Infant and Child Care Health News

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4/28/2017
Happy Mom Means Less Colicky Baby

Mothers' support system also seems to have protective effect, study suggests

4/18/2017
Zika Can Harm Babies' Vision, Too

Study of 43 South American infants found damage to retinas and optic nerves

4/17/2017
Epilepsy: Another Potential Zika Threat to Babies

CDC team says up to half of infants exposed to the virus develop seizures

4/11/2017
Breast-Feeding Success Hinges on Support for Mom, Baby

Limiting visitors early on and relying on the help of a lactation expert can get mothers off to a good start

4/11/2017
'Video Feedback' Program Might Help Treat Autism in Babies

Therapists help parents learn and better react to their infants' communication style

4/9/2017
How to Protect Your Child From Accidental Poisoning

Kids under 6 account for 1 million calls to U.S. poison control centers a year

4/3/2017
Vaccinating Pregnant Moms Protects Babies From Whooping Cough

Benefit is dramatic for newborns who are too young to be vaccinated, researchers say

3/31/2017
Health Risks Grow as Young People Born With HIV Age

About 10,000 Americans were infected at birth, and many are now young adults with medical issues, study finds

3/27/2017
Breast-Feeding May Not Lead to Smarter Preschoolers

But study suggests that children who were nursed may be less hyperactive at age 3

3/27/2017
Benefits of Breastfeeding

Does breast feeding lower the risk of hyperactivity in children?

3/23/2017
Young Cancer Survivors Can Face Higher Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Findings emphasize the importance of counseling these women, before and during pregnancy

3/20/2017
U.S. Sees Big Drop in Number of Babies Born With HIV

Case numbers fell steeply between 2002 and 2013, but even more could be done, experts say

3/16/2017
For 'Preemies,' Human Touch May Be a Brain Booster

Diminished response seen in premature infants who spend weeks in the hospital, study finds

3/15/2017
Nearby Day Cares Don't Pose Health Risks to Kids: Study

Strict immunization requirements kept local whooping cough rates low, researchers say

3/13/2017
More Babies in Strollers, Cribs Winding Up in ER: Study

Concussions driving upswing, with only 1 percent of cases blamed on product failure

2/13/2017
The Motherlode of 'Mother Love' Chemicals

Moms secrete more dopamine when watching their own babies, study finds

2/9/2017
Preemies Bombarded With Noise in First Weeks of Life

But private rooms may not be the solution, study suggests

2/5/2017
Dressing Baby for a Safe Winter Drive

Avoid bulky clothing, American Academy of Pediatrics says

1/27/2017
Curbing Excess Weight Gain in Pregnancy May Not Lower Risk for Complications

Study found no benefit, suggesting that obesity's effects on a pregnancy may begin before conception

1/26/2017
Risk of Death Due to Birth Defects Higher If Baby Covered by Medicaid

Researchers call for better efforts to reduce such tragedies, regardless of family's insurance status

1/24/2017
Pediatricians Say No to Wearable Smartphone Baby Monitors

Sensors in infant clothing that track 'vitals' can cause unnecessary alarm, report says

1/19/2017
Most Cow's Milk Baby Formulas Don't Up Risk of Type 1 Diabetes

But one type of formula may be linked to greater chances if given in week 1, study suggests

1/17/2017
For a Colicky Baby, You Might Give Acupuncture a Try

Treatment with 1 to 5 needles might stop the excessive crying, Swedish researchers say

1/12/2017
How to Spot a Common, Potentially Dangerous, Childhood Illness

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is similar to a cold but can lead to complications that include pneumonia

1/5/2017
New Guidelines Urge Early Intro to Peanut in High-Risk Infants

Change in allergy recommendations based on results of groundbreaking trial

12/27/2016
Health Care Spending for U.S. Kids Jumped 56 Percent in Less Than 20 Years

Preventive services in childhood create healthier adults, researcher says

12/26/2016
Home Visits Can Help New Parents

Study finds programs reduce ER trips and doctor appointments

12/23/2016
More Than Half of Brazilian Women Avoid Pregnancy Due to Zika Fear

In excess of 1,800 cases of birth defects linked to the mosquito-borne virus have hit the country so far

12/21/2016
Delay in Clamping Umbilical Cord Benefits Babies, Doctors Say

New guideline follows research showing that waiting 30 to 60 seconds boosts iron levels throughout 1st year

12/21/2016
Short Course of Antibiotics Not Best for Kids' Ear Infections

10 days of the medication was twice as effective, study finds

12/21/2016
Don't Forget Child Safety When Traveling for the Holidays

Nearly 1 in 7 parents of toddlers don't bring a car seat for travel rides, poll finds

12/20/2016
Baby Crib Ads Show Unsafe Practices, Study Says

Fluffy toys, tummy-sleeping and bumper pads are linked to sudden infant death syndrome

12/19/2016
Pregnancy May Spur 'Mothering' Changes in a Woman's Brain

Imaging shows adaptations in gray matter, but no sign that memory is affected

12/19/2016
SIDS and Crib Advertisements

Sleep environments for infants are still being advertising unsafely, according to new study.

12/14/2016
FDA Issues Anesthesia Warning for Pregnant Women, Kids Under 3

A long time under or repeated episodes of sedation may pose risk to developing brains, agency says

12/13/2016
Study Shows How Zika Attacks Infant Brain

Virus can copy itself thousands of times, persist for more than 7 months

12/13/2016
Fewer Babies in Poor Families Are Overweight: CDC

Researchers credit improvements in federal food assistance program, awareness of childhood obesity

12/12/2016
Rural Hospitals See Surge in Opioid-Dependent Babies

Cases have skyrocketed because of widespread maternal drug abuse, study says

12/12/2016
How to Ease the Pain of Infant Vaccinations

Three-pronged approach includes anesthetic cream, researchers say

12/12/2016
'Kangaroo Mother Care' May Improve Preemies' Lives Into Adulthood

Skin-to-skin nurturing linked to increased survival, better social and behavioral outcomes, study finds

12/9/2016
Zika-Linked Birth Defects Surge in Colombia: CDC

Study suggests the scourge of microcephaly tied to the mosquito-borne virus is no longer limited to Brazil

12/9/2016
Babies' Marijuana Exposure Evident in Their Pee

Parents should reduce harmful secondhand smoke exposure, researcher says

12/8/2016
Teething Tips From Dental Specialists

Cool, but not frozen, items may ease your baby's discomfort

12/8/2016
More Pregnant Women Getting Flu Shot, But Improvement Needed

All U.S. women should get the vaccine in pregnancy, but only about half do now, researchers say

12/7/2016
Drug Might Help Some Babies With Rare, Fatal Disease

Spinal muscular atrophy is typically lethal within 2 years, but new treatment offers hope

12/6/2016
Rare Infant Seizure Disorder Often Missed

Parents, doctors may not recognize infantile spasms early enough to prevent brain damage, study finds

12/6/2016
Are Catholic Women Less Likely to Breast-Feed?

Study suggests that possibility, review authors say, but more research needed to confirm findings

12/1/2016
A Dirty Little Secret: Hand-Washing Spotty Among Day Care Staffers

Arkansas study finds just 22 percent follow recommended hygiene procedures

11/14/2016
Tracking Blood Sugar in Pregnancy Might Lower Heart Defect Risk for Baby

Study strengthens tie between gestational diabetes and these congenital anomalies

11/11/2016
How to Introduce Your Baby to Food Containing Peanuts

New guidelines coming soon from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases