that teens receive nightly. Read more >


Turn off the TV and Talk to Your Baby
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children do not watch TV or videos before age two years. Read more >


Improving Children's Mental Health: An Updated Agenda and a Roadmap
Resilience, the ability to thrive in the face of extreme adversity, is a reason why some children develop successfully while others fail. Read more >


McDonalds or McFamily?
Adolescents have notoriously poor diets. Read more >


Sunshine, Vitamin D, and a Lifetime of Healthy Bones
Third trimester maternal vitamin D levels, modulated through sun exposure, may have a "programming" effect on developing fetal bone growth. Read more >


Vaccines: Protecting Individuals, Communities and the World
Always check with your child's physician before delaying an immunization. Read more >


This Is Your Brain on Fish
Teenage boys who ate plenty of omega 3 fatty acids, primarily through consumption of fish, had improved memory and cognitive skills. Read more >


Breast-Feeding and SIDS: Another Opportunity to Decrease Infant Risk
Breastfeeding may be another effective way to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS. Read more >


Flat Feet: Not the Achilles Heel for Young Athletes
Flat feet used to have the reputation of causing painful feet in adulthood as well as poor motor skills but research is finding differently. Read more >


Off the Couch, Onto the Bike
Riding a bicycle is one of the best ways children can avoid becoming overweight. Read more >


Smoke Signals: How Parents' Habits Influence Children's Behavior
If both parents smoke, there is almost a three-fold increase in likelihood their teen will start smoking. Read more >


Teens, TV and Depression
Adolescents who watch excessive TV are more likely to show signs of depression when they become young adults. Read more >


Helping Children Get What They Want
Researchers have developed a light-emitting headband that may soon help children who can't speak to communicate their preferences. Read more >


Look Both Ways and Hang Up
Children are more likely to put themselves in danger when crossing the street if they are talking on a cell phone. Read more >


Recess Benefits Students' In-Class Attention and Behavior
Recess provides children with a critical change of pace and a chance to recharge, making the children less fidgety and more attentive. Read more >


Honey Tops Cold Meds for Symptom Relief
A study found that honey provides better relief of nighttime coughs and runny noses and better sleep than did commercial cold medications. Read more >


Meditation, Anxiety, and ADHD
People with ADHD have a hard time filtering out stimuli present in the environment and deciding which deserve their attention. Read more >


Kids and OTC Cold Meds Don't Mix
Roughly two-thirds of children's emergency room visits come from kids drinking OTC cold medication while unsupervised. Read more >


Mother-Infant Bonding: Up in Smoke
For newborns whose mothers smoke, withdrawal from nicotine occurs during the first five days after birth. Read more >


Nutrition Preschool: A Trip to the Grocery Store
One of the best places to teach kids early lessons on eating healthfully may be while they are riding in the grocery cart. Read more >


Exercise Helps Moderate Anger in Overweight Children
Exercise appears to reduce children's anger as it increases fitness. Read more >


Far Beyond The Three R's
Social skills, such as knowing how to resist peer pressure, endure beyond childhood and support a person's success in adulthood. Read more >


Obese Children's Arteries Are Just as Bad as Middle-Aged Adults'
The vascular "age" of obese children is like that of middle-aged adults, based on the amount of plaque build-up. Read more >


ADHD: Treatment With Stimulants Safer than Expected
Do the stimulants used to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) put them at risk for future drug abuse? Read more >


It's a Noisy Planet: Protect Their Hearing
Loud sounds damage the ear's hair cells, turning a lush "pasture" of these cells into a burned-out wasteland. Read more >


A New Approach to Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Keeping a fan going in an infant's room appears to lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Read more >


Television's Effects on Children's Attention and Play
Television distracts children from their own play, interfering with cognitive development. Read more >


Focusing on Infant Pain Relief
Newborns who felt repeated pain showed changes in neurologic development and in their immediate and future behavior. Read more >


What Parents Should Know About Coxsackievirus
It's summertime and children are gathering on playgrounds and in sandboxes and pools. Read more >


The Water's Not So Fine
Next time you decide to take the family to the beach or the local swimming hole — even if your local health department has not issued a health warning — you might want to leave the younger kids at home. Read more >


U.S. Kids Under-Vaccinated
From 2003 and 2004, a time when a toddler up to 18 months old should have received about 14 shots of several different vaccines. Today, even more shots are recommended. Read more >


More Autism or More Diagnoses?
This is a question that researchers have been struggling with for decades, as developed nations such as the United States have seen an alarming rise in the number of children diagnosed as autistic. Read more >


Less TV and Computer Time Helps Kids Lose Weight
A new study has found that cutting the amount of time kids use the TV or the computer in half had two positive effects: the kids ate a lot less and they lost significant amounts of weight. Read more >


Getting Our Children off the Road to Heart Disease
We spend 18 years teaching our children how to walk, talk, read and drive, but many of us drop the ball when it comes to teaching them how to eat right. Read more >


Childhood Vaccine Not Linked to Autism
Do vaccines given to infants and very young children somehow promote autism? This is the idea that researchers have been investigating and parents have been debating since a 1988 study of 12 children suggested such a link, provoking a wave of concern. Read more >


Vitamin D Deficiency in Children
Pediatricians have begun to look harder at Vitamin D levels in children because this vitamin, once thought to be primarily involved in calcium absorption, is now being shown to have significant implications for a variety of health conditions which manifest in later life. Read more >


Summer Academics? Yes and No, Say the Experts
In an increasingly competitive world, many parents push their kids to do schoolwork during the summer. Read more >


The Children of 9/11
Nearly 73 percent of children who lost a parent in the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center catastrophe developed a psychiatric illness in the years following the event. Read more >


U.S. Child Health System a Failure?
In February of 2007, a U. Read more >


Childcare Critical in Language Development
Children in low-quality childcare lag behind those in high-quality care in language development, according to new research. Read more >


Genetics and Mental Retardation

Violence and Inner-City Kids
Think of how rattled you might be if you lived in constant fear of a gun going off. Read more >


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