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Stop Giving Juice to Babies: Pediatricians

Older kids shouldn't drink much either: AAP

(Newser) - Handing your child a juice box might be easier than slicing up an apple. But for children under 1, it's the wrong move, according to pediatricians. Updated guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics state children under 1 shouldn't drink fruit juice "unless there is a strong... More »

Half of US Kids Hang Out in Homes With Firearms

Some states ban pediatricians from even discussing guns with families

(Newser) - In the US, it's estimated there are now more guns than there are people, as the Washington Post reported in 2015, so it may not be too surprising that about half of children regularly spend time in homes with firearms. Less well known is that, while an average of... More »

Babies Fed Rice Cereal Have Far Higher Arsenic Levels

Move over rice, other grains may become more popular cereal

(Newser) - Feeding infants rice cereals as first foods is taking a new hit from researchers and organizations alike, and now a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics adds to the growing chorus that rice be scaled back or put off altogether. This is because, as researchers report, infants who are fed... More »

Doctor Says This Move Will Calm Almost Any Crying Baby

Dr. Robert Hamilton calls it 'The Hold'

(Newser) - In California, even the doctors are chill, and they know how to calm your wailing infants. Or at least soft-spoken pediatrician Dr. Bob Hamilton does, as he demonstrates in this viral video that desperate parents are apparently viewing in droves—it's had more than 5.7 million views since... More »

Have a 9-Year-Old? Time for the Booze Talk

That's when kids begin to have positive thoughts about alcohol

(Newser) - Parents should talk to kids about alcohol early—before the age of 10—according to new guidelines in the journal Pediatrics. The American Academy of Pediatrics says kids begin to have positive thoughts about alcohol as early as age 9, thanks to ads everywhere from buses to movies. "The... More »

Pediatrician Won't Treat Baby With Lesbian Moms

Parents are 'dumbfounded,' but no rules were broken

(Newser) - A pediatrician in the Detroit area is now the center of a debate over gay rights after she refused to care for a newborn because the girl had lesbian parents. As the Detroit Free Press reports, when parents Jami and Krista Contreras brought their 6-day-old girl in for a check-up,... More »

Pediatrician Guilty of Waterboarding Young Girl

He held stepdaughter's head under tap as punishment

(Newser) - A Delaware pediatrician who considered himself an expert in near-death experiences involving children has been found guilty of waterboarding his companion's daughter and could be facing several years in prison. Melvin Morse, 60, was convicted of one felony reckless endangerment count for holding the 11-year-old girl's head under... More »

Latest Gay-Marriage Backer: America's Pediatricians

They believe such unions are in children's best interests

(Newser) - America's pediatricians have come out in support of gay marriage. In an announcement published today, the American Academy of Pediatrics, which is comprised of 60,000 such doctors, expressed that such unions benefit children, providing them with legal and financial security. It also backed adoption and foster care rights... More »

Exterminator Charged With Killing Philly Pediatrician

Police say he snapped during a service call

(Newser) - A high-profile murder case near Philly may have been solved: Police today charged a 36-year-old exterminator with murdering a young pediatrician in her home, then setting her body on fire in the basement in a bid to hide the evidence, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer . The apparent motive is a paltry... More »

Recess as Essential as Class: Doctors

Great for kids' brains, bodies

(Newser) - Great news, though it comes too late for most of us: Doctors are taking a stand on the benefits of recess, and not just for the exercise. It's just as important to children's development as class time is, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. The organization is officially... More »

Another Study Urges: No TV for Toddlers

Keep kids under 3 away from screens, pediatricians urge

(Newser) - Yet more experts are pointing out that it's not a great idea for parents to plunk their children down in front of TV or computer screens. A group of pediatricians published a paper in an influential British medical journal this week formally asking that doctors and government officials set... More »

Strep Throat Linked to OCD, Tics

Bacteria may unleash host of neurological problems in some

(Newser) - Strep may be causing much more than a sore throat among children. The powerful bacteria could be triggering a host of neurological problems from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to nervous tics, anorexia, and hyperactivity, some scientists believe. Millions of US children develop strep throat each year, and most cases are quickly... More »

Feds Mull Testing Anthrax Vaccine on Kids

But many doctors say anthrax risks too low to justify vaccine

(Newser) - If you thought the HPV vaccine debate was lively (or, a couple of years ago, N1H1 ), just imagine what is going to happen with anthrax. The government is debating whether children should be inoculated against anthrax, to protect against possible bioterrorism, reports the Washington Post . “At the end... More »

New Infant Guidelines: No Bumper Pads, No TV

Doctors' group also says breastfeeding cuts SIDS risk

(Newser) - The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines for infants to cut down on sleep-related deaths and reduce TV time. The new sleep guidelines now recommend against all types of bumper pads, noting that “there is a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.” They also urge... More »

Pediatrician's Child Rape Trial Over in a Day

Graphic testimony heard at Earl Bradley trial

(Newser) - The trial of former Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley, accused of committing monstrous sex crimes against scores of young patients, lasted four hours. Several people fled the courtroom as investigators described how Bradley, 58, had recorded hundreds of hours of video of himself abusing a total of 86 victims, all but... More »

Fla. to Ban Doctors From Asking About Guns

'Docs vs Glocks' bill passes state senate

(Newser) - Doctors in Florida will be restricted from asking patients about gun ownership under a bill headed for Gov. Rick Scott's desk. The so-called "Docs versus Glocks" bill passed by the state Senate yesterday was introduced after a woman complained that her pediatrician told her to find another doctor... More »

Now, a 5-Minute Way to Spot Autism in 1-Year-Olds

24-item questionnaire identified about 50% of kids who would be diagnosed

(Newser) - Does your child wave hello to others? Do you know when she's upset? Parents who take five minutes to fill out the answers to questions such as these during their child's first-year checkup could give pediatricians the jump on diagnosing autism, according to new research. In a federally... More »

Hey, Kids: You're Stuck in Back Seat Til Age 13

Academy of pediatrics ups age guidelines for car seats

(Newser) - Cue the choruses of, "Oh mom, do I have to?": The American Academy of Pediatrics has cracked down its carseat guidelines, reports the Washington Post , and they're likely to cause plenty of bickering. Among them:
  • All children should sit in the back seat until they are 13 years old
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The Hot Dog Needs a Redesign

Ballpark faves are the leading cause of kids' choking

(Newser) - Despite the warning labels, the leading culprit in children choking isn’t the toy with small parts; it’s the hot dog. "If you were to take the best engineers in the world and try to design the perfect plug for a child's airway, it would be a hot... More »

Pediatrician Molested Up to 100 Kids: Cops

Detectives find videos of multiple attacks

(Newser) - The Delaware pediatrician linked to horrific sexual abuse of patients as young as 3 months old assaulted as many as 100 children, investigators believe. Earl Bradley was arrested after a toddler complained to her mom that the doctor had hurt her. Police found videotapes Bradley had filmed of himself assaulting... More »

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