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Doctors: Let's Take a Look at Children and COVID-19

Digestive problems are often the first symptom

(Newser) - Children have made up only a small fraction of those hospitalized with COVID-19—but experts say the coronavirus can affect them in unexpected ways and it is a mistake to think of them as immune. According to a recent study looking at five children under 6 hospitalized in Wuhan, China,... More »

How Much Juice to Give Your Kids? None Is Best

New guidelines call for mostly milk and water in early years

(Newser) - Parents of young kids should steer them clear of juices and plant-based milk and focus instead on cow's milk and water, according to new guidelines. The nutrition advocacy group Healthy Eating Research commissioned scientists to create updated advice on what children should drink through age 5, reports the New ... More »

Polluted Air, the 'New Tobacco,' Kills 600K Kids a Year

WHO estimates that 93% of children worldwide breathe dangerous air

(Newser) - The World Health Organization is out with some new numbers on air pollution, and the numbers are hard to fathom:
  • In 2016, 600,000 children were estimated to have died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air, reports CNN .
  • About 1.8 billion children worldwide—that would be
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Cheeseburgers to Vanish From McDonald's Happy Meal Menu

As part of an effort to make the meals healthier

(Newser) - McDonald's will soon banish cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat, and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants. Diners can still ask specifically for cheeseburgers or chocolate milk with the kid's meal, but... More »

More Kids, Teens May Be Diagnosed With Hypertension

Based on new AAP guidelines that seek to spur early prevention and intervention

(Newser) - Parents bringing their kids to their well visits will likely review their height, weight, vaccinations, and now ... blood pressure. CNN reports on new guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics and printed in the September issue of the Pediatrics journal that include updated diagnosis tables based on kids within... More »

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 »

One in 4 Deaths of Kids Blamed on Pollution

WHO report highlights risks to young children

(Newser) - Environmental pollution is responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million children under age 5 each year—or one-quarter of all deaths in that age group around the world, Reuters reports. The danger begins in the womb and continues as children are exposed to such factors as dirty air and... More »

Chemical Used to Kill Lice Linked to Kids' Bad Behavior

Study on pyrethroids is 'cause for concern,' says a child psychiatrist

(Newser) - Here's something else not to like about lice, mosquitoes, and fleas. An insecticide used to kill them—pyrethroids—might be linked to behavior issues in children as young as 6, a French study suggests. The researchers, noting the effects the chemical had on the nervous systems of insects, wondered... More »

Kids' Headphones Often Don't Deliver Promised Protection

Website finds trouble with half of 30 tested

(Newser) - If you're on the hunt for children's headphones—so-called because they limit the volume of sound that they emit to protect children's ears—experts are issuing a stern warning: They're not necessarily safe, even if they purport to be. The Wirecutter , a product recommendations site, has... 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 »

Parents Worry Too Much About Kids' Concussions

Neurologist thinks it's time to redefine the term

(Newser) - A pediatric neurologist with 40 years of experience makes the case in the New York Times that parents might be worrying too much about their kids getting concussions. The problem is that this "obsessing," as the headline puts it, might be doing more harm than good by preventing... More »

Kids' Health Clinic Renamed After Krispy Kreme Doughnut Binge

But it's for a related charity race, not the doughnut chain itself

(Newser) - In the grand tradition of Arena and the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, the University of North Carolina's NC Children's Specialty Clinic was just rebranded as the Krispy Kreme Challenge Children's Specialty Clinic, Gawker reports. The website points out the irony: "A place... More »

Anesthesia May Harm Young Kids' Brains

Study finds lower intelligence, language development

(Newser) - A new study out of the University of Cincinnati suggests that kids who need general anesthesia before the age of 4 might suffer the consequences years later with lower IQs. In the study published in Pediatrics, researchers looked at 106 kids ages 5 to 18, half of whom had surgery... More »

CDC Looks for Link Between Virus, Poliolike Symptoms

Girl who died in Rhode Island had enterovirus, though connection is unclear

(Newser) - A virus called enterovirus-68, or EV-68, continues to hospitalize kids around the country in unusually high numbers with respiratory trouble, and federal health authorities are trying to figure out whether there's a connection between the virus and cases of kids with paralysis or limb frailty, reports the New York ... More »

Animal Fur May Cut Babies' Asthma Risk

Newborns who sleep on it have fewer problems, says study

(Newser) - Newborns who sleep on animal fur in the first months of life aren't as likely to come down with asthma and allergies later in life, a new study suggests. Researchers aren't talking about snuggling up with a dog or cat—they mean, for example, a sheepskin rug or... More »

1 in 13 Kids on Behavioral Meds

Most parents think the drugs are making a difference, study says

(Newser) - A new survey provides a look at just how many kids in the US are taking medication for behavioral problems such as ADHD—figure about 1 in every 13, reports HealthDay News . The survey of 17,000 parents by the National Center for Health Statistics found that 7.5% of... More »

FDA's New Target: Caffeine Lurking in Your Chips, Gum

Officials fear effects on kids

(Newser) - Gum, jelly beans, trail mix, and potato chips: Added caffeine is popping up everywhere these days, "beyond anything FDA envisioned," says an official, who adds that the FDA only once offered specific consent for added caffeine in a food—for colas in the 1950s. Now, the agency has... More »

Stop Giving Your Children Antibiotics

The 'antibiotic apocalypse' is coming: Jessica and Tim Lahey

(Newser) - Protecting your child's long-term health may mean not getting a prescription for antibiotics—even in cases of ear and sinus infections, write Jessica and Tim Lahey at The Atlantic . The authors were surprised that their "smart, highly educated" friends turn easily to antibiotics for their children. Only problem:... More »

Swine Flu Shot May Have Caused Kids' Narcolepsy

795 European recipients of GlaxoSmithKline drug report illness

(Newser) - Children across Europe have been developing narcolepsy at increased rates since 2009—and experts fear the crisis may be linked to a GlaxoSmithKline swine flu vaccine. The incurable sleep disorder has surged in Sweden, Finland, Norway, France, and Britain, experts say, and it can take a devastating toll: Reuters recounts... More »

Study Finds Link Between Kids' Asthma, Fast Food

Eczema also associated with the meals: study

(Newser) - The threat from fast food may be growing larger. A new study of hundreds of thousands of kids and teens worldwide finds the stuff is associated with a higher risk of asthma, rhinitis, and eczema, Time reports. Fortunately, there's a simple path to some protection: Eat more fruit. Researchers... More »

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