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Make Toy Safety a Top Concern

Dangerous playthings account for thousands of injuries each year in U.S.

Health Tip: Watch those Liquid Laundry Packets

They may be a serious hazard for children

Noisy Electronic Toys May Hamper Babies' Verbal Skills

Study found that toddlers talk less when their toys talk, sing, light up more

Tiny Turtles Carry Salmonella Threat

Though banned as pets in U.S., they're still sold illegally and children are often the ones sickened, CDC finds

Smoke Weed in College and Your Grades May Go to Pot

Study links marijuana use to skipped classes, poorer academic performance

Health Tip: Protect Kids' Hearing During the Holidays

Teach children to shield their ears

Help Your Kids Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Stick to bedtime routines through the holidays, expert says

How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery

To relieve anxiety, be honest, use simple language to explain what's going to happen, experts advise

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

Parents Keep Too Tight a Leash on Teens' Health Care: Survey

Kids aren't learning to manage their own medical visits, expert says

ADHD and Brain Activity

Scientists spot potential cause of ADHD in the brain

Health Tip: Understanding Your Baby's Vision

How it develops during the first year

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

Abuse of Prescription Painkillers, Stimulants Ups Sexual Risks for Teens

Those taking these drugs with no prescription more likely to have multiple partners, forgo condom use, study says

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

Asthma, Hay Fever and Heart Disease Risk

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

Kanuma Approved for Rare Missing-Enzyme Disease

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

Most Teens' Physical Activity Occurs at School

But they aren't getting enough exercise and need more avenues for active recreation, experts say

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

Teens More Cautious About Sex When Parents Set Rules, Study Finds

Kids tend to delay sex if Mom and Dad keep an eye on what they're doing, who they're with

Bullies May Face Higher Odds of Eating Disorders: Study

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

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

Most First-Time Moms Plan to Follow Vaccine Schedule

11 percent intend to spread out the recommended inoculations, survey finds

Teasing Girls About Weight May Cause Lasting Harm

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

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

Experts Pan Gene Testing of Budding Athletes

Scientific evidence is far too weak to determine a child's talent, panel says

How to Keep Your Baby's Slumber Safe

Babies should be placed on their back and in their own bed to sleep, pediatrician advises

CDC: Child Autism Rate Now 1 in 45 After Survey Method Changes

The number differs based on new questions parents were asked about their children

Military Deployment Tied to Greater Odds of Child Abuse, Neglect

Periods during and just after deployment are highest risk, study finds

California Vaccine Refusers Cluster in Rich, White Areas

But changes are coming to that state's 'personal belief' exemption law

Sharp Increase in U.S. Babies Born With Syphilis: CDC

Pregnant women should be screened for the sexually transmitted disease, experts say

Losing a Parent in Childhood May Raise Suicide Risk Decades Later

Rate of suicide for people who'd suffered such an early loss was double that of those who hadn't, study found

Health Tip: Reducing Your Child's Risk of Lead Poisoning

Be especially careful if you live in an older home

Bystander CPR Helps Some Kids Survive Cardiac Arrest

Unfortunately, infants don't appear to be benefitting, study finds

Insulin Pumps Give Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Better Blood Sugar Control

Study included almost 55,000 children and teens

Obese Kids as Young as 8 Show Signs of Heart Disease

MRI scans reveal structural abnormalities associated with cardiac strain

Challenges for Extreme Preemies Can Last into Teens

But majority of very preterm or very small newborns do well, experts say

Parents the Target of Deceptive Food Ads, Study Says

Commercials that misstate benefits of sugary products concern researchers

3-D Computer Modeling Might Improve Children's Heart Transplants

Technology could help doctors choose a better organ size match, study suggests

Just One Energy Drink Sends Young Adults' Stress Hormone Levels Soaring

Researchers also found the beverage pushed blood pressure levels higher