TO JUNIOR'S HEALTH

KIDS AREN’T BEING TESTED FOR DELAYSSeptember 2011

Only about 48 percent of pediatricians routinely check toddlers for developmental delays using standardized screening tools according to figures from 2009. While this represents a significant increase since 2002, when only 23 percent almost always used the tools, it is short of professional goals. Detecting conditions like autism or hearing problems early can help children Read More »

By Dave Gordon

KIDS ARE OKAY WITH WORKING MOMSeptember 2011

Kids do best when both parents are employed and live at home with their children, according to research from the U.K. Millennium Cohort Study. Moms who work during a baby’s first year do not socially or emotionally harm their kids in the long-term, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Mothers Read More »

By Dave Gordon

COACHES AFFECT HOW KIDS FEELSeptember 2011

Team members who play sports without being compared to each other are more likely to become motivated athletes who continue playing longer. The study found that kids do best when they are told to focus on improving their skills and competency. Kids who play on school or community teams reported enjoying feeling part of a Read More »

By Dave Gordon

MENINGITIS SHOTS RECOMMENDED FOR BABIESSeptember 2011

A new vaccination against meningitis, a rare but possibly fatal disease in the brain and spinal cord, has recently been approved for infants. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the immunization for children ages 11 to 18, but after the FDA recently approved a vaccine for babies, officials are considering adding Read More »

By Dave Gordon

CAR SEATS ARE TOXICSeptember 2011

Over half of children’s car seats in the U.S. contain hazardous chemicals. Of the 150 seats tested by the Michigan-based Ecology Center, 60 percent had indications of polyvinyl chlorate (PVC), a known human carcinogen. PVC releases dioxins into the air, which can cause cancer and harm the immune system. Researchers fear that the heat and Read More »

By Dave Gordon

ADDICTIONS START YOUNGAugust 2011

Nine out of ten Americans who are addicted to tobacco, alcohol and other substances began using before they were 18, according to researchers at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. A quarter of Americans who began using as teens are addicted, compared to one in 25 among those who Read More »

By Dave Gordon

TAKING AIM AT JUNK FOOD ADSAugust 2011

Efforts are being made to eliminate junk food and fast food ads from children’s television shows. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently published a policy statement in the journal Pediatrics asking Congress, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission to ban the airing of junk food and fast food ads during children’s Read More »

By Dave Gordon

T V AFFECTS TODDLER SLEEPAugust 2011

Every hour of media use in the evening, and watching violent content anytime during the day, has been linked to an increase in sleep problems in toddlers, according to a study conducted at Seattle Children's Research Institute. Kids in the study watched almost 73 minutes of TV or computer games daily, including an average of Read More »

By Dave Gordon

KIDS AREN’T BEING TESTED FOR DELAYSAugust 2011

Only about 48 percent of pediatricians routinely check toddlers for developmental delays using standardized screening tools according to figures from 2009. While this represents a significant increase since 2002, when only 23 percent almost always used the tools, it is short of professional goals. Detecting conditions like autism or hearing problems early can help children Read More »

By Dave Gordon
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