Category Archives: Pediatric Health

Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse and How to Help Prevent It

Newswise — MAYWOOD, IL - Every 10 seconds a report is made concerning a child being abused. Child abuse can lead to life-long physical, emotional and psychological conditions. Each year in the U.S., more than 1,600 children die from abuse … Continue reading

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Passive exposure to bleach at home linked to higher childhood infection rate: BMJ

Passive exposure to bleach in the home is linked to higher rates of childhood respiratory and other infections, suggests research published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. Although modest, the results are of public health concern in light of the … Continue reading

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Kids allowed to ‘sip’ alcohol may start drinking earlier: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Children who get a taste of their parents’ wine now and then may be more likely than their peers to start drinking by high school, according to a new report in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol … Continue reading

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The antibodies that may trigger psychosis in children

A world first study revealing the presence of two antibodies in a sub-group of children experiencing their first episode of psychosis affirms a longstanding recognition that auto-immune disorders play a significant role in psychiatric illness. Antibodies defend the body against … Continue reading

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Anesthetics could have long-term impact on children’s brains

TORONTO, ON — A group of anesthesiologists and toxicologists today issued a caution to parents and health care professionals about the use of general anesthetics in children. Each year millions of infants, toddlers and preschool children require anesthesia or sedation … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding may aid transition to solid food, more so than formula

(Reuters Health) – Breastfeeding may help prepare a baby’s intestines to handle the introduction of solid food, a small new study suggests. Compared to babies who receive formula, babies who are exclusively breastfed may have “gut bacteria” that help them … Continue reading

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Kids’ exercise guidelines need more focus on brain development

(Reuters Health) – - Sports medicine experts say physical activity guidelines for kids should address the best types of exercise, not just the duration. Most guidelines - including those of the World Health Organization and U.S. Department of Health and … Continue reading

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Focus on play in kindergarten may improve grades

(Reuters Health) – Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study. The technique, called ‘Tools of the Mind,’ seemed to be particularly effective … Continue reading

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Longer work hours for moms mean less sleep, higher BMIs for preschoolers

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night, placing them at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year, according to a new study. Published online by … Continue reading

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Which milk for kids? Cow, low-fat, soy, almond, coconut, goat, other?

Cow’s milk has been touted as one of the healthiest foods you can give your growing baby or toddler. Yet in recent years, some parents are filling up sippy cups with non-dairy alternatives like almond milk and coconut milk instead. … Continue reading

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Kids will eat treats, hungry or not

Even though they are not hungry, children as young as three will find high-energy treats too tempting to refuse, new QUT research has found. In a study of three and four year olds, 100 per cent of children opted for … Continue reading

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Winter babies crawl earlier than summer babies: university study

Newswise — The season of a baby’s birth influences its motor development during its first year of life, a new study by University of Haifa researcher’s shows. Babies born in the winter (between December and May) start crawling earlier compared … Continue reading

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Parents’ separation found to boost children’s behavior problems, but only in high-income families

Before they reach young adulthood, most children in the United States will experience their parents separating, divorcing, finding another partner, or getting remarried. Research tells us that children have more behavior problems (such as aggression and defiance) when families change … Continue reading

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