Misc. Kid's Health News

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Pediatricians' Group Says U.S. Lacks Resources to Treat Kids in Disasters

Drugs to counter biological or other threats too often geared to adults, American Academy of Pediatrics says

ADHD Meds May Raise Risk for Psychotic Side Effects in Some Kids: Study

Two-thirds of children with parental history of mental illness report 'funny feelings' when on the stimulants

Health Tip: Helping Your Teens Stay Safe

When they're ready to go to the mall by themselves

Childhood Asthma Rates

After years of increasing, childhood asthma rates are on the decline, according to new government study

Child Asthma Rates Leveling Off, Except Among Poor and Older Kids: Study

Environmental triggers may increase the risk for children in low-income areas, experts say

Holiday Plants Can Pose Health Risks to Kids, Pets

Mistletoe, holly berries and poinsettias should be placed out of reach, expert advises

More Computer Time May Be Causing Nearsightedness in U.S. Kids

Eye experts suggest boosting outdoor time to get young eyes focusing on distant objects

Marijuana Chemical May Help Prevent Epileptic Seizures in Kids, Young Adults

Trial showed a benefit, but more study is needed, experts said

Health Tip: Watch those Liquid Laundry Packets

They may be a serious hazard for children

Slight Signs of Lingering Brain Damage Seen in Young Athletes After Concussion

But study did not prove concussion caused minor differences detected in scans, thinking tests

Health Tip: Protect Kids' Hearing During the Holidays

Teach children to shield their ears

U.S. Task Force Stays Neutral on Cholesterol Screening for Kids

Not enough evidence to recommend for or against checking everyone under 20, expert panel says

Help Your Kids Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Stick to bedtime routines through the holidays, expert says

Health Tip: Keeping Kids in Pain Comfortable

Suggestions that don't involve medication

LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator Approved for Children

For heart patients who can't have device implanted

More U.S. Kids Have Type 1 Diabetes, But Researchers Don't Know Why

And study found that more are developing kidney problems as a result of their disease

ADHD and Brain Activity

Scientists spot potential cause of ADHD in the brain

Antibiotics Often Enough for Kids' Appendicitis

For early, uncomplicated cases, study found the drugs often cleared up the condition without surgery

ADHD May Hamper Social Relationships Early in Life

Study finds cycle of rejection by peers, worsening symptoms that may heighten difficulties

Drug Trends Among Teens

Are high school seniors more likely to smoke pot or cigarettes daily?

Health Tip: Flying With Children

Bring a child seat that's made for planes

Children and Puberty

Are children starting puberty earlier than in the past?

Bodily Changes Don't Always Signal 'Precocious' Puberty in Kids

It's not unusual to see early pubic hair development, pediatricians say

Health Tip: Portion Your Child's Plate

Help ensure that the youngster eats healthy

Bullying and Mental Health

Engaging in or being exposed to bullying behavior in childhood increases risk of psychiatric disorders later in life, new study finds

Bullying Can Leave Lasting Mental Scars

Many treated for depression or other disorders by late 20s, study says

Asthma, Hay Fever and Heart Disease Risk

Children with asthma and other allergic conditions may be at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, study finds.

ADHD Diagnoses Rising Among U.S. Kids, Study Finds

Girls, Hispanics fueling the increase in prevalence, but experts don't know why

Kanuma Approved for Rare Missing-Enzyme Disease

Wolman disease triggers fat buildup, leading to heart and liver problems

Infant Weight Gain Linked to Possible Type 1 Diabetes Risk

But study author says it's too soon to recommend changes in feeding practices

Health Tip: Before You Give Your Child Medicine

Speak with your doctor and ask questions

Could an Obese Dad's Sperm Pass Traits to His Kids?

Study finds differences in gene activity based on weight, but doesn't prove offspring inherits them

Playing Contact Sports in Youth May Raise Risk for Degenerative Brain Disease

Study suggests that vulnerability to CTE not limited to professional football players

Planned Cesareans Tied to Slight Increase in Asthma Risk for Kids

But second report finds countries with low C-section rates had higher death rates for infants, mothers

Dogs May Ease a Child's Fears

Kids with pets in the home were less likely to test positive for anxiety than those without, study found

Assessing Health Issues of Child Refugees

Medical profiles of newly arrived children are important for treatment, researcher says

Bullies May Face Higher Odds of Eating Disorders: Study

Risk of anorexia or bulimia significantly higher than for kids not involved in bullying

Melatonin Might Help Sleepless Kids With Eczema, Study Finds

But treating skin condition is still best approach, expert says

Arsenic Exposure in Womb Linked to Respiratory Risks in Babies

High levels in well water may trigger infections in the very young, study suggests

Health Tip: Safety Suggestions for Teenage Babysitters

For starters, be sure there's someone to escort you home from a babysitting job at night

ADHD Medications Linked to Sleep Problems in Kids

Review of studies finds drugs like Ritalin, Adderall may create sleep woes for some

Teasing Girls About Weight May Cause Lasting Harm

Study finds link between being made fun of and problematic eating behaviors

Childhood Cancer Survivors May Suffer Physically, Mentally Decades Later

Long-term effects of powerful treatments merit further study, experts say

When Do Kids Learn 'Fairness'? Culture May Matter, Study Finds

Experiment sheds light on how children in different countries react to being given more than their peers

Potential Treatment for a Serious Respiratory Infection in Kids

Preliminary study of new drug for RSV yields promising results, experts say

Health Tip: Help Your Toddler Develop Needed Skills

Suggested activities include playing with blocks, stringing large beads

More Gluten Before Age 2 Linked to Celiac Disease in At-Risk Kids

But it's not clear if limiting the protein in baby's diet would help, experts say