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Doctors Toss the 'No Screen Time Before Age 2' Rule

Pediatric group revises recommendations for kids to stress balance, not strict limits

(Newser) - Child experts are now acknowledging that electronic devices and online media are here to stay, and probably impossible to keep away from your kids—and new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics reflect this sea change, USA Today reports. A press release notes that, per a trio of documents... More »

Toxins Hang Around Homes Months After Smoke Clears

'No level of exposure to tobacco is safe'

(Newser) - A home's air may seem cleaner after a smoker has quit, but researchers report in the journal Tobacco Control that toxins from tobacco smoke can linger for months. "We tend to see smoke in the air and then it’s out of sight, out of mind," lead... 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 »

UNICEF: Risks of Being Child Refugee Are Immense

Nearly half of all refugees are kids, and they face drowning, rape, and more

(Newser) - Some 28 million children around the globe have been driven from their homes by violent conflict, with nearly as many abandoning their homes in search of a better life, UNICEF said in a report released Tuesday. Per the AP , the report found that while children make up about a third... More »

Go Ahead, Suck Your Thumb

Study finds kids who do have fewer allergies

(Newser) - Kids who suck their thumbs or bite their nails past preschool age may drive their parents crazy, but at least the habits appear to incur a health benefit: a reduced risk of allergies. So report researchers in a new study showing that the protective effect lasts into adulthood. Their findings... More »

Montreal Priests Won't Be Allowed Alone With Kids

Chancellor says it's about protecting victims and the church

(Newser) - Some Catholic churches in Canada have banned priests from being alone with children—and more are about to start. The Catholic Church of Montreal says it will bar priests, volunteers, educators, and anyone else in "the orbit of the church" from being alone with children at 10 parishes beginning... More »

Most Antidepressants for Kids, Teens Don't Work

And some may even be dangerous—though unreliable data is mucking things up

(Newser) - A new study suggests that giving most antidepressants to kids and teens with depression is useless—and may even be harmful. Scientists took a look at 34 trials involving 14 antidepressants and 5,260 subjects with an average age of 9 to 18, a release notes. Drugs studied included sertraline,... More »

Mickey Dee's Yanks 'Brand Ambassador' Out of Schools

John Cisna was the guy who lost almost 60 pounds eating nothing but McDonald's

(Newser) - The man who said he once lost lots of pounds eating only McDonald's was such a viral sensation that the fast-food giant actually recruited him to evangelize about nutrition at schools across America. But those days appear to be over, with John Cisna yanked after criticism from parents, teachers,... More »

Fire Took 7 of Their Kids. Now a Family Grows Again

They're expecting their 5th child since the tragedy next month

(Newser) - The loss was so enormous, the tragedy so unthinkable, it made national news five years ago in March 2011. A family of 10—eight children and their parents—were reduced to three in one cruel night in rural Pennsylvania when a fire of still unknown origins swept through their 100-year-old... More »

Girl Blows Nose, Solves 6-Month Mystery

The 5-year-old forgot to tell her mom about that sandcastle of safety pins

(Newser) - A California family has finally solved the six-month mystery of what was causing 5-year-old Khloe Russell's nose to constantly exude thick, green, stinky snot—a mystery that even stumped several doctors they visited. It turns out the reason the multiple rounds of antibiotics prescribed for what appeared to be... More »

Lead Levels in Michigan Kids' Blood Prompts State of Emergency

Flint mayor is worried about fallout from tainted water

(Newser) - Flint, Mich., drew its water from the Flint River for about 18 months after ditching Detroit's water service—but that was enough time to cause lead levels in local kids to spike, which has now led the mayor to declare a state of emergency, Michigan Live reports. Mayor Karen... More »

20K Crib-Age Kids Given Antipsychotic Medication

Experts baffled by high numbers

(Newser) - Your child under the age of 2 is behaving oddly—is antipsychotic medication the answer? Many apparently think so: Nearly 20,000 prescriptions for anti-psychotics were given to US children that age in 2014 for withdrawn or violent behavior, up from 13,000 the year before, despite zero published research... More »

Study: 12% of US Kids Diagnosed With ADHD

But some experts say that's not a bad thing

(Newser) - More than one in 10 US children between the ages of 5 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. That means about 5.8 million kids have the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder for US children. The study... More »

Cops: 14-Year-Old Robbed Bank Outside Cleveland

Kids these days

(Newser) - Authorities in Ohio say a 14-year-old boy wearing a backpack used a note to rob a bank in suburban Cleveland last month. Police in the city of Euclid say the Cleveland teen was arrested Monday and is being charged in juvenile court. They say they quickly identified the boy and... More »

Toddler Survives Up to a Week Alone After Grandma Dies

'She’s coming back to her natural self. She’s smiling and laughing'

(Newser) - A 15-month-old girl in Tennessee is on the mend after surviving up to a week trapped in her crib with no food or water, People reports. Brier Ineichen was staying with her grandmother Annette while her mother, Tracy, was in jail. But when Annette didn't show up for visitation... More »

Study Shows Just How Important Breakfast Is

Kids who eat healthy breakfasts perform better than those who don't

(Newser) - Researchers say they've found the most conclusive proof to date that a good breakfast translates into better grades for kids. In a large-scale study out of Cardiff University, researchers in Wales asked 5,000 children aged 9 to 11 to record everything they ate over 24 hours, from breakfast... More »

This One Decision Could Boost Kids' Self-Control

Want your kid to focus? Delay typical start by a year, study suggests

(Newser) - Holding your child back from kindergarten could be a big boost to his or her mental health for years to come, according to a new study from Stanford University. "We found that delaying kindergarten for one year reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 73% for an average child at age... More »

New Test Could Save Kids With Concussions

Blood test is accurate 94% of the time, study says

(Newser) - Imagine a mobile device that not only identifies concussions in children but tells you how bad they are. Well, researchers say a new blood test has them closer to that ideal and diagnoses child concussions with 94% accuracy, UPI reports. "This simple blood test was nearly as accurate as... More »

Study: Religion Makes Children Less Generous

Some kids just really don't want to share their stickers

(Newser) - Religion makes people more generous and empathetic toward their neighbor, right? Wrong, according to a study published Thursday in Current Biology. Forbes reports researchers found children from religious backgrounds are actually less altruistic than children from secular households. Researchers tested more than 1,100 Christian, Muslim, and nonreligious children between... More »

In a First, Toy Laser Causes Eye Damage

And now a bus driver has permanently blurry vision

(Newser) - Bus drivers already have to put up with so much; maybe we shouldn't let children shine laser pointers in their eyes on top of everything else. Live Science reports a German bus driver suffered permanent eye damage when a child bounced a toy laser off his rearview mirror and... More »

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