TO JUNIOR'S HEALTH

CAR SEAT RECOMMENDATIONS IGNOREDNovember 2011

Parents are turning car seats to face forward too early, and need more education on child safety, according to a recent poll conducted by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Current guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that infants be in rear-facing car seats until age two, but three quarters of Read More »

By Dave Gordon

WEIGHT OF PARENTS AND KIDS LINKEDNovember 2011

Overweight parents are more likely to have obese kids who may need weight loss surgery. A study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that thin kids are more likely to come from slimmer families. The study, conducted at University College London, found a strong link between parent and child body size. Two thin parents Read More »

By Dave Gordon

T V USE LINKED TO SUGAR PROBLEMSNovember 2011

Spending hours watching TV or playing on the computer has been linked to problems with blood sugar control for children with type 1 diabetes. The connection was not explained by differences in obesity or exercise habits. Kids and teens who spent at least four hours per day watching TV had less control over their blood Read More »

By Dave Gordon

ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS WON’T TREAT KIDSNovember 2011

Over half of the orthopedic surgeons contacted by researchers from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles would not see a child with a broken arm who had private insurance. Almost all refused appointments for kids with Medicaid, the government coverage for the poor. A similar study a decade ago also found doctors refusing to see Medicaid patients, Read More »

By Dave Gordon

DANGEROUS METALS IN KIDS TOYS AND JEWELRYNovember 2011

While lead has been banned in kids’ products since 2008, it has been replaced in some products by the more dangerous metal cadmium in certain costume jewelry, toys and glassware. Cadmium is a bluish-white natural metal previously used in batteries and coatings on products, but it is known to be toxic and cancer-causing. Long term Read More »

By Dave Gordon

A D H D RATES RISINGOctober 2011

More American children are being diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than in past years. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nine percent of children were diagnosed with ADHD between 2007 and 2009, whereas fewer than seven percent of children were diagnosed between 1998 and 2000. The study is Read More »

By Dave Gordon

MANY STILL CAVALIER ABOUD ALLERGIESOctober 2011

Many people do not believe or understand the seriousness of children’s allergies, often resulting in dangerous consequences. Researchers at the University of Leicester in Britain found that some parents of children with allergies are accused of being neurotic, and some allergic children are even taunted or excluded in social events. The study, which was published Read More »

By Dave Gordon

FLU SHOT REQUIRED ANNUALLYOctober 2011

Kids who received a flu shot last year need to get another one this fall. The American Academy of Pediatrics announced that this year’s vaccine protects against the same strains as last year’s, but immunity can drop by almost half in the year since a vaccination. Children six months or older should get the seasonal Read More »

By Dave Gordon

BABIES BENEFIT FROM BILINGUALISMOctober 2011

Babies are more open to learn different languages when they live with people who speak multiple languages. A study of homes where English, Spanish or both languages were regularly spoken found that in babies who live in bilingual homes, the brain was more flexible to acquiring different languages until they were 10-12 months old, compared Read More »

By Dave Gordon

SECONDHAND SMOKING COSTLY FOR KIDSOctober 2011

Aside from its widely known health risks, secondhand smoke can also negatively affect education and finances. A study published in the journal Pediatrics reports that children who live with smokers have more respiratory illnesses and thus miss more school days, resulting in academic problems due to missed learning. The researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital also Read More »

By Dave Gordon
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