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  • Try Small 'Bites' to Get Kids to Exercise

  • Countries That Ban Spanking See Less Teen Violence: Study

  • Preteens' HPV Shot Won't Encourage Early Sex, Study Says

  • Add Asthma to List of Possible Causes of Childhood Obesity

  • Health Tip: Evaluating Your Child's Handwriting

  • Health Tip: Treat Your Child's Allergies

  • More Preteens Need HPV Shots to Meet Public Health Goal

  • Path to Obesity May Start in Preschool

  • Sleepy Teens More Prone to Drug Use, Suicide Attempts

  • More Evidence Video Games May Trigger Aggression in Kids

  • Health Tip: Help Your Child Deal With Night Terrors

  • Parents Teach Firstborns About Sex, But Not Their Later Kids

  • Fast Foods' Healthier Options Might Not Help Kids Eat Better

  • Health Tip: When College Kids Should Go to the Doctor

  • Women Who Breastfeed Longer More Likely to Have More Kids

  • Health Tip: Let Kids Play

  • Health Tip: Make the Right Breakfast Choices

  • If Mom Smokes Pot, Kids May Try It Sooner

  • Milk Straight From Breast Best for Baby's Weight

  • 5 Tips to Manage Your Child's Asthma

  • Parents Fret Over Fussy Eaters - but What Works?

  • Health Tip: Coping With ADHD

  • Health Tip: Protect Your Child's Hearing

  • More Water, Mom? H2O Is Top Kids' Beverage in U.S.

  • How to Reassure Kids When Florence Strikes

  • AHA: Get Your (Exer)game On to Make Screen Time Pay Off

  • Health Tip: It's Back to School Time

  • Talking to Baby Might Boost Middle School Success

  • Acing Intro to College Life

  • Health Tip: Connect With Your Child

  • Health Tip: Help Kids Understand Alzheimer's

  • Health Tip: Promote Play for Your Child

  • Health Tip: Protect Your Child After Pet Exposure

  • Health Tip: Keep Your Epileptic Child Safer

  • Teaching Your Kids Online Safety

  • Health Tip: Buy the Right Backpack for Your Child

  • What You Need to Know About Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Health Tip: Pack a Healthy Lunch for Your Child

  • School Kids Need Supervision After Classes End

  • Health Tip: Avoid a Pinworm Infection

  • Health Tip: Your Toddler Can Be a Vegetarian

  • Health Tip: Manage the Terrible 3's

  • Health Tip: Help Keep Your Teen Healthier

  • Health Tip: Prevent Childhood Obesity

  • When a Parent Has Cancer, Kids Suffer Long Term: Study

  • Are High-Tech Baby Monitors Worth It? Or Even Safe?

  • Most Parents Say Tsk, Tsk to Tattoos for Their Teens

  • Getting Kids Ready for the New School Year

  • Doctors Not Talking About Newer Meningitis Vaccine

  • 4 Ways to Protect Your Child From Allergic Reactions at School

  • Here's What Predicts a Woman's Odds of Living Till 90

  • Give Your Child a Head Start With Math

  • Rude Coworkers, Stricter Moms?

  • Young Adults Favor Family Over Friends If Forced to Choose

  • New Dads Can Get the Baby Blues, Too

  • School Prep Includes Planning Allergy, Asthma Management

  • Preschoolers' Parents May Be Unprepared to Treat Asthma

  • Parents' Religious Beliefs May Affect Kids' Suicide Risk: Study

  • Health Tip: How Often Do Kids Need to Bathe?

  • Signs Your Child Might Have Hearing Loss

  • For School Kids, Vaccines Are Key

  • To Combat Childhood Obesity, Start at Birth … or Even Before

  • AHA: Little 'Kemp the Warrior' Battles Heart Defect

  • Recognizing Early Childhood Speech Problems

  • Health Tip: When Small Children Play Near Water

  • Health Tip: Ear Tubes May Help Prevent Ear Infections

  • How to Get Your Kids to Eat Better

  • Health Tip: Cope With Stretch Marks During Puberty

  • AHA: Limit Diet Sodas and Drinks, Stick to Water Instead

  • Dim the Lights to Help Your Child Fall Asleep

  • Americans Say Editing Baby's Genes OK, Up to a Point: Poll

  • Are You Car Seat Savvy?

  • New Hope in Saving Kids From Blood Infection Sepsis

  • Gluten-Free Kids' Foods Fall Short on Nutrition

  • For Breast-feeding Working Moms, Co-Workers' Support Is Key

  • Longest Study Yet Finds Adult Kids of Lesbian Moms Are Doing Fine

  • Food Allergies Less Severe in Infants: Study

  • Animal Cruelty May Indicate Child Abuse

  • Can Smartphones Trigger ADHD Symptoms in Teens?

  • When Does Your Child's Headache Call for a Doctor Visit?

  • Health Tip: Understanding the Teenage Brain

  • Many Young Kids Not Screened for Developmental Delays

  • Health Tip: Recognizing Hearing Loss in Infants

  • Helping Your Child Adjust to College

  • When Parents Do Time, Kids Pay the Price

  • Want Good Sleep for Baby? Food May Be Key

  • Parent's Tough Childhood Can Cast Shadow Across Generations

  • Health Tip: Recognize Warning Signs of Youth Violence

  • Kids of Gay Parents Don't Struggle More Socially

  • Sports Safety: It's Not Just Child's Play

  • To Fight Childhood Obesity, Moms to the Rescue

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Has Croup

  • Health Tip: Healthier Eating for an Overweight Child

  • Smart Steps for a Safe Nursery

  • Many Parents Say Sports Can Be Too Dangerous for Kids

  • Kids Are Overdosing on Med Meant to Fight Opioid Addiction

  • Parents' Shift Work Can Be Good -- or Bad -- for Kids

  • For Kids, Summer Is Time for Other Types of Learning

  • Parents Must Ask: 'Is There an Unlocked Gun in Your House?'

  • Smartphone-Obsessed Parents May Mean Cranky Kids

  • Health Tip: Soothing Baby During Teething

  • Pediatricians Say No to Spanking

  • What If You Lose Your Child at an Amusement Park?

  • How 'Helicopter' Parenting Impedes a Child's Development

  • Clean Skin, Hands Critical for 'Kangaroo Care' for Preemies

  • Know the Signs of Postpartum Depression

  • Health Tip: Manage Bed Wetting

  • Americans' Obsession With Sugar Starts in Infancy

  • No Safety Concerns With DTaP Combo Vaccine for Kids: Study

  • Could Early Birth Hinder Adult Success?

  • Kids With Asthma Need a Flu Shot: Study

  • Health Tip: When Baby Spits Up

  • Here Comes the Sun, and Kid Sun Safety

  • Closed Cars Can Become Deathly Hot in Minutes

  • Health Tip: How to Help Your Child Develop Healthy Relationships

  • Screening May Miss Signs of Autism, Especially in Girls: Study

  • Overdoses on ADHD Drugs May Be Rising

  • Summer Camp Bummer: Smartphones, Not Bugs

  • Health Tip: Plan Your Child's Chores

  • Health Tip: Understanding Childhood Arthritis

  • More U.S. Parents Smoking Pot Around Kids

  • Parents More Lenient If PG-13 Movie Violence 'Justified'

  • Shield Your Kids From the Sun's Damaging Rays

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Becomes Too Aggressive

  • Health Tip: Keep Your Kids Safer on the Internet

  • Infants Know Real 'Baby Talk' When They Hear It

  • Many Parents Miss Speech Disorders in Young Kids

  • Teen Sexting Often Tied to Past Sexual Abuse

  • Health Tip: Learn Football Helmet Safety

  • Health Tip: Keep Communicating With Your Child

  • Curiosity a Plus in the Classroom, Particularly for Poorer Kids

  • Kids' Exposure to Domestic Violence Takes Economic Toll

  • Teens, Parents Aren't on Same Page When Talk Turns to Sex

  • Health Tip: When Your Child Graduates High School

  • Simple Drug Packaging Change Could Save Toddlers' Lives

  • Kids of Youngest, Oldest Moms at Risk of Developmental Issues: Study

  • Most U.S. Adults Support More Mental Health Services for Kids

  • Big Decline in Births to Girls Under 15, CDC Says

  • Don't Panic Over 'Dry Drowning' Reports, ER Docs Say

  • AHA: New Rules on Saving Kids Stricken With Cardiac Arrest

  • Telltale Clues That Your Child Is Depressed

  • AHA: Rx for Sedentary Kids -- Friends and the Great Outdoors

  • Heath Tip; How to Introduce Your Child to Peanuts

  • Many Parents Unsure of Talking About Sex With LGBT Kids

  • What Your Kids Want to Tell You About Social Media

  • Reading to Your Kids Might Boost Their Social Skills

  • Here's Another Reason to Not Marry Your Cousin

  • Health Tip: Which Car Seat Should Your Child Use?

  • Reading With Your Toddler Boosts More Than Just Language Skills

  • Health Tip: Treat Diarrhea in Young Babies

  • Anti-Vaccine Movement Affecting Kids With Autism

  • New Moms Still Wary of Exposing Infants to Peanuts

  • Health Tip: Help Your School Develop a Wellness Policy

  • Health Tip: Use a High Chair Safely

  • Tonsillectomy May Carry More Risks in Kids Age 3 and Under

  • Poison Prevention at Home

  • Health Tip: How Schools Keep Your Child Safer

  • Some Great Ways to Fight Childhood Obesity

  • For Kids With Earwax, Skip Cotton Swabs, Expert Urges

  • Health Tip: 'Connected' Students Do Better

  • Affection Trumps Aggression in Kids

  • If Your Mom Was Big on Dieting, Your Kids May Pay the Price

  • More U.S. Kids Landing in ICU From Opioids

  • Kids Who Vape Face Toxin Dangers, Study Finds

  • Helping Your Child Navigate the High School Years

  • Health Tip: Developing a Positive Body Image

  • Deportation Fears Putting Mental Strain on Hispanic Families

  • To Tell the Truth: Kids' Edition

  • Health Tip: Prevent Tooth Decay in Babies

  • Pointers for Easier Potty Training

  • U.S. Child Obesity Levels Not Falling After All

  • Summer Camp Tips for Kids With Asthma, Allergies

  • Health Tip: Make Sure Babies Eat Right

  • Why Some Are Still Skeptical of Tanning Bed Risks

  • Poorer Kids May Fare Worse After Heart Surgery

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Underage Drinking

  • New Version of Nasal Flu Vaccine to Return for Next Season

  • Americans Still Not Safely Storing Their Guns

  • Home Routines Can Boost a Child's Readiness for School

  • Guns Still Found in Homes With Unstable Kids

  • Health Tip: Protect Baby from Whooping Cough

  • Many Parents in the Dark on When Kids Should First See a Dentist

  • Sibling Bullying Could Have Mental Health Effects

  • Kids Who Need Sickle Cell Meds Don't Always Get Them

  • How to Put Mass Shooting Tragedies in Perspective for Kids

  • Being a Single Dad Can Take a Big Toll on Health

  • Parents Find Kids' Weight Report Cards Hard to Swallow

  • Keeping in Touch With Your Kids in College

  • Health Tip: Prevent Exposure to Lead

  • Babies Face Higher SIDS Risk in Certain States

  • Fidget Spinners May Be Dangerous in the Wrong Hands

  • Head Injuries Hit 1 in 14 Kids, CDC Reports

  • Health Tip: Handle a Child's Traumatic Stress

  • Easing Your Child's Asthma

  • Health Tip: X-Ray Suggestions for Parents

  • If You Suspect a Child Is Being Abused or Neglected, Report It

  • Fit Kids Have Healthier Lungs as Adults: Study

  • Health Tip: Encourage Your Child to be Active

  • Parents, Giving Kids Alcohol Does More Harm Than Good

  • Sleepy U.S. Teens Are Running on Empty

  • Health Tip: Manage ADHD In Children

  • Can't Pay the Rent? Kids' Health May Suffer

  • All That Smartphone Time May Be Making Teens Unhappy

  • Teens Eating Detergent 'Pods': Latest Web Fad Brings Big Dangers

  • Former NFL Pros Push for End to Kids' Tackle Football

  • Health Tip: Talk to Your Youngster About Adoption

  • Grandparents Help Shape Kids' Views on Aging

  • Health Tip: Succeed in Toilet Training

  • FDA Bans Use of Opioid-Containing Cough Meds by Kids

  • Is Surgery Riskier for Black Children?

  • Is Your Child Ready for a Smartphone?

  • The Opioid Crisis' Hidden Victims: Children in Foster Care

  • Too Many Babies Still Die Needlessly of SIDS, CDC Says

  • What to Do if Your Child Has Chickenpox

  • Health Tip: Positive Parenting

  • Spike Seen in Kids' Eye Injuries From BB, Paintball Guns

  • Apple Investors Press for Parental Controls on iPhones

  • Exercise Boosts Kids' Brain Health, Too

  • Health Tip: Health Tip: Prepare Your Child for the Dentist

  • Health Tip: Talking to Your Children About Divorce

  • Health Tip: Ways to Bond With Baby

  • Special Baby Formula Doesn't Seem to Prevent Type 1 Diabetes

  • For a Healthier New Year, Try Making It a Family Affair

  • Health Tip: Protect Children from Playground Hazards

  • Teens and Their Phones: What You Should Know

  • Health Tip: Kids and Window Blinds

  • Health Tip: Schooling While Managing Cancer

  • The Sooner Kids Learn to Eat Healthy, the Better

  • Getting to the Root of Sibling Rivalry

  • High School Coaches, Players Know Little About Concussion

  • How to Avoid 'Toy Overload' This Holiday Season

  • Tips for Poison-Free Holidays

  • Choosing Safe Toys for the Holidays

  • Can Eating Fish Make Kids Smarter?

  • Reining in Kids' Expectations for Holiday Gifts

  • Can the Fill-In Babysitter Handle an Emergency?

  • Put Safety on Your Toy Shopping List

  • Don't Play Around When It Comes to Toy Safety

  • Spoon-Feeding Not Necessarily Safer for Infants

  • Think Little Kids Are Safe From Food Ads? Think Again

  • Too Much Takeout Food Threatens Kids' Health

  • Family Meals Serve Up Better Behaved Kids

  • Teens Acting Badly? Smog Could Be to Blame

  • Tech at Bedtime May Mean Heavier Kids

  • Heath Tip: Give Age-Appropriate Toys

  • If Mom Has Rheumatoid Arthritis, Baby May Develop It, Too

  • Window Blinds: A Silent Killer in Your Home

  • Preventing Childhood Accidents at Home

  • Health Tip: Starting a Tooth Brushing Routine Early

  • Dating Violence Tied to Spankings in Childhood

  • Health Tip: Talk to Your Child About Sexting

  • Lock Eyes With Your Baby, Synchronize Brain Waves?

  • Time Management for Busy Families

  • Health Tip: Childproof Your Home

  • Mom's Childhood Trauma May Affect Daughter, Too

  • Care for Caregivers

  • Health Tip: Is Stress Interfering With Your Child's Sleep?

  • Health Tip: Ease Your Child's Worry During Vaccinations

  • Health Tip: Travel Safely With a Child

  • Babies Start Connecting Words Early On

  • Family Vacations That Are Fun for All

  • Health Tip: Infant Medication Advice For New Moms

  • Most U.S. Parents Can't Find Good Childcare: Survey

  • Shaming Overweight Kids Only Makes Things Worse

  • Calm Parents Help Calm Kids With ADHD

  • Flu Shot Could Help Your Kid Avoid Hospital

  • Spare the Rod, Spur Better Behavior?

  • Health Tip: Talking With Your Child's Cancer-Care Team

  • If Dad Has Depression, Kids Might Develop It, Too

  • Health Tip: Accept Help if Your Child Has Cancer

  • A Dangerous New Twist on Cyberbullying

  • Childhood Spanking Could Heighten Adult Mental Health Woes

  • Health Tip: Prevent Germs at the Doctor's Office

  • Cooling Down Sibling Rivalries When They Heat Up

  • Helping Children Cope When a Mass Tragedy Strikes

  • Working With Your School Nurse

  • Health Tip: Fluoride Recommended For Young Children
    Here's what dental experts say

  • Health Tip: Sled Safer
    Help keep your child from getting hurt

  • Health Tip: Have Fun on Halloween, Despite Asthma
    Keep your child safer

  • Alcoholic Parent May Sow Seeds for Teen Dating Violence

  • Helmets Too Rarely Used in Baseball and Softball

  • Even Partial Breast-Feeding for First Few Months Lowers SIDS Risk

  • Health Tip: Sleep Train Your Baby
    Suggestions for success

  • Teen E-Cig Use May Lead to Regular Smoking

  • Doctors Urged to Discuss Cord Blood Donations Early in Pregnancy

  • Keep Halloween Spooky, But Safe

  • High-Pesticide Produce Not the Best Recipe for Fertility

  • Newer Eczema Treatments Offer Relief

  • Botox May Offer New Hope for Young Migraine Sufferers

  • Kids' Food Allergies, Especially to Peanuts, Are on the Rise

  • Health Tip: Talk To Your Kids About a Tragedy
    And recognize signs that they may not be coping

  • Bat Left, Throw Right: Baseball Stardom?
    Analysis says this skill set common among some Major League greats

  • A Boy, Two Magnets -- and a Trip to the ER
    He inserted one in each nostril, with disastrous results

  • Ob/Gyns Warn Against 'Vaginal Seeding' Trend for Newborns
    Transferring microbes from the mom to her infant born via C-section comes with infection risk

  • Trauma Takes a Toll on Half of U.S. Kids
    Consequences can include long-term health issues, emotional problems and troubles at school

  • Keeping Your Driving Teen Focused on the Road
    Distractions at the wheel are major cause of needless tragedies, experts say

  • Self-Harm on the Rise Among Teen Girls
    Behavior was strongly linked to greater suicide risk, UK study found

  • More Young Kids Spending Lots of Time on Phones, Tablets
    Survey finds big jump over past 6 years in media availability, use for youngest Americans

  • Higher Doses of Vitamin D May Boost Preemies' Bone Health
    Doubling amount given also improved their growth

  • Scoliosis Screenings Can Help Catch Spine Problem Early
    Treatments vary, depending on severity of the condition

  • Farsighted Kids Have Trouble Paying Attention
    The often-undetected eye condition could lead to school troubles

  • Health Tip: Avoid Baby Sleep Positioners
    Keep cribs free of objects and toys

  • Nearly a Third of College Kids Think ADHD Meds Boost Grades
    But adolescent health experts say there's no evidence to support that belief

  • When Should You Rush Your Toddler to the ER?
    For choking or possible poisoning, poll finds many parents need an emergency refresher course

  • Homework as a Character-Builder
    Researchers say strong effort leads to more conscientiousness overall

  • Plan an Allergy-Safe Halloween for Your Child
    Common-sense rules will make Fright Night less scary

  • Black Children Missing Out on Eczema Treatment
    But study finds they tend to have more severe cases of the skin condition than white children

  • Happier Mealtimes, Healthier Eating for Kids
    A positive atmosphere prompts preschoolers to eat more fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods

  • While New Moms Cook and Clean, New Dads Play
    Study shows men enjoy twice as much leisure time on weekends as their wives do

  • Homing In on Homework Help
    Hint: Don't do it for them

  • Health Tip: Getting Enough Sleep
    It's important for young athletes

  • Start Skin Cancer Prevention Early, Health Experts Say
    New proposal urges doctors to begin talking to parents when fair-skinned children are 6 months old

  • Another Downside to College Boozing: Poorer Job Prospects
    In study, binge drinking 6 times a month lowered chances of full-time employment later

  • Health Tip: Suggestions for a Healthy Halloween
    Keep your kids safer

  • Health Tip: Children and Screen Use
    Set guidelines for your family

  • Are You an 'Anti-Vaxxer'? Your Friends Are on Twitter
    Social media is a place where they vent, support each other's views, study finds

  • Making Halloween a Treat for Kids With Diabetes
    Start by setting the same rules for everyone in the family, specialist says

  • Health Tip: Learn Symptoms of Childhood Sinusitis
    Know the warning signs

  • Childhood 'Growth' Tests Not Always Necessary
    There's wide range of 'normal' growth and development for kids, pediatricians group says

  • No Drop in Flu Vaccinations Since Nasal Spray Withdrawn

  • 'Sleep Positioners' a Danger to Baby: FDA
    Infants should always be put to sleep on their back on a firm, bare surface

  • Measles Making a Comeback in the United States
    Though the rate remains low, study shows it doubled between 2001 and 2015

  • Reassuring Kids After Another Senseless Tragedy
    Psychiatrists urge parents to stress to young concertgoers that events like Las Vegas shooting remain rare

  • Researchers Learn More About Gender's Role in Autism Risk
    When oldest female child has the disorder, risk is raised for younger siblings, especially boys: study

  • It's Time to Get Your Flu Shot Again
    U.S. health officials say this season could be a tough one

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe From Fire and Heat
    Suggestions to prevent burns

  • 20 Percent of U.S. Teens May Have Had a Concussion
    Contact sports is a leading reason why, study contends

  • Gun Violence in Movies a Trigger for Teens?
    Parents need to keep weapons locked up, limit exposure to media violence, experts say

  • When a Cold or Flu Strikes a Family Member
    How to keep everyone else healthy

  • When Adults Show Determination, Babies Copy
    'It's OK to let your kids see you sweat,' researcher says

  • Health Tip: Is Your Baby Teething?
    Recognizing signs and symptoms

  • Doctors Eye the Danger From 'Nerf' Guns
    'Bullets' bought online may be contributing to ocular injuries

  • Youth Football Ups Odds of Brain Problems in Adulthood
    Researchers say greater risk of behavior issues, depression in those who played tackle before age 12

  • Health Tip: Design a Non-Toxic Nursery
    Make your baby's space safe

  • Parents Say Schools Don't Help Kids With Mental Health, Chronic Disease

  • Big Rise in Hospitalized Kids With Opioid Side Effects

  • Parents Getting Better at Using Car Seats Safely
    But older kids often miss out on booster seats

  • Young Kids With Cellphones Face a Hidden Risk
    Study finds elementary school children with phones are more likely to be cyberbullied

  • Joining Your Kid on That Playground Slide? Think Again
    It seems like fun but can be a quick trip to a broken limb, study authors warn

  • More U.S. Kids Landing in ER With Opioid Addiction
    Researcher calls findings an emerging public health issue

  • Golf Carts' Use Is Spreading, and So Is Danger to Kids
    Study of more than 100 kids treated at trauma centers reveals serious injuries

  • Health Tip: On Kids and Pets
    How to prepare children for furry friends

  • Vision Problems Common in Babies Infected With Zika
    Impairments range in severity, two studies found

  • Hurricanes May Have Longer-Lasting Impact on Kids
    Child expert offers tips on helping youngsters recover from the storms

  • State Laws Curb Kids' Injuries Tied to Off-Road Vehicles
    In Massachusetts, ER visits down as much as 50 percent, study found

  • Brown-Bagging It? Think Outside the Box
    Dietitian shares tips for tasty, affordable lunches

  • Get Your Kids to Eat Smart at School
    Helping youngsters make the right food choices

  • Health Tip: Fuel Your Child With a Good Breakfast
    What to include and exclude

  • Team Sports for Kids: A Winning Combo
    Life lessons can be learned on the playing field

  • Health Tip: Suggestions for New Moms
    Tips to help ward off depression

  • Put Flu Shot on the Back-to-School Checklist
    By late October is best, says American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Harvey's Wrath Still Poses Risks to Children
    Toxins left by flood waters a particular concern, doctors say

  • Helping Kids Adapt to a New School
    Ease the transition to a different grade or district

  • Heath Tip: It's Back-to-School Time
    Help keep kids safe

  • Throat Bacteria Linked to Bone and Joint Infection in Kids
    Study found one particular germ in 70 percent of children with additional infections

  • Back to School, Back to Planning for Kids With Autism, ADHD
    Thinking ahead and keeping a calendar with important dates can help make transition smoother

  • Take the Back Pain Out of Backpacks
    Make sure your child isn't carrying too heavy a load

  • Health Tip: Food Safety for College Students
    Suggestions to prevent food poisoning

  • Pediatricians Sound Alarm on Rapid Weight Changes in Young Athletes
    Both short- and long-term damage can result from quick losses or gains

  • Does General Anesthesia Affect Babies' Brains?
    Small study finds reduction in white matter among children operated on as infants

  • Nasal Flu Vaccine's Demise May Mean Fewer Immunized Kids
    Overall child immunization rates fell after CDC advised against the inhaled form, study shows

  • Health Tip: Prepare for Your Child's Dental Procedure
    Here are suggested questions

  • Brain Scans Offer Clues to Why Some Teens Pile on Pounds
    Imaging showed less activity in the areas responsible for reining in impulses

  • Health Tip: Avoid Juice Before Age 1
    Offer fresh fruit as a healthier choice

  • America's New Dads Are Older Than Ever
    Average age of new fathers has risen to 31, study finds

  • Health Tip: Back to School for Kids with Asthma
    Develop an action plan

  • Many Parents Not Happy With Later School Start Times
    More shut-eye means healthier, more alert students, but survey finds half of parents pushing back

  • Many Parents Don't Tell Doctor About 'Complementary' Therapy Use in Kids
    Hiding info from pediatricians could be risky for young patients, report authors say

  • Vaccination 101: Make Sure Kids Are Up to Date
    Classrooms, locker rooms and dormitories are breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses, expert says

  • Cookies, Apples or Yogurt? Not Always a Simple Choice for Kids
    Snack preferences drive buying decisions, but brands and allowance also play a part, researchers say

  • Parents Worried About Cyberbullies as School Starts Up
    Poor diet, drugs and car accidents also among the leading concerns, poll shows

  • More U.S. Teens Getting Vaccinated Against HPV
    But rates still lagging against the cancer-causing virus that's caused by sexual contact, CDC says

  • Cyberbullying Weighs Heavily on Young People
    Suicide attempts more common in both bullied and bulliers

  • Having Same-Sex Parents Won't Affect Kids' Gender Identity: Study
    Research showed no differences from children raised by heterosexual couples

  • Majority of U.S. Parents Would Support Teen Switching Gender: Survey
    Findings indicate growing acceptance of gender transition

  • Too Many Babies Still Placed on Stomach to Sleep: Study
    Pediatric experts recommend infants always sleep on their backs to avoid SIDS

  • Back-to-School Tips … for Parents
    First few weeks require patience and support, educators say

  • Anti-Vaccine Family Members, Friends Spur Many Moms to Delay Baby's Shots
    Study found even if pregnant women later hear better info from docs, they may still wait on immunizations

  • Health Tip: Recognize Youth Violence
    Symptoms of a common problem

  • Young Breakfast Skippers Lack Vital Nutrients
    Calcium, iron and folate may be shortchanged when morning meal is missed

  • Fatal Opioid ODs on the Rise Among U.S. Teens
    And heroin led to the most deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds, CDC says

  • Local Crime Can Put Kids on the Run
    Smartphone study finds young avoid their neighborhoods when threat of danger rises

  • Do Pets Really Boost Kids' Health?
    In a study that'll give you paws, researchers find no mental or physical benefit from a household friend

  • Calming Those Back-to-School Jitters
    Child development expert offers advice on how to ease anxiety as classes start

  • Therapy for Kids With Autism Pays Off for Moms, Dads
    Study found when parents become therapy partners, they become less depressed, learn to keep emotions in check

  • Parents of Preemies End Up Just Fine: Study
    When kids are grown, quality of life is the same as for parents of babies born full-term

  • Health Tip: Childhood Obesity Can Trigger Adult Problems
    Here's how you can help prevent them

  • By Age 12, Poor May Show Signs of Heart Risks Ahead
    Neck arteries are narrower than those of wealthier children, study says

  • How Preschoolers Begin Learning the Rules of Reading, Spelling
    Exposing them to written words early on will give them a strong start, researcher says

  • '12-Step' Strategy Boosts Success of Teen Drug Abuse Program
    Messages from recovering peers made an impact, study finds

  • Health Tip: Don't Use Sunscreen on Newborns
    Infants aged 6 months and younger should avoid the sun

  • Picky Eater? It Might Just Be Your Child's Personality
    Temperament determines which kids will resist new foods, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Protect Your Kids From Lead
    Suggestions to keep them safer

  • Health Tip: Supervise Kids Near Cars
    And help prevent an accident

  • Know the Signs of Concussion
    This serious health threat affects kids as well as adults

  • Drowning Can Occur Hours After Swimming
    Know the signs of dry and secondary drowning, expert cautions

  • Netflix Series '13 Reasons Why' Sparks Uptick in Google Searches for Suicide
    The news wasn't all bad, since some looked for suicide prevention, study found

  • Surgeons Warn of Trampolines' Down Side
    Very young children should stay off, group says

  • 'Super Moms' and 'Super Dads': Work-Home Conflicts Affect Both Genders
    'We need to bring men into the conversation,' researcher says

  • Health Tip: Encouraging Your Kids to Brush
    Here's how some dentists do it

  • Health Tip: Help Kids Sleep Better
    Here's what may be keeping them awake

  • Time to Catch Up on Reading, Writing … and Routine Shots
    Before kids head back to school, make sure they're up-to-date on their vaccines

  • Treating ADHD May Help Curb Later Drinking, Drug Problems
    For people with the disorder, meds like Ritalin linked to lower rates of alcohol, drug abuse, study finds

  • Just a Few Vaccine Refusers Could Endanger Many
    A 5 percent drop in coverage could trigger a tripling of measles cases in young kids, study finds

  • Does Your Child Really Have a Food Allergy?
    Food sensitivity and intolerance may be mistaken for allergic reaction, even by doctors

  • Making the Most of Childhood Wellness Visits
    Advance preparation can help get your questions answered

  • Donor-Sperm Kids No Different From Their Peers: Study
    Parent questionnaires revealed no physical, mental distinctions at school age

  • Health Tip: Eating Well
    Skip junk food from the amusement park

  • High-Dose Vitamin D May Not Curb Kids' Colds
    Study seems to dispel a common myth around the daily supplement, researchers say

  • Not All Fidos Are Friendly
    Teach kids ways to prevent dog bites, pediatricians' group says

  • Parents, Get Your Teens Their Vaccines!
    More than 1 in 3 don't know when their teen's next shot is due, survey finds

  • Despite Warnings, Kids Are Still Dying in Hot Cars
    Even on a 60-degree day, a small child's body temperature can quickly rise

  • Too Few Children Get EpiPen When Needed: Study
    First-line treatment for severe allergic reaction is often neglected

  • How to Prevent Future Couch Potatoes
    Some smart ways to get kids to exercise more

  • Health Tip: Parenting a College Freshman
    Caring from a distance

  • Health Tip: Take Care of Kids Exercising in Summer Heat
    Suggestions to help keep them cool

  • The Neighborhood Sandbox: A Breeding Ground for Germs
    Bacteria, parasites and other nasty surprises may be hiding in the sand

  • Guard Against Hearing Loss From Fireworks
    Don't get too close to those loud booms, hearing specialist suggests

  • Health Tip: Are My Toddler's Eating Habits Normal?
    Signs that parents shouldn't worry

  • Is Your Child's 'Penicillin Allergy' Real?
    Follow-up of 100 kids found none were allergic

  • Eye Docs Debunk 5 Fireworks Myths
    Make eye safety a priority this Fourth of July

  • Health Tip: When Adults Offer Kids Food
    Make sure children are getting the right message

  • Health Tip: Practice Drowning Prevention at Home
    It only takes a small amount of water

  • Getting Kids in the Habit of Healthy Eating
    Try making good food fun at home

  • Force, Frequency of Head Hits Jump as Young Football Players Get Older
    Findings confirm that these injuries are linked to level of play

  • E-Cigarettes Lead to 'Real' Smoking by Teens: Review
    But one public health expert questions whether the reported association is valid

  • Childhood Poverty May Predict Heart Failure in Adulthood
    Income inequalities when young appear to have lifelong effects, research suggests

  • Health Tip: Rewarding Kids Without Food
    Other 'treats' you can give

  • A Baby's Skin No Match for the Sun
    Shade, clothes and hats offer little ones safe protection, pediatric dermatologist says

  • Fewer U.S. Kids Binge Drinking
    But 1 in 7 still had excess alcohol at least once in past month, study finds

  • When is Tourette Syndrome Actually Autism?
    Repetitive behaviors, restricted interests occur in both disorders, make correct diagnosis tricky, researchers report

  • Most U.S. Teens Aren't 'Doing It'
    By 18, more than half of adolescents were still virgins, new CDC survey reveals

  • Could You Raise a 'No-Diaper' Baby?
    Physician couple found it's possible, but daycare workers and babysitters may not want to give it a go

  • Childhood Chemo May Have Lasting Effects on Memory
    Study found timing of treatment seemed to play a role

  • Health Tip: Considering Bed Sharing?
    What the experts say

  • Guns Kill or Wound 7,000 U.S. Kids a Year: Report
    It's a 'uniquely American problem,' one pediatrician says

  • Most Mothers Have Been Victims of 'Mommy-Shaming,' Poll Finds
    Criticism of parenting skills usually comes from family members, on topics from discipline to diet

  • Health Tip: Applying Sunscreen on Children
    Suggestions for correct use

  • When Parents Focus on Smartphones, Kids' Misbehaving Can Rise
    Little ones can feel snubbed by the devices and consequently act out, study suggests

  • Helping Your Kids Cope With Your Divorce
    Things Mom and Dad should agree on

  • Health Tip: Inspect Your Child's Playground
    Look for hidden dangers

  • Health Tip: Teach Teens About Dangerous Driving Habits
    And help keep them safe

  • Many Preemies Don't Struggle in School
    Two-thirds of the tiniest infants were ready for kindergarten, study says

  • Teens With ADHD Face a Higher Crash Risk
    Study found they were 36 percent more likely to get in an accident than other adolescents

  • Stay Safe as Summer Temps Soar
    ER physician offers advice on avoiding heat health problems

  • Health Tip: When Your Child Won't Eat Lunch
    Suggestions to please a finicky eater

  • Migraine Warning Signs May Differ in Kids, Adults
    Treating before a headache starts might lead to more effective pain relief, specialist says

  • Toddlers Who Drink Cow's Milk Alternatives May Be Shorter
    Difference is small, about a half inch at age 3, study finds

  • Overweight Kids Pay a Heavy Social Price
    They tend to have fewer friends, which can lead to depression and other emotional problems, researchers say

  • When a Divorce Turns Bitter, Kids' Immune Systems May Pay a Price
    More evidence that family stress in childhood might affect lifelong health

  • Can Sharing Your Bedroom With Baby Come With Risks?
    Despite latest guidelines, odds of poorer sleep and SIDS are higher, study finds

  • Air Mattresses Linked to More Than 100 Infant Deaths
    They can mold to a baby's face, leading to suffocation, researchers say

  • New Teen Drivers Face Triple the Risk of a Fatal Crash
    Distractions, such as cell phones, and failure to buckle up are main causes

  • Elite High Schools Breed Higher Risk of Addiction: Study
    Rates are two to three times higher than national norms

  • Communication Problems Not at Root of Tantrums in Kids With Autism
    Study shows outbursts occur just as frequently among children without speech, language troubles

  • Preschoolers Who Know Snack-Food Brands on Road to Obesity?
    An unhealthy diet may be why they can ID these logos, researchers suggest

  • How to Prepare Your Teen for That First Ob-Gyn Visit
    Gynecologist offers tips on ways to make it a positive experience

  • Does Dad Time With Infants Boost Babies' IQ?
    Positive interactions during first few months could enhance thinking skills at age 2, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Dealing With a Dog Bite
    Here's what to do

  • Lawn Mowers Are Risky Business for Kids
    Injuries can lead to amputations, pediatric trauma expert cautions

  • Brush Up on Swim Safety for Summer
    Pediatricians' group offers tips on how to protect kids by the pool, lake or ocean

  • Health Tip: Is Your Backyard Safe?
    Here's how you can improve safety

  • Hospital 'Baby Boxes' May Help Prevent SIDS in Newborns
    The innovative take-home gift helped curb the dangerous practice of bed-sharing, study found

  • Do Daughters Bring Out a Dad's 'Softer Side'?
    Study found men raising toddlers were more responsive, emotional with girls than boys

  • Health Tip: Keep Newborns Safer
    Suggestions to protect your baby

  • 1 in 5 U.S. Kids Killed in Crashes Not Restrained Properly
    Finding highlights importance of car seats, seat belts for young passengers

  • Helping Ease Kids' Fears After Manchester Terror Attack
    Mental health experts say it's important for parents to encourage teens to follow through with their plans

  • No Fruit Juice Before Age 1, Pediatricians Say
    Plus, they support limits for older kids and doing away with sippy cups for toddlers

  • Health Tip: Limit a Young Child's Media Time
    Here are potential benefits

  • Playgrounds Aren't Always All Fun and Games
    Fortunately, there are ways to prevent injuries to children, ER doc says

  • Many Parents Underestimate Drowning Risks
    More than one-third surveyed would let child swim unsupervised in neighborhood or hotel pool

  • Treat Autism Even Before Symptoms Show?
    Small study found 'at-risk' babies did better if therapists trained parents to communicate more effectively

  • Program Helps Young Adults With Autism Find Jobs
    Navigating adult services is challenging, autism experts say

  • Too Many Parents Say No to Helmets for Kids on Wheels
    Use of safety gear lags despite thousands of visits to U.S. hospitals each week, survey finds

  • Health Tip: Be a Safe Driver for Your Kids
    Suggestions to follow

  • 'Dr. Google' May Undermine Parents' Trust in Their Pediatrician
    Tell the doctor what info you saw online so your concerns can be addressed, study suggests

  • Tracking Devices May Ease Minds of Parents of Kids With Autism
    Wandering is a hazard for these children, and this technology helps, review finds

  • Guns Send About 16 U.S. Kids to the Hospital Every Day
    Many of those injuries are accidental, study finds

  • Reading to Babies Translates Into More Literate Preschoolers
    Study found moms who read to their infants had children with better vocabulary, reading skills

  • More Starring Roles for Booze in Kids' Movies, Study Finds
    Drinking figured in 85 percent of the top children's films over 2 decades

  • A Toddler's Screen Time Tied to Speech Delay
    Findings support American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on technology use by very young children

  • When Grandparents Raise Grandkids, Are They Up to Date on Child Safety?
    Study found some lacked info on baby sleep positioning, proper fever relief

  • Reasons Why Parents Should Be Wary of '13 Reasons Why'
    Netflix series is too explicit in depicting teen suicide while leaving out key elements, mental health experts warn

  • Are Smartphones Helping or Harming Kids' Mental Health?
    More use is linked to attention and behavior problems, but also less anxiety, study finds

  • Health Tip: Parents, Set Rules About Driving for Teens
    These guidelines will help them stay safe

  • U.S. Toddlers Eat More French Fries Than Vegetables
    Federal stats show some don't eat any veggies at all, and some infants don't get any breast milk

  • Are Bullies Getting Run Out of U.S. Schools?
    Abuse rates dropped about 2 percent a year over a decade, survey finds

  • Summer Camp Prep for Kids With Allergies, Asthma
    Meet with staff beforehand and clarify expectations, doctor advises

  • Health Tip: Turn Off Those Screens
    Suggestions to limit TV and PC time

  • Happy Mom Means Less Colicky Baby
    Mothers' support system also seems to have protective effect, study suggests

  • Kids' Sun Safety Means 'Slip, Slap, Slop'
    Skin cancer expert offers advice for protection against summer rays

  • Brineura Approved for Rare Genetic Illness Affecting Kids
    Batten disease is a neurologic disorder that typically affects young children

  • Is Your Child Using Drugs?
    Telltale signs to watch for

  • Are Kids' Vaccines a Victim of Their Own Success?
    The shots have cut disease rates so low that some parents underestimate the threat, doctors say

  • Cancer Risk Rises After Childhood Organ Transplant: Study
    Yet overall chances to any one child remain low, researchers stressed

  • Are You Raising an 'Emotional Eater'?
    Calming kids with food can start a vicious, fattening cycle, study says

  • In America's Poorest Communities, a Greater Risk of Child Abuse Deaths
    Study authors hope new national data will spur further research and targeted prevention efforts

  • At What Age Can Kids Safely Cross the Street?
    In simulated experiments, the task was too tough for children younger than 14

  • You Can Probably Credit Your Genes for These Facial Features
    Twins study found DNA most at play for nose's tip, area around lips, cheekbones

  • Study Cites Factors Linked to Suicide in the Young
    Researchers say interventions should come earlier in life for disadvantaged children

  • Many Kids Still Being Injured on ATVs
    Bigger, more powerful machines seem to cause more severe traumas, researchers report

  • Health Tip: Minimizing Violence During Screen Time
    Here's what parents can do

  • Zika Can Harm Babies' Vision, Too
    Study of 43 South American infants found damage to retinas and optic nerves

  • Prince Harry's Journey Shows Grief Can Be a Long Road
    Mental health experts say his decades-long struggle with his mother's death all too common for children

  • Health Tip: Concerned About Your Child's Weight?
    How to discuss with your doctor

  • What's the Best Seasonal Allergy Med for Your Kid?
    Wealth of options may leave moms and dads wondering which kind and how much to give, survey finds

  • When Parents Get Vaccinated, Their Kids Do Too
    Flu shot study showed that healthy vaccination practices may run in the family

  • Is Kindergarten the New First Grade?
    Study finds kids have higher reading skills when they enter 1st grade than they did a decade ago

  • Don't Let Bugs Dampen Your Outdoor Fun
    Dermatologist offers tips to avoid pests and treat their bites

  • Health Tip: Checking Your Child's Moles
    Characteristics you should watch for

  • Health Tip: Teaching Your Child Table Manners
    Dining suggestions for your youngster

  • Silk Clothes Won't Soothe Eczema's Itch
    What your child wears doesn't affect severity of skin troubles, study finds

  • 1 in 3 Teens With Autism Licensed to Drive, Study Finds
    Pediatricians suggest discussing adolescent's capabilities with doctor first

  • 'Video Feedback' Program Might Help Treat Autism in Babies
    Therapists help parents learn and better react to their infants' communication style

  • Health Tip: Transitioning Toddlers to One Nap
    Suggestions to make it easier

  • How to Protect Your Child From Accidental Poisoning
    Kids under 6 account for 1 million calls to U.S. poison control centers a year

  • Health Tip: Is Your Child Sleeping Enough?
    Signs of insufficient shuteye

  • Health Tip: Poison-Proof Your Bathroom
    And help protect children

  • Is Your TV Making You Fat?
    People who eat home-cooked meals and don't watch TV while eating less likely to be obese, study finds

  • Parents of Kids With Autism May Sacrifice 'Couples Time'
    They report less closeness, fewer positive interactions, but no increase in negative behaviors toward one another

  • Sexual Abuse May Cause Early Puberty in Girls: Study
    Premature changes can have lasting effects, such as depression, higher risk of some cancers, study says

  • Parents' Pot Use a Tricky Topic When It Comes to Their Kids
    Pediatrician explains that marijuana affects a child's developing brain differently than an adult brain

  • Breast-Feeding May Not Lead to Smarter Preschoolers
    But study suggests that children who were nursed may be less hyperactive at age 3

  • Health Tip: Kick Your Sugary Drink Habit
    And spare your smile

  • Health Tip: Help Teens Say No to Drinking and Driving
    Here's how

  • Scientists Spot Gene for Rare Disorder Causing Deafness, Blindness
    Child must inherit genetic mutation from two deaf parents, researchers said

  • Health Tip: Check Your Child's Temperature
    Suggestions based on the child's age

  • Fruit Juice for Kids: A Serving a Day OK
    Review of studies finds 1 glass of 100-percent juice a day not linked with weight gain

  • Older Mothers May Raise Better-Behaved Kids, Study Suggests
    Tendency of moms to mellow with age may play role in children having fewer social, emotional problems

  • Health Tip: Choosing a Baby Carrier
    Make sure it includes these features

  • Foods Labeled 'Healthy' May Hide Unhealthy Secrets
    Low-fat foods may be filled with sugar, study finds

  • 'Heads Up' Football Program Tackles Concussion Danger in Kids
    Players learn safer moves, reducing head injury rate and recovery time, study suggests

  • Autism Greatly Boosts Kids' Injury Risk, Especially for Drowning
    Swimming lessons are essential -- even before other therapies, researcher says

  • Fewer U.S. Kids Overdosing on Opioids
    But suicides involving these drugs are up more than 50 percent, study finds

  • Parents Don't Always Head to Child's Doctor When Illness Strikes
    Poll says many would turn to urgent care centers, thinking it's faster than seeing usual physician

  • Health Tip: Transitioning From Bottle to Training Cup
    Which types are recommended?

  • Health Tip: Prepare Homemade Baby Food
    Follow these safety guidelines

  • Injury Risk May Rise When Kids Play Just One Sport
    Those under 12 shouldn't specialize in any one activity, researchers say

  • Savvy Marketing Gets Schoolkids to Eat Their Greens
    Signs throughout school, on school's website made students 3 times more likely to use the salad bar

  • For 'Preemies,' Human Touch May Be a Brain Booster
    Diminished response seen in premature infants who spend weeks in the hospital, study finds

  • Obese Moms May Fail to Spot Obesity in Their Own Kids
    Finding may reflect shifting attitudes about how much weight is too much, researcher suggests

  • Health Tip: Promote Peace in a Shared Bedroom
    How to help kids work it out

  • Poor Sleep in Preschool Years Could Mean Behavior Troubles Later
    Establishing regular bedtime early on may pay dividends in elementary school, study suggests

  • Too Much Screen Time May Raise Kids' Diabetes Risk
    Study finds 3-plus hours each day linked to increased body fat and insulin resistance

  • Parenthood an Elixir for Longevity?
    Study found link, but researchers can't say for sure why

  • Health Tip: Help Kids Maintain Healthy Cholesterol
    Foods to eat, and those to avoid

  • Refugees Deserve Health Care, Compassion, U.S. Pediatricians Say
    New policy statement urges government to keep families together, not place kids in detention centers

  • 'Synthetic Pot' Tied to Risky Sex, Violence and Drug Abuse in Teens
    Product has unpredictable, potentially dangerous effects, doctors warn

  • Health Tip: Washing Baby Bottles
    Suggestions to protect your infant

  • Health Tip: Watch for Constipation in Babies
    Learn the warning signs

  • Health Tip: Create an Emergency Plan for Deadly Allergy Reaction
    It could save your child's life

  • Violent Video Games May Not 'Desensitize' Players, Brain Scans Suggest
    In small study, frequent players had empathetic responses similar to those who don't play much

  • Health Tip: Make Sure Kids' Shoes Fit Well
    Helpful shopping suggestions

  • Secondhand Smoke Linked to Food Allergies in Kids
    Passive exposure tied to more egg and peanut sensitivity in study

  • Disabled Kids at Higher Risk of Abuse, Study Finds
    Certain conditions linked to greater odds for neglect, bullying

  • Health Tip: Encouraging Picky Eaters
    Suggestions to cope with their behavior

  • Kids Should Be Screened for Lazy Eye by Age 5
    Waiting later could lead to permanent vision problems, U.S. panel says

  • Concussions More Likely in Female Athletes
    Why remains unclear, researchers say

  • Do Early Dental Visits Really Prevent Kids' Cavities?
    Study found preventive care didn't help Medicaid toddlers in one state, but more research is needed

  • Kids Mean Less Shuteye for Mom, While Dad Slumbers On
    Study finds big differences in how youngsters affect parents' sleep

  • As Pot Legalization Advances, Pediatricians Warn of Dangers
    Marijuana isn't benign, child health experts contend

  • Health Tip: Babysitter Safety
    Make sure your sitter knows the basics

  • Smart Kids Prone to Dumb Choices on Pot, Booze
    In study, brainy students more likely to drink or try marijuana, but they did stay away from tobacco

  • Headaches Often Strike Before Strokes in Kids: Study
    But, brain attacks are still very rare in children

  • Most Parents Don't Think They're Meeting Kids' Nutritional Needs
    In national survey, only 1 of 3 respondents felt they're teaching healthy eating habits

  • Kids' OD Risk Rises When Opioids Left Out at Home
    Odds of overdose more than double if parent takes powerful narcotic instead of milder pain med, study finds

  • Lingering Baby Weight? Don't Blame the Pregnancy
    Researchers find weight gain speeds up a year after delivery, suggest motherhood might be the reason why

  • 'Love Hormone' Helps Dads and Babies Bond
    Brain scans show distinct response when fathers gaze at their kids

  • Hey Fellas, Depression Can Strike New Dads, Too
    Men who are stressed or in poor health seem to be at special risk, study shows

  • Teens May Go Hungry as Poorest Families Struggle to Feed Kids
    Parents skip meals so children can eat, but youngest siblings get priority if there's not enough food

  • Be Your Child's Valentine
    The American Academy of Pediatrics offers tips for showing kids your love every day

  • Health Tip: Protect Kids in Cold Weather
    Tips to preserve winter fun

  • Needed: An 'Action Plan' for Kids Prone to Severe Allergic Reactions
    First line of defense is an epinephrine auto-injector, pediatricians say

  • The Motherlode of 'Mother Love' Chemicals
    Moms secrete more dopamine when watching their own babies, study finds

  • College Students Seem to Take Longer to Recover From Concussion
    Average is 1-2 weeks, but study found some kids needed more than 3 weeks to get better

  • Winning the Veggie Wars With Kids
    Nutritionist offers advice on getting children to eat healthier fare

  • Air Pollution May Raise Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
    Study of obese Hispanic children suggests smog might boost chances of developing the blood sugar disorder

  • 8 Ways to Help Kids Dodge Germs
    Boosting your child's immune system lets them stay in cold- and flu-fighting shape

  • E-Cigs May Be 'Bridge' to Teens' Tobacco Use
    'Vapers' seem much more likely to give real smokes a try, study finds

  • Harsh Parenting Can Backfire With Bad Behavior From Teens
    Early sex, stealing and dropping out of school are some of the consequences, study contends

  • Most U.S. Adults Support Routine Child Vaccine
    Survey finds 80 percent have positive view of the shot against measles, mumps and rubella

  • Laundry Detergent Pods Linked to Eye Burn Danger in Kids
    Nearly 500 such injuries occurred in 2015, study reports

  • Health Tip: Why Are Baby Teeth Important?
    And shouldn't be neglected

  • Parents of Kids With Heart Defects Face PTSD Risk: Study
    They're also more likely to suffer depression, anxiety -- and new moms particularly vulnerable

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids Healthy During Winter
    Suggestions for colder weather

  • Health Tip: Is Your Toddler Eating Enough?
    Here's some expert advice

  • Teach Your Kids to Use Media in Healthy Ways
    Even toddlers can benefit from educational TV and apps, pediatricians say

  • Health Tip: Choose Safe Personal Care Products
    Always read labels

  • Health Tip: Finding Help for an Overweight Child
    Identifying the best program

  • Pediatricians Say No to Wearable Smartphone Baby Monitors
    Sensors in infant clothing that track 'vitals' can cause unnecessary alarm, report says

  • When College Kids Surf the Web in Class, Grades Fall
    Study finds the habit hurts academics, and supports the notion of leaving laptops at home

  • E-Cigarettes Not a Smoking Deterrent for Kids
    Study finds 'vaping' might lead teens who would've never smoked to try nicotine

  • Stress May Explain Digestive Issues in Kids With Autism
    Elevated stress hormone levels linked to stomach problems among these children, researchers say

  • For a Colicky Baby, You Might Give Acupuncture a Try
    Treatment with 1 to 5 needles might stop the excessive crying, Swedish researchers say

  • Parents Have Mixed Views on When to Keep Sick Kids Out of School
    Most agree those with diarrhea should stay home, but about half would send a child who had thrown up

  • Pediatricians Offer Heads-Up for Preventing Soccer Injuries
    Sprains and strains are common on the field

  • Head for the Hills With Sled Safety in Mind
    Kids at higher risk for head and neck injuries while sledding, safety experts warn

  • Health Tip: Help Young Children Make Healthy Changes
    Here's what they can do

  • Most of Canada's Packaged Foods, Drinks Have Added Sugars
    Even so-called 'healthy' options and baby foods were laden with the sweet stuff, study finds

  • Poverty's Impact on a Child's Mental Health
    Poor kids more likely to grow up feeling powerless and behaving aggressively, study shows

  • Kids' Care May Suffer When Parents Clash With Medical Staff
    Doctors, nurses made worse decisions when confronted by 'an angry mother,' study finds

  • Flameless Candle Batteries Pose Risk to Kids
    If swallowed, serious damage can occur in just 2 hours, poison center expert says

  • Health Tip: Skip Winter Coats in Car Seats
    How to keep kids safer

  • Can Parents' Weight Hinder Toddlers' Development?
    Study links -- but doesn't prove -- Moms', Dads' obesity tied to delayed social and problem-solving skills

  • Disabled Children Face Bullying Throughout School Years
    More must be done to teach them how to respond to aggression, researcher says

  • Health Tip: Watch Salt in Kids' Diets
    Here's what the Heart Association suggests

  • U.S. Families Spend 1.5 Billion Hours Yearly on Kids With Special Health Needs
    Care provided by parents adds up to nearly $18 billion in lost wages, study says

  • Home Visits Can Help New Parents
    Study finds programs reduce ER trips and doctor appointments

  • Health Tip: When a Child Is Sick
    Signs you should see a doctor

  • Health Tip: Getting Your Child Vaccinated
    Distractions can help prevent pain

  • Give Kids a Safe, Stress-Free Holiday
    Be mindful of overwhelming or risky conditions, doctors' group says

  • Don't Forget Child Safety When Traveling for the Holidays
    Nearly 1 in 7 parents of toddlers don't bring a car seat for travel rides, poll finds

  • Health Tip: If Your Child is Cyberbullied
    Suggested next steps

  • Down Syndrome May Not Be Big Financial Burden on Families
    Having a child with the condition costs about $80 more a month in medical expenses, study finds

  • Privacy Concerns Keep Some Young Americans From Sexual Health Services
    Survey reveals reluctance of teens, young adults to talk to their doctor because parents might find out

  • Health Tip: Help Toddlers Develop Stronger Hands
    Here's what parents can do

  • Child Abuse Cases in Army Families May Be Under-Reported
    Some kids 'are falling through the cracks of a broken system,' researcher says

  • FDA Issues Anesthesia Warning for Pregnant Women, Kids Under 3
    A long time under or repeated episodes of sedation may pose risk to developing brains, agency says

  • Drug Use by U.S. Teens Drops to All-Time Low
    Use of tobacco and alcohol down significantly, too, federal report finds

  • How to Ease the Pain of Infant Vaccinations
    Three-pronged approach includes anesthetic cream, researchers say

  • 'Kangaroo Mother Care' May Improve Preemies' Lives Into Adulthood
    Skin-to-skin nurturing linked to increased survival, better social and behavioral outcomes, study finds

  • Health Tip: Help Kids Develop Healthy Ambition
    Offer encouragement, but don't overdo it

  • Teething Tips From Dental Specialists
    Cool, but not frozen, items may ease your baby's discomfort

  • Cigarettes Aren't Cool, California Teens Say
    But kids still don't see nicotine as addictive and may opt for e-cigarettes instead

  • Scientists Discover More Clues to Stuttering
    MRI shows involvement of brain areas controlling speech, attention and emotion

  • Health Tip: Build Your Child's Healthy Plate
    Make sure the child has nutritious meals

  • ATV Accidents Can Cause Serious Chest Injuries in Kids
    Rollovers and heavier vehicles are some likely reasons why, study shows

  • Pediatricians Can Help When Parents Divorce: Report
    More than 1 million kids a year affected in the U.S., and doctors can ease the transition, group says

  • Health Tip: Create a Safer Home for Kids With Seizures
    For starters: secure padding to any object with sharp corners

  • Are Your Kids Thankful?
    These tips from a child development expert will help you foster an everyday attitude of gratitude in your children

  • Health Tip: Make Brushing Teeth Fun
    Try entertaining your child while brushing

  • 'Enthusiastic' Dads May Mean Less Troubled Kids: Study
    A man's enjoyment, confidence in his role as father seemed even more important than time spent

  • Keep Kids in Mind When Politics Intrude at Thanksgiving
    Heated political discussions can frighten children, psychiatrists warn

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe During the Holidays
    What parents can do

  • Violent Media Often Give Rise to Nightmares
    Research also found viewing sexual content can lead to erotic dreams, but not as often

  • TV Snack Ads Make Preschoolers Snack More: Study
    This happened even with kids who weren't hungry, researchers found

  • Earnings Fall After a Child's Cancer Diagnosis
    Mothers more likely than fathers to stop working, study finds

  • Teen 'Choking Game' Played Solo Points to Suicide Risks
    Kids who tried this game alone were almost 5 times more likely to think of killing themselves, study finds

  • Troubled Preschoolers Not Getting Effective Treatment: Report
    Pediatricians' group wants to expand access to family-based therapies

  • Neighborhoods May Be Key to Teens' Mental Well-Being
    When neighbors look out for others' kids, children have better emotional health, study finds

  • Public Health Campaign Cut Consumption of Sugary Drinks
    Soda sales fell 20 percent in Maryland county, study finds

  • Safety Group Releases Annual Dangerous Toys List
    Risks include choking and suffocation, as well as injuries from shooting toys

  • Health Tip: Encourage Kids to Choose Good Friends
    Suggestions for better relationships

  • Fewer American Parents Are Spanking Their Kids
    More are relying on timeouts to discipline children, study shows

  • Kids React Differently When a Beloved Pet Dies
    Some want a new animal right away, while others feel they need to honor the memory

  • How to Introduce Your Baby to Food Containing Peanuts
    New guidelines coming soon from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

  • Blood Test May Someday Diagnose Concussion
    Small study suggests markers in the blood might spot when brain injury has occurred

  • Health Tip: When Sleep is Interrupted
    What weary parents can do

  • Health Tip: Safer Sleep for Baby
    Here's what's recommended

  • Parents Often Miss Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Kids
    Signs may include nightmares, avoiding reminders of the trauma, feeling unsafe, researchers find

  • E-Cigs Tied to More Frequent, Heavier Teen Tobacco Use
    But vaping group contends the electronic devices lower smoking rates

  • Childhood Cancer Survivors Living Longer But Not Always Better
    Those treated in 1990s more likely to report pain and poor health as adults, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Help Teens Learn to Read Food Labels
    What parents can do

  • Lazy Summer Days Mean Weight Gain for Young Kids
    Children from kindergarten through second grade put on weight when school's out, study found

  • Downside to Exercise for City Kids: More Pollution
    Inhaling black carbon from traffic offsets benefits, environmental health specialist says

  • DNA May Influence Your Reproductive Decisions
    Age of first childbirth involves more than just personal choice, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Boost Your Teen's Self-Esteem
    Here's what you can do

  • Smartphones, Tablets Keep Kids Buzzing at Bedtime
    Children with access to these devices don't get enough sleep, study finds

  • Health Tip: Dress Kids in Safe Costumes
    Tips for a happier Halloween

  • Kids With Gay or Lesbian Parents Do Just Fine: Study
    Study finds no differences between children of gay, lesbian or heterosexual couples

  • Health Tip: Pay Attention on Halloween
    Safety tips for walking trick-or-treaters

  • Parent-Led Autism Therapy Shows Lasting Benefits
    Early intervention reduced symptom severity years later, study finds

  • More Airline Injuries to Tots on Laps
    Reported mishaps include falls and burns from spilled hot drinks, study finds

  • Health Tip: Six Dangerous Driving Habits
    Things teens should avoid

  • Brain Changes Seen in Kids After One Season of Football
    Not yet clear if those changes are lasting or meaningful

  • Health Tip: Supporting a Child Who Is Bullied
    What parents can do

  • 1 in 3 Young Athletes With Concussion Returns to Play on Same Day
    But, medical recommendation is to stay out of game after head injury

  • Kids' Media Time Adds Up, Subtracts From Homework
    Interest in learning new things also shrinks with greater screen time, pediatricians find

  • Bullied Teen's Suicide Didn't Spur Copycat Attempts: Study
    Canadian case was highly publicized on social media, researchers report

  • More Kids and Teens Heading to ER With Headaches
    Study finds hospital admissions for head pain also up; reasons are unclear

  • Be Aware of What You Share Online About Your Kids
    New review offers parents advice on how to be more careful with postings that could affect their children

  • Pediatricians: Kids Need 'Media Use Plan' From Parents
    Suggestions include no screen time for those under 18 months, not using media as 'soothing tool'

  • Top 3 Mistakes Teen Drivers Make
    Parents don't emphasize safety enough, experts say

  • Expecting Twins or Triplets? What You Should Know Before They Arrive
    They're double or triple the fun -- and the work -- but having a game plan helps, pediatricians say

  • Health Tip: Kids Don't Need a Low-Fat Diet
    Here's why

  • Obesity More Common Among Teens With Autism: Study
    Addressing problem behaviors with food or TV may combat excess weight, researchers suggest

  • How to Help a Child Who's Cyberbullied
    Expert shares common-sense tips for parents

  • Foster Kids Face Higher Risk of Health Problems: Study
    They were even more vulnerable than children in low-income, single-parent families

  • Texting While Parenting: A 21st Century Trap
    Smartphones can get in the way of family life, and stress is the result, study finds

  • How to Prepare Your Child for a New Brother or Sister
    Children's reactions to family changes depend on their age, pediatric experts advise

  • Why Parenting May Be More Stressful for Mom
    Mothers are often doing household chores, but dads get more play time with the kids, study finds

  • 6 Keys to a Safe, Allergy-Free Halloween
    These tips can ease parents' worries and help kids with food allergies or asthma enjoy the holiday

  • How 'Mindful Eating' Can Keep Kids Slim
    Step one, pediatrician says, is to examine emotional connection to food

  • Most Low-Income Dads Stay Involved With Their Kids: Study
    Working hours may limit parent-child time, but these men aren't 'deadbeat dads,' research finds

  • Health Tip: When Your Child Rides With Someone Else
    Suggestions to keep the youngster safe

  • Many Parents Think a Flu Shot Is Unnecessary
    Study reveals other reasons for not getting kids vaccinated

  • How One Clinic Got a Big Boost in HPV Vaccination Rates
    The cervical cancer vaccine was treated as just another scheduled shot

  • Measles Outbreak Among Amish Highlights Need for Vaccinations
    Nearly all who were infected had not been vaccinated, researchers say

  • Pre-K Program Helps Low-Income Kids Succeed in School
    Family-centered intervention counters stresses of poverty, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Using Meds for Kids
    Make sure you know possible side effects

  • Scare Up Some Halloween Safety
    Teach kids not to look at phone while walking, and to make eye contact with drivers when crossing street

  • A Doctor's Words Key to Whether Child Gets HPV Vaccine
    Parents most receptive to messages about the shot's effectiveness, safety and the cancers it prevents, study finds

  • Health Tip: Let Kids Make Breakfast
    Here are some healthy options

  • Health Tip: Prepare Kids for School Emergencies
    Here's how

  • Eliminate Sweetened Drinks, Cut Kids' Sugar Intake
    Average U.S. child consumes about 80 grams daily, nutritionist says, putting health at risk

  • Health Tip: Get a Safe Car for a Teen Driver
    Keep these criteria in mind

  • Gardening May Give Kids' Diets a Boost
    Those who gardened ate more fruits, veggies by the time they were in college, study shows

  • Tips for Avoiding Back-to-School Germs, Illnesses
    If kids do get sick, make sure they're fever-free for 24 hours before returning to class

  • Health Tip: Kids Should Learn Microwave Safety
    Here's what they need to know

  • Smoking Losing Its Cool With Kids, CDC Says
    Fewer teens are smoking or showing interest in cigarettes and cigars, but e-cigs a concern

  • Why the Teen Years May Not Be Lean Years
    Adolescents burn about 450 fewer calories daily than 10-year-olds, study finds

  • Cat Scratch Can Sometimes Lead to Serious Illness: CDC
    But there's no need to banish your feline friend -- just send fleas packing instead

  • Close Bond Between Kids, Parents Has Long-Term Health Benefits
    Childhood mistreatment offsets the advantages of growing up in a well-off home, research shows

  • Obese Kids Have Different Germs in Their Gut
    Targeting specific types of bacteria might one day help treat childhood obesity, research suggests

  • Healthy Diet May Be Key to Kids' Reading Skills
    More fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains linked to higher test scores in study

  • Suicide Can Strike Children as Young as 5: Study
    Overall numbers are low, but researchers say prevention efforts are needed

  • 2 of 3 Parents Want Schools to Expand Health Education
    Survey shows many want kids to be taught about managing stress, depression and bullying

  • 'Baby-Led' Weaning Doesn't Raise Choking Risk: Study
    But only give softened 'finger foods' to infants and watch them while they eat, researcher says

  • Not All Dogs Are Man's (or Kids') Best Friend
    Study suggests young children need to be told they shouldn't approach a scared dog

  • Kids With Bipolar Disorder More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol: Study
    And those who also have conduct disorder seem to face an even greater risk

  • Parents' Use of Outdated Advice May Slow Concussion Recovery
    Once-recommended practices such as waking a sleeping child for periodic checks can delay healing, expert says

  • For Kids Playing Pokemon Go, Catch These Safety Tips
    Pediatrics group praises physical activity but warns game could be a dangerous distraction

  • Health Tip: Preparing for Baby's First Teeth
    Here's what parents can do

  • Food Allergies Linked to Raised Risk of Asthma, Hay Fever
    Odds rise even higher when kids have more than one food allergy, researchers say

  • Gel Antibiotic: An Easier Ear Infection Treatment Someday?
    One-time application was highly effective in animal trials, but more study needed, researchers say

  • Smokers' Perceptions May Play Role in Addiction
    They were more affected by nicotine when they thought it was present in a cigarette, study showed

  • Heart Docs: Never Expose Kids to Cigarette Smoke
    Secondhand smoke can raise children's risk of heart disease, premature death

  • Rate of Youth Soccer Injuries More Than Doubled in 25 Years
    Concussion rate jumped almost 1,600 percent in same time period, study found

  • Play to Win When It Comes to Kids and Sports Pain
    Take injuries seriously, and if no improvement in a few days, see a doctor, specialist says

  • New 'Superlice' Resist Most Over-the-Counter Remedies
    But prescription medications can still send the parasites packing

  • Coping With College Stress
    Parents can help make the transition easier for new students

  • Doctors' Decision-Making Tool Could Cut Unnecessary Antibiotic Use
    A drop of about 10 percent is possible, study authors suggest

  • Laser Pointers Can Cause Serious Eye Damage in Kids
    Although uncommon, vision impairment from these devices can be permanent, study reports

  • Parents' Psychiatric Issues May Adversely Affect Some Children
    History of antisocial disorder, suicide attempt or marijuana abuse showed the most effect, study authors say

  • Risks Spike If Young Athletes Specialize Too Soon
    Pediatricians' group suggests kids play multiple sports

  • Health Tip: Make Sure Kids' Shoes Fit Well
    Suggestions to keep their feet happy

  • Teach Your Kids to Pick, Prepare and Pack Their School Lunch
    Getting them involved boosts the odds they will actually eat it, experts say

  • Health Tip: Help Kids Get Enough Exercise
    Make sure they're meeting these guidelines

  • Music Therapy Helps Preemie Babies Thrive
    Mom's singing helps stabilize infant breathing

  • Young Football Players Tackle Greatest Concussion Risk at Practice
    But experts disagree about whether certain collision drills should be curtailed

  • Truth or Fib? When Kids Say They're Too Sick for School
    An expert's advice on when to keep your child home

  • Health Tip: Early to Bed Before Back to School
    The routine should start now

  • Health Tip: When Kids Walk to School
    Here's what you should teach them

  • TV Ratings for Parents Let Violence, Drinking Slip Through
    Industry guidelines often misleading, study finds

  • To Keep Teens Slim, Focus on Health not Weight
    New American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines cover preventing obesity and eating disorders

  • Health Tip: Eating Healthy on a Family Trip
    Suggestions for vacation

  • Think Safety When Picking, Packing School Backpacks
    Heavy, unbalanced loads can cause injury that is easy to avoid, experts say

  • Put Vaccines on Kids' Back-to-School List
    Immunizations protect against potentially devastating childhood illnesses: FDA

  • Kitchen Cooking Burns a Real Danger for Kids
    Establish a 'no kid' zone in part of your kitchen to keep little ones safe

  • Does Your Child Need Eyeglasses?
    Kids' eye problems often go undetected. Here's what to look for

  • Peanut Allergy Treatment: The Earlier in Childhood, the Better
    Exposure therapy for infants and toddlers leaves 4 out of 5 'desensitized,' study finds

  • Health Tip: Keep Teen Drivers Safer
    Here's how

  • Child Dies in Hot Car Almost Once a Week
    Safe Kids Worldwide says little ones' bodies heat up much faster than adults

  • 7 Ways to Avoid Serious Injury From School Sports
    Know how to reduce the risk of getting hurt so you'll be able to help your team compete

  • 2 Kids an Hour Hurt in Strollers, Infant Carriers
    About one-third of these were more serious injuries, study finds

  • Babies Often Put to Sleep in Unsafe Positions
    About 3,500 U.S. infants still succumb to sudden infant death syndrome each year: CDC

  • Health Tip: Locking Your Child in a Hot Car
    Remind yourself of the dangers

  • Sending Kids Off to College Doesn't Have to Be Tearful
    Discuss money, expectations beforehand, then let go, experts say

  • Keep Your Kids Active and Injury-Free
    What you should know before children participate in youth sports

  • Adults Hold Key to Preventing Kids' Drownings
    Even when lifeguard is present, parents need to keep constant watch when children are near water

  • Health Tip: Limit Kids' Exposure to 'Virtual Violence'
    Shows and games don't have to be violent

  • Brief Return of Concussion Symptoms Normal Part of Recovery: Study
    It's not a setback, pediatric specialist says

  • Mental Illness May Make Teens Vulnerable to Drugs, Alcohol
    Brazilian study found half of those who smoked, drank, did pot had symptoms of psychological disorders

  • Health Tip: Protect Kids During Summer
    Here's what parents can do

  • 4 Out of 5 Kids With Epilepsy Have Other Health Problems: Study
    Digestive disorders, headaches, attention-deficit disorder among the common issues

  • Summer Days Shouldn't Be Lazy for Kids
    Physical education expert says children should stay active during school vacation

  • E-Cig Liquid Nicotine Containers Often Mislabeled
    Also, many aren't child-resistant, which poses a risk to youngsters

  • Health Tip: Soothe Baby's Cradle Cap
    Suggestions for treating flakes and itch

  • Health Tip: Taming Your Toddler's Aggression
    Suggestions for a calmer child

  • Edible Pot Sends Toddlers to Colorado ERs
    Cannabis-laced candy, baked goods look irresistible to kids, doctors warn

  • Health Tip: Help Your Underweight Child Gain Safely
    Nutritious foods can help add a few pounds

  • Noisy Homes Can Slow a Toddler's Vocabulary
    Limit background chatter when teaching new words, study says

  • Helping a Child Manage a Chronic Illness
    Feeling they have control over their health helps, researchers say

  • 3 in 4 Youngsters Exposed to Laundry Pod Detergent Suffer Poisoning
    Hospitalizations 4 times more common with pods compared to other detergents, study finds

  • Health Tip: Kids Should Wear Life Jackets
    Suggestions that could save a life

  • Limit Kids' Exposure to Media Violence, Pediatricians Say
    Parents need to tighten the reins, while media needs to stop glorifying aggression, statement says

  • Health Tip: Watch Children Near Pool Drains
    Suggestions to help keep them safe

  • Anesthesia Safe for Kids, Doctors' Group Says
    But concerns, child's health history should be discussed with anesthesiologists before surgery

  • Heavy Moms Likelier to Pile Food on Kids' Plates: Study
    Researcher suggests parents serve normal portions and let kids ask for more if they don't feel full

  • Making Sense of Senseless Violence
    Expert advice to help you -- and kids -- cope with the seemingly unending string of catastrophes

  • Health Tip: When Potty Training Doesn't Go Well
    Figure out what's causing the problem

  • Is Swimming Safe in Areas With the Freshwater 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba?
    No need to avoid lakes and rivers -- disease experts say infection is exceedingly rare

  • Early Bedtime for Preschoolers, Healthier Weight Later?
    Getting shuteye by 8 p.m. appeared linked with lower obesity risk as teens, researchers say

  • Allergies Less Common in Kids Who Suck Thumb, Bite Nails
    Findings boost 'hygiene hypothesis,' study authors suggest

  • Health Tip: Keep Lead From Your Home
    Take steps to protect your family

  • Obese Preschoolers More Likely to Be Hospitalized
    Study also found health care costs about 60 percent higher for these kids

  • Health Tip: Protect Your Child's Sandbox
    Things to help prevent contamination

  • Toys Remain Viral Playground for 24 Hours
    Kids can get exposed in common play areas, like doctors' offices, researchers warn

  • Junk Food Ads Sway Kids' Preferences
    Children under 8 most vulnerable to marketing's effects, study says

  • Family Key to Helping Teens Avoid Obesity
    Good relationship with parents, especially between fathers and sons, fosters healthy habits, study finds

  • Health Tip: Choosing the Right Potty Seat
    Make sure your child feels comfortable

  • Not Kidding: Childless Couples Happier
    Lack of standard paid leave in U.S. takes toll on parents' well-being, study finds

  • Allergists: Daily Bath OK for Kids With Eczema
    The key is immediately following tub time with moisturizer

  • Stay Alert for Child Drowning Dangers This Summer
    More than half of victims are under 5, but older kids and teens still at risk

  • Health Tip: Toddlers Should Get Vitamins From Diet
    How to get what young children need

  • Those Baby 'Milestones' May Have Longer-Term Importance
    Early standing could signal better learning and memory skills in preschool years, research suggests

  • Hovering Parents May Harm Kids
    Study found too much pressure for good grades raised risk for anxiety, depression

  • Guidelines Stop Heat Stroke Deaths in High School Athletes
    Protocols help get students used to the heat during preseason practice

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe in a Bounce House
    Make sure it's properly installed

  • Baby Your Baby With Sunscreen
    For starters, apply it at least 15 minutes before heading out, pediatrician advises

  • Health Tip: Use Safety Belts Properly on Kids
    When they've outgrown a booster, strap them in safely

  • Pet Turtles Continue to Spread Salmonella
    15 outbreaks in U.S. linked to the illegal reptiles

  • Childhood Sleep Guidelines Vary by Age
    Right amount leads to better behavior, attention and memory, doctors say

  • Kids Gain From More 'Dad Time'
    Pediatricians' report details the many benefits

  • Essentials for Keeping Kids Safe This Summer
    Expert shares tips for injury-free outdoor play

  • Parents Often Using TVs, Tablets as 'Electronic Babysitters'
    Study of 44 families found parent-child interaction rare during hours when preschoolers watched media

  • Health Tip: Recognizing Low Self-Esteem
    Moodiness and making excuses are signs in children

  • No Sex Please, I'm a Stressed New Mom
    Study finds both partners struggle when mothers feel overwhelmed

  • Teen Smoking Down, E-Cigarette Use Up
    CDC survey finds adolescents hear some health messages, but not all

  • Sound Sleep Elusive for Many Kids With ADHD
    Those with the attention disorder sleep less, take longer to fall asleep at night, study finds

  • Parents: Stay Mum on Daughter's Weight
    Girls who hear comments on size more likely to be overweight as adults, study finds

  • Do Big Bottles Kickstart Infant Weight Issues?
    Smaller baby bottles might help prevent early obesity in formula-fed infants, study suggests

  • Pop Stars Often Hawk Unhealthy Foods to Kids: Study
    Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and others endorse sugary, less healthy fare, researchers say

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Is Allergic to Dust
    Suggestions for what to do at home

  • Overweight Kids Eat Only a Bit More Per Meal
    Study finds difference is surprisingly small -- just 11 calories on average

  • 'Hard' Tap Water Linked to Eczema in Babies
    Skin condition seems more likely in areas with high mineral content in water, study finds

  • Calling Your Kid 'Fat' Could Be Counterproductive
    Mom and Dad often misjudge child's weight, studies find

  • Researchers Uncover Surprises About Celiac Disease
    Immune condition most common among people descended from the Punjab region of India

  • Baby's Early Walking May Mean Stronger Bones as Teen
    Researchers say parents can help improve odds by practicing with toddlers at home

  • Money, Language Barriers Can Affect Kids' Brain Injury Care
    Those on Medicaid have less access to necessary rehabilitation services, study says

  • Many Parents Ill-Informed About Kids' Asthma Meds
    Only half surveyed knew what drugs were prescribed, how to use them

  • New Test Helps Identify Rare Genetic Diseases in Newborns
    'Next-generation gene sequencing' could speed up the time to a diagnosis, study suggests

  • Fewer Inhaled Steroids May Be OK for Asthmatic Children
    Study suggests some kids don't need daily dosing, but one expert worries the strategy might have risks

  • Fewer U.S. Kids Die From Abusive Head Trauma: CDC
    Parent training helps prevent shaken baby syndrome, other forms of violence, experts agree

  • Health Tip: Swaddle Baby Safely
    Don't wrap the infant too tight

  • Kids' Grades May Suffer When Families Move
    The more times a family changed homes, the worse kids performed in math, reading, study found

  • 'Fat Shaming' Begins in First Grade
    Weight bias affects all aspects of obese kids' lives, researchers say

  • What Really Works to Help Baby Sleep
    Two long-recommended methods seem effective and bring no psychological harm, study finds

  • Whooping Cough Shot Safe for Pregnant Women
    It also offers short-term protection to vulnerable newborns, researchers say

  • At Least 1 Full-Time Nurse Per School, Pediatric Group Recommends
    Children's health needs are increasingly complex, requiring more time and expert care

  • Health Tip: Enjoy Screen-Free Fun With Your Preschooler
    Activities to get creativity flowing

  • Fatty Foods During Teen Years May Influence Later Breast Cancer Risk
    Higher amounts of unhealthy fats tied to greater breast density, researchers suggest

  • Giving Certain Foods Early May Cut Allergy Risk
    Study supports turnaround in thinking about peanuts, eggs and milk

  • Young Children With Sleep Apnea May Face Learning Difficulties: Study
    Attention, memory and language development might be affected, researchers say

  • Parents Often Don't Get Rid of Leftover Prescription Opioids
    Pills in the home offer teens easy access, expert notes

  • What Works -- And Doesn't -- to Manage Your Tot's Screen Time
    Key points: setting regular schedules for media use, and stopping when it feels 'natural,' researchers say

  • More Children Accidently Poisoned by 'Essential Oils'
    Tennessee poison center reports doubling of dangerous exposures since 2011, mostly in kids

  • Health Tip: Monitoring Your Child's Development
    Make sure your youngster is on track

  • Don't Blame Kids' Behavior on Full Moon
    International study puts common myth to rest

  • Nearly 1 Million More Kids Have Health Coverage After Obamacare
    Study shows 91 percent of Medicaid-eligible children are now enrolled

  • Do Genes Help Determine Your Education Level?
    Perhaps, but social and environmental factors have greater influence, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Laundry Room is No Place for Kids' Play
    Help keep little ones safe

  • Swaddling May Increase Chances of SIDS
    Study found wrapping blanket tightly around sleeping baby raised risk by almost 60 percent

  • Health Tip: Is Your Child an Emotional Eater?
    Here are potential warning signs

  • Harsh Parenting May Harm a Child's Physical Health
    Problems might last into early adulthood, study suggests

  • Parents and Social Media: Do as I Say, Not as I Do
    Study finds kids often mirror what mom and dad do when it comes to technology use

  • For ADHD, Start With Behavior Therapy, Not Drugs: CDC
    Parents of hyperactive young children can help them improve through guidance, experts say

  • Does TV Influence Which Alcohol Teens Favor?
    Study finds the more kids see a brand on shows, the more likely they'll drink it

  • Even in Taxis, Kids Belong in Safety Seats
    But study finds only 11 percent of children were properly restrained

  • Kids With Two Dads as Well-Adjusted as Other Kids, Study Finds
    But many of the fathers say they still face societal barriers

  • Autism Diagnosed at Younger Ages
    Researcher says this is due to change in screening guidelines for 18- and 24-month-olds

  • Playground-Related Brain Injuries on Rise in U.S.
    ERs treat more kids, perhaps because of greater concussion awareness, experts say

  • Study Suggests Aerial Pesticide Spraying Tied to Higher Autism Rates
    But researcher said finding doesn't prove cause-and-effect connection

  • Health Tip: Avoid Alcohol While Nursing
    Help keep baby safe

  • E-Cigarettes 'In' at Some Schools
    In certain places, teens more likely to vape, regardless of regular cigarette use, study says

  • Skateboarding Mishaps Send 176 U.S. Kids to ERs Every Day
    Protective gear is essential for preventing injuries, experts say

  • Spanking: More Harm Than Good?
    It can lead to psychological, learning problems in kids, analysis of 75 studies suggests

  • Early Emotional Support May Help Kids Manage Feelings Later
    Preschool children given high levels of caring showed specific brain changes

  • Temporarily Turning Blue Sometimes Normal for Babies, Doctors Say
    American Academy of Pediatrics refines guideline on what's called a 'brief resolved unexplained event'

  • Babies Fed Rice-Based Cereals Have Higher Arsenic Levels, Study Finds
    To avoid potential harm, experts recommend consuming a variety of grains early in life

  • Music Might Give Babies' Language Skills a Boost
    Small study suggests an effect, but just how long it may last is unclear

  • Take Precautions to Prevent Child Poisonings
    Common household products, including detergents and medications, are often to blame, doctor says

  • Teen Moms May Ignore Advice for Helping Babies Sleep Safely
    Awareness of SIDS risk didn't spur young mothers to follow recommendations, study finds

  • Nagging Your Kids About Weight Might Backfire
    Children added pounds if parents thought they were heavy, research suggests

  • Eating Disorders Seem More Common in Schools Where Girls Predominate
    And schools with kids from more educated parents also had higher rates, study found

  • Cow's Milk Allergy in Childhood May Lead to Weaker Bones: Study
    But one expert contends that difference in bone density wasn't enough, on average, to worry about fractures

  • Health Tip: Calming a Child After a Nightmare
    Offer comfort and reassurance

  • More Evidence Gay Parents Raise Well-Adjusted Kids
    Latest study found no differences in general health, mental health or learning abilities

  • Toddlers' Sweet Tooth a Weight-Gain Danger, Study Confirms
    Tots who favored sugary snacks over salty ones tended to be heavier by age 3, researchers found

  • Health Tip: Stop Eating When You're Full
    Pay attention to feeling of fullness

  • Health Tip: Why Are Some Babies Born Bigger?
    Mother's health can affect baby's size

  • Health Tip: Is Your Child Ready for Potty Training?
    Motor and language skills are a must

  • Restaurants Cut Calories in Kids' Meals, Study Finds
    But salt and fat still a concern, expert says

  • Health Tip: Your Extracurricular Teen
    Are after-school activities causing stress?

  • Caring for Baby's Teeth Starts Before Birth
    Expert shares timeline for child's dental health

  • Booze-Branded Merchandise May Spur Teen Drinking
    Studies show link between owning alcohol-related items and youth alcohol use

  • Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Epilepsy Risk, Study Suggests
    But the research did not prove a cause-and-effect connection

  • FDA Suggests Limit for Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal
    The element occurs naturally in soil and water; rice plants absorb it more than other crops, agency says

  • U.S. Autism Rate Unchanged at 1 in 68 Kids: CDC
    It's not yet clear if the rate will stabilize over the long-term, experts say

  • Even Controlled, Epilepsy May Still Cause Problems for Kids
    Study finds social and educational issues may be a concern as children get older

  • Health Tip: Watch for Mental Health 'Red Flags' in Kids
    Warning signs you shouldn't ignore include changes in sleep habits

  • Stay Safe in the Water This Spring Break
    Vigilance at the beach is key, especially for young children, expert says

  • How to Tell If Your Teen Has a Mental Health Problem
    1 in 5 kids develop a serious problem but many go years without treatment, psychiatrist says

  • Infant Ear Infections Becoming Less Common
    Just under half of U.S. babies have them in first year now, compared to 60 percent in '80s and '90s

  • Injuries More Common in Teens Who Focus on Single Sport
    Study shows the more teens specialize, the greater the risk of knee and hip problems

  • Troubled Kids' Psychiatric Care Often Delayed by Insurance Rules
    Dealing with red tape consumes clinicians' time, poses danger to patients, researchers say

  • Spring a Good Time to Instill Healthy Habits in Kids
    Outside activity feels less like a chore when the weather is warm, expert suggests

  • Caffeine Intake -- Even Dad's -- Linked to Miscarriage, Study Says
    Behaviors prior to conception influence pregnancy loss

  • Kids' Fruit Drinks, Juices Contain Day's Worth of Sugar
    Study was conducted in Britain, but experts say similar results would be found in U.S.

  • Health Tip: Breakfast Is Essential
    It can help kids do better in school

  • Uninsured Parents Often Unaware Kids Could Be Covered
    U.S. study of minority children finds many have unmet health needs

  • Antibiotics Don't Boost Baby's Weight: Study
    Contrary to what happens in animals, infection-fighting drugs won't cause excess pounds, researchers say

  • Many Parents Skeptical of Online Doctor Ratings, Poll Finds
    But one-third turn to Internet to choose physicians

  • Most Families Cherish a Child With Down Syndrome, Survey Finds
    Only younger siblings struggled in some cases, which researchers said wasn't surprising

  • 60,000 U.S. Kids Treated for Accidental Medicine Poisoning a Year
    Toddlers account for 7 out of 10 cases, report says

  • Psychological Disorders Affect 1 in 7 U.S. Kids Under 9: CDC
    Parents' mental health, lack of medical care contribute to disabilities, researchers say

  • More Young Americans Support Gay Adoption: Survey
    But tolerance still varies between teens and 40-somethings

  • Health Tip: Make Sure Your Child's Car Seat Is Safe

  • Kids Who Aren't Ready for Kindergarten May Suffer Long-Term Consequences
    Study finds such youngsters more likely to be held back, or even expelled by fourth grade

  • Two-Dose Chickenpox Shot Gets the Job Done, Study Shows
    Adding second shot at ages 4 to 6 is almost 100 percent effective

  • Mom's Smoking May Put Kids at Higher Risk of COPD in Adulthood
    Risk was almost tripled when mothers smoked heavily, but study didn't prove cause and effect

  • If Younger Sibling Arrives Before 1st Grade, Kids Less Likely to Be Obese: Study
    But children who didn't have a younger sibling by first grade much more likely to be obese

  • U.S. Pediatricians to Add Poverty to Well-Visit Checklist
    One simple question might help families avert serious health risks, American Academy of Pediatrics says

  • Special Infant Formulas Don't Shield Against Asthma, Allergies: Study
    Review of nearly 70 years of data found no protective effect; experts urge breast-feeding instead

  • Pot Smokers May Face 5 Times Greater Risk of Alcohol Abuse
    Marijuana users also less likely to quit drinking, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Soothe Your Child's Mood With Music
    Promote concentration and ease anxiety

  • Most Pediatricians Don't Ask About Mom's Depression
    About 4 in 10 moms with young kids affected, which can have harmful effects on families, researchers say

  • Head Lice No Cause for Panic, Expert Says
    But ask your pediatrician if a prescription remedy is needed

  • Simple Changes in Bad Neighborhoods Might Lower Teen Murder Rates
    Adding streetlights, maintaining vacant lots could make a difference, researchers suggest

  • Health Tip: Is Your Child Stressed?
    Watch for behavior changes

  • Loose-Fitting Football Helmets Tied to Worse Concussions in Teens
    High schools should have athletic trainers check players' head gear for proper fit, doctor says

  • Supervised Exposure Therapy for Peanut Allergy Lasts, Study Finds
    Even after a year-long break, kids maintained their tolerance

  • Lawn Mowers Can Cause Severe Injuries to Kids
    Study found that more than half of accidents required amputation

  • Health Tip: Helping Your Child Choose a Sport
    Evaluate likes and skills

  • Parents, Take Heed: Your Kids Copy Your Heart Health Habits
    Study found that when a caregiver was obese or had a heart risk factor, children often followed suit

  • Fidgeting May Help Students With ADHD Learn
    Study found symptoms increased when kids faced more challenging memory tasks

  • Young Athletes Pressured by Parents May Resort to 'Doping'
    'Tiger parenting' can have dire consequences, researcher contends

  • iPads Often Used to Pacify Difficult Kids
    Mobile technology the go-to tool of some frustrated parents, study finds

  • Health Tip: Supporting a Child Who Struggles With Anxiety
    Offer praise and reassurance

  • Pot Habit Early in Life May Alter Brain, Study Suggests
    Regular marijuana users who started smoking before 16 had marked differences on MRI scans

  • Many Parents Downplay Value of Flu Shot, Poll Finds
    Confusion about effectiveness, safety tied to low rates of immunization among U.S. kids

  • Paid Family Leave Tied to Decline in Child Abuse
    California study found hospital admissions for abuse-linked head injuries dropped after policy enacted

  • For Transgender Kids, Support Is Key to Emotional Well-Being
    Study did not find higher depression levels when parents backed children's choice

  • 'Preemie' Babies May Face Long-Term Anesthesia Risks
    Study tracked higher rate of complications up to age 22

  • Gene Abnormality May Be Key to Down Syndrome, Scientists Say
    Results might eventually lead to new treatments, study authors suggest

  • Parents' Depression, Anxiety May Contribute to Kids' Fussy Eating
    If mom or dad had mental health issues, children were pickier about what they ate, study finds

  • Could Adults' Expectations Drive Up ADHD Diagnoses in Kids?
    Rates of disorder have risen alongside increasing academic demands, researchers say

  • Vaccine Has Cut HPV Infection Rate in Teen Girls by Two-Thirds: Study
    Still, too few girls and boys getting vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical cancer, other malignancies, researchers say

  • Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy
    Oral health expert offers tips on preventing tooth decay

  • Health Tip: Moms, Don't Neglect Your Health
    Exercise, eat well and manage stress

  • Kids With Autism More Likely to Wander, Less Likely to Recognize Danger
    Researchers concerned about risks to children with developmental issues, as well as the stress on parents

  • Obesity Can Send Kids' Blood Pressure Soaring: Study
    Losing weight can bring it back in line, expert says

  • Teething Makes Babies Cranky, But Not Sick: Review
    But if infant has a fever while first teeth break through gums, it most likely points to illness, doctors say

  • Parenthood May Alter Immune System, Research Suggests
    Raising a child seems to cause greater changes than response to flu vaccine or stomach flu

  • Study Pushes 'More Is More' Approach to Shielding Kids From the Sun
    Protective swim shirt, text reminders some ways to help reduce children's skin cancer risk

  • More Evidence That Poor Sleep Could Lower Teens' Grades
    High school students who hit the sack before 11 p.m. had higher grades on average, research shows

  • Health Tip: Pack Essentials for a Flight With Kids
    Be prepared

  • Teen Dating Violence Is Target of New CDC Program
    Twenty percent of girls, 10 percent of boys say they have been victimized by a dating partner, agency says

  • Standardized Test Scores Decline With Each Passing Hour of School
    But, short breaks provide a mind boost, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Set up a Safe Changing Table
    Avoid injury while changing baby's diaper

  • Study Ties Parents' Criticism to Persistent ADHD in Kids
    If harsh comments focus on the child, rather than the behaviors, symptoms may linger, researcher says

  • Health Tip: Plan Family Meals and Exercise
    Stay healthier together

  • Varied Diets May Not Curb Childhood Obesity, Study Suggests
    Kids given more food diversity might be heavier, researchers find

  • Study Links Child Abuse, Neglect to Earlier Onset of Bipolar Disorder
    Researchers also found greater risk of suicide and more severe manic and depressive symptoms

  • Health Tip: When Is the Right Time for a Nap?
    The optimal time for your baby

  • Homemade 'Dewshine' Can Be Deadly
    2 teens have already died from toxic mix of soda and racing fuel, expert says

  • Healthier Diets May Be Cutting Heart, Diabetes Risks in U.S. Teens
    But obesity still rose and physical activity remained the same, study showed

  • Doctors Should Screen Teens for Major Depression, U.S. Task Force Says
    Experts add that more research needed to determine whether kids under 12 should also be tested

  • Measles Outbreak May Have Swayed Some Parents on Vaccines
    Moms and dads who were well-informed on Disneyland cases were more confident about shots in survey

  • Super Bowl Safety: Protect Kids From Toppling TVs
    Poorly positioned televisions injure thousands of children a year, experts say

  • Waning Whooping Cough Immunity Blamed in Outbreaks
    Teens have very little protection just a few years after vaccination, study finds

  • Could IVF Raise Children's Odds for Blood Cancer?
    Study of in vitro fertilization shows slightly elevated risk, but experts aren't sounding alarms

  • Parent's Depression May Harm Child's Grades, Study Finds
    Treating the adult might help school performance, experts say

  • Should Tackling Be Banned From Youth Football?
    Expert says doctors need to do more to safeguard kids from concussions

  • Health Tip: Help Your Child Kick a Bad Habit
    Suggestions to change unwanted behavior

  • Less Than Half of U.S. Babies Receive Flu Vaccine: CDC
    Many parents don't realize how deadly flu can be, expert says

  • Child Abuse at Daycare, Youth Groups Rarer Than Thought: Survey
    Kids at higher risk at home than while in the care of such organizations, study finds

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe in the Bathroom
    Suggestions to avoid injury

  • Worldwide Boost in Breast-Feeding Could Save 800,000 Lives: Study
    Global economy would also benefit from more mothers nursing their babies, study contends

  • Face-to-Face Still Trumps Texts for Social Closeness, Studies Find
    In-person communication better at conveying emotions, and helps preteens read nonverbal cues, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Protect Your Child's Eyes
    Keep harmful objects out of reach

  • Parents Often Ill-Informed About Food-Allergy Emergencies
    Many don't know how, when to use epinephrine, study finds

  • Teens Who 'Vape' May Be More Likely to Try Smoking, Too
    Study finds e-cigarette users have almost triple the odds compared to nonusers

  • Some College Kids Spend a Fifth of Class Time on Digital Devices
    Survey finds many are texting, emailing or checking social media

  • Healthy-Eating Tots Still Like Junk Food
    Obesity prevention efforts may need to do more than encourage kids to eat fruits and veggies, experts say

  • Health Tip: Promote Healthier Eating in Kids
    Suggestions to foster good habits

  • 'Standing Desks' in Classrooms May Kickstart Kids' Activity
    Staying upright might also lead to improved behavior, research suggests

  • Excess Weight Linked to Blood Clot Risk in Kids
    One in three children with a clot was obese, study finds

  • Parental Debt May Affect Kids' Behavior
    The key seems to be the reasons why they borrow, study suggests

  • Supermarkets Nearby May Help Kids Lose Some Weight: Study
    Coaching on healthy food choices is a plus, too, experts say

  • Breast Concerns May Sideline Many Teen Girls From Sports
    Survey finds about half of British high school girls forgo activities

  • Schools Offering Drinking Water May Have Slightly Slimmer Students
    When water was available, kids purchased less milk, study found

  • Out-of-Shape Teens May Face High Blood Pressure Later
    Even thin kids are at risk, study says, emphasizing importance of exercise

  • Health Tip: Let Kids Dip Into Lunch
    Pack crackers and veggies with dip

  • More Evidence That Severe Poverty Harms Kids' Health
    Children living way below poverty line more likely to be obese, exposed to lead

  • Health Warning Labels Might Help Parents Skip the Soda Aisle
    Survey suggests warnings of tooth decay, obesity, diabetes could reduce sugary drink sales

  • Health Tip: Help Keep Your Child From Smoking
    Discuss possible dangers

  • Acetaminophen Tops List of Accidental Infant Poisonings
    Other common dangers included cough/cold meds, ibuprofen and diaper rash creams, data shows

  • Health Tip: Treating Your Child's Cold
    Suggestions to help ease symptoms

  • Study Finds Poverty a Stronger Harbinger of Childhood Obesity Than Race
    Low-income students may consume more fast food, have less access to activity, researchers suggest

  • Health Tip: Prepare Your Child for the Dentist
    How you can help

  • Parents Can Play Big Role in Thwarting Teen Fights: Study
    Changing mindset that fighting is sometimes OK could help avert violence, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Checking Your Child's Toys for Lead
    Protect against lead poisoning

  • Influential Students Effective at Bully Prevention, Study Finds
    Key may be enlisting kids with wide social networks, not who adults think is 'good,' researcher says

  • Health Tip: Does Your Child Still Need a Sitter?
    Signs the child may be able to stay alone

  • Single Parents Struggle Most to Get a Good Night's Sleep: Study
    New data also shows moms most likely to suffer from lack of shuteye

  • Try Home Remedies for Child's Cough or Cold
    Over-the-counter treatments are riskier and costlier, says American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Millions of Teens Exposed to E-Cigarette Ads: CDC
    Unrestricted marketing could upend decades of progress against youth smoking

  • New School Lunch Program Lets Kids Select More Nutritious Meals
    Changes include more variety, and servings of fruits and vegetables, researchers say

  • Pediatricians' Group Says U.S. Lacks Resources to Treat Kids in Disasters
    Drugs to counter biological or other threats too often geared to adults, American Academy of Pediatrics says

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids' Sleep Schedules Consistent
    Even during special occasions

  • Could Football Practices Without Helmets Help Prevent Concussions?
    Without protection, players learn to guard their heads, research suggests

  • ADHD Meds May Raise Risk for Psychotic Side Effects in Some Kids: Study
    Two-thirds of children with parental history of mental illness report 'funny feelings' when on the stimulants

  • More Computer Time May Be Causing Nearsightedness in U.S. Kids
    Eye experts suggest boosting outdoor time to get young eyes focusing on distant objects

  • Make Toy Safety a Top Concern
    Dangerous playthings account for thousands of injuries each year in U.S.

  • Health Tip: Watch those Liquid Laundry Packets
    They may be a serious hazard for children

  • Tiny Turtles Carry Salmonella Threat
    Though banned as pets in U.S., they're still sold illegally and children are often the ones sickened, CDC finds

  • Noisy Electronic Toys May Hamper Babies' Verbal Skills
    Study found that toddlers talk less when their toys talk, sing, light up more

  • Health Tip: Protect Kids' Hearing During the Holidays
    Teach children to shield their ears

  • Smoke Weed in College and Your Grades May Go to Pot
    Study links marijuana use to skipped classes, poorer academic performance

  • Help Your Kids Sleep in Heavenly Peace
    Stick to bedtime routines through the holidays, expert says

  • How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery
    To relieve anxiety, be honest, use simple language to explain what's going to happen, experts advise

  • Health Tip: Keeping Kids in Pain Comfortable
    Suggestions that don't involve medication

  • Health Tip: Understanding Your Baby's Vision
    How it develops during the first year

  • Parents Keep Too Tight a Leash on Teens' Health Care: Survey
    Kids aren't learning to manage their own medical visits, expert says

  • LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator Approved for Children
    For heart patients who can't have device implanted

  • Health Tip: Flying With Children
    Bring a child seat that's made for planes

  • Abuse of Prescription Painkillers, Stimulants Ups Sexual Risks for Teens
    Those taking these drugs with no prescription more likely to have multiple partners, forgo condom use, study says

  • Bodily Changes Don't Always Signal 'Precocious' Puberty in Kids
    It's not unusual to see early pubic hair development, pediatricians say

  • Health Tip: Portion Your Child's Plate
    Help ensure that the youngster eats healthy

  • Health Tip: Take Precautions With Your Holiday Tree
    And help protect children

  • Most Teens' Physical Activity Occurs at School
    But they aren't getting enough exercise and need more avenues for active recreation, experts say

  • Kanuma Approved for Rare Missing-Enzyme Disease
    Wolman disease triggers fat buildup, leading to heart and liver problems

  • Health Tip: Before You Give Your Child Medicine
    Speak with your doctor and ask questions

  • Infant Weight Gain Linked to Possible Type 1 Diabetes Risk
    But study author says it's too soon to recommend changes in feeding practices

  • Health Tip: Talking to Kids About World Events
    Inform, but don't frighten

  • Teens More Cautious About Sex When Parents Set Rules, Study Finds
    Kids tend to delay sex if Mom and Dad keep an eye on what they're doing, who they're with

  • Bullies May Face Higher Odds of Eating Disorders: Study
    Risk of anorexia or bulimia significantly higher than for kids not involved in bullying

  • Health Tip: Safety Suggestions for Teenage Babysitters
    For starters, be sure there's someone to escort you home from a babysitting job at night

  • ADHD Medications Linked to Sleep Problems in Kids
    Review of studies finds drugs like Ritalin, Adderall may create sleep woes for some

  • Most First-Time Moms Plan to Follow Vaccine Schedule
    11 percent intend to spread out the recommended inoculations, survey finds

  • Teasing Girls About Weight May Cause Lasting Harm
    Study finds link between being made fun of and problematic eating behaviors

  • Health Tip: Help Your Toddler Develop Needed Skills
    Suggested activities include playing with blocks, stringing large beads

  • Experts Pan Gene Testing of Budding Athletes
    Scientific evidence is far too weak to determine a child's talent, panel says

  • More Gluten Before Age 2 Linked to Celiac Disease in At-Risk Kids
    But it's not clear if limiting the protein in baby's diet would help, experts say

  • How to Keep Your Baby's Slumber Safe
    Babies should be placed on their back and in their own bed to sleep, pediatrician advises

  • CDC: Child Autism Rate Now 1 in 45 After Survey Method Changes
    The number differs based on new questions parents were asked about their children

  • Military Deployment Tied to Greater Odds of Child Abuse, Neglect
    Periods during and just after deployment are highest risk, study finds

  • California Vaccine Refusers Cluster in Rich, White Areas
    But changes are coming to that state's 'personal belief' exemption law

  • Sharp Increase in U.S. Babies Born With Syphilis: CDC
    Pregnant women should be screened for the sexually transmitted disease, experts say

  • Health Tip: Reducing Your Child's Risk of Lead Poisoning
    Be especially careful if you live in an older home

  • Losing a Parent in Childhood May Raise Suicide Risk Decades Later
    Rate of suicide for people who'd suffered such an early loss was double that of those who hadn't, study found

  • Bystander CPR Helps Some Kids Survive Cardiac Arrest
    Unfortunately, infants don't appear to be benefitting, study finds

  • Insulin Pumps Give Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Better Blood Sugar Control
    Study included almost 55,000 children and teens

  • Obese Kids as Young as 8 Show Signs of Heart Disease
    MRI scans reveal structural abnormalities associated with cardiac strain

  • 3-D Computer Modeling Might Improve Children's Heart Transplants
    Technology could help doctors choose a better organ size match, study suggests

  • Parents the Target of Deceptive Food Ads, Study Says
    Commercials that misstate benefits of sugary products concern researchers

  • Just One Energy Drink Sends Young Adults' Stress Hormone Levels Soaring
    Researchers also found the beverage pushed blood pressure levels higher

  • Challenges for Extreme Preemies Can Last into Teens
    But majority of very preterm or very small newborns do well, experts say

  • What You Need to Know When Your Child Gets a Rash
    Most clear up on their own or are easily treated, but some are contagious -- even dangerous

  • Health Tip: Giving Toddlers Needed Playtime
    Here's what's appropriate

  • Don't Assume Siblings Will Have Food Allergies, Too
    Study found only 1 in 10 was allergic to same things; experts advise against routine testing for them

  • Rule Changes Might Lead to More Lung Transplants for Kids
    Study suggests that widening the geographic pool could increase available organs

  • Children of Stressed Parents May Be Prone to Obesity
    Study, one of first to identify parental pressure as risk factor for weight gain, focused on Hispanic households

  • Health Tip: Talk to Kids About Fire Safety
    Explain how to help prevent fires

  • Health Tip: Avoid Back Pain While Feeding Baby
    Put less pressure on your spine

  • Weight Gain a Challenge for Children With Autism: Study
    Preschoolers, teens on the spectrum are more likely than peers to be overweight, obese

  • Health Tip: Protect Baby's Teeth From Tooth Decay
    Don't let your infant sleep with a bottle

  • Most Preschoolers Use Tablets, Smartphones Daily
    New study suggests an income-based 'digital divide' is narrowing

  • Teens Do Listen to Parents' Advice About Sex: Study
    Discussions may help kids delay sexual activity, and use condoms or other birth control

  • Health Tip: Serve up Better Halloween Treats
    Suggestions for a healthier holiday

  • Kids Meals, Toys and TV Ads Add Up to Frequent Fast Food: Study
    Restaurant chains that advertise on children's networks exert strong pull on 3- to 7-year-olds

  • Singing Better Than Talking for Soothing Cranky Babies, Study Finds
    It seems to keep infants happy longer, researchers say

  • Keep Kids Safe This Halloween
    Doctors' group offers tips for avoiding fright-night injuries

  • Health Tip: Stay Safe During Trick-or-Treating
    Halloween safety precautions

  • Breast Milk Makeup May Influence Child's Later Weight, Study Says
    Naturally occurring complex carbohydrates could play a role in obesity

  • Halloween Can Be a Fright for Kids With Food Allergies
    Expert offers tips for getting your ghosts and goblins safely through the holiday

  • Oxytocin 'Love Hormone' Nasal Spray Shows Promise in Kids With Autism
    Small Australian trial suggests it could boost social skills; larger U.S. trials are planned, expert says

  • Limiting Tackling Limits Concussions: Study
    Brain injury rate twice as high in seasons where tackling wasn't limited during practices

  • Shaken Baby Syndrome Program Didn't Reduce Injuries: Study
    Over 3 years, more than 90 percent of North Carolina parents of newborns participated

  • Safe Tackling OK in Youth Football, Pediatricians' Group Says
    New policy statement urges proper training, supervision to avoid injuries among young players

  • Too Few Boys Get HPV Vaccine, CDC Study Finds
    This leaves them vulnerable to sexually transmitted virus, cancer

  • Health Tip: Talking to Your Child About Safety
    A child should never fear confiding in you

  • Doctors Key to Stopping Child Hunger
    American Academy of Pediatrics statement says all kids should be screened for signs of malnutrition

  • Bullied Teens Face Roadblocks to Mental Health Services
    Pediatricians must do more for these children, researcher says

  • Health Tip: Help Kids Enjoy Technology
    Parents should set guidelines

  • 'Green' Public Housing May Help Families Breathe Easier
    Rates of asthma attacks lower in specially designed buildings

  • Health Tip: Promote Healthy Habits During Meals
    Do's and don'ts for healthier eating

  • Disaster Plans Must Consider Children, Pediatrics Group Says
    Youngsters face greater health risks from terrorist attacks, accidents and outbreaks

  • Very Young Babies Sense Touch Differently
    Study says until 4 months of age, infants can't really place origin of tickle

  • Preteen Girls Worry About Breast Cancer If It's in the Family
    Doctor recommends honest discussions to alleviate distress

  • Study Challenges Theory That Birth Order Determines Personality
    Adult traits may not be preordained by place in the family heirarchy, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Is Your Child Ready for a Booster Seat?
    Suggestions for a safer transition

  • Vaccines Rarely Cause Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions: CDC
    Just 33 people from 25 million immunized were affected, researchers report

  • Relax, Parents, Your Teen's Moodiness Should Subside, Study Finds
    Early adolescence is stormiest period, Dutch researchers say

  • Enterovirus D68 No Deadlier for Kids Than the Common Cold: Study
    CDC still doesn't know if unusual paralysis cases are caused by this virus

  • Health Tip: Help College Kids Have Healthy Ambition
    Results are the only things that matter

  • Crohn's Disease Treatments for Kids May Not Get Gut Back to Normal
    Even after therapy, healthy bacteria, fungi populations not restored, study finds

  • Many New Moms Still Lack Breast-Feeding Support at Work
    Study finds less than half of workplaces have private space or enough break time to express milk

  • Health Tip: Use a High Chair Safely
    Always use restraints

  • Child Safety Seats Often Incompatible With Cars: Study
    Parents should take measurements to ensure seats fit properly inside vehicle, researchers advise

  • Health Tip: Get Involved in Your Child's Internet Use
    Help protect the youngster's privacy

  • Weight, Growth Early in Life May Affect Adult Brain
    Poor nutrition during childhood tied to poorer sight, hearing, and even thinking later on, study finds

  • Frequent School Changes Linked to Poorer Performance
    For low-income kids, moving every year may hurt math skills, behavior, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Is Your Baby's Crib Safe?
    Make sure it's up to date

  • Health Tip: Teaching Kids to Wash Hands
    A good habit that could help prevent illness

  • Help Your Child Get a Good Night's Sleep
    Start by developing a bedtime routine, pediatrician says

  • Parents Can Take Steps to Help Make Homework Less Stressful
    Establish a routine and review assignment directions when kids come home, expert advises

  • Expert Offers Car Seat Safety Tips
    Most devices aren't used properly

  • Health Tip: Teach Kids About Gratitude
    It can lead to a change in attitude

  • Study Links Early Infections to Celiac Risk
    But researchers caution it's not clear if childhood illnesses cause the immune disorder

  • Health Tip: Child Obesity Affects Bones, Muscles and Joints
    Being overweight can cause these problems

  • Severely Obese Kids at Higher Risk for Heart Disease, Diabetes
    Study finds heavier boys face even greater odds of future trouble

  • Gut Bacteria Tied to Asthma Risk in Kids
    Study suggests that antibiotics in infancy might also play a role

  • Toppling TVs a Risk to Kids
    Three-fourths of injuries occurred when children weren't closely supervised, study finds

  • Lower Drinking Age May Bring More High School Dropouts
    New research says fewer kids finished high school when alcohol was legal at 18

  • Preschoolers Can Learn Heart-Healthy Lifestyles
    Kids benefit from being taught good food and exercise habits, study reports

  • Children in Foster Homes Need Better Health Care
    American Academy of Pediatrics says kids may be traumatized and require more consistent treatment

  • Childhood Trauma May Boost Heart Disease Risk for a Lifetime
    Learning how to manage stress effectively might help, experts say

  • Health Tip: Preventing Childhood Obesity
    Don't forget to address sleep and screen time

  • Expert Tips for Preventing Kids' Sports Injuries
    Children need breaks from playing to avoid overuse injuries, orthopedic surgeon says

  • Secondhand Smoke May Double Risk of Hospitalization for Kids With Asthma
    Exposure can worsen symptoms and make the disease more difficult to manage, researchers say

  • Parents Differ on Definition of Cyberbullying, Survey Shows
    And there's no consensus on appropriate punishments, penalties for perpetrators

  • Short Legs May Explain Why Toddlers Teeter
    Study suggests the smaller limbs give children less time to push up away from the ground

  • Want Your Kids to Exercise? Skip the Guilt
    Pressuring middle schoolers to get active can backfire, researchers say

  • Childhood Cancer Devastates Family Finances, Too
    One-quarter lost more than 40 percent of household income after diagnosis, study reveals

  • Girls Who Are Impulsive, Poor Planners May Be Prone to Weight Gain
    They're also more likely to binge eat, study suggests

  • Apples Are American Kids' Favorite Fruit
    But children should broaden their palate, researcher says

  • Though Rare, Some Disabilities Seen Long After Newborn Heart Surgery
    Study authors suggest a lack of oxygen before the procedure may play a role

  • Tighter Gun-Control Laws May Lower Chances That Teens Carry Firearms
    But state regulations need to limit adult ownership to have an impact, study says

  • Parents Should Be Involved in Teen's Bulimia Treatment: Study
    Recovery is faster when family is part of therapy, researchers find

  • Childhood Vaccines Debate Rekindled at GOP Presidential Debate
    Experts say candidates' remarks about frequency of shots could stoke parents' concerns

  • Teens Copy Parents' Smoking: Study
    If mom smokes, daughters are almost four times as likely to get hooked on cigarettes

  • More Cavities Seen in Kids of Chronically Stressed Mothers
    These moms are less likely to breast-feed, make dental appointments, study finds

  • Health Tip: When a Child Has Sleep Apnea
    Here are potential complications

  • Many Parents Overlook Booster Seat Safety
    Used properly, they can reduce risk of serious injuries by 45 percent, researchers say

  • Filtered Sunlight May Be Effective Jaundice Therapy
    Low-tech treatment might help newborns in developing countries, researchers say

  • Health Tip: When a Couple Becomes Parents
    Make time for each other, and be gentle

  • Can More Outside Time Help Kids' Eyesight?
    Nearsightedness was less common in students assigned extra 40 minutes outdoors, Chinese study finds

  • Health Tip: Encourage Kids to Stay Active
    Suggestions to keep them moving

  • Disaster Aftereffects May Linger for Children
    Difficulties may not be readily apparent, pediatricians' group says

  • ADHD May Mask Autism in Young Kids
    This might lead to delay in getting the right diagnosis and treatment, experts say

  • Childhood Abuse Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Later in Life
    But study finds no association with another inflammatory bowel disease

  • Health Tip: Choosing Shoes for Your Busy Toddler
    Pay attention to fit and function

  • Health Tip: Get Involved at Your Child's School
    You'll help your child learn

  • Health Tip: Cutting Down on Kids' Screen Time
    Limit access to TV

  • Sleep Apnea May Hurt Kids' Grades
    Children with snoring or other irregular nighttime breathing need evaluation, experts say

  • Teens Using E-Cigarettes to 'Vape' Pot, Survey Finds
    But researchers don't know how the kids are modifying the devices to get high

  • Sports Medicine Docs Offer Safety Tips for Young Athletes
    Children should ease back into activity, wear properly fitted safety gear and stay hydrated

  • With School Back in Session, Kids Need Refresher Course on Hand-Washing
    Doctor offers tips on when and how to clean hands

  • Autism Behaviors May Differ in Boys and Girls
    Study also found gender differences in brains of children with the disorder

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Chooses Unhealthy Foods
    Suggestions to help break the habit

  • Light From Smartphones, Tablets May Lower Sleep Hormone in Kids
    Finding suggests use of electronic devices before bedtime could delay slumber

  • One-Third of U.S. Kids With ADHD Diagnosed Before Age 6: Report
    But researchers add that few valid tests exist to support diagnosis in children that young

  • More High School Athletes Using 'Dip' and 'Chew,' CDC Finds
    Experts think ban on smokeless tobacco among pro athletes might help curb use among kids

  • Day Care Won't Cause Aggressive Behavior in Child, Study Finds
    Results from children in Norway could reassure working parents

  • Cutting-Edge Gene Tests May Improve Management of Autism
    Results could help personalize care, experts say

  • Health Tip: When Kids Walk to School
    Make sure they follow safety rules

  • Proposed NYC Law May Trim 54 Calories From Kids' Fast Food Meals
    If passed, legislation would also reduce levels of fat and sodium, study says

  • Many Teens With Chronic Illnesses Use Alcohol, Pot
    Four out of 10 high schoolers with medical conditions used one or both in past year, study found

  • Some Sobering Stats on Kids and Drinking
    Report finds many starting at younger ages, so more likely to binge drink

  • How Parents Add to Math Anxiety
    Voicing concerns, helping with homework may increase child's fear, study finds

  • Health Tip: Skip the Salt in Your Child's Lunch
    Suggestions to reduce sodium

  • Settling the Back-to-School Jitters
    Mental health expert says some kids get anxious about returning to the classroom, but parents can help

  • Many Parents Unaware of Dangers E-Cigarettes Pose to Little Kids: Survey
    Users should store liquid nicotine where small children can't find it, researchers say

  • 'Goth' Teens Report More Depression, Self-Harm
    But study findings didn't prove cause-and-effect, only showed an association

  • Health Tip: Balance Homework With Down Time
    Do what works for your child

  • Summer Is High Time for College Kids Trying Illegal Substances
    But illicit painkiller use tends to begin in winter, study finds

  • Even Short Bouts of Activity May Help Kids' Health
    Three minutes every half hour for three hours lowered blood sugar levels, study says

  • Oldest Sister at Greater Risk of Obesity, Study Contends
    Researcher suggests firstborns may have decreased blood supply, nutrients in womb

  • Healthier School Meals Offered Across U.S., Feds Find
    Students get more fruits and veggies, less salt

  • Despite Pockets of Resistance, Most U.S. Kids Getting Vaccinated
    Health officials call the finding heartening, but worry about lingering opposition to inoculations

  • Teens Not the Only Ones Using Cellphones While Driving
    Many adults are calling, texting when behind the wheel, survey finds

  • Health Tip: Your Child's Bowel Function
    Signs you should visit a doctor

  • Many Parents Put 'Food Pressure' on Their Kids, Study Finds
    Overweight moms, dads often limit food intake, while those of normal weight push children to eat more

  • Parents' Clothing Can Infect Newborns in Intensive Care
    Researchers tested for respiratory syncytial virus

  • American Kids Growing Fatter Than Their Canadian Cousins
    Rates for school children differ significantly, CDC study finds

  • Sex Lives Best When Couples Share Child Care Duties, Survey Shows
    Relationship suffered when one partner took on all parenting responsibilities

  • Promacta Approval Expanded to Kids With Rare Blood Disorder
    Immune thrombocytopenic purpura involves low blood platelet counts

  • Back-to-School Tips for Healthy Teeth
    Dental hygiene, good diet and regular checkups make for pearly whites, expert says

  • Focus on Healthy Backs for Back-to-School
    Spending hours hunched over electronic devices is a no-no, expert says

  • Excessive Sports Training Hurts Kids, Expert Warns
    Parents should set limits to help prevent injuries

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids Active
    Make playtime exercise time

  • Healthy Breakfast Is Essential for Kids
    Expert shares tips for morning meals they can't pass up

  • Vocabulary at 2 May Help Predict Kindergarten Success
    Researchers recommend reaching out to children in disadvantaged homes

  • Head Lice Now Resistant to Common Meds in 25 States
    Prescription drugs are still effective, however

  • Health Tip: Talking to Your Child About Eating Disorders
    Approach conversation honestly

  • How Parents Can Ease Transition to First Grade
    Remain positive with your child, get involved in school life, expert says

  • Neglecting Teen Health May Lead to Bigger Problems as Adults
    More depression, poorer health reported at age 30, study says

  • Protective Eyewear in Girls' Field Hockey Means Fewer Injuries
    Eye-related injuries dropped, and rate of concussions didn't rise after requirement, study says

  • Kids' Risky Behaviors a Concern in Some Military Families
    Subset of children struggle to cope with effects of parents serving in war, study shows

  • Family Struggles May Affect Boys' Brain Development
    Mental health symptoms, reduced gray matter volume noted in study

  • Don't Let Backpacks Lead to Back Injury
    Experts offers tips for avoiding problems

  • Headaches Are Common in Kids, Teens
    Treatment often as simple as a glass of water, a good meal or some sleep, expert says

  • Clubs, Adult Support Can Help Kids Stay Slim
    Being active and having positive role models is key, new study finds

  • More American Children Diagnosed With ADHD
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers tips on coping with attention disorder

  • Health Tip: Ease the Transition to a New School
    Help your child cope with change

  • Kids Exposed to Lots of Alcohol Ads While Watching Sports on TV
    Australian study finds many drinking ads aired during kids' peak daytime viewing times

  • Health Tip: Teach Children About Internet Safety
    Describe OK sites, and those to avoid

  • Sexting, Internet Safety for Kids Big Concerns in Survey
    Adults more worried about both problems in latest poll

  • Some Babies May Pick Up 2nd Language More Easily
    Research suggests a behavior called 'gaze shifting' may be key

  • Old Electronics Potential Source of Lead Exposure in Kids
    Man who worked at recycling company brought toxins home to his kids via his clothes and hair, expert says

  • Parents of Kids With Diabetes Need to Plan for School Days
    Only 30 states have laws ensuring children access to proper care

  • What Parents Can Do to Promote Good Dental Health
    Eat right and teach kids how to care for their teeth properly, expert suggests

  • Parents' Happiness Key to How Big Families Grow
    Study finds couples are less likely to have second child if their emotional well-being declines

  • Online Program Boosts Hand Washing, Cuts Infections
    Study finds risk of flu-like illness dropped 20 percent

  • What Works Best to Curb a Preschooler's Bad Behaviors?
    New look at the evidence supports 'time-outs,' withholding privileges or toys in some cases

  • Over 4 Million Americans Say They've Driven Drunk in Prior Month: CDC
    Typical drunk driver is a young male with a history of binge drinking, survey shows

  • Brain Scans Show Why Reading to Kids Is Good for Them
    Those who heard stories regularly showed more activity in areas linked to word meanings, imagination

  • More Evidence That Kids of Gay Parents Do Just Fine
    Studies show children raised by 2 moms or 2 dads consider themselves 'different,' but stigma is lessening

  • Does Fatherhood When Young Boost Odds of Dying in Middle Age?
    Men who became dads in their early 20s were more likely to die in their late 40s and early 50s, Finnish study finds

  • Liquid Nicotine From E-Cigs Poses Poison Danger to Kids
    Even small amounts of the chemical can cause serious illness, expert says

  • Head Injury Tied to Long-Term Attention Issues in Kids
    Study says brief lapses in attention can persist, even if brain injury is mild

  • To Sway Anti-Vaccine Beliefs, Focus on Consequences: Study
    When parents learn about the harms of measles, mumps and rubella, many change their stance

  • Severe 'Picky Eating' May Point to Mental Health Issues in Kids
    1 in 5 young children has limited palate, study finds

  • Obese Kids a Universal Target for Bullies
    Survey finds parents favor stronger policies, laws to address weight-based abuse

  • Health Tip: When a Child Sucks the Thumb
    Suggestions to help break the habit

  • Too Few U.S. Teens Getting HPV Vaccine: CDC
    4 out of 10 girls, 6 out of 10 boys haven't started series that helps prevent some cancers, survey finds

  • Health Tip: Teach Kids to Protect Themselves
    Smart strategies to lower danger risk

  • Certain Antibiotics Linked to Hearing Loss, Mouse Study Finds
    Inflammation caused by the infection that's being treated may make ear damage more likely

  • New Moms Often Get Poor Advice on Baby Care: Study
    Tips from family or media can run counter to expert guidelines on vaccines, breast-feeding

  • Teens Using E-Cigs More Prone to Take Up Smoking: Study
    Experts want greater regulation of these nicotine-containing products

  • Early Birth Linked to Introversion, Neuroticism in Adult Life
    Study found people who were very premature at birth were more likely to be socially withdrawn

  • School's Out, Fattening Behaviors Are In
    Kids eat more sugar, watch more TV over summer vacation, study says

  • Transgender Youth Don't Have Hormone Abnormalities
    Levels generally match those of gender assigned at birth, study finds

  • U.S. Health Officials Examine Pot-Linked Death in Colorado
    Experts aren't clear on cause, but undiagnosed mental illness might have played a part

  • Health Tip: Strengthen Your Child's Hands
    Here's what your little one can try

  • Teen Drinking, Smoking on the Decline, U.S. Study Finds
    But, research also notes more teens are trying marijuana

  • Hormone Linked to Social Difficulties With Autism, Early Study Finds
    Levels of vasopressin associated with 'theory of mind' tasks in children with ASD

  • Health Tip: Selecting a Summer Camp
    Consider activities and location

  • The Dreaded 'Dad Bod' Is Real
    First-time fathers tend to add on extra pounds, researchers say

  • Antibiotics Myths Still Common Among Parents
    Those with Medicaid insurance tend to know less about the drugs, study finds

  • Poverty May Hinder Kids' Brain Development, Study Says
    Reduced gray matter, lower test scores reported for poor children

  • Will Good Students Be Able to Sidestep Alzheimer's?
    Better grades, complex jobs linked to a lower risk for dementia, research suggests

  • Dermatologist Offers Advice on Treating Kids' Hives
    Allergic rash can have many causes; avoiding trigger is key to prevention

  • Most College Students Stressed About Money, Study Finds
    Despite financial strain, they still think education is a good investment

  • Childhood Stress May Spur Weight Gain in Women
    Emotion-driven eating might start early, research suggests

  • Health Tip: When Your Newborn Wants to Eat
    Learn signs that it's time for a feeding

  • More Teen Athletes Undergoing Tommy John Elbow Surgery: Study
    Year-round focus on one sport likely behind the increase, doctors say

  • U.S. Hospitals May Often Miss Signs of Child Abuse
    Less than half follow up on suspicious fractures among at-risk kids, study finds

  • Experts Offer Diving Safety Tips
    Unsafe practices can lead to serious neck and spine injuries

  • Health Tip: Prevent Boating Accidents
    Keep children safer with a life jacket

  • Second Severe Allergic Reaction Isn't Uncommon
    Study finds about one in seven kids has repeat episode

  • Many Overweight or Obese Teens Don't See the Problem
    Around 40 percent thought their weight was about right, British study finds

  • Health Tip: Let Kids Learn in the Kitchen
    Hands-on experience can encourage healthier eating

  • Cost a Barrier to Healthier Diets for Diabetic Kids, Study Shows
    Why many parents of children with type 1 diabetes struggle to provide better food choices

  • Health Tip: Help Kids Prevent Stress
    Teach coping techniques while they're young

  • More Parents See Benefits of Vaccines, Poll Finds
    Reports on outbreaks of measles, whooping cough in past year may have shifted opinions, pediatrician says

  • Anti-Vaccine Trend Has Parents Shunning Newborns' Vitamin Shot
    Doing so can lead to dangerous internal bleeding, experts say

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe Outdoors
    Always make sure they're supervised

  • Many New Teen Drivers 'Crash' in Simulated Driving Task
    Study suggests despite getting licenses, adolescents lacked key skills to stay safe

  • Noise From Fireworks Threatens Young Ears
    Expert advises families to sit at least 500 feet from launch area

  • Behind Many High-Achieving Children...
    Is a parent who nurtured their development, study suggests

  • Rapid Response Guidelines May Improve Children's Stroke Care
    Researchers report treatment recommendations got kids evaluated faster in ER

  • Children with Autism Respond Differently to Smells: Study
    Kids with ASDs didn't change their sniff response when odors were unpleasant

  • Obese Teens Less Likely to Use Birth Control
    Heavy adolescent girls at greater risk for unintended pregnancy, study shows

  • Extracurricular Sports May Give Kids' Academics a Boost
    Study suggests these activities might improve kids' attention span, self-control

  • Are Too Many Young Americans Getting Antipsychotics for ADHD?
    Study shows rise in prescriptions for the powerful medications, even though they're not OK'd for this use

  • Health Tip: Teach Your 5-Year-Old About Safety
    And help prevent injury

  • Parents, Stop Hovering: 'Risky' Play May Have Benefits for Kids
    Less free-time supervision helps social development, and children get more exercise, experts say

  • Millennials More Accepting of Working Moms Than Past Generations
    Survey responses reveal growing gender equality in U.S.

  • Parents Should Set Good Example to Keep Kids Slim, Pediatrics Group Says
    Avoid keeping sugary, high-calorie foods in the house, and encourage being active together

  • U.S. Kids Suffer High Rates of Assault, Abuse, Study Finds
    Long-term effects include poor mental and physical health, experts say

  • Overuse Injuries More Common in High School Females
    Track, field hockey and lacrosse linked to repetitive use problems in girls, study says

  • Following Water Safety Rules Saves Lives, Red Cross Says
    Children can drown within five minutes, experts warn

  • Health Tip: Swimming Safely
    Make sure pool is enclosed

  • 'Overwhelming' Evidence That Same-Sex Parenting Won't Harm Kids
    Review of thousands of studies on the issue finds broad consensus among experts

  • Surgery May Help Teens With Frequent Migraines, Study Contends
    At least one expert questions whether improvements are due to the procedure

  • Smoking Around Toddlers May Raise Their Obesity Risk
    Study can't prove cause-and-effect, but changes to kids' hormones might be the link

  • Teen Use of E-Cigarettes, Hookahs Way Up: Survey
    Bright spot in U.S. government report is that fewer kids are smoking cigarettes

  • High School Football Players May Be at Doubled Risk of Migraine
    Head injuries likely play a role in these headaches, second study suggests

  • Many Parents Who Smoke Expose Kids to Fumes at Home
    4 in every 10 U.S. households with a smoking parent had no 'smoke-free' rules in place, study finds

  • Health Tip: How to Stay Safe at an Amusement Park
    Follow rules of the ride

  • Health Tip: Watch for Playground Burns
    Be aware of equipment that heats up

  • Health Tip: Dealing With a Disrespectful Child
    Set a good example

  • Extreme 'Preemie' Infants at No Higher Risk If Included in Clinical Trials
    Study found similar rates of adverse events

  • U.S. Hospitals Seeing More Kids With Self-Inflicted Injuries
    Cutting is the most common problem, followed by firearm injuries

  • Pot 'Dabbing' Poses Risk of Serious Burns, Study Warns
    Fires and even explosions have been linked to this practice, experts say

  • Health Tip: Keep Your Cool During Summer
    Protect against heat-related illness

  • Doctors Worry About Return of Vaccine-Preventable Ills in Kids
    When immunization rates go down, 'herd' immunity also declines, experts note

  • Underage Drinking Down in Past Decade
    U.S. report finds fewer than one in four teens recently had alcohol

  • U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Water Each Day
    Under-hydration can pose real health risks for children, study authors say

  • Synthetic Pot a Growing Danger, CDC Report Finds
    Calls to poison control centers jumped more than 300 percent from January to April

  • Health Tip: Older Children Need a Bedtime Routine, Too
    To promote better sleep

  • Babies Who 'Resettle' on Their Own Get Better Sleep
    And that could be a blessing to sleep-starved parents of infants, research suggests

  • 1 Dose of HPV Vaccine May Offer Protection: Study
    Two large international trials suggest single immunization may be as good as two or three

  • Like Mother, Like Child: Study Hints at Why Obesity May Run in Families
    Cells might be programmed in the womb to accumulate extra fat, researchers suggest

  • Parents' Age May Be Factor in Child's Autism Risk
    Greater odds of disorder in kids of teen moms, older moms and parents with big age gap, study suggests

  • More Young Children Exposed to Marijuana, Study Finds
    Kids younger than 3 may eat the drug when it's baked into brownies and cookies

  • Health Tip: Check for Children in the Driveway
    Walk a lap around the car before you drive

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Is Always Eating
    Hunger may not be the only reason

  • Autism Linked to Higher Smog Levels, Study Says
    But no mechanism explains the link so far, and one expert expressed skepticism

  • Safety Precautions Help Prevent Summer Camp Injuries
    Accidents often happen during supervised activities, experts warn

  • Cyberbullying Less Stressful Than In-Person Bullying, Study Claims
    Face-to-face aggression coupled with online harassment seems most distressing to kids

  • Special Diets, Supplements Not Always Helpful for Kids With Autism
    These interventions are often tied to too little, or too much of certain nutrients, study finds

  • Health Tip: Prevent Dog Bites
    Don't approach one that's sleeping, eating or playing with a toy

  • Falls Are Leading Cause of Childhood Injuries, Expert Says
    Parents should be particularly careful about windows

  • Fewer Young Men Fathering Children Outside of Marriage: CDC
    Rate of first-time dads having child out of wedlock fell from 1980s to 2000s, research shows

  • Pesticides Linked to ADHD, Study Says
    Research found greater exposure tied to more hyperactivity and impulsivity in boys

  • Most Teens Seek Health Info Online: Survey
    Yet parents remain adolescents' No. 1 source of information

  • Health Tip: Keeping a Preemie Safe in a Car Seat
    Suggestions for safer travel

  • Tougher Alcohol Laws for Adults May Also Lower Teen Drinking
    Study found states that limited access for all had lower teen drinking rates

  • Babies Prefer Sound of Other Babies Over Adults
    Researcher says infants may be 'finding their voice'

  • Health Tip: Don't Use Food as a Reward
    Here are suggested alternatives

  • Health Tip: Be Safe Around Lawn Mowers
    Don't let kids play nearby while mowing

  • Heed the Warning Signs of Teen Suicide, Experts Say
    Withdrawal, changes in daily habits can signal trouble

  • Fewer U.S. Hospitals Send New Moms Home With Formula
    But CDC survey finds one-third continue the practice, which can undermine breast-feeding efforts

  • Health Tip: Keep Your Child at a Healthy Weight
    Promote healthier eating and activity

  • Tips for Preventing Dog Bites
    Even a friendly pooch may overreact when startled

  • Dyslexia Unrelated to Vision Problems: Study
    Eye therapies will not cure reading disorder, experts say

  • Living at Higher Elevations Linked to SIDS Risk
    Study found odds were doubled, though still very rare even at greater altitudes

  • Young Athletes With ACL Injuries Often Need Repeat Surgery: Study
    Starting athletics early, focusing on just one sport contribute to risks

  • Animals May Ease Social Anxiety in Children With Autism
    Playing with guinea pig in stressful situation was calming, study finds

  • Health Tip: Discourage Too Much Screen Time
    Avoid couch potato children

  • Health Tip: When to Call the Pediatrician About Tantrums
    If the angry bouts last longer than 10 minutes

  • Many Kids With Asthma Also Sensitive to Peanuts: Study
    Parents may not realize that wheezing, shortness of breath could be allergy

  • Health Tip: Set Regular Eating Times for the Family
    And don't skip meals because it can lead to overeating

  • Preschoolers Get Too Little Physical Activity in Child Care
    At least two hours recommended every day, study authors say

  • Parents of Child Cancer Patients Prefer Honesty, Study Finds
    Parents say they're less anxious, better able to plan

  • Suicide Rate Up Among Young Black Children in U.S.
    But fewer white kids aged 5 to 11 are taking their own life, study shows

  • CDC: 1 in 10 Children Diagnosed With ADHD
    Numbers remain unchanged since 2007; boys still twice as likely to have the condition as girls

  • Infectious-Disease Expert Debunks Common Vaccine Myths
    Decades of studies show they are very safe, and highly effective in saving kids from illness and death

  • Peanut Allergy Exposure Occurs Most Often at Home, Study Says
    Majority of moderate, severe reactions are handled inappropriately

  • Health Tip: Know the Warning Signs of Choking in Children
    Including difficulty breathing

  • Many Parents Blind to Their Child's Weight
    Even as U.S. youngsters get heavier, moms and dads think they look about right, surveys find

  • Concussion May Hurt School Performance for a While
    Several weeks of academic accommodations might be needed, experts say

  • Canadian Teens Trying E-Cigarettes as Often as Cigarettes: Study
    Findings mirror what's happening in the United States

  • Measles May Weaken Immune System for Up to 3 Years, Study Contends
    Findings highlight importance of measles vaccine for preventing damaging infection, doctors say

  • 'Love Hormone' May Help New Moms Heed Crying Babies
    Brain scan study suggests oxytocin might play role in getting new mothers to care for infants

  • For Gay Children, Bullying Begins Early, Happens Often: Study
    LGBT students experience higher levels of peer harassment as early as fifth grade

  • Is It a Cold or an Allergy?
    How parents can help relieve kids' hay fever symptoms

  • Health Tip: Help Kids Succeed at School
    Healthy habits are a good foundation

  • Preemie Girls Feed Sooner Than Boys, Study Finds
    Their eating timetable affects release date from hospital

  • Self-Driving Cars Will Still Need Limits for Teens, Survey Finds
    Most favor restrictions on speed and passengers

  • Health Tip: Understanding Eye Injuries in Kids
    Don't touch an injured eye. Seek immediate treatment.

  • Sleepwalking Parents Likely to Have Sleepwalking Kids
    Nighttime wandering passed down to as many as 60 percent of children, study finds

  • Many Young Football Players Get Concussions at Practice, Study Says
    Limiting player-to-player contact may reduce risk of head trauma, experts say

  • ADHD Tied to Higher Risk of Eating Disorder in Kids and Teens
    Study links attention disorder and a form of binge-eating syndrome

  • Kids' Eye Injuries From Air, BB and Paintball Guns on the Rise
    Study found a 511 percent jump between 2010 and 2012

  • When Restaurants Offer Healthy Kids' Fare, Children Eat It
    After menu makeover, more nutritious items were ordered more often, study found

  • Health Tip: Fight Food-Related Peer Pressure
    Teach kids how to make healthy choices while with friends

  • Health Tip: Promoting Independence in Children
    Establish specific rules

  • Put Car Seat on Your Summer-Travel Checklist
    Expert clarifies age and size requirements

  • Health Tip: Gear up for Sports
    Drink lots of water

  • Start Healthy Eating Habits Early to Head Off Obesity in Kids
    Provide a variety of nutritious options, model good eating behavior, experts suggest

  • Divorce May Increase Psychosomatic Symptoms in Teens: Study
    Fewest health-related problems occurred in adolescents with two parents living in same home

  • Bullying May Take Bigger Toll Than Child Abuse, Neglect
    Anxiety, depression and self-harm more likely in those picked on by peers than in those mistreated by adults, study says

  • Young Brains May Gain Skills When Parents Read to Kids
    Small study using MRIs suggests being read to boosts ability to visualize stories

  • Teens With History of Self-Poisoning Face Greater Suicide Risk
    Study finds odds as much as 30 times higher, even years later

  • More Than 1 in 10 Teens Has Tried E-Cigarettes, Study Finds
    Use of the devices highest among older teens and males

  • Phone-Focused Parents a Danger to Their Kids at Playground
    This distraction raises odds of child injuries, study finds

  • Pediatrics Group Advises Doctors on How to Spot Child Abuse
    New guidance offers suggestions on protecting children, too

  • Doctors Say Head Lice Should Not Bar Kids From School
    American Academy of Pediatrics also gives advice on best medicines to treat infestation

  • Pediatricians Issue New Guidelines for Hospital Release of Newborns
    Doctors should consider baby's health, as well as family readiness and support

  • Just 1 Hour of Daily TV Boosts Kids' Obesity Risk, Study Suggests
    Odds increased nearly 50 percent with 60 minutes or more of daily screen time

  • Depression, Weapons May Be More Common for Bullied Teens
    Cyber abuse often causes more damage than face-to-face nastiness, researcher says

  • Very Young Kids Often Use Tablets, Smartphones, Study Finds
    By age 2, many spend an hour or more a day on mobile devices, but parents have concerns

  • Health Food Stores Often Promote Adult-Only Supplements to Teens
    More than 40 percent of stores called by minors suggested buying testosterone booster

  • HPV Vaccine Produces Early Benefits for Teen Girls: Study
    Risk of precancerous changes dropped 44 percent several years after immunization

  • Smartphone App Blocks Teens From Texting, Phoning While Driving
    New study suggests experimental device might reduce distracted-driving accidents

  • Health Tip: Preparing Your Child for Camp
    Work on social skills

  • Baby Swings, Car Seats Not Safe for Sleeping
    To avoid suffocation, put infants down in a crib, expert says

  • Health Tip: Dealing With Bedtime Anxiety
    Reassure children that they'll be safe

  • Babies May Be More Sensitive to Pain Than Adults
    Study of newborns upends some longstanding beliefs

  • Training Programs for Parents Tied to Better Behavior in Kids With Autism
    Behavior management strategies seemed to make a difference, study found

  • Another Study Finds No Vaccine-Autism Link
    Finding held true even for children at risk for the developmental disorder

  • Freedom to Fidget Helps Kids With ADHD Learn: Study
    The more they were able to move during tests, the better they did

  • Many Young Adults With Autism Face Unemployment, Isolation
    Report highlights need for more services for this age group

  • Swallowing Pills? Children Can Learn How
    Five strategies were identified that help get the medicine down

  • For Breast-Feeding Moms, Tips on Eating for Two
    U.S. health officials outline a healthy meal plan

  • Higher Altitude States Have Fewer Kids With ADHD, Study Finds
    Low-lying states have rates up to 16 percent versus 6 percent in mountain regions

  • Stronger Muscles = Healthier Bones in Kids
    Added bone mass may help delay osteoporosis, study suggests

  • 1 in 3 Teen Boys Sexually Assaulted Tries Suicide, Study Finds
    Psychologist calls for greater support for all victims -- female and male

  • Health Tip: Measure Your Child's Height and Weight Correctly
    First, remove shoes and heavy clothing

  • Chemicals in Some Flavored E-Cigs Exceed Recommended Limits: Study
    Researchers say findings show need for regulations, such as mandatory listing of ingredients

  • About 1 in 10 Kids Tries E-Cigarettes
    But fewer than 2 percent of teens become regular users, study finds

  • New Synthetic Drug 'Flakka' Triggers Crazed Behaviors
    Use of chemical-cousin to 'bath salts' appears to be on the rise, experts say

  • E-Cigarette Use Triples Among U.S. Teens in 1 Year
    Federal health officials say the nicotine-based products pose major health threat to kids

  • Child's Popularity May Rely on Understanding Others
    Researcher suggests sensitivity training for socially isolated kids

  • 1 in 10 U.S. Teens Has Tried Hashish
    Drug is more powerful cousin of marijuana, researchers say

  • Doctors Often Ignore Parents' Concerns About Autism in Young Kids: Study
    Research suggests that needless delays in diagnosis, treatment, occur as a result

  • Health Tip: Use a Trampoline Safely
    Never leave a child unattended

  • Know the Signs of Child Abuse
    All adults must play role in protecting kids from harm, doctor says

  • Muscle Strength Helps Baseball Pitchers Avoid Injury
    Researchers use computer simulation to show what contributes to elbow problems

  • Boozing in Movies May Boost Teen Drinking
    Alcohol use 20 percent higher in adolescents who watched liquor-laden films, study finds

  • Not Interested in School? Maybe They're Born That Way
    Study suggests genetics contribute to a student's lack of motivation

  • Ease Back Into Springtime Sports, Doctor Cautions
    Sports medicine specialist offers tips to help keep teens and adults moving

  • Ear Infections Common, But Often Missed, in Infants
    Doctor says irritability, fever and pulling at ears are possible signs

  • Too Few Kids With Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy Get Flu Shot: Study
    But they are more likely to develop flu-rated complications

  • Health Tip: Five Steps to Prevent Cavities in Kids
    Don't share utensils

  • Fewer U.S. Children Getting Melanoma: Study
    Researchers credit better education on risk of UV rays, changes in children's play

  • Migraine Drug May Up Risk of Eating Disorders in Some Teens
    Case reports don't prove the medicine caused problems, however

  • Brain Scans May Predict Language Skills in Kids With Autism
    But research is still preliminary, expert says

  • Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Bullying
    Emotional kids may be most vulnerable

  • Health Tip: Should I Worry About My Child's Weight?
    Here's how it can affect health

  • In Rare Cases, Kids Can Get Food Allergies From Donated Blood
    But these 'transferred' reactions clear up within a few months, experts say

  • Teen Use of Long-Term Contraception Rising, But Remains Low
    U.S. government report says implants and IUDs are effective and safe options

  • Breast Milk Bought Online Might Contain Cow's Milk, Study Finds
    Untested samples may also harbor bacteria, viruses, experts say

  • Year-Round Baseball Leads to More Youth Injuries, Study Says
    Elbow ligament tears more common in South than North

  • Health Tip: Simplify Bedtime With the 4 B's
    This routine helps get kids to sleep

  • Childhood Trauma May Raise Odds of Asthma
    Study finds divorce, death and violence appear linked to higher risk of respiratory illness

  • Surprises Help Babies Learn, Research Finds
    Unpredictable situations seem to make infants more interested in exploring

  • Faster, Taller Youth League Pitchers May Face Greater Risk of Injury
    Playing on multiple teams can also harm young arms, study suggests

  • Easter Doesn't Have to Be a Diet Disaster
    Heart group offers tips for a healthier holiday

  • Could Household Bleach Raise Kids' Risk for Flu, Other Infections?
    European study shows 'modest' effect, but cause-and-effect not clear

  • Excess Weight Early in Life Linked to Colon Cancer Risk in Women
    Study supports evidence that body size in childhood may influence cancer risk decades later

  • More Americans Survive Childhood Cancers, But Health Problems Persist
    Malignancies and treatments can take toll on quality of life in adulthood, study finds

  • Health Tip: Shopping for Teens' Shoes
    Consider fit and function

  • Letting Kids Sip Alcohol May 'Send Wrong Message'
    Study suggests it might make booze more appealing to children

  • Benefits of Iron Supplements Unclear for Pregnant Women, Young Children
    Task force concludes there's too little information to recommend screening for deficiencies

  • New Research Tightens Childhood Paralysis-Enterovirus D68 Link
    Lab tests confirm half of cases in recent outbreak tied to specific virus strain

  • Milliliter-Only Dosing Recommended for Kids' Meds
    Using metrics, not teaspoons, reduces medication errors, American Academy of Pediatrics says

  • U.S. Kids Getting Fewer Daily Calories From Fast Food
    But one-third still eating it every day, study finds

  • Health Tip: Turning Kids on to a Healthy Lifestyle
    Make them want to eat healthier

  • Avoid Medication Overdoses in Children
    Expert offers tips for keeping kids safe

  • Free School Breakfasts Appear to Boost Kids' Grades
    Math, reading and science scores better in schools that subsidized morning meals

  • E-Cigarettes May Pose a Risk in Pregnancy and to Children
    Nicotine can harm developing brains, experts say

  • Expert Offers Tips to Help Babies With Stuffy Noses
    Humidity and moisture can help prevent and treat congestion

  • Health Tip: Plan for Children in an Emergency
    Pack plenty of formula

  • Abused Kids Not Destined to Be Abusive Parents, Study Finds
    But neglect, sexual abuse was more likely in kids of parents who were abused as children

  • Health Tip: Considering Cereal for Breakfast
    Choose a healthier product

  • Counseling Beats School Suspension at Curbing Pot Use: Study
    Drug policies should educate students, not just penalize them, researchers note

  • School Dismissal a Dangerous Time for Kids Getting Hit By Cars
    Study authors and expert say better supervision, less smartphone use might cut the risk

  • Young Pitchers Often Pressured to Play Despite Pain, Study Says
    Majority of parents are unaware of safe throwing guidelines, researchers find

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Baby's Spit-Up
    Avoid playtime just after feedings

  • Tips to Make Healthy School Lunches Kids Will Actually Eat
    Expert says keep loose teeth and time constraints in mind when choosing foods

  • Secondhand Smoke May Put Kids at Risk for Heart Disease as Adults
    Children of smokers nearly twice as likely to have plaque buildup in carotid arteries years later, study says

  • Adopting U.S. Culture Ups Diabetes Risk in Mexican-American Kids
    Greater use of English and more non-Hispanic friends increased risk of disease, study finds

  • Chef's Input Helps Make School Meals Healthier, Study Finds
    Students chose more veggies, fruits after cafeterias got professional consultation

  • ADHD Children May Gain More From Family-Centered Care
    Study found teaching positive parenting skills in compassionate way improved outcomes

  • Adopted Kids' Average IQ Higher Than Non-Adopted Siblings: Study
    Parents' education levels may account for difference, researchers suggest

  • Parents' Attitude May Be Key to Pre-Game Jitters in Kids
    Anxieties over performance transmit easily from parent to child, study suggests

  • When to Keep Kids Home From School
    Pediatrician offers advice on common childhood ailments

  • Can Fish Oil Help Boys With ADHD Pay Attention?
    Perhaps, but it won't take the place of medication, expert says

  • Recess: An Essential Part of the School Day
    Study shows supervised play boosts teamwork, friendships and positive attitudes

  • Dad's Depression Affects Toddler's Behavior, Too
    Study found a father's moods might increase risk of his youngster's anxiety, sadness

  • Slowed Growth Could Signal Crohn's Disease in Kids
    Failure to gain weight, or weight loss, can point to a gastrointestinal issue, expert says

  • Breast-Fed Babies May Be Smarter, Richer Adults, Study Suggests
    But many factors determine IQ, not just mother's milk, experts note

  • Health Tip: Help Your Child Adjust to a Sibling
    Suggestions to smooth the transition

  • Could Your Child Have Migraines?
    Symptoms can include nausea, abdominal pain, experts say

  • Health Tip: Choose Healthier Fast Food for Kids
    Here are some better selections

  • More Americans Support Vaccines: HealthDay/Harris Poll
    Measles outbreak likely driving the trend, experts say, but critics of the shots remain

  • 6 in 10 Americans Interested in Genetic Testing, Survey Finds
    But researchers wonder if everyone is adept at accurately interpreting test results

  • Health Tip: Easing Your Child's Allergies
    Close the windows to help keep pollen out

  • Divorce May Mean Kids Down More Soft Drinks
    Study found children whose parents had split or were separated consumed more sugary beverages

  • Don't Delay School for Summer-Born or Premature Kids: Study
    Holding children back linked to lower scores on standardized tests later

  • Overindulgent Parents May Breed Narcissistic Children
    Kids who were told they were better than others came to believe it, researchers report

  • Health Tip: Teach Children About Dental Hygiene
    Show them how to brush and floss properly

  • Pneumonia in Early Childhood Tied to Higher Odds of Asthma
    Lung problems before age 3 may have enduring impact, study says

  • 14 Percent of Toddlers May Be Drinking Coffee
    Boston survey also found that 2.5 percent of 1-year-olds get a java jolt

  • About 7 Percent of Kids Worldwide Have ADHD: Study
    But some question accuracy of estimate

  • Helping Student-Athletes With Mental Health Issues
    Guidelines issued for U.S. high schools

  • Teens Can Easily Buy E-Cigarettes Online
    Study finds minors successfully purchased smoking devices 3 out of 4 times tried

  • Doctors Often Yield to Parents' Requests to Delay Kids' Vaccines
    But most believe it puts children at risk, study finds

  • 1 in 5 U.S. Teen Girls Physically or Sexually Abused While Dating
    National survey finds one in 10 teen boys also experiences dating violence

  • Tips for Safe Snow Fun
    Winter sports account for more than 343,000 injuries in U.S. a year, experts say

  • ER Physician Raises Concerns About Powdered Caffeine
    One teaspoon of substance equivalent to about 25 cups of coffee

  • 1 in 5 Preemies With Lung Disease Exposed to Secondhand Smoke
    22 percent were from what parents said were nonsmoking homes, study finds

  • ADHD May Raise Odds for Premature Death
    Risk is small, but a sign the disorder is a serious problem, experts say

  • Good Supermarkets in Poor Areas May Not Prompt Better Eating
    Study found no change in availability of healthy foods for children in low-income homes

  • Viruses Increasingly Behind Child Pneumonia Cases
    Bug that causes common cold, other infections often to blame, study finds

  • Health Tip: Take Seven Steps for Heart-Healthy Kids
    From food to exercise, promote heart health in children

  • Cat, Dust Mite Allergies Linked to Childhood Asthma
    Study findings reveal possible early risk factors for asthma

  • Could a Dishwasher Raise Your Child's Allergy, Asthma Risk?
    Study found children from homes that hand-washed dishes had less allergic disease

  • A Little Fat, Sugar OK for Kids If Diet Is Healthy: Study
    Do what's necessary to make nutrient-rich foods palatable, pediatricians say

  • Reminders From States May Boost Timely Vaccination Rates
    Centralized notification systems might be more effective than doctors' office messages, study suggests

  • Arsenic in Well Water Can Raise Level in Baby Formula: Study
    Researchers found overall amounts low, but recommend testing privately supplied tap water

  • Health Tip: Prepare Your Child for Reading
    Make the experience enjoyable for both of you

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Has Trouble Hearing
    Here are common warning signs

  • Mental Health Woes Common Among Homeless Kids, Study Finds
    Exposure to poverty, violence and poor health care may up the odds

  • Preschoolers May Not Need Naps, Review Reports
    Enforcing naps after children naturally outgrow them leads to less sleep overall

  • Heart Drug Clears Up 'Strawberry' Birthmarks
    Study suggests propranolol as a new option to treat infantile hemangioma

  • Kids Can Get Migraines Too
    Tracking pain patterns and getting treatment can help, experts explain

  • Methamphetamine May be More Harmful to Teen Brains
    MRI-based study finds illicit drug causes more damage in adolescents

  • Health Tip: Preparing Your Child for the Dentist
    Make the first visit easier

  • U.S. Teens Getting Less Sleep Than Ever
    Researchers find more adolescents today are short on shut-eye than in the 1990s

  • Moldy Homes May Mean More Asthma in Young Kids
    Those with allergies at greatest asthma risk, study finds

  • Study Links Antibiotics to Digestive Complication in Infants
    Risk, though small, appears highest when medications given in first 6 weeks, researchers report

  • Parents Split on Later School Start Time for Teens
    Many were concerned about logistics, impact on after-school activities, survey finds

  • Dentists Offer Tips to Keep Young Children Cavity-Free
    Snacking 24/7 can lead to serious decay

  • 'Play' May Be More Stressful for Kids With Autism: Study
    Brain scans also reveal apparent lack of social recognition during video play, researchers say

  • U.S.-Born Latino Teens Feel the Stress of Discrimination More
    Study finds that adolescents born outside the country aren't as affected

  • Parents of Young Stroke Victims at Risk for PTSD, Researchers Find
    In small study, almost a quarter met all criteria for the trauma-induced disorder

  • Prolonged Rescue Efforts May Not Help Young Drowning Victims: Study
    Researchers found brain damage and death likely when resuscitation attempts went beyond 30 minutes

  • Is Measles' Return the 'New Normal'?
    Pediatricians and parents struggle with keeping children safe amid concerns over vaccine

  • Energy Drinks Tied to Inattention, Hyper Behavior in Middle Schoolers: Study
    Kids shouldn't drink sugary, caffeinated beverages, researchers conclude

  • HPV Vaccination Does Not Appear to Boost Risky Teen Sex, Study Shows
    After its introduction, increase in STD rates was same in vaccinated, unvaccinated girls

  • Overly Controlling Moms Lose Out, Study Says
    Allowing some freedom at age 2 reaped benefits by fifth grade

  • Program for 1-Year-Olds Tries to Lessen Autism's Impact
    Parents taught to work on concerning behaviors before diagnosis

  • Preemies More Likely to Have Asthma, Study Finds
    But, they will likely outgrow the airway condition, researchers report

  • Exclusive Breast-Feeding May Ease Transition to Solid Food
    Formula appears to change composition of gut bacteria, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Keep Babies Warm During Winter
    Dress them in layers when venturing outside

  • Electronic Devices May Disrupt Teen Sleep, Study Reports
    Kids using computers and phones take longer to drift off at night

  • Health Tip: Why Your Child's Back Hurts
    It may be a simple muscle sprain

  • Certain Genes in Babies May Up Preterm Birth Risk
    Mother's genes don't appear linked to premature delivery, study suggests

  • Toddler Snacks, Meals Have Lots of Salt and Sugar: Study
    Most toddler dinners were high in sodium, and infant snacks had added sugar

  • Some Kids Use Tobacco, E-Cigarettes Together, Study Finds
    Additional products may increase addiction to nicotine, expert says

  • Medication Problems May Spur Many Child ER Trips, Study Finds
    Bad reactions, misuse are the common culprits, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Prepare Your Child for College
    Address any health issues

  • Early Exposure to English May Help Spanish-Speaking Kids in School
    Hearing it at home can bolster success in classroom, researcher says

  • Lead Exposure May Be Bigger Threat to Boys Than Girls
    Hormones may offer young females some protection from toxic effects, study says

  • Girls Outperform Boys Academically Around the Globe, Study Says
    Even in countries with gender inequality, female students often have better grades

  • Good Sleep Habits, Enforced Rules Help Kids Sleep: Study
    Regular bedtime, plus limits on caffeine and electronics in the bedroom, all key

  • Little Improvement in Children Paralyzed After Viral Infection, Study Finds
    Cluster of Colorado cases may be tied to 2014 outbreak of enterovirus D68, experts say

  • Arizona Officials Say Nearly 1,000 People May Have Been Exposed to Measles
    Latest infection tally on outbreak that originated in California now stands at 95

  • U.S. Measles Outbreak Now Numbers 87 Cases
    Officials say most patients hadn't been vaccinated against the disease

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections Among Children
    Make sure kids get enough fluids

  • Pediatricians' Group Opposes Legal Marijuana
    American Academy of Pediatrics says drug has potential to harm children

  • Childhood Neglect May Affect Brain Development, Study Says
    Changes in white matter seen in institutionalized children

  • Menu Calorie Counts May Mean Less Fattening Meals for Kids
    Study suggests certain calorie information might also prompt parents to encourage more exercise

  • 78 People Now Infected in U.S. Measles Outbreak
    Most patients hadn't been vaccinated against the disease, officials say

  • Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study
    Motrin, Advil a safe option for children, researchers say

  • Autism Genes Vary, Even in Affected Siblings, Study Finds
    Only one-third of siblings with autism shared similar genetic variations, researchers say

  • Many Parents Too Quick to Switch Child Car Seats, Study Finds
    Front-facing models unsafe before age 2, experts say

  • Many U.S. Girls Aren't Getting HPV Vaccine, Study Finds
    Researchers note that CDC recommends vaccination at age 11 or 12

  • School Sports Costs Leave Some Students on Sidelines
    Only one-third of kids from families making less than $60,000 play on teams

  • Study Hints That 'Video Feedback' Therapy May Help Curb Autism
    Research suggests an effect for at-risk babies, but more study is needed, expert says

  • California Measles Outbreak Shows How Quickly Disease Can Resurface in U.S.
    More parents refusing to have their kids vaccinated against highly contagious illness, experts note

  • Better Outcomes for Children Born With Fertility Treatments
    Implanting just one embryo a significant factor in the change, study author says

  • More Extreme Preemies Are Surviving, Study Finds
    But 25 percent still die, pointing to need for better pregnancy interventions, doctors say

  • Could Nutrients in Fish Shield Fetus From Mercury's Harms?
    No developmental problems seen in kids of frequent seafood eaters from Seychelles islands, study says

  • Researchers Rethink Inner-City Asthma Theory
    Poverty, race, ethnicity are more accurate predictors, study says

  • Family Income, Expectations Tied to Kindergarten Performance
    Kids scored better overall when their parents focused more on reading, computer use and preschool

  • TV Alcohol Ads Tied to Problem Drinking for Teens, Study Finds
    Researchers saw correlation between the commercials and drinking initiation, binge drinking

  • Pizza Takes a Slice Out of Kids' Health, Study Finds
    Children, teens consume more calories, fat and salt on days they eat this American staple

  • Vaccine Opponents Often Cluster in Communities
    California study found certain areas have high numbers of parents who forgo immunizing kids

  • Health Tip: Developing Healthy Habits in Children
    Set a good example for your kids

  • Neural Tube Defects, Such as Spina Bifida, on the Decline: CDC
    Experts cite mandatory fortification of grain products with folic acid, but not enough women get the B vitamin

  • Recess Promotes Healthy Eating by School Kids: Study
    Changing the timing of activity session may get students to eat more fruits, veggies

  • Health Tip: Teach Kids About Snack Safety
    Leftovers that should be avoided

  • Head Start Program Might Help Fight Childhood Obesity: Study
    Preschoolers' weight loss attributed to emphasis on nutrition, exercise and structure

  • Middle School Football Doesn't Seem to Cause Short-Term Brain Damage: Study
    Small review found hits to head occurred less often than for older players; one doctor has some concerns

  • Health Tip: Dealing With Temper Tantrums
    Suggestions to help calm an angry toddler

  • Long-Term Study Finds Measles Vaccines Safe
    Research included more than a half-million vaccine doses in 1- or 2-year-olds

  • Health Tip: When Baby Needs a Medical Test
    How to comfort and calm the infant

  • Health Tip: What's Causing my Child's Eczema?
    These are common triggers

  • Overweight Teens Who Lose Weight for Health More Likely to Succeed: Study
    Parents can help by modeling healthy behavior and providing healthier meals

  • Brain Damage Rare When Newborn Jaundice Is Treated, Study Finds
    Serious complications often avoided with American Academy of Pediatrics-guided therapy

  • Can Pets Help Boost Social Skills for Kids With Autism?
    Study finds slight evidence that family pets boost social skills in children with the disorder

  • Extra Bed Rest May Not Be Best for Kids With Concussions
    Two days proved more effective than five days in small study of teens

  • Kids With Bedroom Smartphones Sleep Less: Study
    Experts recommend limiting use of small screen devices

  • Bad Flu Season Getting Worse, CDC Says
    43 states reporting widespread influenza activity and 21 child deaths

  • Health Tip: Help Teens Set Healthy Resolutions
    Healthy goals for a new year

  • Health Tip: Have Your Child's Eyes Checked
    Especially if the child was born early

  • Dealing With Cold Weather Injuries
    Safety precautions can prevent serious problems during winter activities

  • Preventing Diaper Rash
    Dermatologist shares tips for protecting your baby's skin

  • Parent's Suicide Attempt Makes Child's Much More Likely: Study
    Suicidal behavior appears to run in families, with certain conditions putting kids at higher risk

  • Flu Now Epidemic in U.S., With 15 Child Deaths Reported
    But it's too early to know if this year's strain is more severe than usual, CDC says

  • Diabetes May Affect Kids' Brain Growth, Study Reports
    But there was no effect on thinking and memory skills, researchers say

  • Make Your Home 'Kid Safe' During the Holidays
    Experts warn against leaving medications, drinks, ashtrays, lamp oils, toxic plants within reach of children

  • Abuse in Childhood Tied to Migraines in Adulthood
    Emotional or sexual maltreatment linked to higher odds of serious headache, study finds

  • Greater Cooling of Oxygen-Deprived Infants Fails to Improve Survival
    Study was halted early because of disappointing results

  • Can Fast Food Hinder Learning in Kids?
    Researchers found test-score differences between 5th and 8th grades

  • Mother's Depression Tied to Later Delinquency in Kids
    Treating parent's mental health issues is critical, experts say

  • Concussion Laws Helping Student-Athletes, Study Finds
    Researchers believe raising public awareness made a big difference, too

  • Preschoolers Need Eye Screening, Experts Say
    Testing recommended annually from age 3 to 6

  • Sensitive Parenting May Boost Kids' Social Skills, School Performance
    Researchers found the positive effect lingered into adulthood

  • Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk
    Expert notes, however, that potential threat is small

  • Health Tip: When Children Wake at Night
    Separation anxiety is a frequent cause

  • Few Parents Think 18-Year-Olds Can Handle Their Health Care
    Yet poll says two-thirds think older teens should be able to take charge

  • Health Tip: Protect Children During Holidays
    Clean up quickly after a party

  • First Newborn Screening Test Approved for Rare Immune Disorder
    Blood test can help identify Severe Combined Immunodeficiency

  • Vaccinating Schoolkids Cuts Flu in Communities: Study
    Infection rate went down among other population segments, such as preschoolers and adults

  • E-Cigarette Use May Be Rising Among Teens
    Nearly one-third of those surveyed in Hawaii have tried the devices

  • Drug Interactions Common Among Hospitalized Kids, Study Says
    Medication combos may cause side effects or reduce treatment effectiveness, expert notes

  • Mom, Put Down That Smartphone at Dinner
    Study finds mothers who are distracted by devices at mealtimes connect less well with kids

  • Almost Half of U.S. Kids Suffer Traumatic Stress, Study Shows
    Teaching adults in their lives how to heal may be best first step, researchers say

  • Raised Asthma Risk Seen for Toddlers Who Share Bed With Parents
    But researchers weren't able to show why the association was found

  • For Young Kids, Too Little Sleep Linked to Later Obesity
    Sleep issues, such as sleep apnea, also associated with excess weight, study finds

  • More Young Adults Getting Preventive Care After Obamacare, Study Finds
    More people in early 20s getting blood pressure and routine health checks

  • Almost All U.S. Teens Are Sleep Deprived, Study Finds
    Too-early school start times are one big factor, experts say

  • Having Eczema Won't Make You Shorter
    Though a few kids who also have sleep trouble may grow slower, study says

  • 'Mean Boys' Rule in Middle, High School, Study Finds
    Males may be more likely than girls to use 'relational aggression'

  • Nearly One-Third of Kids in U.S. Cities Live in Poverty
    Two-generation solution calls for education, job training for parents, researcher says

  • New Parents Favor In-Depth Genetic Testing, Survey Finds
    But further research is needed to explore impact, study authors say

  • Many Kids Exposed to Unneeded X-Rays, Study Finds
    Limiting radiation, costs should be objectives, researcher says

  • Infants Remember a Good Time, Study Finds
    Positive reinforcement seems to improve memory, researchers say

  • Babies Still Sleeping With Soft Bedding Despite SIDS Risk: CDC
    Over half have items in crib that may up odds of sudden infant death syndrome

  • Toddlers Hurt in Falls Often Not Warned About Climbing on Furniture
    Researchers found parents of these kids also more likely to not use safety gates at home

  • 'Trouble in Toyland' Report Targets Hazardous Gifts for Kids
    Consumer watchdog group says many playthings can choke or poison

  • Health Tip: Monitor Your Child's Fat and Cholesterol Consumption
    Offer plenty of fruit and veggies

  • Want Kids to Eat Better? Get Them Cooking
    Children involved in food prep classes may eat more fruits, veggies and fiber, study says

  • Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens
    Researchers find odds raised in both boys and girls developing sooner than peers

  • Parents Need to Take Lead on Teen Concussion Prevention
    Expert advises protective gear, and baseline concussion testing for athletes

  • Full-Day Preschool Beats Part-Day for School Preparedness
    Full-time program for youngest tots boosts test scores, attendance: study

  • Childhood Obesity Brings Host of Health Problems, Researchers Report
    High blood pressure, liver problems and heart disease risk upped in heavy kids

  • Eczema Cases Rising Among U.S. Children: Report
    For most, proper skin care and topical treatments help, experts say

  • Adult-Sized ATVs Deadly for Kids, Report Shows
    Study highlights risks associated with all-terrain vehicles

  • Kids' Bag Lunches Not Meeting Nutrition Guidelines: Study
    Second study found that providing classroom breakfast didn't improve grades, though longer-term studies are needed

  • 'Tis the Season of Challenges for Those With Food Allergies
    Expert gives tips on avoiding problems

  • Health Tip: Beware of Bathroom Chemicals
    Turn on bathroom fan while in use

  • Close Friends May Be Key to Teens' Drinking
    Larger peer group is less important when it comes to drinking or not, study says

  • Health Tip: Easing Baby's Nasal Congestion
    Use a cool-mist humidifier

  • U.S. School Meal Rules Might Work Against Good Nutrition, Study Says
    Federal mandates don't limit added sugar or carbohydrates, researchers say

  • Parents Want Children in Day Care to Be Vaccinated: Poll
    Three-quarters said they'd pull their kids out if others weren't up to date on shots

  • Home Cooking Helps Keep the Calories Down
    But veggies at school lunches get left on the plate, say researchers studying healthy eating

  • Head Trauma in Abused Babies, Toddlers Can Have Lifelong Impact
    Shortened lifespan, disability often come in wake of these injuries, study finds

  • Many Teens Suffer 'Cyber' Dating Abuse, Study Suggests
    Researcher said the participants were part of 'high-risk' population

  • Preterm-Birth Complications Leading Global Killer of Young Children
    To mark World Prematurity Day on Monday, researchers announce $250 million to combat the problem

  • More Than One-Fifth of High School Students Smoke: CDC
    Experts say more regulation could stop young Americans from picking up the deadly habit

  • Health Tip: Easing Your Child's Bedtime Fears
    Offer reassurance, but don't offer your bed

  • Falls Leading Cause of Serious Head Trauma for Kids, Study Shows
    Seatbelts and bike helmets can help prevent severe head injuries, experts say

  • Food Rules for Toddlers May Lead to Healthy Eating Habits
    Study found telling 2-year-olds what they can't eat meant they ate better at age 4

  • Health Tip: When Your Child Is Ready to Read
    Offer support, but don't rush the learning process

  • Laundry Detergent Pods Pose Poisoning Risk to Kids, Study Says
    One death, more than 700 illnesses among young U.S. children

  • Kids Obese at Young Age Often Stay That Way, Study Shows
    Weight at 11 a good indicator of weight at 16, researchers found

  • School Lunches More Nutritious Than Home-Packed Lunches: Study
    Little ones' lunchboxes often contain fat, desserts, sugary drinks, researchers say

  • 'Unconditional Regard' Buoys Kids' Self-Esteem
    Study finds children who know friends will always care are more resilient

  • Newer Pneumonia Vaccine for Kids Beats Older Version: Study
    Almost 30 percent fewer kids under 2 hospitalized for serious lung infections

  • Kids With Epilepsy Face Higher Early Death Risk, Study Reports
    Coordinated care is essential for reducing death rates, experts say

  • Health Tip: Saying Goodbye to Your Child at Day Care
    Help make parting easier

  • The ABCs of Successful Classroom Design
    Lighting, temperature can influence student achievement, researchers say

  • ADHD Linked to Expectant Moms' Smog Exposure
    Traffic and fossil fuels for heat, electricity biggest factors, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Signs of a Yeast Diaper Rash
    Call the pediatrician if you notice these symptoms

  • Health Tip: Teach Children Never to Play in the Car
    And lock the car when not in use

  • Mom's Words Matter Most to Newborns
    Study also finds that parents respond more to sounds of babies who match their gender

  • Typical ADHD Care Leaves Room for Improvement, Study Finds
    Many pediatricians fail to follow guidelines for diagnosis, treatment

  • Better Detection, Diagnosis Major Factors Behind Rise in Autism Cases: Study
    But, reporting changes don't explain the total increase, experts say

  • Study Shows How Toddlers Adjust to Adult Anger
    Even 15-month-olds can recognize ways to avoid arousing the wrath of a grown-up

  • Child's Appendix More Likely to Rupture in Regions Short of Surgeons
    Transfer to another hospital delays treatment, researchers say

  • Kids: An Rx for Menopause's Hot Flashes?
    'Bonding' hormone may play a role in study's findings, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Dress Kids in Safe Halloween Costumes
    Avoid tripping hazards and obstructed vision

  • Halloween Safety Tips for Kids With Asthma
    Trick-or-treaters should bring quick-relief inhalers with them, experts advise

  • FDA Cautions Against 'Undeclared' Food Allergens
    Labels omitting certain ingredients are leading cause of FDA recalls

  • Sleep Woes Common Among Troubled Young Children, Study Says
    Researchers link psychiatric issues to 'behavioral insomnias of childhood'

  • 'Social Host' Laws May Help Curb Underage Drinking, Study Says
    Controversial statutes hold parents responsible for teen alcohol consumption

  • Health Tip: Get Kids Outdoors
    How outside exercise can boost health

  • Health Tip: Use Sidewalks When Trick-or-Treating
    Halloween safety suggestions

  • Placebo Treatment May Quiet Kids' Cough
    Parents report a spoonful of agave nectar or flavored water reduced symptoms

  • Teens Who Dine With Their Families May Be Slimmer Adults
    Study found eating meals together once or twice a week was tied to lower risk of becoming overweight

  • Health Tip: When Your Child Needs to Lose Weight
    Get doctor's approval before starting a diet

  • Health Tip: Watch the Road on Halloween
    Be careful of trick-or-treaters

  • Health Tip: Using a Pacifier to Soothe Baby
    Make sure the infant really doesn't want to eat instead

  • Teen Conflicts Spill Over to Other Areas of Their Lives
    Home troubles affect school life, school issues affect home, researchers report

  • Gene Scan Helps Diagnose Mystery Disorders in Children
    Using DNA from parents and child, test hones in on disease-causing mutations

  • As Pot Use Rises, Teens' Grades May Fall: Study
    Occasional use might not have impact, but heavy users had lower test scores, researchers found

  • Discussing Ebola: Children Feel Safe, Calm When Adults Do, Too
    Be prepared with appropriate answers for the inevitable questions, experts say

  • Health Tip: Snacking After School
    Take steps to avoid getting sick

  • Health Tip: Dish Up Healthier Halloween Goodies
    Non-candy alternatives

  • Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant
    Reduced lung function seen in children at age 4, study says

  • Tall, Heavy 1-Year-Olds May Be at Risk for Obesity Later, Study Finds
    But experts say genes aren't destiny

  • Health Tip: Listen to Your Child About Food Allergies
    Things kids may say when they're having an allergic reaction

  • As U.S. Economy Worsened, Vasectomy Rates Rose, Study Finds
    National data shows a 28 percent rise in men opting for the procedure

  • Circumcision Past Newborn Stage Poses Risk for Boys, Study Finds
    Delaying procedure also linked with higher costs, experts say

  • Medication Errors Occur Every 8 Minutes in U.S. Children
    Study finds that liquid drugs are the most commonly misused at home

  • 'Desensitized' Parents Let Kids Watch More Movie Violence, Sex
    Study found that as parents viewed more of it themselves, they became more lax about how much kids could see

  • Athletic Trainers' Group Advises Heart Tests for Young Athletes
    Identifying problems may prevent sudden cardiac arrest, new guidelines suggest

  • Dads Face Guilt About Workouts, Just Like Moms Do
    Both parents tend to view exercise as a selfish behavior that takes up family time, researcher says

  • U.S. Kids Use ADHD Meds More During School Year
    Researchers suggest this may be to boost academic achievement

  • Tonsillectomy Complications May Be More Likely in Poor, Minority Kids
    Access to care might play a role, researcher says

  • Detergent Pods Pose Risk to Kids' Eyes, Researchers Warn
    Young children may be attracted to the brightly colored chemicals, study suggests

  • Teens Still Sending Naked Pictures Via Cellphone
    New study suggests one in five 'sexts,' despite potential consequences

  • 'To Burn Off Calories in This Soda, Walk 5 Miles'
    Teens drank fewer sugary drinks when energy content info was converted to exercise, study found

  • Health Tip: Installing a Child's Car Seat
    Follow the product's instructions carefully

  • Teen Girls May Face Greater Risk of Depression
    Relationship-related stress contributes to higher rates, researchers say

  • Family Support Tied to Safer Sex for Young Gay Males: Study
    Closeness, open discussions with parents may help prevent risky sexual behavior, findings suggest

  • Parenthood May Push Cancer Patients to Seek More Treatment
    They may choose aggressive therapy in attempt to have more time with children, study finds

  • Exercise May Not Ward Off Teen Depression
    U.K. research finds no apparent link, but U.S. experts are not convinced

  • More Kids Using ERs for Medical Care, Researchers Say
    Uninsured and privately insured children show biggest increases in California study

  • Eating Disorders May Start in Elementary School
    They're often linked with other mental health issues, researchers say

  • Calm, Positive Family Meals May Help Keep Kids Slim
    Having both parents present, eating in kitchen also linked to healthier weights, researchers report

  • Sleeping on Sofa Can Be Deadly for Babies, Study Finds
    Researchers uncover higher risk for SIDS, suffocation

  • Broccoli Compound Shows Promise for Autism Symptoms in Small Study
    Researchers caution that not everyone improved, and findings are preliminary

  • Study Finds Many Newborns Have Risky First Ride Home From Hospital
    More than 90 percent of parents don't install, position the car seat correctly, researchers say

  • Many Parents Need to Educate Themselves About Concussions
    Experts believe lack of knowledge could hinder child's recovery

  • Common Childhood Vaccine Cuts 'Superbug' Infection: Study
    Cases of antibiotic-resistant pneumonia, meningitis fell after pneumococcal shot introduced in 2010

  • Health Tip: Teach Kids to Live Healthier
    Including daily exercise

  • Schools Key to Reaching Kids With Mental Health Needs, Experts Say
    Left untreated, children may suffer long-term damage

  • Health Tip: Encouraging Your Toddlers to Read
    Let them choose the book

  • It's Confirmed: You Have Parents to Thank (or Blame) for Your Height
    New study doubles the number of gene regions linked to height

  • Genes May Play Big Role in Academic Success, Study Suggests
    But a number of other factors affect schoolwork and achievement, experts stress

  • Officials Report First Confirmed Child Death Due to Enterovirus D68
    Virus, which can cause paralysis, has spread to 43 states, CDC says

  • Most Who Abuse Painkillers Are Unprepared If Overdose Strikes: Study
    Although anti-OD meds are available, many addicts hold misguided views on what to do

  • Health Tip: If Your Child's Grades Are Dropping
    Make sure a physical problem isn't the cause

  • Kids With Autism Tend to Be Less Active, Study Says
    But 'underlying physical abilities are there'

  • Study Shows Benefits of Building Baby's Language Skills Early
    Helping infants learn to focus on sounds appears to speed up speech-related brain development

  • 42 States Reporting Respiratory Virus That Targets Kids
    Health officials also investigating whether it's linked to several deaths, cases of muscle weakness, paralysis

  • Preterm Birth, Pneumonia Leading Causes of Death for Children Under 5
    New global estimates suggest 2 million die each year from these conditions

  • Infant's Early Diet Doesn't Change Celiac Disease Risk, Study Finds
    Breast-feeding, waiting to introduce foods with gluten didn't prevent autoimmune disorder

  • Health Tip: Curbing Nighttime Nursing
    Feed baby more during the day

  • Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study
    But authors, expert stressed that couples shouldn't base family planning on this finding

  • Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set
    Make sure anchors are below ground

  • After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study
    Findings suggest physical education, recess may improve academic success

  • ADHD Can Hamper School Performance as Early as 2nd Grade, Study Says
    Researchers report problems with reading, math, social skills

  • 40 States, District of Columbia Reporting Respiratory Virus That Targets Kids
    Health officials also investigating whether germ is tied to cases of muscle weakness in 9 Colorado children

  • Ban Electronics in Kids' Bedrooms, Expert Says
    Electronic lights, action keep kids up at night and can impact school performance

  • Health Tip: Keep Your Child's Weight Down
    Or he could become obese later

  • Preemies May Have Stronger Immune Systems Than Suspected
    Study finds infant's cells can mount inflammatory response to bacteria

  • Boys With Autism Show Certain Grammar Skills in Study
    They were able to form some past tense verbs faster than boys without the disorder

  • Many Kids With ADHD May Be Missing Out on Talk Therapy
    Study finds just one in four taking medication gets additional treatment

  • 29 States, District of Columbia Reporting Respiratory Illness That Targets Kids
    Health officials urge good hygiene to help contain spread of Enterovirus D68

  • Breast Milk a Risk for Spreading Common Virus to Preemies, Study Finds
    CMV dangerous for low birth weight infants, but mom can be tested before delivery to see if she carries virus

  • Can Brain Scans Help Predict Young Children's Reading Abilities?
    Imaging might detect early reading troubles like dyslexia, researchers say

  • Brainwaves May Help Gauge Autism Severity: Study
    Seeing how fast a child processes sounds might lead to earlier diagnosis, too, researchers say

  • Pediatricians Urge Flu Vaccine for All Kids 6 Months and Older
    Nasal spray vaccine can be considered for many kids 2 to 8, doctors say

  • Many Parents Use Online Ratings to Pick a Pediatrician, Study Finds
    Reliability of the reviews is a concern, experts say

  • Cyberbullying Seems to Ramp Up in Middle School
    Effective prevention strategies must not be 'one-size-fits-all,' researcher says

  • More Schools Stocking Shots That Counter Serious Allergic Reactions
    Having epinephrine auto-injectors on hand can save lives, advocates say

  • Study: Exposure to Diversity Might Boost Baby's Social Skills
    Hearing different languages early in life could help reduce bias, researchers say

  • Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals in Plastics Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids
    Association between phthalates and lung disorder needs additional research, study authors say

  • 12 States Now Reporting Severe Respiratory Illness That Targets Kids
    Health officials urge good hygiene to limit exposure to Enterovirus D68

  • Researchers Don't See Long-Term Benefits From Drug for Preemies
    Magnesium sulfate still useful in short term for helping to reduce risk of cerebral palsy, study says

  • Fewer U.S. Teens Using Illegal Drugs and Alcohol, Report Finds
    Plus, teen tobacco use fell to new low in 2013, government statistics show

  • Health Tip: Reduce Your Child's Risk of Ear Infection
    Wash hands often

  • Kids Prescribed Antibiotics Twice as Often as Needed, Study Finds
    More than 11 million prescriptions may be unnecessary, researchers say

  • Small Number of Drugs Behind Kids' Accidental Poisonings: CDC
    Narcotic painkillers, addiction medications and sedatives top the list

  • Kids' Severe Respiratory Virus Confirmed in Northeast
    Health officials urge good hygiene to limit exposure to Enterovirus D68

  • The Parenting Trap: Coddling Anxious Kids
    Trying to protect children from source of anxiety may make things worse, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Helping Your Newborn Sleep
    Watch for signs that the infant is tired

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Can't Sleep
    Signs you should alert the pediatrician

  • Physical Activity May Boost School Performance, Especially for Boys
    Walking, bicycling to school linked to better reading scores in study

  • Medications Plus Parent Training May Help Kids With Aggression, ADHD
    Combination treatment seems to reduce anger and violent tendencies, study finds

  • Parents' Divorce May Hit Higher-Income Kids Harder
    Dramatic changes in lifestyle can lead to behavior problems, study suggests

  • Failed Infertility Treatment Linked to Worse Mental Health in Study
    All women who undergo treatment should receive psychological support, researchers suggest

  • Many U.S. Kids Missing Out on Preventive Care, CDC Says
    Report finds gaps in basic medical care, vaccines, and vision and hearing screenings

  • Health Tip: Keeping Your Child Safe in a Car Seat
    Babies should ride in a rear-facing device

  • E-Cigarette Refills Pose Danger to Kids, Experts Say
    British researchers warn of accidental liquid nicotine poisoning from easily accessed e-cartridges

  • Spotting, Treating Autism Symptoms in Infancy May Prevent Delays
    But, study doesn't show that parent-based therapy can change course of autism

  • Nine of 10 American Kids Eat Too Much Salt: CDC
    Almost half of daily intake comes from the 10 foods they eat most

  • Smoking Before Fatherhood May Raise Asthma Risk in Kids: Study
    But no similar association was found between mother and children

  • Putting Baby to Sleep on Animal Fur May Lower Asthma Risk: Study
    Researchers suggest contact with natural microbes may offer protection

  • Kidney and Thyroid Cancer Rates Up Among U.S. Children, Study Finds
    But these pediatric cancers remain rare and the increases are very small, experts say

  • Sibling Bullies May Leave Lasting Effects
    Study links harassment at home to higher levels of depression, anxiety

  • Give Aspirin to All Pregnant Women at Risk of Preeclampsia: U.S. Experts
    Daily, low-dose regimen cuts odds of complication by 24 percent

  • Respiratory Virus Hitting Kids in at Least 12 States
    Health officials concerned about a wider outbreak, urge good hygiene to limit exposure

  • Family Troubles Tied to Poorer Dental Health, Study Discovers
    The more physical, verbal aggression there was in the home, the more cavities parents and children had

  • Health Tip: Prevent Children From Falling Out a Window
    Keep windows locked

  • Tips for Keeping Breast-Feeding Goals on Track
    New moms can use encouragement, support, expert says

  • Serious Childhood Burns Tied to Long-Term Mental Health Risks
    Adults injured by fire when young are at increased odds of depression, study finds

  • Breast-Feeding May Help Obese Moms Lose Pregnancy Pounds
    Positive effect wasn't seen in normal weight or overweight women, study found

  • Health Tip: Get the Right Nutrients While Nursing
    Beef up your diet for baby's health

  • Music Lessons May Help Bridge 'Achievement Gap'
    Two years of instruction was followed by brain changes in children, study found

  • Booze, Pot Bad for Teens in Different Ways, Study Suggests
    Drinking tied to unsafe driving, marijuana use linked to poorer academics, job performance

  • Preterm or Small Birth Tied to Long-Term Risks to Heart, Brain
    But researchers say exercise, education may help overcome deficiencies

  • More Evidence Breast-Feeding Lowers Child's Risk of Infections, Allergies
    Human milk contains important immunological protection for children, study authors say

  • Family Meals May Defuse Cyberbullying's Impact, Study Says
    Support, communication appear to be buffers

  • Health Tip: Teach Your Child to Read Food Labels
    Have the child check each snack's nutrition

  • Encouraging Your Baby's Babbling May Speed Language Development
    Researchers found that when parents responded, infants began to form more complex sounds

  • Scientists Find Differences in Brains of Those With Dyslexia
    Scans showed less connectivity in regions linked to reading

  • Parents' Fights May Strain Bonds With Their Kids
    On days that mom and dad argue, they treat their children differently, study finds

  • Less Sleep in Teen Years Tied to More Pounds at 21
    16-year-olds should get more than 8 hours of shuteye a night to help avoid obesity, research says

  • Concussion Recovery Can Reverse After Return to Activity, Study Shows
    Expert and researcher say the findings highlight need for slow return to playing field

  • Most U.S. Babies Get Their Vaccines: CDC
    But booster shots and second doses lag for 2-year-olds, report finds

  • Health Tip: Preparing for the First Day of School
    Reinforce the positives

  • Health Tip: Teaching Your Child About Food Allergies
    Communicate the warning signs

  • Pediatricians Offer New Dental Recommendations
    American Academy of Pediatrics urges fluoride use on first teeth to prevent decay

  • Start School Later for Older Kids, Pediatricians Urge
    Opening bell should be no earlier than 8:30, says Academy of Pediatrics

  • What Parents Need to Know About Sports Participation
    Carefully assess the school's athletic program, expert advises

  • Getting Back to School Sleep Schedules
    Expert offers advice on how to help kids adjust to earlier bedtimes

  • Simple Steps Make Shots Less Scary for Kids, Nurse Says
    Parents can help their children handle the sting of getting vaccinated

  • With Kids in School, Parents Can Work Out
    Include exercise in your weekly calendar of commitments, fitness expert says

  • Food Allergies More Common Among Inner City Kids, Study Finds
    10 percent of children tracked had allergy to peanuts, eggs or milk

  • College Prep 101
    Expert offers tips on how to help students adjust to life on their own for the first time

  • Health Tip: When Your Child Is Afraid to Sleep
    Understand what's behind the fear

  • Health Tip: Help Keep Teen Drivers Safe
    Frequently discuss auto safety

  • Racial Disparities in Breast-Feeding May Start With Hospitals, Study Suggests
    Maternity care practices differ in neighborhoods with more black residents than average, CDC research finds

  • Study Ties Colds, Flu to Rare Risk of Stroke in Kids
    Cause seems related to inflammation of the arteries, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Teach Children Not to Waste Food
    Make sure school lunch has food they'll eat

  • When Parents Need Care, Daughters Carry the Burden: Study
    Brothers often pass on responsibilities to sisters, research contends

  • For Kids, Risks of Parental Smoking Persist Long-Term, Study Finds
    Increased odds for asthma seen into teen years

  • Lunchbox Hygiene Helps Prevent Foodborne Illness, Expert Says
    Pack a paper towel or wax paper so kids don't set food down on dirty tables

  • Co-Workers Take Dim View of Women Who Seek Flex Time: Study
    But men who seek time for kids are viewed positively, researchers find

  • Childhood Mental Disability Rates Up, Study Finds
    Largest increase reported among wealthier families

  • Doctors ID New Ways to Get More Kids Vaccinated
    Messages that focus on benefits to the child have the most impact, study finds

  • Ease Kids Into School Sleep Schedules
    Making the adjustment 'doesn't just happen overnight,' health expert says

  • Settling Back-to-School Nerves
    Expert offers parents tips on reducing anxieties, jitters for kids

  • Health Tip: If Your Child is Having Nightmares
    Keeping a sleep diary may help

  • Back-to-School Prep Includes Lice Review
    Don't count on home remedies, experts say

  • Expert Offers Backpack Safety Tips
    When kids carry too much, muscle strains and back pain can occur

  • When Your Child Asks for Contact Lenses
    Consider kid's maturity level before giving your answer, FDA says

  • Tough Laws Continue to Target Tobacco Sales to Minors
    Everyone in a community must work together to stop illegal sales, U.S. health official says

  • Fewer Unmarried Women Having Children, CDC Reports
    Declines seen in every age group except for those over 35

  • Many Expectant Moms Don't Get Steroids That Protect Preterm Babies
    Study shows only half of eligible women in lower-income countries receive helpful drug

  • Health Tip: School Bus Safety
    Show the child how to board, exit

  • Preemies' Thinking Skills May Catch Up by Adolescence
    Study hints at the importance of nutrition and a stimulating home environment

  • Health Tip: Brush Up on Nutrition for Back to School
    Start the year with a healthy eating plan

  • Health Tip: Promoting Social Behavior in Toddlers
    Support your child's development

  • Acidic Drinks Can Damage Kids' Teeth Permanently, Expert Warns
    Some sodas, juices and sports drinks may harm young smiles

  • Expert Offers Safe Splinter Removal Tips
    Going barefoot in the summer increases risk of problems, doctor says

  • Health Tip: Being Healthy Parents
    Find time to be together

  • Distracted Teen Drivers Often on Cellphone With Parent: Study
    Survey also finds that many text mom and dad from behind the wheel

  • Poorly Packed Lunches Can Cause Food Poisoning
    Health officials share tips for keeping perishables safe

  • Health Tip: Reading Out Loud With Your Child
    It helps improve self-esteem

  • Fitness May Help Ward Off Depression in Girls
    Being in good physical condition likely to help boys avoid the blues too, expert says

  • Health Tip: Avoiding Parental Burnout
    What you can do to deal with stress

  • Hot Cars Can Quickly Prove Deadly for Kids
    Expert offers tips on protecting small passengers from heat-related tragedies

  • Health Tip: Protecting Children's Teeth
    Don't put juice in baby's bottle

  • Preschoolers Can Suffer From Depression, Too
    Study finds that these kids may be plagued by the condition throughout childhood

  • When Colds, Flu Lead to Complications in Kids
    About a third of children admitted to hospital for these infections develop respiratory issues, study finds

  • Could a Little Video Game Play Be Good for Kids?
    Study found children who played an hour or less a day were the most well-adjusted

  • Stay Out of Stinging Insects' Way This Summer
    Bees, wasps and other pests send about 500,000 Americans to the hospital annually

  • Health Tip: Set Rules About TV Time
    Be strict about when it's forbidden

  • Food Is a Common Choking Hazard for Kids, Doctor Says
    Experts warn that children under 5 are most vulnerable

  • Expert Offers School Bus Safety Tips
    Almost 140 children and adults die every year in school transportation accidents

  • Health Tip: Choosing a Safe Summer Camp
    Make an informed selection

  • Kids' Lunch Boxes Often Fall Short on Nutrition
    Less than one-third of home meals met federal standards for school-served foods, study finds

  • 1 in 4 U.S. Kids Underestimate Their Weight, Study Finds
    Kids and parents need education about healthy weight and healthful lifestyles, experts say

  • Tip-Over Furniture Can Kill Kids
    Experts share childproofing advice

  • Make Kids' Weight Loss a Family Affair, Study Suggests
    If parent and preschooler are both overweight, tackling it together works best, researchers say

  • Blood Test Might Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects
    Test to detect mom-to-be's folate concentration could spot those lacking nutrient for infant development

  • Health Tip: Encourage Kids to Exercise
    Here's a list of health benefits

  • Kids Will Pass on 'Healthy' Foods
    To improve their eating habits, don't dwell on the benefits of fruits, veggies, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Bullying
    Such as a sudden desire to avoid school

  • Healthy School Lunches Get Thumbs Up From Students
    Kids aren't avoiding healthier fare or throwing more food away, research shows

  • Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults
    Odds are small, but family, doctors should keep possibility in mind, researchers say

  • Don't Let Kids Drink Pool Water
    Expert offers tips for spotting chlorine poisoning, bacterial infection, secondary drowning in kids

  • Genes May Be Key to Language Delay in Kids
    Study of twins suggests vocabulary, grammar skills largely inherited

  • Rhymes Reveal Evidence of Learning in the Womb
    By third trimester, unborn babies respond to rhymes recited by their mothers, research shows

  • Most Adults Are Members of 'Clean Plate Club'
    Study shows they finish 92 percent of what's on their plates, kids eat just 59 percent

  • Health Tip: Keep Youngsters Outside the Pool
    To help prevent drowning

  • Young Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders?
    Study suggests link between early reading skills and later intelligence

  • Parents of Obese Kids Often View Them as Healthy
    They're more likely to change their children's diet than encourage exercise, study finds

  • Many Kids With Medicaid Use ER as Doctor's Office: CDC
    Pediatrician says many physicians won't accept the publicly funded insurance plan

  • Farmers' Market Vouchers May Help Poorer Families Eat Healthier
    Special incentives encourage consumption of fruits and vegetables, study says

  • Too Few Teens Receive HPV Shot, CDC Says
    Agency urges doctors to recommend it along with other routine immunizations

  • Parent's Death May Raise Risk of Early Death for Grown Children, Study Suggests
    Odds of dying prematurely 50 percent higher in adults who'd lost a parent in childhood, researchers report

  • Many Obese U.S. Kids Think They're Thinner Than They Are
    They won't take steps to reach a healthy weight if they don't see the problem, experts note

  • Health Tip: Soothing Bug Bites
    Remedies to help fight the pain and itch

  • Parents of Children With Autism Need Help, Too
    Study found mothers who were taught stress-reduction skills had less depression, anxiety

  • Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids
    Threat of respiratory disease may be up to 30 percent higher, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Take Kids for a Nature Walk
    And get some exercise

  • Life Skills, Parenting Classes May Cut Inflammation in Poor Kids
    That, in turn, may help reduce health ills, such as diabetes and heart disease, researcher says

  • Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children
    Expectant moms' use of nicotine-replacement therapy could also spell problems for kids, study suggests

  • Waistlines of U.S. Kids Seem to Be Holding Steady, Study Finds
    But too many children and teens remain obese, experts say

  • Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study
    Findings suggest genetics play a bigger role than environment in risk of disorder

  • Full-Time Job May Disrupt Breast-Feeding Plans
    Study found moms who returned to part-time work were better able to meet their goals

  • College Alcohol Violations Often Draw a Slap on the Wrist: Study
    Often, campus security won't report booze-related infractions to police or to health services, researchers say

  • 'Little League Shoulder' on the Rise
    Rest, possibly combined with physical therapy, key to recovery, research suggests

  • Health Tip: Watch for Warning Signs of Choking
    Including difficulty breathing

  • Kids From Dairy Farms Have Lower Allergy Risk, Study Finds
    Benefits evident from birth, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Giving Children Chores
    Can help boost self-esteem

  • iPads Can Trigger Nickel Allergies in Kids
    Report involving 11-year-boy points to a simple solution: an iPad case

  • Babies' Brains Prep for Speech Long Before First Words Come Out
    Scans found motor areas were activated when infants heard others talking, researchers report

  • Bed-Sharing Linked to SIDS
    Study also finds risk factors for sleep-related death vary with baby's age

  • Spoon Measurements Behind Many Child Drug-Dosing Errors: Study
    Experts recommend medications be administered in milliliters only

  • Researchers See Link Between Dyslexia, Abuse
    But they're not sure which one might lead to the other

  • TB Rates Among Children May Be Higher Than Estimated
    As many as 650,000 kids worldwide infected each year, researchers report

  • Kids on Tight Schedules May Lose Out, Study Says
    Study shows having more free time teaches children how to plan, solve problems and make decisions

  • Health Tip: Minimizing Food Allergies
    Early breast-feeding may help

  • Health Tip: Taking Pressure Off Parents
    Nobody can be perfect

  • Unwed Parents Should Tie the Knot Before Child Turns 3: Study
    Doing so creates strongest family bond, researcher explains

  • Glaucoma Can Affect Babies, Too
    In U.S., one in 10,000 infants is born with the vision-robbing disease

  • Many Teens May Get Several Pro-Marijuana Tweets a Day
    Twitter might be influencing young people's opinions of the drug, study suggests

  • Dad's Ethnicity May Influence Baby's Birth Weight
    Infants born to foreign-born fathers weighed less at birth, Canadian study finds

  • iPads May Help Boost Speaking Skills in Kids With Autism: Study
    Combining use of device with therapy sessions helped minimally verbal children talk, interact

  • Childhood Vaccines Vindicated Once More
    No link to autism found in large review of previous research on measles, mumps, rubella vaccine

  • Health Tip: Healing After Baby is Born
    Ease back into your routine

  • A Laptop May Boost a Hospitalized Child's Recovery
    Kids who videoconference with family, friends report less stress, study says

  • Protect Your Kids From the Heat
    Expert offers tips on avoiding heat-related illness in children

  • Health Tip: Keep High Schoolers Safe During Sports
    Make sure they train properly and wear protective equipment

  • Summer's a Great Time for Tonsil Removal
    Surgery won't disrupt school schedule, kids can relax during recovery, doctor says

  • Health Tip: Communicate With an ADHD Child
    Shouting doesn't help

  • Precautions Help Keep Kids Safe in Water
    Children can drown in as little as 2 inches of water, pediatrician warns

  • Milk, Egg Allergies Seem to Make Parents Most Anxious
    Two-thirds of parents accurately assess severity of their child's food allergy, study reports

  • Daughters Drink More Than Their Moms Did -- in Australia, at Least
    It's possible findings would apply to U.S., experts say

  • For Young Kids, Nasal Spray Beats Needle for Flu Immunization
    CDC says getting seasonal vaccine via the nose confers better protection for those ages 2 to 8

  • Numbing Medications Can Harm Teething Babies, FDA Warns
    Products containing lidocaine or benzocaine have been linked to serious illness and even death, agency says

  • Persistent Cough in Kids Can Often Be Whooping Cough
    In British study, 1 in 5 cases of chronic hacking turned out to be the respiratory ailment

  • Mother's Birthplace May Affect Autism Risk in Kids
    Some foreign-born mothers now in U.S. are more likely to have children with the disorder, study finds

  • Pediatrics Group Wants Parents to Read to Their Children Every Day
    The practice should begin in infancy, American Academy of Pediatrics says, to prepare kids for school, life

  • Health Tip: Protect Your Child's Hearing
    Avoid exposure to loud noise

  • Study Links Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy to Autism Risk in Kids
    But it doesn't prove pesticides cause autism, and didn't directly measure women's chemical exposure, expert notes

  • Web-Based Program May Help Beginner Drivers
    A new spin on behind-the-wheel education improves teen safety, study says

  • Tips for Keeping That Bounce House Safe
    Children get hurt when colliding with others or falling, expert says, so supervision is needed

  • For Safety's Sake, Don't Leave Kids in Cars
    Warmer weather puts them at risk of heat stroke, other dangers, expert says

  • Health Tip: Teach Children About Responsibility
    Make sure your expectations are understood

  • A Defining Act for Fathers and Sons
    25 years later, that game of catch in 'Field of Dreams' still resonates for many, and experts explain why

  • Parents of a Child With Autism Often Forgo Further Childbearing: Study
    Stress of caring for an affected child is probably a big factor, one expert says

  • Health Tip: Is Your Teen Abusing Alcohol?
    Warning signs that a teen may be drinking

  • Dads Who Do Housework May Spur Daughters to Aim High: Study
    Promoting gender equality at home may foster ambition in girls, researchers say

  • Background TV May Hinder Toddlers' Language Development
    Communication skills benefit when parents focus solely on the child, study suggests

  • When School's Out, Weight Can Pile On
    For certain kids, summer vacation adds unwanted pounds, review finds

  • Less Smoking, Sex and Fighting Among U.S. High School Kids: CDC
    But rates for other unhealthy behaviors, such as texting while driving, are up, agency says

  • Cool Teens, Uncool Future?
    Status-seeking behaviors of adolescence don't translate well to adult world, study suggests

  • Parents' Sleep May Affect Child's Risk of Obesity: Study
    All family members need adequate rest to protect against preschoolers' weight gain, experts say

  • Health Tip: Worried About a Child's Back Pain?
    Signs the child should see a doctor

  • Measles Journey Highlights Risk to Unvaccinated Kids
    Minnesota outbreak began with a toddler traveling overseas, study says

  • Vaccine for Infant Tummy Bug Cuts Hospitalizations: CDC
    Fewer children admitted for severe diarrhea tied to rotavirus, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Teach Kids Bike Safety Rules
    Including where it's safe to ride

  • Many Childhood Leukemia Survivors Aren't Taking 'Maintenance' Meds: Study
    These drugs help stop acute lymphocytic leukemia from coming back, experts note

  • Too-Clean Homes May Encourage Child Allergies, Asthma: Study
    Exposure to a little dust, dander in infancy might prime tots' immune systems, research finds

  • Genetic 'Networks' May Play Role in Autism
    Finding might provide new targets for drugs to treat disorder, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Consider Air Bag Safety for Children
    Seat them in the back of the car

  • Kids' Obesity Risk Rises With Parents' Divorce: Study
    Stress, unhealthy coping strategies may be to blame, experts say

  • Health Tip: Help Improve Your Child's Sleep
    Regulate the youngster's exposure to light

  • Hormone Levels in Womb Tied to Autism Risk in Boys: Study
    Experts caution that finding is preliminary, with no current implications for treatment or prevention

  • Boston Marathon Bombings Left Psychological Scars on Kids
    11 percent of parents surveyed months later described PTSD symptoms in children, study found

  • 1 of 8 U.S. Kids Mistreated Before Age 18, Study Finds
    Risk highest early in life, with 2 percent of children having a confirmed report by 1st birthday, researchers say

  • Preventing Tick Bites
    Long pants, socks and insect repellant help protect you from ticks

  • Health Tip: Strap Big Kids in a Booster Seat
    Suggestions for safe use

  • Having Babies May Be 'Contagious' Among Long-Time Friends
    Women tend to get pregnant soon after friends they've known since high school give birth, study finds

  • U.S. Measles Cases at 20-Year High
    Almost all infections involve unvaccinated residents who traveled abroad, CDC says

  • Mediterranean Diet May Keep Kids Slimmer
    Children who followed eating plan were 15 percent less likely to be overweight, study finds

  • Kids' Snacking Gets Less Nutritious as They Age
    With youngsters eating about three snacks daily, focus should be on healthy foods, says expert

  • Dad's Brain Becomes More 'Maternal' When He's Primary Caregiver: Study
    Regions where emotions are processed get more active, researchers report

  • Health Tip: Stay Involved in Your Childrens' Internet Use
    Help them learn what's appropriate

  • Health Tip: Easing Baby's Cradle Cap
    Wash baby's scalp frequently

  • Fit Kids Have Better Body-Fat Distribution, Study Finds
    Active children show fewer signs of future heart disease

  • Cyberbullying Knows No Socio-economic Bounds
    Study finds poor kids are getting harassed online, too

  • New Dialysis Machine Treats Tiniest of Newborns
    Device needed because adult dialysis machines overpower babies' blood vessels, experts say

  • Health Tip: Swaddle Baby Safely
    Follow these guidelines

  • Costs a Barrier to Asthma Care for Some Kids
    High co-pays prevent some children from seeing a doctor or getting needed meds, study finds

  • Health Tip: Avoiding College Weight Gain
    Get enough exercise

  • Health Tip: Giving Medicine to Your Child
    Make sure you're well-informed

  • Stillbirth Remains an 'Unacknowledged Problem'
    These early deaths are rarely included in national medical records, study says

  • High Cholesterol May Delay Parenthood, Study Suggests
    Whether lowering cholesterol in prospective parents will aid conception isn't clear, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe in Shopping Carts
    Suggestions to prevent tipping and injuries

  • More Evidence Ties Poor Sleep to Obesity in Kids
    Study highlights need for consistent bedtime, experts say

  • Delaying Measles-Related Vaccines May Raise Seizure Risk: Study
    Researchers say findings emphasize importance of following timing guidelines

  • Tweens Who Play Sports Less Likely to Smoke: Study
    And non-school clubs may help reduce risk of drinking, researchers find

  • Single Moms' Job Loss May Have Long Term Impact on Kids
    Children's education and long-term mental health often seem to suffer, research shows

  • Health Tip: Help Your Child Give Up Thumb Sucking
    Suggestions to help break the habit

  • Early Repetitive Behaviors May Signal Autism Risk
    Research in siblings of children with autism may give parents a way to spot signs of the disorder earlier

  • College Students' Unhealthy Habits Can Mark Their Future
    Smoking, drinking, not eating right and not exercising will add up to future health woes, researchers say

  • Almost 1 in 20 Young Teens Binge Drinks, Canadian Study Finds
    4 percent of 12- to 14-year-olds say they've downed more than 5 drinks in a sitting over past year

  • Health Tip: Dealing With Baby's Gas
    Is mom eating foods that may contribute?

  • Smoking More Likely Among Teens Whose Parents Light Up
    Quitting early in child's life helps reduce risk, researchers say

  • Drug Therapy May Lower Odds That Kids With ADHD Will Smoke
    Children with the disorder typically have higher smoking rates, experts note

  • Health Tip: Is Your Child Old Enough to Stay Home Alone?
    Questions that can help you decide

  • Tips for New Moms on Mother's Day
    FDA experts offer advice on doctor visits, use of medications

  • Brain Activity Changes in Pregnant Women, Study Finds
    Boost in activity in brain region that reads faces may prepare mom to bond with baby, researcher suggests

  • Health Tip: Understanding Childhood Obesity
    Why extra weight is dangerous

  • Nicotine Poisoning of Infant Highlights 'E-Cig' Dangers, Docs Report
    10-month-old boy was sickened but survived toxic ingestion of liquid used for 'vaping'

  • Health Tip: Baby Should Sleep on Her Back
    To help prevent SIDS

  • Skills Like Walking, Talking Don't Come Easily for Minority Kids With Autism
    Phenomenon occurs twice as often in black children, 1.5 times more in Hispanics than in whites: study

  • Could Energy Drinks Be Wrong Choice for Some Teens?
    Unhealthy behaviors may be more common in those who consume the beverages, research suggests

  • Many Parents Not Following Safe Sleep Practices for Babies
    About one-third don't place infants to sleep on their backs, although that's known to help prevent SIDS

  • Disease Outbreaks May Not Change Minds of Vaccine Opponents
    Study of whooping cough epidemic in Washington state found no rise in immunization of babies

  • In Crashes That Kill Children, It's Their Driver Who's Often Drunk
    Finding highlights need for additional penalties for those convicted of drunk driving with a child passenger, MADD says

  • Young Adults Think E-Cigs Safer Than Tobacco Ones
    Survey finds young parents and non-smokers among users

  • Genes, Environment May Play Equal Parts in Autism Risk: Study
    Interaction between the two is probably complex, needs more research, experts say

  • Hard Work Propels Asian-American Students to Head of Class: Study
    Reading, math tests showed little difference in innate abilities compared to whites, other minorities

  • Health Tip: Talk to Your Kids About Alcohol
    Start a dialog when they're young

  • Health Tip: Batteries May Be Dangerous for Kids
    Keep devices with batteries away from children

  • Helmets Not Helpful for Babies With 'Flat Head' Syndrome: Study
    Dutch researchers found similar improvement in infants who received no treatment

  • Preschoolers Getting Too Much Screen Time: Survey
    With some spending 3 or more hours daily, other childhood activities get crowded out, expert warns

  • Your Kids May Not Be Ignoring You on Purpose
    Children focused on other tasks 'blinded' to what's going on around them, study says

  • With Kids In Car, Parents Still Likely to Use Cellphones
    Study shows 90 percent admit to driving while distracted by talking, texting or giving food to a child

  • News Coverage of Teen Suicides May Have Ripple Effect
    Study finds possible link between prominent stories and copy-cat deaths

  • Overweight Teens Feel Stigmatized, Bullied: Study
    British survey finds some young people link excess weight to laziness and lack of self-control

  • Psst, Girls Have Been Better Students Than Boys for Decades
    Study authors call female superiority a 'well-kept secret' that's been true for nearly 100 years

  • Health Tip: Make Time for Breakfast
    And help your toddler get a healthy start

  • By 9 Months, Baby's Visual Learning Kicks In: Study
    At this age, infants can view pictures, then recognize the objects in real life

  • Pregnancy Ultrasound a Big Bonding Moment for Dads-to-Be
    Fetal image helps men take in reality of pending birth, study suggests

  • 'Breast Milk Banks' Gain in Popularity
    Experts say they're safer than online milk-sharing sources

  • Caring for Severely Ill Kids May Have Silver Lining
    Many parent caregivers show signs of 'post-traumatic growth,' study says

  • Working With Horses May Ease Stress in Kids
    After 12-week riding program, students had lower levels of stress hormone in small study

  • Calling Young Girls 'Fat' May Increase Their Teen-Obesity Risk
    Stigma alone could spur overeating, study authors say

  • Gastro Woes More Common in Kids With Autism: Review
    Their risk for digestive problems is 4 times higher than in typically developing peers, researchers found

  • U.S. Kids Experiencing Less Violence: Surveys
    School shootings, bullying make the headlines, but they're the exception, expert says

  • Single Motherhood Doesn't Seem to Hinder Happiness
    Raising a child more likely to brighten these women's lives, study says

  • Keep Prescription Drugs Secure From Teens: Expert
    Too often, addiction and abuse begin at home, he warns

  • Kids' Happiness Doesn't Depend on 2 Natural Parents, Says Study
    Relationship quality key, not whether you live with stepparent, single parent or 2 natural parents

  • FDA Advisers: Ban Use of Behavior-Modifying 'Shock Devices'
    The controversial tools are used on emotionally disabled kids at a Mass. facility

  • FDA Reconsiders Behavior-Modifying 'Shock Devices'
    Agency meets Thursday to discuss outlawing tools used on emotionally disabled kids

  • 1 in 13 U.S. Schoolkids Takes Psych Meds: Report
    More than half of parents said the drugs are helpful

  • Health Tip: Signs Your Child Has An Overuse Injury
    Is the child in pain while exercising?

  • Too Much Codeine Still Prescribed to U.S. Kids: Study
    ERs give potentially dangerous drug to thousands of children each year

  • Language Problems Common for Kids With ADHD, Study Finds
    Anxiety often goes hand in hand with attention disorder, too

  • Bowel Illnesses Sometimes Coincide in Kids
    Children with irritable bowel syndrome were more likely to also have celiac disease in Italian study

  • Spring Cleaning Safety Tips
    How to avoid accidental poisonings from chemicals, medications

  • Health Tip: If Your Child is Constipated
    Signs the youngster should see a doctor

  • Health Tip: Avoid Diaper Rash
    Keep your little one dry and clean

  • Low Birth Weight, Lack of Breast-Feeding Tied to Inflammation Risk in Adulthood
    Study of more than 10,000 people suggests these infants may someday have more health problems

  • Mouse Study Reveals New Secrets of Fertilization
    British researchers discover receptors on egg cells that allow sperm to attach, fertilize egg

  • Health Tip: Use a Safe Stroller
    Make sure toys can't fall on your child

  • Health Tip: Secondhand Smoke Puts Babies at Risk
    Of early death and other complications

  • Crankier Babies May Get More TV Time
    Study didn't look at type of programming or possible effect on kids

  • Young Dads at Risk of Depressive Symptoms, Study Finds
    But experts stress findings don't mean fatherhood at an early age dooms men to clinical depression

  • Young People With Epilepsy Face Higher Injury Risk: Study
    British researchers found increased odds of fractures, burns, medication poisoning

  • Campfire Precautions Can Protect Kids From Burns
    Adult supervision, barriers around fire essential, expert says

  • Protecting Children From Poison Emergencies
    Safety, treatment advice for parents from the American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Girls Suffer Worse Concussions, Study Suggests
    Researchers found they had more severe symptoms, longer recovery times than boys

  • Measles Cases Linked to U.S. Adoptions of Chinese Children: CDC
    The highly infectious illness is still endemic in China, so adopted kids should get their shots, experts say

  • Health Tip: Naptime for Toddlers
    Keep them on schedule

  • Naps Enhance Learning for Young Children, Study Says
    Preschoolers, infants performed better on language experiments after brief sleep

  • Health Tip: Know the Hazards of Lead
    It's particularly dangerous during childhood and pregnancy

  • Too Many Younger Teens Still Getting Pregnant: CDC
    Girls aged 15 to 17 account for about one-quarter of teen births, report shows

  • Kids' Concussions Defined by Where They Live, Study Finds
    Sports fell more city children; motorized vehicles a danger in the country

  • Childhood Obesity Adds Nearly $20K to Lifetime Medical Costs: Study
    Losing weight while young may help kids lower future health care expenses, researcher says

  • Could Dads' Obesity Raise Autism Risk for Kids?
    Study finds slight increase linked to weight of fathers, not mothers

  • Having Kids Walk to School Comes With Risks, Benefits
    Added physical activity is healthy for youngsters, but traffic poses danger, study finds

  • More U.S. Children Severely Obese, Study Says
    Report, which conflicts with recent CDC review, finds growing number of kids likely to suffer serious health problems

  • Stress Hormone May Drive Risk-Taking by Teen Motorists
    Study found those with lower cortisol levels were more likely to crash

  • Health Tip: Talk to Kids About Strangers
    Discuss specifics

  • Teens' Screen Time May Affect Their Bone Health: Study
    Researchers in Norway found contrasting bone density results in boys, girls

  • More Evidence That Probiotics Won't Ease Baby's Colic
    Parents gave Lactobacillus reuteri to colicky infants in study

  • Health Tip: Preparing for Potty Training
    Be positive in your approach

  • Popular Kids May Be Targets for Bullying: Study
    Competition for social status could play a role, researchers say

  • Parents' Addiction May Be Linked to Arthritis in Offspring
    More studies needed to explore the apparent association, researchers say

  • Parental Messages That Stress No Alcohol Do Get Through, Survey Finds
    92 percent of teens who said parents opposed underage drinking weren't drinkers, MADD says

  • Stronger Muscles May Mean Better Health for Kids
    Study of 6th-graders links greater strength to lower risk for heart disease

  • Monitoring Kids' Screen Time May Improve Their Behavior
    Researchers report better sleep, school performance

  • Health Tip: Check Your Child's Playground
    Inspect carefully before play begins

  • Health Tip: Keep Poisons From Children
    Put them out of kids' reach

  • Health Tip: Promote Good Oral Health in Children
    Don't offer sweetened drinks

  • Spanking Triggers Vicious Cycle, Study Finds
    Unruly kids more likely to be spanked, but doing so leads to more misbehavior, researcher says

  • Toddlers Who Sleep Less May Eat More
    Short sleepers might be at greater risk for obesity, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Switching to a 'Big Kid' Bed
    Suggestions for a smoother transition

  • When Moms Get Active, Kids Follow
    Study of 4-year-olds suggests mothers help by spurring activity, taking part and being role models

  • Violent Video Games Tied to Combative Thinking in Study
    Kids 'start to see world in a more aggressive way,' researcher says

  • How You Parent Is Partly Genetic, Study Suggests
    Child's behavior also influences parenting style

  • Childhood Abuse May Lead to Health Ills in Adulthood
    Might trigger hormone problems linked to obesity, diabetes, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Floss Your Child's Teeth
    Take time to do it correctly

  • Rigid Parenting Style Linked to Obese Kids
    Demanding, inflexible approach might foster negative response, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Washing Baby's Clothes
    Avoid skin irritation

  • Sweet, Salty Taste Preferences Tied Together in Kids
    Study also suggests that children's growth and development affect their choices

  • Teens Often Copycat Others Who Drink and Drive: Study
    If kids have ridden with a drunk driver, they're more likely to drive while impaired, researchers find

  • TV Time, Feeding Habits Set Babies Up for Obesity: Study
    Practices that foster weight gain are common among U.S. parents, researchers say

  • TV, Computer Time Tied to Heavier, Less Happy Kids: Study
    Parents can help reduce screen time, experts say

  • Gardening Might Give Kids a Fitness Boost
    Digging, raking were high-intensity tasks in South Korean study

  • Health Tip: Create Good Eating Habits
    Start with a healthy breakfast

  • When a Parent Dies, What Helps a Child Cope?
    Study suggests grieving can affect school performance; mental health therapy an effective option

  • Head Lice Growing Resistant to Standard Meds
    It's probably time to turn to newer treatments, study suggests

  • Stress Can Quickly Harm Kids' Health: Study
    And chronic stress takes a toll on their well-being, research shows

  • Returning Military Dads Often Struggle to Reconnect With Kids
    The toddler they come home to can be much different from the baby they left behind

  • Health Tip: Encourage Independence Among Preschoolers
    Create a supportive environment

  • Health Tip: What to Exclude from Baby's Crib
    Sleep positioner isn't necessary

  • Kids Who Repeat a Grade Can Become Discipline Problems, Study Says
    Schools that had more repeaters had more suspensions, other signs of trouble in student body

  • When Smartphone Is Near, Parenting May Falter
    Study found many caregivers focused on devices instead of children

  • September Peak Month for Kids' Asthma Flares: Study
    Experts say rise in allergy triggers, summer medication 'breaks' and back-to-school virus exposure may all contribute

  • Just 1.5 Hours of TV a Day May Disrupt Kids' Sleep, Study Says
    The more they watch, the greater the sleep loss

  • Younger Siblings of Kids With Autism May Show Early Signs of Problems
    Study found developmental or behavioral red flags in babies as young as 1 year

  • Health Tip: When Baby's Cries Signal Trouble
    Advice for when to call the doctor

  • Health Tip: Survival Tips for New Moms
    Make time for yourself

  • Kids Lacking At-Home Enrichment Gain Most From Head Start: Study
    Researcher says the preschool program is 'vital' for certain children

  • Shared Family Activities May Boost Preschoolers' Emotional Health
    Eating dinner, having fun together can help kids learn to form good relationships

  • Despite Media Companies' Claims, Your Baby Can't Learn to Read: Study
    Necessary skills don't develop until age 5 or 6 years, researchers say

  • Kids With ADHD May Face Higher Obesity Risk as Teens
    Finnish study also found more physical inactivity in this group

  • State Flu Shot Rule for Preschoolers Curbs Kids' Hospitalizations: CDC
    When vaccination rates rose in Connecticut, serious complications dropped, report finds

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Has a Dental Emergency
    Suggestions for what to do

  • Health Tip: Traveling on a Plane With Baby
    Solutions to help prevent crankiness

  • Secondhand Smoke in Childhood Thickens Arteries
    Measurements suggest raised risk for later heart attack, stroke, researchers say

  • Moving Out of Poor Neighborhood May Disrupt Boys' Mental Health: Study
    However, girls tend to do better with upward mobility, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Serve Kids Power Foods
    Keep your young ones well energized

  • Schools Add More Fruits, Veggies to the '3 Rs'
    And food waste hasn't increased because of the new guidelines, study finds

  • Baby 'Sleep Machines' Could Damage Hearing, Study Suggests
    Keep volume low and place device well away from crib, expert says

  • TV in Child's Bedroom Tied to Weight Gain
    But 'active' video games might help youngsters stay slim, researchers stay

  • Kids Born With HIV May Face Heart Risks Later, Study Suggests
    Doctors should watch for signs of cardiovascular disease, researcher says

  • Health Tip: Protect Your Child's Heart Health
    Offer low-fat foods

  • Health Tip: Caring for Kids' Teeth
    Make sure they're brushing properly

  • Kids' Body Image Shaped by Parents, Expert Says
    Doctor offers tips for helping children develop healthy eating habits, self-image

  • Teens Who Indoor Tan Often Take Other Health Risks: Survey
    CDC study tied practice to binge drinking, drug use and extreme weight control measures

  • Are Kids Born to Older Dads at Risk for Mental Health Woes?
    Large Swedish study found higher rates of autism, ADHD and other disorders, but expert says the risk is small

  • On-time Use of Routine Vaccine Keeps Kids Out of Hospital
    Illnesses rose when measles-mumps-rubella shot was given out of order, Danish study found

  • U.S. Obesity Rate Shows Signs of Leveling Off
    CDC study finds very young children seem to be slimming down, but more older women are obese

  • Mysterious Polio-Like Illness Strikes Kids in California
    Only a small number of cases identified, experts say, with no clear common cause

  • Kids' Checkups Should Include Cholesterol, Depression Tests, Doctors Say
    HIV screening also recommended under revised American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines

  • Use of Tylenol in Pregnancy Tied to Higher ADHD Risk in Child
    Risk increases with longer use, researchers say; experts caution the finding needs verification

  • Frequent School Moves May Harm Kids' Mental Health
    Study of British preteens might have found increased risk of psychiatric symptoms

  • Students' Health Habits Tied to School Success
    Fitness, nutrition, proper sleep and TV restrictions appeared to make a difference in study of city kids

  • Family Conflicts Can Impair Child's Brain Development: Study
    Early exposure to parental tension is a risk factor for later mental woes, researchers say

  • Heavy Kids May Suffer Worse Elbow Fractures
    Study found they were more likely to have complex 'type-3' breaks than normal-weight kids

  • 'Talking' Medical Devices, Apps Continue to Evolve
    Innovations can help people manage their conditions, function in emergencies, keep doctors informed

  • Health Tip: Pack the Right Sports Snacks
    To help your young athlete succeed

  • STD Education Must Start Long Before Kids Engage in Sex
    Parenting, friends and academics all influence likelihood of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, study says

  • Bullying May Have Lasting Health Effects on Kids
    Study of students in grades 5 through 10 found mental, physical fallout even if harassment stopped

  • Beauty, Not Health May Spur Teens to Use Sunscreen
    Tanning's damaging effect on looks mattered more to teens than skin cancer risks, study found

  • Mother's Voice on Special Pacifier Helps Preemies Learn to Eat
    When properly sucking, baby is rewarded with a song from Mom, researchers say

  • Clues to Obesity Found in Infants
    Twin studies looked at differences in genetics, appetite and feeling full after eating

  • Start Heart-Healthy Lessons in Childhood, Expert Says
    Limiting screen time, boosting exercise are essentials

  • Health Tip: Protect Kids in Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Always use car seats and seat belts

  • Health Tip: Talk to Teens About Tanning
    Make sure they use sunscreen

  • Health Tip: OTC Medications for Children
    Talk with the pediatrician before your child's first dose

  • Infections Like Colds, Chickenpox Tied to Some Stroke Risk in Kids
    The brain attacks are rare in children, experts note, and study found vaccines may offer some protection

  • Health Tip: Choosing the Right Babysitter
    Select someone with references

  • Dentists' Group Expands Recommended Use of Fluoride Toothpaste for Kids
    They should use an amount the size of a grain of rice as soon as first tooth appears, ADA says

  • Partial HPV Vaccine Series May Help Prevent Genital Warts in Girls
    But Swedish study didn't address more critical issue of cervical cancer prevention

  • States May Be Getting Stricter on Child Vaccine Exemptions
    Study finds bills to expand parental opt-outs are failing, while others to limit them have passed

  • Teens' Stress Levels Rival Those of Adults, Survey Finds
    Top worries include post-graduation choices, financial concerns

  • Health Tip: Storing Toys
    Prevent injuries by putting toys away

  • Health Tip: Trampoline Injuries
    Here's how kids can get hurt

  • Premature Babies Benefit From Adult Talk, Study Finds
    Starting in intensive care unit, 'conversations' appear to aid language development

  • Autism Costs Average $17,000 Yearly for Each Child, Study Finds
    School systems bear the brunt, not parents, researchers find

  • Energy Drinks, Coffee Increasing Sources of Caffeine for Kids, CDC Says
    Effects of excessive caffeine intake on youngsters aren't yet known, experts warn

  • Teen Pregnancy Rates Much Higher for Girls With Serious Mental Illness: Study
    But it's not clear from Canadian study if there's a direct connection

  • New Obesity Weapon: Kids Teaching Kids
    Children more likely to listen to peers than adults, study suggests

  • Single-Sex Education's Benefits Challenged in Study
    Research review finds no significant difference academically

  • Teens' Energy Drink Habit May Be Linked to Booze, Tobacco, Drug Use
    But study doesn't prove that one leads to the other

  • Shy Kids Might Not Have Difficulty With Language
    Study suggests these toddlers understand what they hear as well as more outgoing peers

  • Infants at Highest Risk for Childhood Burns
    Hot beverages, hair irons most often the cause, British study found

  • Blood Sugar Monitoring System Approved for Children
    However, device didn't perform as well in kids as in adults, FDA says

  • U.S. Teens Eat Too Much Salt, Hiking Obesity Risk: Study
    Researchers found that kids consume at least twice the recommended daily amounts

  • Many Parents of Obese Children Underestimate Their Weight
    And parents of normal-weight kids often think they're too thin, review found

  • Gay Teen Boys More Likely to Use Muscle-Building Steroids: Survey
    They're also reporting heavier use, possibly putting themselves at risk for harmful side effects

  • Secure Those Sets for Super Bowl Viewing
    As part of National TV Safety Day, experts warn that televisions can tip over on kids

  • Health Tip: When Your Child Gets a Nosebleed
    Be prepared and remain calm

  • Health Tip: Inform Your Allergic Child
    The youngster should know to avoid certain foods

  • Baby May Help Keep Couples With Fertility Problems Together
    Higher risk of breakup seen after infertility treatment fails, Danish study finds

  • Gradual Exposure to Peanuts May Help Some Allergic Kids
    Experimental therapy increased tolerance, but much more testing needed, doctors say

  • Health Tip: Make Sure Baby's Crib Sheets Fit
    Baby shouldn't be able to pull them off the mattress

  • Smartphone Apps for Diabetes: Do They Really Work?
    You can use them to count carbs, log blood sugar, but users say they're no substitute for patient knowledge and a doctor's care

  • Treatment Often Inadequate for Children With Anxiety Disorders, Study Finds
    Just 47 percent gained long-term relief of symptoms, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Don't Give Raw Milk to Children
    Make sure all dairy products are pasteurized

  • Childhood Events Tied to Slow Recovery From Depression Later
    People who were abused as kids or had parents with addiction might take longer to regain mental health

  • Health Tip: Want to Be a Babysitter?
    Make sure you're prepared

  • Health Tip: When Your Older Child is Home Alone
    Teach the child what to do in an emergency

  • Twenty U.S. Kids Hospitalized Each Day for Gun Injuries: Study
    Nearly a third of these shootings are accidental, study finds

  • Music Therapy May Help Teens With Cancer Cope
    Writing lyrics, making videos helped them get through grueling treatment, connect with others, study found

  • Many Parents Learn Online Skills From Their Tech-Savvy Kids
    Small study from Chile found family role reversal when it comes to computers and Internet

  • My Father's Keeper: Caring for a Parent With Dementia
    With no training and no pay, an army of informal caregivers provides a billion dollar service

  • Keep Lice Off Your Child's Head
    Experts offer advice on how to avoid infestation

  • Health Tip: Some Foods Aren't Safe for Toddlers
    Here are edibles to avoid

  • Children Who Lose Close Relative at Risk of Mental Problems: Study
    Youngest kids, those exposed to suicide most likely to develop illnesses such as schizophrenia, researchers found

  • New Diagnosis Rules Could Lead to Drop in Autism Numbers
    Study says stricter definition of the condition means fewer children will meet threshold

  • Health Tip: Reducing Your Child's Risk of Ear Infections
    Don't let child lie flat while eating or drinking

  • Genes May Be to Blame for Hard-to-Handle Toddlers
    But parents can still be successful in changing aggressive behavior, researchers say

  • Concussions Common in Middle School Girls Playing Soccer: Study
    Many continue to play through symptoms, increasing risk of second injury, experts say

  • Why Parents Mix Up Their Kids' Names
    Quirk in brain's information-retrieval process is to blame, researcher says

  • Want to Stay Healthy? Try Washing Your Hands
    Dirty digits are the fastest way to communicate infectious germs, experts say

  • Meet Henry the Hand: A Crusading Doctor's Right-Hand Man
    Cartoon character helps physician spread the gospel of good hand hygiene

  • Fast Food Not Major Culprit in Kids' Obesity: Study
    Poor overall dietary habits drive weight problems, experts say

  • New Test Helps Diagnose Intellectual Disability in Children
    Scan tracks entire genome from a blood sample

  • Health Tip: Packing Baby's Diaper Bag
    Here's what to include

  • Health Tip: Is Baby in Pain?
    Excessive crying may be a warning sign

  • Teen Boys Who Think They're Skinny May Be at Higher Risk for Depression
    Studies found they were more likely to be depressed and bullied, even if their weight was average

  • Alternative Therapies Widely Used for Autism
    Study finds many parents use them alongside conventional treatments to try to manage symptoms

  • Common Infant Vaccine Tied to Slight Rise in Risk for Bowel Complication
    But chances of complication much lower than with previous rotavirus vaccine, studies show

  • Are Teen Brains Hyper-Wired for Rewards?
    Study suggests there may be some logic in their choices after all

  • Parenthood for All? You've Got To Be Kid-ding, Many Say
    Study finds no big difference in satisfaction levels between those who have children and those who don't

  • Ear Tubes May Not Have Long-Term Benefits for Kids With Ear Infections
    Review found no evidence of later hearing, speech or language improvement after procedure

  • Health Tip: Taming Acne
    Don't expect medication to work immediately

  • Certain Childhood Fractures May Signal Low Bone Density: Study
    Doctors urged to consider level of trauma causing injury

  • U.S. Flu Cases Continue to Climb
    Southwestern states hardest hit, but infections still not at epidemic levels, CDC says

  • Health Tip: Why Babies Wake at Night
    Temperament may be a factor

  • Health Tip: Is Your Baby Eating Enough?
    Here are potential signs of malnutrition

  • Just 1 in 4 U.S. Teens Gets Enough Exercise: Report
    Boys slightly more likely than girls to meet hour-a-day recommendation

  • Kids' Suicide Risk Similar for All Newer Antidepressants: Study
    Children had roughly the same risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, regardless of drug they were taking

  • High Praise Might Backfire on Kids With Low Self-Esteem
    Inflated compliments may cause some kids to back away from challenges, researchers say

  • Keep Your Toddler's Body Clock in Mind at Bedtime
    Study found sleep problems arose when kids were put to bed at wrong time

  • Daycare Surfaces May Hold Germs Longer Than Thought
    Even well-cleaned cribs were contaminated with bacteria that can cause illness, study found

  • Health Tip: Little Kids and Some Pets Don't Mix
    Animals to avoid until kids are bigger

  • Health Tip: New Mom, Protect Your Back
    Resume exercise while newborn sleeps

  • Health Tip: Teens Need Enough Sleep
    Or they may have problems learning and concentrating

  • Health Tip: Weaning Baby From a Bottle
    Don't try it during stressful times

  • Health Tip: When Baby Spits Up Excessively
    Here's what parents can do

  • Landmark ADHD Study Backed Drugs Over Therapy at a Cost: Report
    Children denied counseling may have lost out, experts say

  • Mother-Daughter Team Preaches the Gospel of HIV Prevention
    'I want other women to know that you can have a good ending,' says Fortunata Kasege

  • Health Tip: Use a High Chair Safely
    Always use restraints

  • Keep the Holidays Merry for Kids With Diabetes
    Parents should monitor their child's blood sugar more often, but don't be too restrictive, expert says

  • 1 in 6 Fathers Doesn't Live With His Kids: CDC
    But researchers say living with children doesn't always mean dads are involved

  • Health Tip: Considering a Birthing Class?
    Here's how it can help

  • Teens Who 'Sext' Don't Dwell on Consequences
    Peer pressure seems stronger than parental warnings, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Follow Age Recommendations on Children's Toys
    They help you determine what's safe

  • Obese Kids Might Have Higher Levels of Stress Hormone
    But whether extra weight actually causes stress isn't clear, researcher says

  • Many ADHD Drugs Linked to Painful Erections: FDA
    Agency wants drug labels to reflect this rare risk

  • Health Tip: Holiday Safety Suggestions
    Use flame-retardant decorations

  • Youngest Child Often Not as Small as Mother Thinks
    Study might explain why 'baby of the family' label persists

  • Bad Night's Sleep May Raise Blood Pressure in Kids
    Study from China followed normal-weight teens, and found a slight increase in pressure

  • Diabetes Drug Metformin Tied to Slight Weight Loss in Obese Kids
    But, experts say drug isn't meant for that use, while diet and exercise have proven effective

  • Dogs May Guard Babies Against Asthma, Allergies
    Researchers working with mice found presence of a pet reduced immune system response to allergens

  • Tips for Stress-Free Winter Breaks With College Kids
    Here's how parents can adapt when students come home

  • Health Tip: Stay Active With Baby
    Even if newborn is too young to crawl

  • Kids' Movies Deliver Mixed Messages on Eating, Obesity
    Films condemn obesity, but 'glamorize' inactivity, study finds

  • Kids' Social Skills May Suffer When Mothers Drink During Pregnancy
    Study suggests effect on children's brains goes beyond intelligence

  • Will Music Make Your Child Smarter?
    Study finds no evidence to support that belief

  • 'Obamacare' Helping Young Adults Get Health Insurance: Report
    Trend largely due to letting them stay on parents' plans longer, experts say

  • New Flu Vaccine May Provide More Protection to Kids
    Study used vaccine targeting 4 flu strains rather than the usual 3

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids Away From Corded Blinds and Shades
    If possible, use cordless window covers

  • Early Puberty in Girls Might Be Linked to Bad Behavior
    Study found they were more likely to say they had gotten into fights, skipped school

  • Rise in U.S. High Chair Injuries Stuns Experts
    Either safety straps aren't working or adults don't use them properly, researchers say

  • Nebulizers May Not Deliver Full Drug Dose to Kids With Asthma
    Small study found less than one-quarter of the medicine makes it to the lungs

  • Health Tip: Limit Lead Exposure for Kids
    Try to stay elsewhere if your older home is being remodeled

  • Why Johnny Can't Sleep
    New research on teens says parenting, social ties play bigger role than biology

  • Sensory Therapy Might Work for Kids With Autism
    Study found it helped children bothered by ordinary noises, feel of toothbrush or shower water on skin

  • Measles Still a Threat, U.S. Health Officials Warn
    Sporadic outbreaks caused by travelers to countries without vaccination programs, doctors say

  • Health Tip: Prevent Headaches in Teens
    Enough regular sleep can help

  • Health Tip: Toys to Avoid for Young Children
    Any that include straps or strings

  • Less Physical Activity, More TV for Today's Moms, Study Finds
    This generation is less active than mothers in 1960s, researchers say

  • More Than 6 Percent of U.S. Teens Take Psychiatric Meds: Survey
    ADHD, depression most common conditions reported by those on medication

  • Health Tip: Cleaning Baby Bottles
    Sterilize them to kill germs

  • How Worried Are Parents About Kids' Online Safety?
    Study suggests race, ethnicity, other factors affect their level of concern

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Has a Learning Disability
    Put yourself in his or her shoes

  • Parents Who Set, Stick to Rules May Help Kids Stay Slim
    Australian study found it was more important than what Mom or Dad weighed

  • Health Tip: Limiting Kids' TV Time
    Set and enforce rules

  • As More Meningitis Cases Hit Colleges, Experts Urge Awareness
    Symptoms include sudden fever, headache, neck stiffness, vomiting and sensitivity to light

  • Cross These Dangerous Toys Off Kids' Christmas List, Experts Say
    Annual 'Trouble in Toyland' report cites playthings that could choke or poison a child

  • Smaller Bowls May Keep Kids From Overeating
    Researchers say tactic could help curb childhood obesity

  • Why Many U.S. Preteens Aren't Getting the HPV Shot
    Review found cost, fear of kids becoming sexually active deters some parents

  • Health Tip: Is Your Child Overloaded?
    Signs that he's under too much stress

  • Sports for Teens Are Beneficial -- Up to a Point
    Researchers found 14 hours a week were best, while high or low extremes lowered well-being scores

  • Health Tip: Track Your Child's Sleep
    A sleep diary can help identify problems

  • Health Tip: When Your Child Is Overweight
    Openly support efforts to lose extra pounds

  • Drinking Milk as Teens Might Not Protect Men's Bones, Study Suggests
    Instead, research found boys who consumed more milk had higher risk of hip fractures as adults

  • Kids Worldwide Getting Less Heart Fit, Research Shows
    Large study of running fitness in recent decades found today's children are much slower

  • Bedroom TV, Video Games Linked to Less Sleep in Boys With Autism
    But whether one causes the other isn't clear

  • Breast Milk With Solid Foods Might Stave Off Allergies
    Study also found waiting until 17 weeks to introduce solids is key

  • New Push by Doctors to Limit Antibiotic Use in Kids
    Many upper respiratory infections, such as mild strep throat, don't require the drugs, report says

  • How to Handle a Child's Seizure
    First incident requires emergency medical care, expert says

  • Health Tip: Ease the Sting of Strep Throat
    Offer the right liquids to drink

  • Working Moms Spend More Time Parenting Than Dads: Study
    But fathers also 'highly involved' with their babies, researchers say

  • Preterm Boys Face Worse Odds Than Girls, Study Says
    Possible challenges include learning disabilities, motor problems

  • Health Tip: Help Ease Separation Anxiety at Night
    Discuss sleep time in advance

  • Health Tip: Uninflated Balloons Aren't Safe for Young Children
    They are the leading cause of child suffocation

  • Music Training May Boost Young Brains, Studies Suggest
    Effects appear strongest when kids start lessons before age 7

  • Health Tip: Avoid Mishaps at Restaurants
    Have the waiter remove any candles

  • Exercise in Pregnancy May Boost Baby's Brain, Study Says
    Whether early advantage continues through childhood remains to be seen

  • Fewer ER Visits for Kids After Cold Medicine Restrictions
    CDC study ties improvement to label changes, voluntary manufacturer withdrawals

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe Around Animal Exhibits
    Wash hands after leaving the petting zoo

  • Kids in Southern U.S. More Likely to Have Hay Fever: Study
    But escaping allergens isn't just a matter of moving, experts say

  • Parental Stress, Domestic Violence May Affect Kids' Development: Study
    Although no direct link was found, researchers suggest screening children for risk factors

  • For Children of Teen Parents, Most Injuries Due to Falls: Study
    ER records suggest efforts should be made to teach better supervision skills to young parents, researcher says

  • Despite Major Progress, Some Childhood Cancers Are Still Killers
    Better funding is vital to improve treatments, experts say

  • Family Meals May Keep Kids, Parents at Healthy Weight
    Study found it's best to eat dinner in kitchen or dining room

  • Stomach Troubles Common for Kids With Autism, Study Confirms
    Digestive distress often accompanied by irritability, social withdrawal

  • Autism Sign May Appear in First Months of Life
    Eye contact starts declining at 8 weeks, finds study

  • IVF Conception Doesn't Seem to Raise Kids' Cancer Risk: Study
    British researchers followed more than 100,000 children for 17 years

  • Don't Ask, Just Tell Parents When It's Time for Vaccines: Study
    Research finds physicians' approach influences resistance to immunizations

  • Kids Who Add Sleep Can Subtract Pounds, Study Suggests
    But other lifestyle factors also influence weight control, experts say

  • With Flu Season Here, Docs Offer Tips to Stay Healthy
    Immunization highly advised, plus simple methods to avoid spreading virus

  • Domestic Violence Travels Down Through Generations, Study Finds
    Adults whose parents experienced intimate-partner violence often become abusers or victims themselves

  • Few Parents Use Kids' Asthma Meds Correctly: Study
    The result: inaccurate dosing and uncontrolled symptoms

  • Halloween Safety Tips for Kids With Food Allergies
    Specialist tells parents how to avoid trick-or-treating hazards

  • Health Tip: When Baby Confuses Days With Nights
    Here's how to help reverse the schedule

  • Health Tip: Prepare for Your Child's First Dental Visit
    Here's what to expect

  • Try Talking More to Boost Your Toddler's Vocabulary
    Study compared number of words spoken in households, children's language skills

  • Babies Work Specific Brain Areas to Imitate People
    Study mapped their brain response while copying adults playing with toys

  • Halloween Treats Can Spook Kids' Teeth
    Dentists offer cavity-prevention tips

  • Think You Know What Your Child's Up to Online? Think Again
    Parents underestimate exposure to bullying, sexual content, survey finds

  • Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips From an ER Doc
    Flashlights, reflective tape and large groups can help keep kids safe

  • Overuse Injuries May Rise When Kids Specialize in One Sport
    Spending more time in free play reduces injury odds, study finds

  • Poverty May Harm a Child's Brain Development, Study Suggests
    As stressors rose, key structures tied to memory shrank in size, researchers found

  • Childhood Gun Injuries, Deaths on Rise in U.S., Study Finds
    Researchers find link between firearms in the home and gunshot wounds among kids

  • 'Super-Magnets' Pose Rising Threat to Kids, Study Finds
    Ingestion of these magnets in desk toys, other items continues, pediatricians say

  • Help Your Children Manage Media Use, Experts Urge
    Smartphones, social media and TV take up large chunks of most kids' days

  • There Is No Safer Football Helmet for Kids: Study
    Researchers compared high-tech helmets to standard gear for concussion protection

  • Are Today's Artsy Kids Tomorrow's Business Leaders?
    Study suggests arts and crafts participation in childhood raises odds of becoming inventor, entrepreneur

  • Health Tip: Avoid Bathseats for Toddlers
    American Academy of Pediatrics discourages use

  • Parents Favor Email Medical Consults for Kids' Minor Illnesses: Survey
    But it's unclear how much -- or whether -- they should pay for this service

  • Many Kids With Autism on Multiple Medications, Study Finds
    Experts say parents should be cautious about their use

  • Kids Who Exercise More May Get Better Grades
    U.K. study looked at math, science and English performance

  • Health Tip: Make Sure Kids Drink Enough Water
    Milk also is a good choice

  • Kids With ADHD Often Prone to Bowel Problems: Study
    Bodily cues often overlooked, experts say

  • Fewer Infants Hospitalized for Whooping Cough, Study Finds
    Increase in teens vaccinated against the infection has resulted in decrease in babies contracting it, researchers suggest

  • Kids Still Spanked, to Their Detriment, Study Finds
    Poorer language skills and behavior found at age 9 for children physically punished years earlier

  • Health Tip: Don't Get Lost During a Camping Trip
    Teach your kids to stay safe

  • Parents Who Used Donor Eggs Often Struggle Over Decision to Tell Kids
    Study found, however, that anxiety ended once the revelation was made

  • Children of Teen Mothers Don't Have Mental Disadvantage, Study Suggests
    But language delay was noted in kids born to youngest moms

  • Irregular Bedtimes Lead to Behavior Problems in Kids: Study
    But, setting a consistent bedtime can get children back on track, researcher says

  • Health Tip: Is Your Child Sleep-Deprived?
    Here are typical warning signs

  • Health Tip: Keep Baby Safe in a Carrier
    Make sure it's used properly and fits well

  • Cafeteria Debit Cards Linked to Less-Healthy School Lunches
    Study found kids consume more calories when cash isn't a lunch-line option

  • Health Tip: Help Children Quit Thumb Sucking
    Praise them when they don't do it

  • A Nurse Who Lends an Ear May Ease Anxiety in Moms of Preemies
    Private talk sessions with a NICU nurse improved new mothers' depression, self-esteem

  • Smog, Stressed Mom May Raise Risk of Behavior Woes in Kids
    Exposure to a combination of the two in the womb is worse than either alone, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Battling The Post-Baby Blues
    Get enough rest

  • Health Tip: Toddler-Proof Baby's Bed
    Remove most objects from the crib

  • Parents' Feeding Choices May Raise Baby's Risk for Celiac Disease
    Study links late introduction of gluten, breast-feeding beyond 1 year to development of the digestive disorder

  • Star Athletes Often Endorse Junk Food, Study Says
    Sugar-packed 'sports drinks' among products hawked in lucrative ad campaigns

  • Probiotics Not Shown to Soothe Babies' Colic, Review Finds
    Experts say parents should check with doctors for excessive crying, fussiness

  • New Test Spots Risk for PTSD in Injured Kids
    Experts say early recognition crucial for avoiding later psychological, behavior problems

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Childhood Obesity
    Limit TV time, and watch what kids eat

  • Cold, Abusive Parenting May Set Child Up for Health Woes as Adult
    'Toxic' stress takes physical toll, study says

  • Egg Allergy No Obstacle to Child's Flu Shot, CDC Says
    New guidelines say special precautions aren't needed

  • Mexican Women's Breast Cancer Risk Tied to Breast-Feeding?
    Having more than 3 children also appeared to raise risk for aggressive breast disease, study suggests

  • Junk Food Makers Target Kids With Free Online Games, Study Says
    Experts call for regulation of 'advergames' while industry says it polices itself

  • Health Tip: Practice Good Seat Belt Habits
    And set a good example for your kids

  • Does Your Preschool Child Have ADHD?
    Relying on several sources, including teachers, clinicians and yourself, is best way to find out, study says

  • After Tonsillectomy, Over-the-Counter Painkillers Suffice, Study Says
    Researchers recommend using Advil, Motrin post-op

  • Health Tip: Are Your Toddler's Toes Turning?
    When to see a doctor

  • Don't Rule Out Vaginal Delivery for Twins, Study Says
    No significant differences seen in results for mother, babies compared to C-section

  • Health Tip: Waking Up at Night
    Suggestions to prevent early wakeups in children

  • Many U.S. Parents Share Bed With Babies Despite Risks: Survey
    Doctors should discuss sleep-time habits with new parents, expert says

  • Whooping Cough Outbreaks Tied to Parents Shunning Vaccines
    Study finds that areas with high rates of nonmedical vaccine exemptions also had high number of cases

  • Many More Kids Visiting ER for Sports Concussions, Study Finds
    Better awareness of traumatic brain injury may be reason, experts say

  • Preschoolers' Use of Psychiatric Drugs Levels Off, Study Shows
    Findings suggest doctors may have safety concerns

  • Tips for Preventing, Coping With Pinkeye
    Conjunctivitis more likely to spread with school in session, expert says

  • Over-Involved Mothers Tied to Women's Poor Eating, Body Attitudes, Study Says
    Surveys also suggested connection to weak social skills in daughters

  • Health Tip: Dealing With a Child's Cough
    Many times, it won't require medical treatment

  • Teaching Sleep Tips to Parents Seems to Help Kids With Autism
    Boosting exercise, limiting caffeine and reducing video games at bedtime are important

  • Can Eating Peanut Butter Cut Breast Cancer Risk in Later Life?
    Regular consumption in childhood tied to 39 percent lower odds of benign breast disease by age 30

  • Health Tip: Prevent Food Poisoning in Baby Food
    Wash your hands before preparation

  • Health Tip: Prevent Burning and Scalding
    Test the bathwater first

  • It's Not Too Soon to Get Your Flu Shot, Doctor Says
    This season's vaccine protects against 4 types of flu virus

  • Survey Could Spot Parents Who Shun Child Vaccinations
    Under-immunized children more likely to develop and spread serious infectious diseases

  • Parenthood May Reduce Diabetes-Related Death Risk, Study Suggests
    Benefits more pronounced for women than men, researchers contend

  • Health Tip: When Kids Are Home Alone
    Make sure they're prepared

  • Bed-Sharing With Babies Tied to More Breast-Feeding
    But suffocation risk outweighs benefit of moms sleeping with infants, experts say

  • Health Tip: Communicating With Kids
    Make sure you have time to listen

  • Some Birth Defects in the Heart Present Infection Risk, Study Finds
    Doctors should educate parents about infective endocarditis, researcher says

  • 'Superbug' MRSA Infections Aren't Dropping in Children: CDC
    While overall rates still low for kids, study finds infants and black children face higher risk

  • Breast-Feeding Problems Common for First-Time Moms
    They need support after hospital discharge, study recommends

  • Can Afternoon Naps Help Preschoolers Learn Better?
    Rest time boosts a child's memory, small study suggests

  • Child's Chronic Illness Can Affect the Whole Family
    Care demands can create more stress than severity of illness, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Opt for Healthier Fast Food
    Here's what to order

  • Health Tip: Eat a Good Breakfast
    Make sure you get enough fiber

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Clogged Milk Ducts
    Don't wear tight clothing

  • Genetic Condition May Be Mistaken for Autism in Some Kids: Report
    Rigorous evaluations needed to rule out deletion syndrome in children, experts say

  • Health Tip: Help Your Teen Get Enough Sleep
    Keep a regular schedule

  • Health Tip: Spot the Signs of 'Lazy Eye'
    They may include poorer vision in one eye

  • 1 in 5 High School Seniors Binge Drinks: Study
    'Extreme' binge drinking levels remain steady, while bingeing has declined, researchers say

  • Costs for Kids' Food Allergies Estimated at Nearly $25 Billion
    Allergen-free foods, special diets alone cost U.S. families $1.7 billion yearly, study finds

  • Same-Sex Couples' Kids Less Likely to Have Private Health Insurance: Study
    Better coverage found in states that recognize gay unions

  • Bullied Kids Often Develop Physical Symptoms, Study Says
    Sometimes a stomach ache or headache can be a cry for help

  • Health Tip: Identifying a Learning Disability
    How parents can help

  • Packing School Lunches With Food Safety in Mind
    Expert tips on container care, perishables and sandwich choices

  • Report: Child Neglect a Continuing Problem in U.S.
    More research called for to prevent and treat occurrences

  • Vaccine Coverage High in U.S., but Measles Outbreaks a Concern: CDC
    159 cases reported so far this year in unvaccinated people

  • Health Tip: Climbing at the Playground
    Make sure equipment is age-appropriate

  • Young People May Respond Better to Upbeat Health Messages
    Campaigns focusing on dangers, risks might not work when you feel invincible, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Buying Children's Shoes
    Make sure they're sturdy

  • Changes in Household Routines Help Reduce Kids' Obesity: Study
    Parents who limited kids' TV time, increased sleep time saw less excess weight gain in children

  • For Obese Kids, Weight Loss Can Sometimes Lead to Eating Disorders
    Problems like anorexia may go undiagnosed or be disregarded, case studies show

  • Adopted Teens More Likely to Attempt Suicide, Study Finds
    Parents should be aware, but not unduly alarmed, researcher says

  • Whooping Cough Risk Higher Among Kids Who Miss Vaccinations: Study
    It's important to get all doses without delay, researchers say

  • Smaller Testicles, Bigger Parenting Role, Study Suggests
    Researchers explore why some dads are more nurturing

  • Health Tip: Help Ease Teething Pain
    Massage the gums with your fingers

  • Teens' Use of E-Cigarettes Doubles in a Year: CDC
    Health officials worry the devices may cause more children to become addicted to tobacco products

  • Screaming, Cursing at Your Misbehaving Teen May Backfire
    Study found verbal abuse promoted more disobedience and conflict

  • Health Tip: Safe Use of a Car Seat
    Make sure it's installed properly

  • Health Tip: Help Kids Feel Better About Themselves
    Encourage a positive body image

  • Parents' Goals Guide ADHD Treatment Choice
    Therapy may be more successful when decision-making is shared, researcher suggests

  • Most Childhood Sleep Problems Are Preventable: Expert
    Issues can disrupt entire family, pediatrician says

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Has Diabetes
    How to prepare for a field trip

  • For Teens, Favorite Tunes May Impair Driving
    On-road study found they drove more safely with calmer music chosen by others

  • Health Tip: Keep Battery-Powered Devices Away From Kids
    Including remotes and calculators

  • Fast-Food Ads Aimed at Kids Focus on Toys, Not Food
    Almost 70 percent include free toys or other giveaways, study says

  • Toddlers Can Die From Swallowing Parents' Drug Detox Meds
    Buprenorphine responsible for 2,380 poison cases, 4 deaths in less than 3 years, study found

  • Health Tip: Kids Shouldn't Watch Too Much TV
    Young coach potatoes more prone to obesity

  • Health Tip: Pack Safe School Lunches
    Take steps to prevent foodborne illness

  • Simple Strategies Aren't Always Enough for Bedwetting
    In tougher cases, alarms or medications may be the answer, experts say

  • Readmission Rates for Children May Not Reflect Hospital Performance
    Study suggests that parents should base decisions on other factors

  • What Is 'Play' to a Child With Autism?
    Motion preferred to arts and crafts or pretending, study finds

  • Measles Outbreak Hits Texas Megachurch
    As many as 16 unvaccinated people infected so far, reports say

  • Parents Deliberately Making Child Ill Can Be Deadly
    Family violence expert warns doctors to be on lookout for Munchausen syndrome by proxy

  • More Links Seen Between Autism, ADHD
    Study found 1 in 5 kids with attention disorder also had autistic-type traits

  • Most Medications OK During Breast-Feeding, Report Says
    Mothers may be able to take needed drugs while nursing

  • Good Nutrition Can Boost School Performance, Expert Says
    Start the day with grains, fruit and dairy

  • Doctors' Tips for Backpack Safety
    Good padding, weight distribution and correct lifting will help prevent injuries

  • How to Help Kids Quell Back-to-School Jitters
    First, sixth and ninth grades provoke the most anxiety, expert says

  • Expert Tips for School Bus Safety
    Parents can do a lot to keep their kids out of harm's way

  • A Mother's Hopes and Worries for Adult Sons With Autism
    They may find it difficult to make friends or keep a job, she says

  • Allergies, Asthma Show Links to ADHD: Study
    All three conditions on the rise, but it's unclear whether ADHD risk is affected by others

  • U.S. Circumcision Rates Drop by 10 Percent: CDC
    Whether male babies undergo procedure has become a personal decision between families and their doctors, experts say

  • 'Fat Letters' Take the Stage in Childhood Obesity Debate
    Experts, parents split over schools' role in weight screening

  • Health Tip: Practice Water Safety With Children Around
    Never leave a child unsupervised near water

  • How Toddlers' TV Time Can Hurt Kindergarten Success
    Weaker skills seen in kids who watch more than 2 hours daily, study says

  • Hispanic Teens More Likely to Abuse Drugs: Survey
    Concern is that behavior is increasingly considered 'normal,' expert says

  • Health Tip: Protect Kids From Mercury Exposure
    Limit certain fish in their diet

  • Determining Child's Risk When Older Sibling Has Autism
    About 7 times higher odds seen for full-siblings in large Danish study, lower than other research

  • Backpack Safety Tips for Back to School
    It's not only how much weight a kid totes, but also how it's packed and distributed

  • Hand Gestures May Help Kids Solve Problems
    Children up to age 5 who gestured did better with shape-and-color sorting in study

  • Talking to Your Daughter About Puberty
    Expert shares tips for parents of tweens

  • Kindergartners' Soda Intake Linked to Aggression in Study
    Nearly half of urban 5-year-olds consume soft drinks every day, their mothers say

  • Health Tip: Underage Drinking is Risky
    It can impair social relationships

  • Health Tip: When Your Child Is Scared of the Dark
    Offer assurance that he or she is safe

  • Health Tip: Help Toddlers Prepare for School
    Teach them to play well with others

  • Health Tip: Comfort a Child With Croup
    But if the toddler is under 4, hold the cough medicine

  • Breast-Feeding Tied to Reduced Child Obesity
    Large Japanese study looked at schoolchildren aged 7 and 8

  • Childhood Tummy Aches May Be Tied to Adult Anxiety, Depression
    Study looked at young adults a decade later

  • Obesity Risk Factors May Vary for Boys, Girls
    Playing team sports, even drinking milk affected kids differently in study

  • Early Sex, Drugs More Common Among Teens With Half-Siblings, Study Suggests
    Having children with multiple partners is increasingly common, researchers noted

  • What to Do If Your Child Chokes
    Infants require different steps than older kids

  • Lasers in Toys Can Cause Serious Eye Damage, FDA Warns
    Although sold as playthings, they emit powerful beams

  • Early Discipline Tied to Less Use of Drugs, Alcohol in Teens
    A program to help correct disruptive behavior at ages 7 to 9 seemed to make a difference through age 17

  • Many Kids With Asthma Live With Secondhand Smoke: CDC
    These children have worse symptoms and more outbreaks, experts warn

  • Obese Kids More Likely to Have Asthma, With Worse Symptoms
    Study analyzed medical records of more than 600,000 children

  • Earlier Acne Outbreaks May Be Caused by Earlier Puberty: Experts
    New guidelines released to help doctors treat younger patients age-appropriately

  • If Parents Ever Smoked, Teens May Be More Likely to Light Up
    Study also shows influence of older siblings

  • Economic Recession Tied to 'Harsh' Parenting From Mothers
    But study only found effect for those with specific type of gene

  • Healthy Eating, Good Night's Sleep Really Do Help Kids Learn
    Experts explain importance of these habits to school success

  • Training in the Heat
    Expert describes safe transition from air conditioning to sports conditioning

  • Health Tip: Ask Questions About Your Child's Medication
    Be informed about what's being taken

  • New Dads' Interest in Sex Often Drops After Childbirth: Study
    They're also stressed and tired, survey finds

  • Health Tip: What Should Preschoolers Drink?
    Offer water or milk instead of soda or sweetened fruit juice

  • Kids With Autism Benefit From Early Intervention, Regardless of Method
    Study found similar improvement among preschoolers in different types of programs

  • 'Engaged' Teens More Likely to Stay in School, Study Shows
    These kids participate academically, feel connected and are motivated to learn

  • How Many Extra Calories Add Up to Obesity for Kids?
    Study finds overweight children consume more excess calories daily than previously thought

  • Siblings of Disabled Kids May Show Emotional Effects
    Study found stress, care schedule may squeeze out parental time with brothers, sisters

  • Health Tip: Giving Baby a Pacifier
    Make sure it doesn't pose a choking risk

  • Childhood Hazard: Choking on Food Persists
    About 34 children admitted to U.S. emergency rooms daily as experts urge greater public awareness

  • Video Game 'Addiction' More Likely With Autism, ADHD
    Study cites poor peer relationships as one reason these kids embrace gaming

  • Breast-Fed Baby May Become Higher-IQ Child, Study Suggests
    Benefits for children seen at 3 years, 7 years

  • Don't Let Playground Injuries Spoil the Fun
    More than 600,000 U.S. kids were hurt last year, but certain steps can help keep them safe

  • Overnight Separation From Mother Linked to Weaker Infant Bond
    With joint custody common, study findings matter, researcher says

  • Bedsores More Common Than Thought for Hospitalized Kids
    Often caused by medical devices, these wounds can cause distress for family members, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Use Baby Pools Safely
    Don't leave children unattended

  • Music May Ease Pain for Kids During Hospital Procedure
    Young listeners did better when getting IVs, and parents were happier with care, study found

  • Very Preterm Babies May Have Trouble Bonding With Parents
    Study authors say parenting problems are not the cause

  • Smoking During Pregnancy Tied to Behavior Issues in Kids
    But the cause of the association remains unknown, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Children Are Vulnerable in the Heat
    Have them chill in an air-conditioned place

  • Poll: U.S. Adults Support Smoking Ban in Cars With Kids
    3 of 4 also agree homes of children with asthma, other lung problems should be smoke-free

  • Health Tip: Show Genuine Interest in Your Child
    And offer positive feedback

  • Homemade Blowgun Darts Pose Choking Dangers for Teens
    Boys found DIY instructions online in 3 emergency cases described in report

  • TVs Toppling Onto Tots at Alarming Rate, Study Finds
    As families own more TVs, tip-overs have doubled, study finds

  • Convenience Steers Parents to Pediatric Retail Clinics, Study Finds
    Families with regular doctor may use drug-store services because of extended hours

  • Tips to Prevent Serious Lawn Mower Injuries in Kids
    Having family member nearby isn't enough, expert warns

  • Health Tip: Caring for Baby's Umbilical Cord
    Keep stump clean and dry

  • Health Tip: Disciplining Your Toddler
    Offer praise when appropriate

  • Kids Mimic Parents' TV Viewing Habits
    Study found that the more Mom and Dad watch, the more children turn on the television themselves

  • Physical Punishment in Childhood Tied to Health Woes as Adults
    Study found higher odds for adult obesity, heart disease, arthritis

  • 5 Things Kids Should Tell Their Asthma Doctor
    Experts list key topics to discuss for optimum care

  • Solid Food Timing for Babies Tied to Diabetes Risk
    Study found ages 4 to 5 months safest for introducing solids to infants at higher risk for type 1 disease

  • Irregular Bedtimes May Sap Kids' Brainpower
    Study found that the longer children go to sleep at different times each night, the lower their scores on thinking tests

  • Struggles With Motor Skills Compound Social Problems in Autism
    Fortunately, help is available for kids to improve abilities like throwing and catching

  • Depressed Preschoolers Show Brain Changes, Scans Find
    These differences could mark the start of a lifelong problem, researcher says

  • Nearly Half of Infants Have Flat Spots on Their Heads: Study
    But researcher stresses importance of still having babies sleep on their back to prevent SIDS

  • Breast Milk Supply May Be Linked to Insulin Production: Study
    Findings could have implications for prediabetic mothers, researchers say

  • Baseballs, Softballs Often to Blame for Kids' Facial Fractures
    Errant catches can lead to serious trauma, study found

  • Check Your Summer Burn IQ
    From grills to fireworks to hot sand, danger lurks

  • Celiac Disease Shouldn't Keep Family From BBQ Fun: Experts
    Making sure gluten-free kids remain that way when away from home is challenging, but doable

  • Health Tip: When Your Child Has a Cold
    Suggestions for how to ease symptoms

  • Health Tip: School Bus Riders Must Follow the Rules
    Don't wait right near the curb

  • ATV Injuries to Kids on Decline for Now: Study
    But experts say all-terrain vehicles are still a big problem for young riders

  • New 'Active' Video Games May Give Kids More Exercise
    Youngsters in Australian study were a bit less sedentary

  • Even Younger Babies 'Prep' Themselves to Be Picked Up
    By 2 months of age, most respond to their parents' cues, study showed

  • Fireworks Displays Spark Safety Concerns
    Doctors share tips for injury-free Fourth of July celebration

  • Dealing With Kids' Summer Dental Surprises
    Outdoor activities can mean more injuries to teeth

  • Tick Safety Tips for Kids at Summer Camp
    Experts describe steps to prevent Lyme disease, other illnesses

  • Health Tip: Watch Kids Closely at the Playground
    Before play begins, make sure the area is safe

  • U.S. Women Delay Motherhood, Teen Births Historically Low: CDC
    Preterm births, low birth weight babies declined in 2011, report says

  • Health Tip: Packing Your Hospital Bags Before Baby Comes
    Don't forget newborn's outfit

  • Many 8-Year-Olds in U.S. Have Tasted Alcohol: Study
    Early exposure may be linked with drinking problems later, experts warn

  • Speed a Factor in One-Third of Deadly Crashes Involving Teen Drivers
    Report includes tips for parents to promote safer driving

  • C-Sections in U.S. Stable After 12-Year Rise: CDC
    Guidelines discouraging early elective deliveries may have helped

  • Health Tip: Reduce the Risk of Head Lice
    Don't share personal items with infested person

  • Is Your Fido Really a Furry Baby?
    Study found dog's bond to owner mirrors child's connection with parent

  • You Can Boost Your Baby's Vocabulary
    Study shows that giving non-verbal clues helps infants learn more words

  • ADHD May Be Tied to Longer-Lasting Head Injury, Study Says
    Author says contact sports should be avoided; another expert disagrees

  • Minority Kids Less Likely to Be Diagnosed, Treated for ADHD: Study
    Finding points to possible disparities in care

  • Focus on Health, Not Fat, in Food Talks With Kids
    Teens whose parents harped about weight gain tended to have more unhealthy eating behaviors, study shows

  • Quicker Infant Growth Tied to Higher IQ Later
    But difference in scores was fairly small in study of full-term babies

  • Children's Eye Injuries Peak in Summer, Expert Says
    Swimming pool accidents top the list

  • Potty-Training Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
    Starting too early is a common mistake, expert says

  • Kids' ER Visits Decline If Doctor Has Evening Hours: Study
    Availability of later appointments cut trips to emergency room by half, researchers say

  • A Deadly Form of Diabetes That Doctors Sometimes Miss
    Common signs of type 1 diabetes often resemble symptoms of other illnesses

  • Day Care May Help Kids of Depressed Moms
    They showed fewer signs of emotional problems if they weren't cared for solely by their mother

  • HPV Vaccine Lowering Infection Rates Among Girls: CDC
    Extent of protection from sexually transmitted virus higher than expected, suggesting 'herd immunity' is at work, experts say

  • Sibling Bullying Can Lead to Depression, Anxiety in Victims
    Study says it may be as damaging as abuse from peers

  • Junk Food Ads May Help Drive Obesity in Hispanic Kids, Study Suggests
    Many of the more than 4,200 TV pitches children view each year highlight fatty, sugary fare

  • Minority Kids With Autism Less Likely to Use Specialty Services: Study
    Compared to white children, black and Hispanic patients may be missing out on certain types of care

  • Stepdads Must Navigate Tricky Waters
    Study shows talking through issues, having shared parenting style help the new family survive the journey

  • Health Tip: Protect Kids' Eyes
    Avoid toys with sharp edges

  • Health Tip: Vary Your Child's School Lunch
    Make it appealing and nutritious

  • Health Tip: Be Smart While Mowing the Lawn
    Make sure kids maintain a safe distance

  • Dads Who Bond With Kids Help Keep Marriage Strong
    Sharing housework also key, study found, as is open communication with spouse

  • TV Commercials May Spur Junk Food Habit in Kids, Study Finds
    Advertising exposure seems to up odds that preschoolers will become obese

  • 'Domestic' Dads Often Face Scorn at Work, Study Finds
    When men or women step outside traditional gender roles, some colleagues react badly, research shows

  • Health Tip: Protect Young Ones From Suffocation
    Rid the crib of pillows, blankets and stuffed animals

  • Health Tip: Kids Need Strong Bones, Too
    Teach proper bone health at an early age

  • Health Tip: Prevent Furniture Tipping
    And help keep kids safe

  • More Evidence Shows Breast-Feeding Helps Babies' Brains
    MRI study showed increased growth in areas related to language, emotional function, motor skills

  • Too Little Known on How Primary Care Docs Can Prevent Child Abuse
    U.S. panel couldn't make recommendations about kids without obvious signs of maltreatment

  • Kids With Past Concussions Take Longer to Recover
    Study has implications for how long children should wait to resume activities, experts say

  • Summer Camp Health Tips for Parents
    How to keep water sports from causing skin infections and other expert advice

  • What to Do When Lightning Strikes
    Planning for the worst may be the best protection, experts say

  • Health Tip: Get Your Child to the Eye Doctor
    Especially if the youngster has these symptoms

  • Sleeping on Back to Prevent SIDS Doesn't Appear to Hurt Babies' Ability to Roll
    Canadian study compared infant development before and after Back to Sleep campaign

  • Even Mild Weight Loss May Lower Diabetes Risk in Obese Teens
    Study worked with adolescents and their families to boost activity, healthy eating

  • Football Concussion Risk Highest During Games, Not Practice: Study
    Young players may not be learning proper tackling techniques, one expert says

  • Vision, Dyslexia Not Linked: Study
    Findings will advance understanding, treatment of the reading disorder, says expert

  • Health Tip: Reduce the Risk of Dog Bites
    Do your homework before adopting Fido

  • Health Tip: Choosing Your Child's Pediatrician
    Make sure you know the doctor's background

  • 'Sensory-Focused' Autism Therapy Shows Early Promise
    In small study, parents used variety of methods to stimulate boys' senses

  • Recession Forced Cutbacks in Care for Special Needs Kids: Study
    Some families curtailed dental visits, medicines for children with chronic health problems

  • Scientists ID Gene Behind Early Onset Puberty
    Discovery could help children with 'central precocious puberty,' give insights to development

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids Active During Summer Break
    Get them to play a favorite sport

  • Young Parents Don't Stress Over Kids' Media Use: Survey
    First generation to have lots of exposure to technology not as worried about its effects, researchers report

  • Website All About Child Health -- in Spanish
    American pediatricians address needs, concerns of Hispanic parents

  • Whooping Cough Cases Rise as Parents Opt Out of Vaccine
    In New York, study found unvaccinated kids were 14 times more likely to get illness

  • Infant Care May Help Explain Race-Linked Obesity Gap
    Black, Hispanic infants in study had solid foods sooner, more sugary drinks, less sleep

  • Many Parents Unaware of Teens' Abuse of ADHD Drugs
    So-called 'study drugs' don't boost grades, and abusing them is dangerous, researchers warn

  • Health Tip: Encourage Safe Exploring Outdoors
    Suggestions for interacting with nature

  • For Kids With Autism, a Day at the Races With NASCAR
    Annual event helps young speedway fans enjoy the sport in a safe, conducive environment

  • Bullied Kids More Likely to Self-Harm as Teens
    There are no harmless forms of bullying, study warns

  • Health Tip: Help Kids With Diabetes Deal With Shots
    Prepare the injections where the child can't see you

  • Health Reform Saving Young Adults Millions for ER Care: Study
    In 2011 alone, patients and families were spared nearly $150 million in hospital costs

  • More Booze in Movies for Kids, Study Finds
    But scenes with tobacco have dropped, researchers say

  • A Strong Marriage Can Shield Kids From Dad's Depression: Study
    Supportive spouse seems to improve a depressed father's relationship with his children

  • Kids Poisoned by Medical Marijuana, Study Finds
    Children helping themselves to drug-laced cookies, brownies

  • Military Families May Need Help With Mental Health
    Depression, anxiety and sleep problems can arise during long deployments of loved ones

  • Tots' Sleep Differences Due to Genes, Environment, Study Suggests
    But parents should still try to correct bad sleep habits, expert says

  • Lawn Mower Injuries Often Caused by Distraction
    Docs offer safety tips to protect fingers, hands and feet

  • Hidden Dangers Dog Dog Parks
    Pets should be fully vaccinated before frolicking with friends, vet says

  • Low-Income, Minority Parents More Open to HPV Vaccine for Girls, Study Says
    White, middle-class parents less accepting of the cervical cancer shot, researchers contend

  • How Many Calories in Your Fast-Food Meal? Guess Again
    Diners underestimated by as much as 500 calories in study

  • Parents Underestimate Influence Over Teens' Substance Abuse: Survey
    1 in 5 thought child wouldn't listen to advice on the issue, but research suggests otherwise

  • Health Tip: Caring for Baby's Heat Rash
    Keep skin cool and dry

  • More Kids Getting Donor Organs, But Gaps Persist, Study Finds
    Researchers looked at whether change in U.S. donor criteria made a difference

  • Student Suicide May Spur Similar Thoughts in Teens
    'Suicide contagion' occurs even among those who didn't know victim, study found

  • Bed-Sharing Raises SIDS Risk Fivefold, Study Finds
    Number of cases would drop dramatically if parents did not sleep with their babies, researchers noted

  • Weather Worries Can Threaten a Child's Mental Health
    Psychologist offers advice for coping with tragedies like the Oklahoma tornado

  • Health Tip: Help Keep Teen Drivers Safe
    Enforce basic rules

  • Health Tip: Help Children Eat Healthier
    Set a good example

  • Primary Care Docs Should Play Role in Kids' Dental Health, Experts Say
    Government-appointed panel says family physicians can apply fluoride to children's teeth to prevent decay

  • Study: Older Whooping Cough Vaccine More Effective
    But it was phased out because of side effects; newer version works, study notes

  • Teen Bullies May Turn to Crime as Adults
    Long-term study followed working-class British males

  • Adult Children of Substance Abusers More Prone to Depression
    Risk rose steeply if a parent had been addicted to alcohol or drugs, study found

  • Many Public Pools Contaminated With Human Waste: CDC
    Agency offers clear advice to help you avoid infections

  • Most Americans Say 'No' to Smoking in Their Homes, Cars
    4 out of 5 adults have household bans, but millions of people still breathe secondhand smoke, CDC says

  • Health Tip: Pay Attention to Baby's Communication
    And watch for signs of delay

  • Health Tip: Schedule Baby's First Dental Visit
    As soon as the first tooth pops out

  • Even Low Levels of Lead Hamper Kindergartners' Reading Skills: Study
    Some experts say no level of exposure is safe, push for zero tolerance from CDC

  • Nearly Half of High Schoolers Text While Driving: Survey
    Those teens also more prone to drunk driving, results show

  • Many U.S. Kids Victims of Violence, Abuse: Survey
    Attacks that wouldn't be tolerated against adults may be shrugged off when children involved, expert says

  • More Time in Gym Class Equals Stronger Kids
    And fracture risk doesn't rise when physical activity clock is extended, study finds

  • When Teen Dating Turns Abusive and Violent
    Parents urged to watch for signs of behavior that affects 1 in 10 children

  • Health Tip: Monitor Fat in Preschoolers' Diet
    Limit consumption of cheese, fruit juice

  • Magnesium-Rich Food May Help Keep Kids' Bones Strong
    Higher levels of the mineral tied to greater bone density in study

  • Gasoline Poisonings in Kids Spike During Summer: Study
    Children can die when toxic chemicals are stored in water bottles or other harmless-looking containers, experts warn

  • No Need to Toss Your Child's Toothbrush After Strep Throat, Study Suggests
    The common practice may be unnecessary because strep bacteria typically don't survive

  • 16 Percent of U.S. High Schoolers Victims of Cyberbullying: Study
    About 1 in 6 reported being targeted within past year

  • More Kids Diagnosed With Mental Health Disabilities, Study Finds
    Conditions such as autism, ADHD appear to drive 16 percent increase in a decade

  • Want Tots Without Allergies? Try Sucking on Their Pacifiers
    Study suggests transferring adult bacteria to infants' mouths through saliva may train immune system to ignore allergens

  • Many Parents Texting, Phoning While Driving Their Kids: Survey
    Cell phone chats most common, but distractions also include grooming, Web surfing and child care

  • FDA Proposes Tougher Warnings for Tanning Beds
    But stops short of ban for those younger than 18, as advisory panel had recommended

  • Kids on Medicaid May Face Barriers to Eczema Treatment
    Study investigated access to dermatologists for children with the skin condition

  • At-Home Drug Errors Common for Kids With Cancer, Research Shows
    Study author says parents need more support, better awareness

  • Preordered School Lunches May Be Healthier, Study Finds
    Kids make better choices when they aren't swayed by enticing smell, appearance of less-nutritious fare

  • Health Tip: Holding Your Infant Skin to Skin
    May provide added warmth

  • Brain Differences Seen in Kids With Conduct Problems
    Specifically, they reacted less to images of people in pain during study

  • More Than 4,000 U.S. Kids Hurt Each Year on Amusement Rides
    Researchers call for standardized safety regulations to reduce injuries

  • Blind Cords Pose Danger to Toddlers, Doctors Warn
    Experts suggest cordless blinds, short pull cords, safety devices, and keeping beds away from windows

  • Study Looks at Vitamin D Needs in Breast-Fed Babies
    Supplements helped infants meet recommended blood levels to support bone health

  • Study Debunks Lyme Disease-Autism Link
    Children with autism no likelier than others to have signs of tick-borne infection

  • Health Tip: Manage Visitors After Bringing Home Baby
    Let guests know when is convenient

  • Allergies: As American as Apple Pie?
    U.S.-born children more likely to have asthma, hay fever and eczema than foreign-born kids, study finds

  • Kids' Smoking Influences May Change Over Time
    Friends' cigarette use a bigger factor in middle school than in high school, research shows

  • Protect Your Kids From Pollen Allergies: Expert
    Tips for keeping allergens away from their skin, out of air in your home

  • Don't Blame Parents for Sins of the Child
    Outside forces can unleash violence like Boston bombings, Sandy Hook school shooting, experts say

  • Poor Parenting Styles Linked to Bullying Behavior in Kids
    Being overprotective may be just as bad as being neglectful for spurring bully and victim roles

  • Newborn's Placenta May Predict Autism Risk, Study Suggests
    Identifying infants with higher odds could improve treatment, researchers say

  • Many Kids Who Undergo Stem Cell Transplants Must Return to Hospital
    Study found readmissions for fever, infections and gastro problems

  • Prescription Drug Abuse Up Among U.S. Teens: Survey
    More than 5 million, nearly 25 percent, said they had abused these medications

  • Many Parents Give Kids Cold Medicines When They Shouldn't, Survey Finds
    They often miss fine print on the label warning against use in children younger than 4 years old

  • 'Clean Your Plate' Orders From Parents May Backfire for Kids
    'Controlling' food behavior messages are counterproductive, study finds

  • Help Young Pitchers Avoid Overuse Injuries
    Expert urges parents and coaches to make kids aware of how overdoing it can harm their health

  • Sons of Absent or Abusive Fathers May Pick More Bar Fights: Survey
    Study looked at aggression tied to drinking in young Australian men

  • Health Tip: Make Kids Safe in the Sandbox
    Keep it clean and covered

  • Breast-Fed Kids May Have Low Iron Levels, Study Finds
    Complementary foods should include iron-rich items, experts say

  • Too Much Texting, Facebook Time May Lower College Women's Grades
    Media use for freshmen adds up to 12 hours daily, poll finds

  • Kids' Learning Disabilities May Have Multiple Causes
    Educational approaches that address each issue work best, review suggests

  • Why Carrying Your Baby Calms Him
    This quieting effect is an evolutionary win-win, study finds

  • Health Tip: Promote Fine Motor Skills in Preschoolers
    Let them play with blocks and puzzles

  • Fecal Transplant Studied for Kids With Bowel Disease
    Symptoms of ulcerative colitis disappeared for one-third of patients after process

  • Helping Children Make Sense of the Senseless
    Tragedies like the Boston bombings require a loving, shared response, experts say

  • Colic May Be Linked to Childhood Migraine, Study Says
    Expert suspects disrupted sleep cycles might play a role in both disorders

  • Health Tip: What's Keeping Your Child Awake?
    Often, it's fear of the dark

  • Age of Autism Diagnosis May Depend on Symptoms: Study
    Early identification essential to help kids reach their potential, researcher says

  • Parents Who Veto Vaccinations Often Seek Like-Minded Opinions
    Study suggests friends, family may be important sources of advice

  • Lullabies Soothe Preemies, Parents Alike
    Study looked at music therapy combining songs and special womb-like sounds

  • Do Teens Who Sleep In Stay Slimmer?
    Study finds association between more shuteye, healthier weight

  • Health Tip: Encourage Your Toddler to Read
    Gently note words that are pronounced incorrectly

  • Health Tip: Helping Kids Conquer Bedwetting
    What you can do to help your children stay dry

  • Smoking in Youth-Rated Movies Doubles: Report
    On-screen tobacco use encourages kids to start habit, CDC says

  • Health Tip: Keep Medications Out of Youngsters' Reach
    And reduce their risk of accidental poisoning

  • Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Might Raise Child's Cancer Risk: Study
    But research needs replication before conclusions are drawn, experts say

  • Kids With Autism May Be Less Likely to Imitate 'Silly' Behavior
    In study, they tended to only copy necessary actions by adults when completing tasks

  • When Teens Focus on TV, Obesity Risk Rises
    Study suggests that messages from junk food ads are getting through

  • Frequent Eating in Kids Tied to Less Weight Gain
    But this won't hold true with unhealthy foods, expert warns

  • Parents' Military Deployment Takes Toll on Kids, Study Finds
    Binge drinking and drug use more likely

  • Teen Boys With Enlarged Breasts Show Emotional Effects
    Study found condition may lower general health as well

  • Scans May Reveal Pre-Schizophrenia Brain Changes
    By identifying vulnerable children, doctors might be able to prevent the illness, study says

  • Less Salt, More Potassium = Millions of Lives Saved
    Modest dietary changes would reduce risk of stroke, heart disease, studies confirm

  • Common Asphalt Sealant May Raise Cancer Risks
    Small study looked at coal-tar sealcoat and exposure to 'PAH' chemical compound

  • Despite Big Progress, Many Kids Have High Lead Levels in Blood
    Mineral has been linked to learning and behavioral problems, CDC says

  • Melanoma Rates Rising in U.S. Children
    Deadly skin cancer still rare in kids, but long-term study found 2 percent yearly increase among whites

  • Child's Cancer Often Causes Parents Severe Distress: Study
    Odds of recovery, pain and finances are major worries

  • Chickenpox Shot Provides Long-Term Protection, Study Finds
    Effectiveness did not wane over 14 years

  • Repeat Births by Teen Girls Still Too High: CDC
    20 percent are repeat births and these babies face health risks, agency says

  • Parent-Focused Classes May Help Tots at Risk for ADHD
    Programs try to promote positive relationship between parent and child

  • Parents Will Push for Medication, Even If Doc Says Not Needed
    Survey dealt with hypothetical diagnosis of digestive disorder in young child

  • One in 10 U.S. Kids Diagnosed With ADHD: Report
    But many children who get diagnosis may not really have the condition, experts say

  • Kids of Better-Educated Parents Have Healthier Diets: Study
    European research compared nutritional choices such as fruits and veggies, sugary drinks

  • Hot Tap Water May Pose Scalding Hazard
    Study found temperatures often set higher than safety standard

  • Keep Kids Safe From Laundry Detergent Packets
    Curious children may get concentrated product in their mouth or eyes

  • Another Study Sees No Vaccine-Autism Link
    Experts say finding should reassure parents of young children

  • Pre-College Parental Chat May Reduce Freshman Drinking
    Study found discussion influenced how students handle alcohol choices, peer pressure

  • Frequent Moves Take Toll on Poor Kids, Study Suggests
    Fallout anticipated from U.S. housing crisis, researcher says

  • Genes and Early Wheezing Tied to Childhood Asthma Risk
    Common cold symptom increased odds for asthma in study

  • Same-Sex Parents May Face Harsher Criticism Than Others
    Study examined onlookers' response to parenting behaviors

  • Should Short Boys Take Growth Hormone?
    If they're healthy, probably not, experts say

  • Health Tip: Kids Keeping You From Exercising?
    Find time even if family keeps you busy

  • Too Much TV May Make Kids Antisocial, Study Suggests
    Spending hours in front of the tube at age 5 linked to bad behavior at age 7, researchers say

  • Parents' Divorce May Up Kids' Odds for Smoking as Adults
    Study authors suggest habit might be 'coping mechanism' for some

  • Certain Parents Less Likely to Follow Doctors' Advice: Poll
    Household income one factor if parents heeded guidance on kids' health, safety and lifestyle

  • Fit Kids May Dodge Fractures in Old Age
    Regular exercise linked to increases in peak bone mass, study says

  • Family Meals Nourish Teens' Mental Health: Study
    Dinners with parents may improve behavior and well-being, study finds

  • Four in 10 Babies Given Solid Foods Too Early, Study Finds
    Hunger, inability to sleep through the night often cited as reasons

  • U.S. Agency Puts Poison Prevention in Spotlight
    EPA urges adults to keep pesticides and disinfectants locked away from children

  • Picky Eating in Youngsters Might Be Largely Caused by Genes
    But study author says parents can still encourage children to try new foods

  • Even a Little Pot Use Ups College Dropout Risk
    Second study found similar connection with other drugs

  • Child Health Experts Come Out in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage
    Kids benefit from having stable home, two loving parents, regardless of sexual orientation, AAP says

  • Ready-to-Eat Foods for Toddlers Often Too Salty: Study
    Parents urged to balance convenience with healthier meals, snacks

  • Suicidal Thoughts More Common in Kids With Autism: Study
    But expert advises parents not to panic over mood changes

  • They're Cute, But Chicks Carry Salmonella Dangers
    Major 2012 outbreak was linked to mail-order chicks, ducklings, CDC says

  • One in 50 School-Aged Children in U.S. Has Autism: CDC
    Significant increase in the prevalence of the condition over the past five years, researchers say

  • 'Cruise Ship Virus' Also Sickens 1 Million U.S. Kids Yearly
    Norovirus has overtaken rotavirus in causing gastric illness, CDC study finds

  • Fewer Kids Getting Hurt in Most Sports, Study Finds
    However, football and soccer injuries have risen over past decade

  • Switch to Skim Milk Won't Prevent Toddler's Obesity: Study
    Surprise finding runs counter to standard recommendations from doctors' groups

  • Black Children Less Likely to Get Antibiotics: Study
    Experts suspect the difference may stem from over-treatment in white children

  • Parents' Worries About HPV Vaccine on the Rise: Study
    Doctors puzzled by the growing safety concerns, because shot guards against virus that can cause cervical cancer

  • How to Prevent, Treat Diaper Rash
    Excessive moisture, lotions and wipes can irritate a newborn's skin

  • Health Tip: Protect Kids From Stress
    Many factors can cause childhood anxiety

  • Avoiding Scary Situations May Leave Kids More Anxious: Study
    Study author says counseling may help youngsters face issues head-on

  • Sports Help Dads, Daughters Bond, Study Says
    Many shared activities can help cement relationship, researchers find

  • ERs Not Doing Enough to Educate Parents on Car-Seat Safety: Study
    Treatment after a crash can be a teachable moment on proper use of passenger restraints

  • Don't Give ADHD Meds to Undiagnosed Kids, Experts Urge
    Neurologists say some doctors are prescribing these drugs as a way to boost school performance

  • In Seriously Ill Kids, Obesity May Be Tied to Higher Death Risk: Study
    But more research is needed to confirm the association, experts say

  • Breast-Feeding Won't Prevent Pre-Teen Obesity, Study Finds
    Nursing exclusively has no effect on later weight, but many other benefits exist

  • More Evidence Whooping Cough Protection Wanes
    Vaccine still recommended, although it appears to weaken after fifth dose, study finds

  • Kids' Pet Frogs Caused Salmonella Outbreak: CDC
    Infection traced to animals bred at single California facility

  • Tips on Coping With Daylight Saving Time
    Tweaking sleeping, eating, drinking and online habits all can help, experts advise

  • Motherhood May Spur Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior in Some
    Symptoms usually temporary, half of the women studied reported improvements after 6 months

  • Spotting Sleep Problems in Special-Needs Children
    Small changes at home can help them get essential shuteye

  • Heart-Healthy Habits in Childhood May Prevent Future Disease
    Keys are better food choices, more physical activity and no secondhand smoke, doctor says

  • Most Kids With Autism Overcome Language Delays, Study Finds
    70 percent achieved 'phrase' or higher-level speech

  • Plastics Chemical BPA Tied to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids
    While study did not show cause and effect, expert said it's best to avoid exposure

  • When Kids Exercise More, Their Grades Might Rise Too
    Study of young students questions value of phasing out PE in public schools

  • Animals May Boost Social Interaction in Kids With Autism
    Study found children were more talkative and engaged with people in presence of small pets

  • Health Tip: Serve Up a Healthy After-School Snack
    Try these no-cook options

  • Soccer Kicks Up Activity Level of Overweight Kids: Study
    After-school program got the heaviest children moving more

  • Mother's Drinking Increases Risk of Infant's Death: Study
    Babies of women with alcohol problems during or after pregnancy had three times the risk of sudden, unexplained death

  • Childhood Allergies May Be Affected by Race, Genetics
    Early study found black toddlers more sensitive than whites to food allergens in particular

  • Food Allergies Tied to Impaired Growth in Kids
    Early study suggests that avoiding allergy triggers might be a factor

  • Allergy 'Rescue' Shots May Work Better in Lower Thigh of Overweight Kids
    Study found needles for lifesaving medication too short to reach upper-thigh muscle

  • C-Section May Raise Child's Risk of Allergies, Asthma: Study
    Natural delivery appears to expose babies to beneficial bacteria, researchers say

  • Without Laws, Many Tanning Salons Would Allow Kids: Study
    Missouri survey found operators often misrepresent indoor tanning as safe, even healthy

  • Pediatrics Group Issues New Ear Infection Guidelines
    Less antibiotic use, added focus on pain control among key points

  • Poll: Many Americans Don't See Their Kids as Overweight
    But national statistics contend that there's an obesity epidemic among children

  • Slow-Growing Babies Nearly Catch Up With Peers by Teens
    Large study found those with delayed weight gain reached normal range by 13

  • Children Born With Heart Defects Show Growth Lags 3 Years Later
    Study found gaps in weight, length and head size compared to other kids

  • Parents: Revealing Your Past Smoking, Pot Use May Not Help Your Kids
    Candid confessions might backfire, new study shows

  • Health Tip: Reading to Baby
    It helps the child grow intellectually and develop

  • Health Tip: Encourage Kids to Help in the Kitchen
    But don't leave them alone

  • U.S. Kids Consuming Fewer Calories, Report Finds
    Experts credit healthier fare at schools, information campaigns for the turnaround

  • Many Younger Parents Weigh Online Doctor Reviews: Poll
    But word of mouth still prevails overall

  • Drug, Alcohol Abuse More Likely Among High School Dropouts
    U.S. report also confirms that kids who fail to complete school are more apt to take up cigarettes

  • Health Tip: Sled Safely
    Make sure an adult is always watching

  • Lower Lung Function in Infancy Linked to Wheeze in Adulthood
    Smoking also played key role in respiratory trouble for young adults, study found

  • 'Bilingual Babies' Can Tell Languages Apart
    Study found even 7-month-olds can start to learn both languages

  • Do Teens With Happy Home Life Have Happier Marriages?
    Positive early family experiences may influence relationship satisfaction in adulthood, study says

  • Kids With Knee ACL Injuries Require Special Care
    Researchers say ligament injury, once rare in youngsters, is rising with sports training intensity

  • Teens' Friends Can Influence Their School Performance
    Study shows students whose buddies have better GPAs more likely to improve their own test scores

  • 'Cyberbullying' as Harmful as Physical Threats, Study Finds
    Online activity must be considered when creating policies to combat bullying, researchers say

  • 'Hovering' Moms May Take Fun Out of Play
    Preschoolers in study played most cheerfully when mothers were warm but non-interfering

  • Little-Known Respiratory Infection Sends Many Kids to Hospital
    Discovered in 2001, human metapneumovirus is worse in very young, very old

  • Praising Kids for Efforts, Not Qualities, May Help Them Succeed
    Study finds telling youngsters they're smart, great, wonderful could backfire later

  • Little Known on How to Best Help Kids After Trauma
    In wake of Newtown shooting, review finds more evidence needed on what to do when children can't cope

  • ADHD Treatments Not Working for Most Young Children
    Six-year study starting in preschool found symptoms persisted even for kids on medication

  • Early Dental Care Can Help Keep Kids Smiling for Years to Come
    Parents urged to make brushing, flossing and visiting dentist a regular habit

  • Skin-Care Basics for Your New Baby
    For example, bathing every other day is sufficient, expert says

  • Don't Overlook Eating Issues Tied to Autism, Study Warns
    These feeding problems can lead to nutritional deficiencies, expert says

  • Type 1 Diabetes Up 70 Percent in Kids, Study Finds
    Experts suspect the jump may be linked to unknown environmental causes

  • Day Care May Not Raise Behavior Woes in Kids After All
    Large study from Norway contradicts earlier research from U.S., whose systems differ in many ways

  • Infants' Inattentiveness Might Signal Later Autism, Study Says
    Signs of social impairment may be evident early, research suggests

  • Health Tip: Giving Up Baby's Bottle
    Don't rush the transition

  • Stroke During Childhood May Raise Risk for Epilepsy, Study Says
    Practitioners have 'concrete numbers' to give to families

  • Maternal Depression, Violence at Home May Raise Child's ADHD Risk
    Study found kids who were exposed to one or both before the age of 3 were more likely to be diagnosed by 6

  • Breast-Feeding Still Less Common for Black Babies: CDC
    Racial gap suggests need for additional, targeted support, experts say

  • For Most Bullied Gay Kids, Things Do 'Get Better,' Study Finds
    While gay British teens more likely to be bullied in school, situation improved by young adulthood

  • Needed: Recruits of All Ages for Medical Research
    Lack of awareness limits participation, study finds

  • Gay Black Men Often Face Added Family Hurdles When Coming Out
    Small study suggests they deal with a combination of biases

  • Chips, Sodas Out, Healthier Fare In With New School Snack Rules
    USDA's proposals go beyond school meals to vending machines

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe in Cold Weather
    Always wear sunscreen

  • Health Tip: Minimize Pesticide Exposure
    Avoid foods that probably were sprayed

  • More Child Gun Injuries in States With Self-Defense Laws
    But study found no improvement from other laws meant to curb children's access to firearms

  • Epilepsy Drug in Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk in Study
    New research adds to dangers of valproate use for women of childbearing age

  • Childhood Abuse May Be Tied to Uterine Fibroids: Study
    They are the most common type of benign tumor in women of childbearing age

  • Non-Drug ADHD Treatments Don't Pan Out in Study
    But some experts still believe behavioral therapy can help the whole family

  • Obesity May Be Linked to MS Risk in Children
    However, study is preliminary and MS still rare in kids, experts say

  • Epilepsy Drug in Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk in Study
    New research adds to dangers of valproate use for women of childbearing age

  • High Blood Pressure in Kids May Be Less Common Than Thought
    U.S. study offers somewhat encouraging finding, but experts say it's tough to pin down 'correct' rate

  • Do TV Liquor Ads Drive Kids to Drink?
    Discussing advertising's persuasiveness may help blunt its effects, experts say

  • No Proof Drugs Ease Kids' Migraines: Study
    And some of these meds 'are pretty nasty,' expert says

  • Whooping Cough Vaccine for Pregnant Women Among New Recommendations
    U.S. experts also say egg allergy is no longer reason to avoid the flu vaccine

  • Parents Not Too Worried About Kids' Use of Pain Meds: Poll
    Only one-third 'very concerned' about misuse of prescribed narcotics by children in their communities

  • Common Painkillers Tied to Kidney Risks for Children: Study
    Expert says NSAIDs are overused for treating kids with fever

  • People With Egg Allergy Can Safely Get Flu Shot: Experts
    With study finding, they advise people to have the vaccine

  • More Time at Family Dinners Might Curb Obesity in Kids
    In study with low-income families, just 4 more minutes of mealtime was tied to healthier weight

  • One Path to Fitter Kids: More P.E. at School
    Study finds that reinstating daily classes would fulfill 1/3rd of U.S. goals for kids' exercise

  • Health Tip: Help Protect Kids from Flu
    If they're 6 months or older, have them vaccinated

  • Privacy an Issue for Nursing Moms in Neonatal ICUs
    Interruptions make them less willing to express breast milk, study finds

  • Study Finds Nearly Half of U.S. Kids Are Under-Vaccinated
    This puts them at much higher risk for preventable illnesses such as whooping cough, chickenpox

  • More U.S. Children Diagnosed With ADHD
    Finding from large study may be due to better awareness, experts say

  • How to Tell If Your Child Is Too Sick for School: Expert
    If kids aren't well enough to learn, it's best to keep them home

  • Tips to Keep Kids Safe, Warm During Winter
    Hypothermia, frostbite occur more frequently among children, expert warns

  • Obese Kids May Face Immediate Health Woes, Study Finds
    Higher rates of ADHD, asthma and learning problems seen in overweight children, study shows

  • Childhood Obesity Rates Drop in New York City, Los Angeles: Study
    State programs promoting healthy lifestyles work, but it takes time before results are seen, researchers say

  • As Parents' Share of College Fees Rises, Students' GPAs Fall: Study
    But the research also found that parents' financial support boosted college graduation rate

  • Childhood Vaccine Schedule Is Safe, Report Says
    Critics call for more research into whether shots may be linked to some developmental disorders

  • Study Finds Low Flu Vaccine Rates in U.S. Kids
    This also puts infants too young for immunization at risk, researcher says

  • No Link Between Low Birth Weight, Asthma: Study
    Results expand understanding of the disease, expert says

  • Screen Time Near Bedtime Means Less Sleep for Kids
    Survey found watching TV, playing video games before bed delays sleep

  • Could Baby's Tummy Bacteria Help Spur Colic?
    Balance of good/bad microbes may determine which infants have common condition, study suggests

  • 30 Percent of U.S. Teen Girls Meet Up With Online Strangers
    Study found that abused or neglected girls were more likely to do so

  • Fast Food Tied to Asthma, Eczema and Hay Fever in Kids
    Study isn't conclusive, but it's another reason to make healthier choices, expert says

  • Safe Ways to Relieve Your Young Child's Flu Symptoms
    Medications not intended for children younger than 4, expert says

  • Bullying Harms Kids With Autism, Parents Say
    Many suffer emotional trauma, physical injury

  • Technique IDs Deadliest Whooping Cough Cases
    Take white blood cell counts early and often, study says

  • Many U.S. Teens at Risk for Suicide Despite Treatment: Study
    About 1 in every 20 teens attempts suicide, often when already being treated for mental health woes

  • Do Babies Begin Learning Language in the Womb?
    Study suggests process starts in last 10 weeks of pregnancy

  • Health Tip: Talk to Kids About Smoking
    Help prevent a dangerous habit

  • Let Babies 'Cry It Out,' Study Suggests
    Resist the urge to immediately respond to your infant's nighttime awakenings, researchers say

  • Moms May Use TV to Calm Fussy Infants: Study
    Babies with obese mothers were most likely to watch up to 3 hours daily instead of playing

  • Mental Health of Dads-to-Be May Influence Toddler's Behavior
    During pregnancy appointments, ask about father's state of mind, experts say

  • Some HPV-Linked Cancers Rising in U.S.: Report
    Changing sexual practices a likely reason; vaccination urged

  • Prenatal Antidepressants Don't Raise Fetal, Infant Death Risk: Study
    But doctors, moms-to-be should still approach drugs known as SSRIs with caution, researchers say

  • Economic Conditions at Birth Linked to Behavior in Teen Years
    Being born during a time of chronic unemployment may boost odds of juvenile delinquency, study says

  • Health Tip: Signs That Your Child May Have Juvenile Arthritis
    When chronic joint pain and tenderness affect young people

  • 'Teaching Gardens' Nurture Kids' Interest in Healthy Foods
    An idea that began at the White House can take root in almost any home, one expert says

  • Kids and Healthy Eating Can Go Together
    Initiatives from cooking classes to 'teaching gardens' can make it happen

  • More Evidence That Violent Video Games Help Spur Aggression
    Negative effects accumulate over time, study says

  • Young Girl's Plea For Contact Lenses Pays Off
    Preteen's organized personality was key to safe use of these devices, mom says

  • What's Best for Kids' Eye Health? Experts Give Insight
    Advice on diet, screening, and proper use of glasses and contacts

  • Health Tip: Calming a Fussy Baby
    Swaddle the infant with a large, lightweight blanket

  • Some Kids Abusing Common Baking Ingredients
    Trends such as swallowing dry cinnamon, stuffing marshmallows can cause choking emergencies

  • Health Tip: Help Keep Your Baby's Crib Safe
    Older cribs may not meet new standards

  • It's OK for Kids to Keep Believing in Santa, Expert Says
    They'll figure it out on their own without a specific age limit

  • Make Holiday Meals Safe for Kids With Food Allergies
    Expert offers tips for changing recipes and keeping potentially harmful foods separate

  • Nearly One-Third of Kids With Food Allergies May Be Bullied
    Study found torment is often 'just' teasing but can be more threatening

  • Consider Eye Safety When Toy Shopping
    Injuries, lack of protective eyewear can lead to ER visits, surgery, expert says

  • Omega-3s in Formula Can Help Baby's Eyesight: Review
    Breast-fed babies already have this advantage, experts note

  • Mass Murders: Why Us? Why the U.S.?
    From gun availability to a lack of therapists, experts say many factors contribute to the spate of killings

  • Flu Drug Tamiflu OK for Babies Under 1: FDA
    But dose for these tots must be calibrated to their weight, agency says

  • Health Tip: Store Breast Milk Safely
    Wash your hands before expressing the milk

  • Early Language Skills Reduce Preschool Tantrums, Study Finds
    Verbalizing their frustrations may help little ones cope

  • 'Not Fair!' How Sibling Fights May Lead to Later Mood Problems
    Everyday teen issues can contribute to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, researchers say

  • Motivation and Study, Not IQ, Are Keys to Kids' Math Success
    Research highlights role of learning skills, determination in developing numerical competence

  • Family Meals Encourage Kids to Eat More Veggies, Fruit: Study
    Researchers also found that children mimic parents' healthy eating habits

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Repetitive Stress Injury
    Posture is important during computer use

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids From Choking Hazards
    Offer only safe foods and toys

  • Abused Black Girls More Likely to Develop Asthma: Study
    Stress still affects immune system years later, researchers say

  • Reindeer May Deliver More Than Presents
    Report suggests animals also carry a fly larva that causes skin problems, rare eye infections

  • Drugs Hold Promise for Severe Juvenile Arthritis Patients
    Children's pain, fever, rash reduced in two studies, but questions remain

  • Quality of Life Can Suffer for Kids With Heart Devices
    Study suggests implanted cardiac defibrillators, pacemakers affect self-perception, behavior

  • Is the Mental Health System Failing Troubled Kids?
    Spotting, managing young people like the Conn. gunman is difficult and will take more resources, experts say

  • Banning Vaccine Preservative Would Hurt Kids in Poor Nations: Experts
    Pediatricians, others oppose U.N. proposal

  • Keep Tots' Milk to 2 Cups a Day: Study
    Less won't give enough vitamin D, but more can lower iron stores, researchers say

  • Fewer Children Injured From Swallowing Caustic Chemicals: Study
    Despite better prevention efforts, too many kids still consume household cleaning products

  • Family Grapples With Kids' Tech Time
    Parental diligence and a few rules allow the good with less risk

  • Heavy Drinking, Pot Use Tied to Teen Brain Changes
    Study found differences in brain's 'information highway,' researcher says

  • Parents Key to Easing Psychological Impact of Conn. Shootings
    Communication can help children, and adults, cope with the senseless tragedy, mental health experts say

  • Health Tip: Shopping for Children's Shoes
    Young feet can grow quickly

  • 2-Year Period After Parent's Suicide Try Most Risky for Children: Study
    Mother's admission to psychiatric hospital also linked to high teen suicide risk, especially for daughters

  • Child Abuse in U.S. Declines for 5th Straight Year
    But 681,000 kids are still mistreated, report finds

  • Mothers' Pre-Pregnancy Weight Tied to Kids' IQ, Study Says
    Excess pounds before pregnancy may contribute to lower test scores for child

  • U.S. Task Force Urges Docs to Counsel Kids Against Smoking
    Evidence shows that medical advice, education can keep young patients from lighting up

  • Could Kids' Salt Intake Affect Their Weight?
    Study found those who consumed more sodium also drank more sugary beverages

  • ADHD Can Cause Lifelong Problems, Study Finds
    Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder that persists into adulthood may affect physical and mental health

  • Young Binge Eaters Prone to Illicit Drug Use: Study
    Overeating occurred first in large review of 17,000 boys and girls

  • Is Your Little One Scared of Santa?
    Expert offers tips to make the meeting less intimidating

  • Childless People Die Sooner, Study Says
    After infertility treatment, death rates were two to four times higher among couples without kids

  • Kids May Be at Slightly Higher Asthma Risk If Parents Had Infertility Treatments
    Study found elevated odds in children born after in vitro fertilization, but the research didn't prove cause-and-effect

  • Health Tip: Make Sure Kids Get Enough Water
    Especially when they're sick

  • College Students: 25 Is Perfect Age for Marriage
    But surveyed parents said kids should stay single longer

  • What Doctors Don't Know About Treating Kids With Epilepsy
    Survey finds significant gaps in knowledge

  • Children's Seizures Not Always Damaging, Study Finds
    Those caused by fever don't appear to harm brain function

  • When to Worry About Your Child's Fever
    A temperature is 'often a friend,' doctor says

  • Make Sure Toys You Buy Are Safe for Tots
    Keep kids' ages in mind when shopping, doctors urge

  • Could Baby's Crying Give Clues to Autism?
    Small study found subtle differences in sounds made by at-risk infants through computer analysis

  • Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Hot Water Burns
    Test the water first

  • Violence in a Soldier's Past May Up PTSD Risk
    Study found those abused as kids, attacked by spouses were more likely to develop the condition

  • Teen Behavior Problems, Not Depression, Tied to Lower Grades
    Study also linked delinquency, substance use to lesser education degrees

  • Boys With Undescended Testicles at Higher Risk for Testicular Cancer: Study
    If testes don't descend, these males may need to be monitored for later malignancy

  • Health Tip: What's Behind Frequent Nosebleeds?
    They could mean a cold or allergy

  • Smoking in Pregnancy Tied to Poor Reading Skills in Kids: Study
    Mothers with pack-a-day habits may have children who lag behind classmates

  • U.S. Kids Getting Enough Sleep After All: Survey
    Amounts reported for infants, children, teens in line with CDC recommendations

  • Whooping Cough Vaccine Less Effective Over Time: Study
    California outbreak suggests need to reevaluate vaccine schedule

  • Health Tip: Treating a Nosebleed
    They're common during childhood, doctors say

  • Parents' Fear of Dentist May Get Passed On to Kids
    Fathers seem to play the greatest role in how their children feel about dental visits, study finds

  • Study Sees Possible Link Between Air Pollution and Autism Risk
    Infants in high-smog areas were more likely to develop the condition

  • With Bullying, What's a Parent to Do?
    What to look for and how to help if your child is being victimized

  • Health Tip: Clip Baby's Nails Carefully
    Avoid cutting the skin

  • Health Tip: Preparing Baby Formula
    Wash your hands first

  • Health Tip: Use Antibiotics Wisely
    Follow label instructions carefully

  • Continued Use of ADHD Drugs May Reduce Criminal Behavior, Study Says
    Arrests were lower when people with disorder took their medication, Swedish research found

  • Annual 'Trouble in Toyland' Report Cites Toy Dangers
    Excessive lead levels, choking hazards, magnets can all cause serious injury for kids, PIRG says

  • Sleep Positioners Linked to Infant Suffocation: CDC
    These devices endanger babies' lives and should not be used, U.S. agencies warn

  • Youngest Kids in Class May Be More Likely to Get ADHD Diagnosis
    Study suggests their immaturity may lead to unnecessary treatment with medication

  • Chronic Pain Is Often a Family Affair, Study Finds
    Teens whose parents suffered such discomfort were at higher risk themselves

  • Kids With Psoriasis More Likely to Be Overweight: Study
    Experts suspect obesity drives the skin problem

  • Happier Childhoods Tied to More Wealth as Adults: Study
    Cause-and-effect link isn't proven, but it's possible sunnier folk get promoted more, experts say

  • Kids in Daycare More Prone to Be Overweight
    Researchers don't yet have an explanation for the link

  • Cartoons May Ease Anxiety for Kids Facing Surgery
    Study also found bringing a favorite toy from home can help

  • Health Tip: Caring for Baby's Cradle Cap
    Use baby shampoo when needed

  • Does Eating Fish During Infancy Cut Asthma Risk?
    Researchers say timing is key, but one expert advises against seafood for babies

  • Flame Retardants in Furniture, Carpets Might Affect Kids' Development
    California study found that higher exposures were linked to IQ, attention deficits

  • Kids' Generosity May Depend on Who's Watching: Study
    By age 5, children motivated much like adults

  • Health Tip: Is Your Child Ready for a Tricycle?
    Generally not before age 3

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Trampoline Injuries
    Don't allow rough play

  • Can Playing Soccer Lead to Brain Damage?
    Small study sees changes in white matter; parents shouldn't worry about their kids, experts say

  • Many Smokers Light Up With Kids in Car: Study
    Smoke-free campaigns should target parent drivers, researchers say

  • Some Kids May Overcome or Outgrow Egg Allergy, Study Suggests
    Children were able to tolerate baked eggs during food challenges in controlled setting

  • Parents' Social Anxiety May Raise Kids' Risk for Anxiety Disorder
    Parental behaviors linked to risk include a lack of affection and too much criticism, study shows

  • Health Tip: Protect Your Child From Abduction
    Keep close eye on the child while you're out

  • Food Allergies Can Make Kids Targets for Bullies
    Some children reported that other kids intentionally contaminated their food with allergens

  • Migraines May Hurt Kids' Grades Too
    Chronic headaches linked to poorer school performance in study

  • Dirty Pacifiers May Make Infants Sick: Study
    But some experts say concerns about germs are overstated and parents should not be worried

  • Liberal or Conservative: Study Finds Childhood Influence
    Did you talk back to your parents? Were you fearful or focused?

  • Identifying Teen Drivers Curbs Crashes in N.J., Study Finds
    Decal law also helps police enforce regulations, researchers say

  • For Many, 'Superstorm' Sandy Could Take Toll on Mental Health
    People who were impacted by the event will have symptoms, but they should fade, experts say

  • Help Kids Breathe Easier on Halloween
    Doctor tells how to avoid allergy, asthma triggers

  • Play-Focused Program Might Help Kids With Autism
    Success of intensive interactive therapy highlights value of early intervention, researchers report

  • Homelessness, Frequent Moves Affect How Kids Do in School
    Study finds some children show 'academic resilience' and keep up with peers

  • Autism Tough to Spot Before 6 Months of Age, Study Suggests
    Signs didn't typically emerge until later, and early diagnosis didn't mean case was more severe

  • Potty-Training Method Won't Affect Tot's Health: Study
    Rather than arguing or punishing, parents can help make this a positive experience

  • Health Tip: Enjoy a Healthier Halloween
    You don't have to serve up 'junk food'

  • Obese Boys, Impotent Men?
    Small study found lower testosterone levels in heavy young males, but more research needed

  • Foster Kids Adopted by Same-Sex Parents Make Big Gains, Study Says
    Children progressed as quickly as those placed in heterosexual homes

  • Staying Home With Sick Kids Causes Job Worries for Parents: Survey
    Many ill children aren't allowed to attend day care

  • Health Tip: Stay Safe This Halloween
    Avoid trick-or-treating hazards

  • Antibiotics Don't Ease Coughs in Kids With Common Cold: Study
    No treatment is sometimes the best option, experts say

  • Exercise Boosts School Performance for Kids With ADHD: Study
    20-minute activity sessions helped them focus on classwork

  • Lax Parents, Dealers May Lead to ATV Crashes, Study Suggests
    Licensing, training needed to restrict use by children, researcher says

  • Health Tip: Don't Take the Wrong Medication
    Suggestions to prevent accidental ingestion

  • Kids Still Swallowing Magnets Despite Warning Labels
    When more than one is ingested, they can cause life-threatening complications in stomach, bowel

  • Is Perfect Pitch Genetic?
    Study suggests this form of musical know-how is not simply training-related

  • Health Tip: Secure Your Child in a Booster Seat
    Make sure it's used properly

  • Many Grandparents Lack Latest Child Safety Info: Study
    Not all caregivers aware of guidelines on car seats, infant sleep, walkers

  • More Evidence Links Bullying, Abuse to Suicidal Thoughts in Youth
    Study found sharp rise in risk when kids face 7 or more types of victimization

  • Kids With Stressed-Out Parents Eat More Fast Food: Study
    Child obesity was more likely as parental stress scores rose

  • Health Tip: Is Your Child a Biter?
    These actions may help curb the practice

  • Health Tip: Encourage Your Family to Exercise
    They'll have more energy for fun activities

  • 'Plugged-In' Teens Vulnerable in Traffic: Study
    Research shows they're more likely to be hit by cars while using electronic devices

  • A Parent's Grief Highlights Flu Shot's Importance
    General good health is no protection from infection or death, CDC study shows

  • Dad's Advice Could Be Key to Teens' Sexual Activity
    More communication may translate to less sex, review suggests

  • Fewer Children for Women After Ectopic Pregnancy: Study
    Those who've had miscarriage, abortion or healthy delivery have more babies in the long-term

  • Caring Parents Less Likely to Raise a Bully, Study Finds
    Encouraging academics, positive communication are key

  • Accidents Claim 12,000 U.S. Kids' Lives Each Year: Report
    Boys face twice the risk as girls

  • Health Tip: Treating Swimmer's Ear
    See a doctor

  • Study Sees Link Between Prolonged Formula Feeding, Leukemia Risk
    But the research only uncovered an association, it didn't prove cause and effect

  • Health Tip: Help Keep Head Lice From Coming Back
    Suggestions to prevent reinfestation

  • Preemies Born to Poor Families May Face Higher Risk for Brain Bleeds
    These hemorrhages can have long-lasting effects and are expensive to treat, researchers say

  • Parents' Love in Infancy Pays Off Later, Study Finds
    School-age kids had fewer psychological woes if even one parent formed a strong bond early on

  • Kids Who Sleep a Bit Longer Behave Better in School, Study Finds
    Extra half-hour a night made a difference in alertness, attention

  • HPV Shot Doesn't Encourage Sexual Activity in Girls: Study
    No increase seen in STDs, pregnancy or birth control counseling

  • Taking Terror Out of Nightmares: Tips for Parents
    Expert explains how to ease children's fears and possibly prevent bad dreams

  • Teens Who Self-Harm Need Adult Influences, Professional Help: Expert
    In survey, hopelessness was a major factor among kids who attempted suicide

  • Parents May Be Taking Concussion Symptoms Too Lightly: Survey
    Many don't seek medical evaluation for children or themselves after head injuries

  • Health Tip: Avoid Spreading Pinkeye
    Teach kids to wash hands often

  • Importance of Family Meals Questioned
    Study finds shared breakfasts, dinners have no effect on kids' academics, behavior

  • Health Tip: Easing Teething Pain
    Suggestions to soothe a fussy baby

  • Teens Want Voice in End-of-Life Decisions
    New guide helps seriously ill teens and young adults talk about their needs

  • Kids With Hemophilia Should Be Active, But Avoid Risky Sports: Study
    Non-contact activities safest, allowing children to enjoy exercise, experts say

  • Health Tip: Starting Baby on Solid Foods
    Make them easier to swallow

  • Nearly Half of Children With Autism Wander From Safety: Survey
    Advocates say a system such as Amber Alerts is needed for these kids

  • Strict Moms Influence Kids' Friends: Study
    Authoritative parenting can help teen friends cut drinking, smoking and drug use, researchers say

  • Halloween Means Gobbling Candy
    Expert offers tips to minimize sweets consumption among trick-or-treaters

  • Health Tip: Manage Your Child's Allergy
    Limit exposure to potential triggers

  • Late-Preterm Babies Needing ICU Catch Up With Other Preemies: Study
    By age 3, both groups show similar developmental progress

  • Genes Linked to Retardation Not Inherited, Study Suggests
    Testing found new mutations only in people with the condition, not their parents

  • Health Tip: Kids Need to Stop Sucking Their Thumbs
    Or their oral health may suffer

  • Impact Tests Show Bike Helmets Protect Kids in Crashes
    Acceleration forces, effects of crush accidents were reduced

  • New Autism Criteria Will Have Minor Impact: Study
    Most children should still be eligible for care, researchers say

  • U.S. Kids Exposed to 4 Hours of Background TV Daily: Study
    Excessive exposure hinders ability to learn, doctors warn

  • Child Abuse Injuries Have Risen, Study Finds
    Child protective agencies reported decline, but hospital data tell a different story

  • Mailed Kits May Prompt Parents to Protect Kids From Sun
    Low-cost mailers led to greater use of 'sun-protective' clothing, hats and shade, study finds

  • Health Tip: Treat a Toddler to a Picnic
    And make healthy eating fun

  • Health Tip: Get Some Rest After Giving Birth
    Suggestions to help you recover

  • Research Lacking on Drugs for Older Children With Autism, Study Finds
    Majority seem to be 'taking medications we have very little evidence for,' doctor says

  • Families Who Adopt Should Use Extra Health Services, School Support: Experts
    And professionals who work with kids can show more awareness

  • TV for Kids Filled With Social Bullying, Study Finds
    But it's unknown if popular shows influence behavior

  • More Than Half of Severe Mental Disability Cases Not Inherited: Study
    Finding may encourage parents to have more children, researcher says

  • What Looks Like Play May Really Be a Science Experiment
    Toddlers often test hypotheses, make inferences while having fun, review finds

  • Flu Season's Approaching So Roll Up Your Sleeve
    U.S. health officials say this year's vaccine protects against two new strains

  • Can Parents' Divorce Boost Son's Risk for Stroke?
    Researchers suspect stress hormone may play a role

  • Why Some Mothers (Wrongly) Let Kids Try Alcohol
    Early introduction may lead to problem drinking in teen years, researchers say

  • Doctors' Intuition May Be Key to Spotting Infections in Kids
    Physicians should pay attention to their 'gut feeling' to detect serious illness in children

  • Son's Real-Life Drama Leads Comedy Queen to Medical Role
    Julie Bowen of 'Modern Family' spearheads allergy-awareness campaign

  • Obesity Now Puts Kids' Hearts at Risk Later
    Large review found increased blood pressure, cholesterol levels and other forerunners of disease

  • Health Tip: If You or Your Child Have a Food Allergy
    Read food labels carefully

  • Health Tip: Kids on the Run
    Precautions before they begin

  • Antibiotics in Childhood May Increase Bowel Disease Risk: Study
    But real-world risk still is low, experts say

  • Untreated Food Allergies More Likely in Poor, Minority Kids
    Some symptoms aren't as obvious as hives, puffy eyes or rash, researchers say

  • More Kids Opting Out of School-Required Vaccinations: Study
    Parents more likely to have requirements waived in states with easy or philosophical exemption policies

  • Health Tip: Don't Leave Kids in the Car Alone
    Even for a minute

  • Too Much Salt Might Harm Kids' Health: Study
    High intake may lead to rise in blood pressure, especially in overweight children

  • Health Tip: Keep Baby Safe in a Stroller
    Don't leave the child alone

  • 'Sexting' May Go Hand-in-Hand With Unprotected Sex Among Teens
    Study found association with other forms of sexual risk-taking among high school students

  • Vitamin D in Pregnancy Critical for Brain Development, Study Says
    Babies whose mothers had adequate levels appeared to do better on mental, motor tests

  • At-Home Moms Cook, Shop, Play More With Kids: Study
    But working mothers can still take steps to make sure kids eat right, keep active, expert advises

  • Do Video Games Promote Reckless Driving in Certain Teens?
    Study found young sensation-seekers had more accidents, tickets and unsafe habits behind the wheel

  • Health Tip: Coping With Separation Anxiety
    Avoid leaving when your child is hungry or sleepy

  • Improved Developmental Screening Urged for Hispanic Kids
    Many cases of autism missed when parents don't know what signs to look for, researchers say

  • Gestational Diabetes, Poverty Linked to ADHD
    But breast-feeding appears to have protective effect, researchers say

  • U.S. Expands SIDS Prevention Effort
    NIH 'Safe to Sleep' campaign now includes all sleep-related infant deaths

  • Swallowed Toothpicks Can Lead to Big Trouble, Experts Warn
    One woman suffered blood poisoning but recovered after surgery

  • Kids' Vaccine Exemptions Too Easy to Obtain: Study
    Only kindergarten students who truly need waivers should get them, to protect group immunity

  • Pediatricians' Group Urges Flu Shot for Kids Aged 6 Months and Up
    Parents, daycare workers also should be immunized, AAP guidelines say

  • Multiple Methods Can Safely Help Babies Get to Sleep, Study Shows
    At age 6, no differences seen in attachment, behavior, sleep quality

  • Postpartum Depression May Lead to Shorter Kids: Study
    It's not certain why, but feeding practices might play a part, expert says

  • Put Traffic Safety on Back-to-School 'To-Do' List: Experts
    Kids, whether traveling by bus, bike, car or foot, should be taught how to avoid accidents

  • Health Tip: Protect Kids From Mosquito Bites
    And reduce their risk of West Nile virus

  • Super-Shy Preschoolers Might Struggle Academically
    Kids who are highly withdrawn may fall behind in math and reading, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Cleaning a Young Child's Teeth
    Oral care should start just after birth

  • Health Tip: Packing a Backpack
    Make it as light as possible

  • Kids Develop Sense of Humor by Age 1, Study Finds
    At 6 months, babies watched closely as their parents laughed at absurd events, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Help a Child With ADHD Sleep Better
    Maintain a consistent schedule

  • Almost Half of U.S. Kids With Autism Have Been Bullied
    Problem is much more widespread than parents may realize, experts say

  • How Dog-Savvy Is Your Child?
    Simple safety tips can prevent nasty bites, expert says

  • Pack School Lunches That Are Healthy and Fun
    Pediatrician offers tips on nutritious foods that kids will like

  • Turning Off the Tube Linked to Healthier Weight in Teens
    Study that limited TV time for a year found that kids, but not adults, gained fewer pounds

  • Afinitor Disperz Approved for Rare Tumor
    Sanctioned for children aged 1 and older

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Develops Food Poisoning
    Suggestions for at-home care

  • Kids With Neurological Conditions at Higher Risk of Flu Death: CDC
    Medical, parenting groups working to increase flu vaccination, awareness

  • Daily Temper Tantrums Not the Norm for Preschoolers: Study
    Fewer than 1 in 10 'melt down' that often; finding helps define when parents should be concerned

  • Snoring Kids Should Be Screened for Sleep Apnea: Experts
    New guidelines issued by American Academy of Pediatrics also urge weight loss for obese snorers

  • Circumcision Benefits Are Significant, Pediatricians Say
    But decision should stay with parents, they add

  • Making Parental Peace With Kids' Homework
    Help your child get the most from homework without hassles, hovering

  • Kindergarten Vaccines Close to Target Levels: CDC
    But measles, chickenpox protection remains a concern

  • Childhood Music Lessons May Create Better Listeners
    Even a few years' training in childhood confers benefits years later, small study suggests

  • Many Teens Drinking, Taking Drugs During School: Survey
    Roughly half knew classmates who sold drugs, and knew nearby spots to drink or get high during the day

  • Minority Fifth Graders Face Health Obstacles, Study Finds
    But with similar schools, family income, disparities declined

  • Unhappy Kids Are More Materialistic, Study Finds
    Research with children ages 8 to 10 says TV ads play big part in 'spoiling' those who aren't content

  • Teens Benefit by Spending More Time With Parents
    Encounters with Dad may boost self-worth and social skills the most, research suggests

  • Health Tip: Applying Insect Repellent
    Read the instructions carefully

  • Vaccinations Belong on Parents' Back-to-School Checklists
    Preventable diseases can threaten children's lives, expert warns

  • Curbing Circumcision Boosts STDs, Study Contends
    Resulting infections, including HIV, could add billions to U.S. health spending, researchers say

  • Teens With ADHD May Need Help Making Transition to College
    Experts offer suggestions for students on how to compensate for their disorder

  • With Very Sick Infants, Doctors and Parents Often Miscommunicate
    Mothers often have different impressions of their babies' condition than physicians meant to convey

  • Kids Who Can Resist Sweets Might Be Slimmer as Adults
    Decades-long research shows self-control as tot may mean an obesity-free maturity

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: An Underestimated Threat
    Study finds 450 Americans die, more than 2,000 are hospitalized each year

  • Does Just Feeling Fat Make You Gain Weight?
    Study shows teens with a bloated body image more likely to become fat in their 20s

  • Two-Thirds of U.S. Youth Have Had Oral Sex, CDC Reports
    Many may believe it's safer than it actually is, expert says

  • Most Parents Think Social Media Not a Bad Thing: Survey
    Many believe it prepares their kids for future work world, broadens their thinking

  • Chickenpox Cases Fall 80% Over Decade: CDC
    Two-dose schedule will deliver further improvement, experts say

  • Health Tip: Get Baby Moving
    Exercise is healthy, even for infants

  • Health Tip: Protect Your Child in Extreme Heat
    Have an air-conditioned place in mind

  • Health Tip: Is Anxiety Affecting Your Child?
    Insomnia is a potential warning sign

  • Baby's Healthy Diet Feeds IQ, Study Finds
    Infants, toddlers reared on junk food scored slightly lower at 8 years

  • Parents' Religious Beliefs Can Complicate Kids' End-of-Life Care
    Hoping for a miracle might lead them to request futile treatments for their children, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Possible Signs of an Ear Infection
    They include pulling at the ear

  • Snoring Toddlers May Have More Behavior Problems
    But breast-feeding helped protect against snoring in youngsters, study found

  • Parents Can Adapt, Thrive After 'Empty Nest'
    The parent-child relationship evolves, but doesn't end when kids leave for college, expert explains

  • Expert Tips for Summer Sports Safety
    Warmer weather requires a few extra precautions for active adults, young athletes

  • How to Quell 9th-Grade Angst
    Freshman year can set the tone for entire high school career, expert says

  • Health Tip: Offering Baby or Toddler Solid Food?
    Make sure the child is ready

  • Mold Exposure in Infancy May Raise Asthma Risk
    Three species linked to wheezing at age 7

  • Babies of Heavy Moms Grow Slower: Study
    Findings suggest obesity epidemic harms kids even before birth

  • Pay Attention in Preschool, Graduate From College: Study
    Certain social, behavioral skills at young age key to later academic success, researchers found

  • All That Txtng May B Hrtng Kids' Grammar
    Parents can set good example by avoiding shorthand like 'ur' and '2' in own text messages, expert says

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
    Don't share utensils

  • Few Follow Car Safety Guidelines for Kids, Study Finds
    Common problems include lack of proper restraints, youngsters sitting in front seat

  • Parents Spank, Slap Kids in Public More Often Than Thought
    And fathers are more likely than people think to use a gentle approach, study found

  • More Kids Taking Antipsychotics for ADHD: Study
    Unapproved uses of these powerful drugs need further investigation, experts say

  • Grateful Teens May Have Less Risk for Depression, Other Problems
    Parents, teachers can help kids learn to identify good things in their lives, study says

  • Violent TV Shows Keep Young Kids Awake: Study
    Preschoolers who stuck to nonviolent fare just before bed were much more likely to sleep well

  • Sleep Loss Often Disruptive for City Kids With Asthma
    Study linked combination to missed school days, ER visits and less sports participation

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Gets Headaches
    Keep a log of symptoms to help doctors isolate a cause

  • Child Abuse Might Alter Onset of Menstruation in Girls
    Those who suffered sexual, physical trauma began periods earlier or later than average

  • Fitter Kids May Make Better Grades: Study
    Policymakers should realize the importance of phys-ed classes, researcher says

  • Health Tip: If Your Older Child Wets the Bed
    Ask the pediatrician if it could mean a medical problem

  • When Parents Get Active, So Do Kids: Study
    Weekends are ideal time to get moving as a family, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Keep Your Child Safe in a High Chair
    Make sure it's sturdy

  • Boys' Impulsiveness May Add Up to Edge in Math
    Because they're risk-takers, they get more practice, researchers say

  • Signs of ADHD Evident by Preschool, Expert Says
    Early identification improves odds for social, academic success

  • Health Tip: Help Baby Develop Healthy Sleep Habits
    Try not to interfere with the infant's natural sleep patterns

  • Mental Abuse of Kids Leaves Lifelong Scars
    Frequent put-downs, tirades, threats may constitute psychological maltreatment

  • Teething Baby? Avoid Benzocaine, FDA Says
    This over-the-counter anesthetic can lead to a deadly condition in children

  • Health Tip: Keep Your Child's Eczema at Bay
    Make the bathwater warm, not hot

  • Survey Finds Big Drop in Sexual Activity Among Black Teens
    But overall, U.S. teens of all racial, ethnic groups as sexually active as a decade ago

  • More Than a Third of Births 'Unintended': CDC
    That number hasn't changed since the 1980s, government report finds

  • Health Tip: Buying Shoes for Your Child
    Start by making sure you always measure the feet

  • Parents of Severely Disabled Kids Say They Enrich Their Lives
    Families dealing with trisomy 13-18 face grim predictions, turn to online support, study found

  • 'Toe-Walking' More Common in Kids With Mental Woes: Study
    Many healthy children also adopt this stance, which can lead to posture problems, experts say

  • Many Americans Not Prepared for Disasters: Poll
    Nearly half of adults surveyed do not have emergency supplies, researchers find

  • Talk to Your Kids About the Colorado Killings
    Mental health experts say children and teens need reassurance at times like this

  • Health Tip: Bring Baby Back to a Safe Home
    Here's a brief checklist

  • Health Tip: Rules for the Pool
    Don't let anyone swim alone.

  • Dad's Early Engagement With Son May Shape Behavior Later
    Study found connection at age 3 months made difference by a baby's first birthday

  • Health Tip: Protect Kids From Lead Exposure
    Watch for chipping paint if your home was built before 1978

  • Plastics Chemical in Dental Fillings Might Affect Children's Behavior: Study
    But research could not prove bisphenol-A (BPA) caused the subtle changes

  • Dad's Smarts May Mean More to His Son's Success Than His Money
    Research explores how fathers pass down income level to sons

  • Health Tip: Use Caution Before Giving Cough Medicine to Kids
    Make sure the pediatrician approves

  • Health Tip: Poor Air Quality Affects Kids With Asthma
    You should limit their time outside

  • Health Tip: Help Kids Have an Active Summer
    Put away the video games and go outside

  • Babies With Pets Not Dogged by Colds: Study
    Early exposure, especially to dogs, reduced respiratory infections in infants

  • Tips for Memorable Family Road Trips
    Word games, attraction stops help, but avoid smelly food spills, take-along work

  • Keep Infants Out of Sun and Heat, Experts Warn
    Avoid using sunscreen on babies under 6 months old and watch for signs of dehydration

  • Infant Formula Can Be a Major Source of BPA: Experts
    Some makers have switched to products free of the preservative, but labeling remains unclear

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Has a Nightmare
    Comfort her and help her feel safe

  • Parenthood Seems to Protect Against Catching Colds: Study
    Risk was 52 percent lower for parents than for nonparents exposed to viruses

  • Parents Key to Whether Kids Get Enough Exercise, Studies Find
    When grownups aren't around, children spend less time being active

  • Health Tip: Bonding With Your Infant
    It's a key part of baby's development

  • Health Tip: Encouraging a Picky Eater
    Offer a variety of foods

  • Summer Is Peak Time for Teens to Try Drugs, Alcohol: Report
    Experts advise parents to be alert, help kids structure their days

  • Spanking Batters Kids' Mental Health: Study
    Physical punishment linked to mental health disorders, substance abuse in adulthood

  • More Than 1 in 4 Teens Have 'Sexted': Study
    Houston-area survey finds more than half have been asked to send naked photos of themselves

  • Young Athletes Face Unhealthy Food Choices, Parents Say
    Junk food, fast food are part of youth sports routine, study finds

  • Gay or Straight, Parents Too Tired for Sex, Study Suggests
    Dads in same-sex relationships may face similar intimacy issues as heterosexual couples with kids

  • Health Tip: Help Cool a Temper Tantrum
    Offer praise when the child calms down

  • Job Worries for Parents May Mean Poorer Nutrition for Kids
    Study found family meals suffered as work pressures increased

  • Health Tip: Prepare Children for Sleep
    Maintain a regular schedule

  • Delaying ADHD Meds Could Hurt Kids' Math Scores
    Study finds starting stimulant drugs sooner helps prevent academic decline

  • More Vigilance Needed to Protect Kids With Food Allergies
    Study showed more than 70% suffer reactions after exposure, 11% of those severe

  • HIV Exposure Before Birth May Raise Kids' Risk of Hearing Loss
    HIV-positive children most likely to have problems with sound transmission, study found

  • Child's Scoliosis Stresses Patients, Parents: Study
    Teen girls dislike wearing a body brace, but parents worry most of all

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe in the Backyard
    Check the area for dangerous plants

  • Brain-Injury Recovery Varies Widely Among Children
    Evidence review finds that cause of injury can make a difference

  • Does Weight-Loss Surgery Work for Teens? Yes, Study Says
    But experts stress that obese kids do have non-surgical options that may work

  • Parents' Fighting May Have Long-Lasting Effect on Kids
    But if conflict is handled constructively, children's sense of security stays intact, research suggests

  • Dad's Love Can Be Crucial for Happy Childhood, Study Confirms
    For many kids, rejection by father can be even more devastating than by mother

  • Health Tip: Secondhand Smoke is Dangerous
    How it may harm infants and children

  • Liver Transplantation No Bar to Successful Pregnancy
    Researchers say rate of live births even tops that of general population

  • Overweight Kids May Do Worse in Math: Study
    Researchers looked at test scores from kindergarten to 5th grade

  • Health Tip: Does Your Child Have a Seasonal Allergy?
    Look for symptoms that emerge at the same time each year

  • Young Kids With Hip, Thigh Fractures Heal Well With Single-Leg Casts
    Study found healing equal to double-leg casts, with easier caregiving for parents

  • Newborn Screening May Miss Adrenal-Gland Disorder
    Review of Minnesota records finds 22 percent error rate

  • C-Section Babies May Be More Likely to Fail First Hearing Test
    Experts concur parents should not be alarmed by finding, as problem is typically temporary

  • Self-Harm Showing Up in Elementary Schools: Study
    Children as young as 7 injured themselves in a variety of ways

  • Diabetes Rising Rapidly Among U.S. Kids
    Both type 1 and type 2 disease rates up more than 20 percent in past decade, finds study

  • Danger at Home Lurks in Pills, Plants, Chemicals and More
    Parents urged to think like a kid to effectively safety-proof their home

  • Tylenol Overdose Can Be Deadly for a Child
    Doctors, pharmacists urged to educate parents about possible hazards

  • 6.6 Million Young Adults Joined Parents' Health Plans in 2011: Report
    Affordable Care Act may have expanded access to coverage, but many under 25 still go without

  • Health Tip: Avoid Fighting With the Kids Over Food
    Eat healthy yourself, setting a good example

  • Teens Whose Moms Smoked While Pregnant May Have Worse Asthma
    Study followed black, Hispanic adolescents

  • Only a Third of U.S. Moms Who Plan to Breast-Feed Meet Goals
    Formula-feeding at hospital is important barrier, study finds

  • 'Super Bug' May Thrive in Homes Where Kids Have Staph Infections
    Shared objects, household surfaces can spur transmission of MRSA

  • Parental Abuse, Neglect Linked to Increased Skin Cancer Risk
    Study found those who suffered it were more likely to get second skin cancer later in life

  • To Help With Dyslexia, S p a c e L e t t e r s A p a r t, Study Says
    Technique boosted kids' reading speed by more than 20 percent and doubled text-reading accuracy, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Warning Signs of Infant Dehydration
    Including dry mouth and tongue

  • Small Batteries, Other Shiny Objects Pose Risks to Children
    Curious kids may accidentally swallow magnets and batteries, leading to serious injury

  • Health Tip: Stay Safe at the Playground
    Use the equipment as designed

  • Infant 'Smarts' Similar With Different Types of Formula: Study
    But breast-fed babies score slightly higher than those on soy or cow's milk formulas

  • They're Cute, But Baby Chicks Can Harbor Salmonella
    CDC traces multistate outbreak, says children under 5 shouldn't handle live young poultry

  • FDA Warns of Fake Version of ADHD Drug Adderall
    Counterfeit drug lacks active ingredient; real medicine is currently in short supply

  • Emotional Woes May Last for Childhood Cancer Survivors
    Treatment effects are long-lasting, researchers say

  • Doubt Cast on Usefulness of 'Sensory' Therapies for Autism
    Experts say proof is lacking for these techniques in other disorders, too

  • More Mental Health Care Urged for Kids Who Self-Harm
    Parents, ER docs need to be alert for signs of behavior such as cutting, experts say

  • Health Tip: Keep Magnets Away From Children
    They are choking and ingestion hazards

  • Health Tip: Signs That Baby is in Pain
    Unhappy facial expressions are a common reaction

  • C-Section May Hike Risk for Toddlers' Obesity, Study Suggests
    By age 3, Caesarean babies are more likely to be overweight, researchers found

  • Health Tip: Eat a Healthy Diet When Nursing
    Include drinking plenty of fluids

  • Keeping Your Family Safe From Dog Bites
    Medical, veterinary experts offer prevention tips

  • Health Tip: Comforting Baby's Pain
    Direct contact may distract from the hurt

  • U.S. Teens Heading for Heart Trouble: Study
    High 'bad' cholesterol, pre-diabetes or diabetes affect almost one-quarter of teens

  • Study Ties Secondhand Smoke to Bladder Irritation in Kids
    Children aged 4 to 10 were at particular risk from exposure

  • Tiny Tots in the Dentist's Chair Among Changes in Pediatric Dentistry
    Options for kids now include sealants and early removal of wisdom teeth

  • From One Generation to the Next, Dental Care Changes
    Mom of 3 notes less trepidation from kids, more choices from dentists

  • Fees Lead Some Kids to Skip After-School Sports: Survey
    Total cost of participating in a sport averages $381, results show

  • Parents Often Lose Sleep Over Child's Epilepsy, Study Finds
    Many sleep in the same room or bed as their child because of worries about nighttime seizures

  • Drowning Is Leading Cause of Kids' Accidental Death: CDC
    Swimming lessons can help protect toddlers, experts say

  • CDC Lowers Lead-Poisoning Threshold for Kids
    Cutting the safe blood level of the metal in children is long overdue, advocates say

  • Many Parents of Kids With Autism Don't Put Faith in Pediatricians
    Researchers say pediatricians also don't feel knowledgeable enough to guide families on treatments

  • Head Blows May Hamper Learning in College Athletes
    Some football, hockey players show postseason decline, study finds

  • Developmental Woes Common in Siblings of Children With Autism
    Some show subtle developmental delays, study finds

  • Baby Bottles, Pacifiers, Sippy Cups Can Injure
    Nationwide survey of ER visits revealed rates of cuts and bruises for infants, toddlers

  • 'Button' Batteries Sending More Kids to ER: Study
    Emergency visits for accidental swallowing have doubled

  • Does Your Child Have Seasonal Allergies or a Cold?
    Expert describes how parents can tell the difference

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Gas in Babies
    Feed the infant slowly

  • Only Half of Meds Taken by Kids Have 'Adequate' Safety Info: Study
    Medications used in newborns especially under-studied, doctor says

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Chronic Ear Infections
    Children should avoid secondhand smoke

  • Health Tip: Make Sure Your Child's Bike is the Right Size
    Don't purposely buy one that the child will 'grow into'

  • Study: Kids Who Sleep in Parents' Bed Less Likely to Be Overweight
    Children allowed to snuggle up with mom, dad may feel more secure and eat less, researchers say

  • Friends' Parents Can Sway Teens' Odds for Drinking, Smoking
    'Good' parenting helps kids steer clear of risky behaviors, researchers say

  • Health Tip: When Baby Has a Fever
    If it's above 100.4F, call the doctor at once

  • Study: More Pre-Teens Get Vaccines When Middle Schools Require Them
    Vaccinations protect against serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases, experts say

  • In Mom's Eyes, Overweight Toddler May Not Be
    Study finds many mothers misjudge child's 'weight status,' thinking plumpness equals good parenting

  • Aim Skin Cancer Warnings at the Young, Too, Experts Say
    To get message across, doctors should focus on sun's damage to looks, not health, panel advises

  • Kids Most Likely to Start Abusing Painkillers at 16: Study
    Prevention efforts that begin later are 'too little, too late,' researchers say

  • A Heart Disease Veteran at Just Age 12
    Survivor stresses importance of asking questions and pushing for answers

  • Today's Kids May Be Destined for Adult Heart Disease
    Solution lies in instilling healthy habits, not adding medication, experts say

  • Swaddling Infants Too Tightly May Cause Hip Problems
    Babies should be able to move their hips and knees, experts say

  • Health Tip: Recognize Early Signs of Autism
    Including no babbling or pointing by age 1

  • Health Tip: Taking the Kids for a Shopping Cart Ride
    First, they must be buckled in

  • Many Asthmatic Kids Harmed by Secondhand Smoke: Study
    Exposure leads to more doctor visits, disturbed sleep, exercise limitations

  • Health Tip: Installing a Playground at Home
    Make sure the ground below is well-cushioned

  • TV Ads May Play Role in Underage Drinking, Obesity
    The greater the familiarity with the ads, the greater these risks, researchers say

  • Low-Income Mothers May Overfeed Their Infants
    Depression, being single also linked to tendency to add cereal to baby bottle, which promotes obesity

  • Parents' Poor Math Skills May = Medication Errors
    27 percent of study participants had math skills at the third-grade level or below

  • Secondhand Smoke Permeates Many Apartment Buildings: Study
    Advocate wants smoking bans in housing complexes to safeguard kids from incursion

  • Having Kids Doesn't Inspire Adults to Eat Healthier: Study
    But at least new parents' diets didn't get worse, researchers say

  • Insecticide Linked to Brain Abnormalities in Kids
    But study doesn't prove exposure caused the differences

  • U.S. Sees Tripling of Babies Born Addicted to Painkillers
    They suffer from irritability, breathing problems, perhaps long-term brain damage, study finds

  • More Babies Today Have Irregular Head Shape: Expert
    In many cases, repositioning techniques can treat the problem

  • Battling the Bullying of an Autistic Child
    Parents feel their child's pain, frustration, and need to seek out help and support services

  • Could the Childhood Obesity 'Epidemic' Be Ebbing?
    Massachusetts study finds significant decline in rates for kids under 6

  • Texting May Help More Kids Get Flu Shots
    Novel way of sending reminders to families linked to more vaccinations: study

  • Measles Deaths Falling Worldwide
    But more than 100,000 still die each year, report says

  • Cyberbullying May Call for New Prevention Tactics
    Existing anti-bully programs won't get through to online aggressors, researcher says

  • Health Tip: When Your Child is Stressed
    It may trigger physical symptoms

  • U.S. Children Exposed to Hours of Background TV Daily
    Parents urged to keep sets out of kids' bedrooms and to limit exposure

  • Childhood Obesity May Raise Odds of Adult Liver Cancer
    Findings underscore importance of healthy weight in youth, researcher says

  • Health Tip: Touch, Sing and Play With Baby
    Suggestions to help parents and newborns bond

  • Young Risk-Takers Drawn to Dangerous 'Choking Game'
    Study finds 6% of Oregon eighth graders admitted trying it, two-thirds had played more than once

  • Troubled Homes May Fuel Obesity in Girls
    Study found nearly doubled risk in families coping with poverty, drug abuse, other stress

  • Gay Adults Rejected by Parents Have Worse Health, Study Finds
    Massachusetts survey found most lesbians, gays, bisexuals received emotional support from parents

  • Alternative Therapies Aren't Used as Substitutes for Asthma Meds: Study
    Parents still give kids traditional treatments in addition to less orthodox ones

  • Even Toddlers Succumb to Peer Pressure, Study Says
    2-year-olds -- like chimps -- follow the majority

  • Vitamin D Doesn't Help Kids Do Better in School, Study Finds
    U.K. researchers say vitamin's possible brain benefits might only hold for adults

  • More Unmarried Couples Having Babies: CDC
    Many older women also having more than one child, researchers find

  • Sexual Abuse May Put Boys at Risk for Unsafe Sex
    Multiple partners, teen pregnancies more likely among those who were victimized, surveys show

  • Pregnancy Length May Influence Severity of Autism
    Babies born early or late have more severe symptoms, study shows

  • Parents of Children With Cancer Wary of Online Health Information
    Study found they had concerns about accuracy, fears of 'worst-case scenarios'

  • Sex Education Efforts Lagging in Schools, CDC Says
    Many states' schools fail to teach students how to avoid unwanted pregnancy, HIV and other STDs, study finds

  • Health Tip: Stop Toddler Tantrums Before They Start
    Suggestions to avoid a maddening meltdown

  • Researchers Find Gene Mutations That May Be a Key to Autism
    'Spontaneous' mutations, not generational ones, could play role in up to 20 percent of cases, study says

  • Prenatal Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Motor Delays: Study
    Movement, posture, reflexes below normal for many exposed infants

  • Coffee Drinking in Pregnancy Won't Lead to Sleepless Baby: Study
    It also found no increase in wakefulness among breast-fed babies whose mothers consumed caffeine

  • Health Tip: Selecting a Childcare Provider
    Factors to consider include staff-to-child ratio

  • Certain Children With Autism Show More Improvement Than Others
    In study, 'bloomers' reached higher levels of functioning and had parents with more access to resources

  • Smelly Urine a Red Flag for Kids' UTI
    Symptom should prompt doctors to test for urinary infection, study shows

  • Drug, Alcohol Abuse Common Among U.S. Teens, Study Finds
    15 percent qualified as substance abusers, and initiation may be start of lifelong troubles

  • Many Preschoolers Not Getting Enough Outdoor Play
    Look at outdoor activity as a daily necessity, not a weekend luxury, study says

  • Study Weighs In on Diets for Kids
    Meal plan with very low carbs was tough for children to follow, researchers say

  • Secondhand Smoke Affects Young Girls More Than Boys: Study
    By age 7, lung function was six times worse for exposed girls than boys, research shows

  • Two-Thirds of Kids With Autism Have Been Bullied: Study
    Middle school typically the worst time for being picked on, researchers say

  • Dating Violence Common by 7th Grade: Survey
    More than one-third report psychological abuse, 15 percent cite physical abuse

  • High Out-of-Pocket Costs for Kids' Asthma Drugs Could Pose Dangers
    Study suggests steeper co-pays reduce medication use in insured children

  • Health Tip: Watch for Choking Hazards
    Don't offer these foods to your baby or toddler

  • 1 in 5 Pharmacies Hinders Teens' Access to 'Morning-After' Pill: Study
    Whether they deliberately mislead callers or simply don't know the law is unclear

  • Bed-Sharing, Smoking Play Role in Sudden Infant Death
    Tummy sleeping still top cause, but other risk factors are culprits, too, research shows

  • Teen Girl Drivers Likelier to Use Electronic Devices: Study
    In-car videos showed more girls using cellphones, grooming, eating behind the wheel

  • When a Child With Autism Wanders, It's Crucial to Stay a Step Ahead
    No locks, alarms, tracking devices can guarantee parents complete peace of mind

  • Vacationing With a Wanderer Demands Planning
    One mother took a picture of her son every morning so if he got lost she could show people what he was wearing that day

  • Parents Should Lead By Example in Weight Loss, Study Finds
    When parents shed pounds, overweight kids on weight-loss plan slimmed down, too

  • Common Respiratory Virus Affecting Many Young Children
    No vaccine for RSV, but hand washing can help prevent spread, expert says

  • Adults Seem to Have Most Impact on Teens' School Success
    Study found influence of peers not as strong as parents, teachers

  • Infants' Faces Trigger Caregiving Impulse in Adults' Brains
    The response occurred even when adults didn't know the baby, study found

  • Health Tip: Encourage Your Kids to Choose Healthy Snacks
    And skip the chips and cookies

  • Secondhand Smoke in Childhood Linked to Lung Disease Years Later
    Study found it nearly doubled risk for breathing condition

  • Mothers of Kids With Autism Earn Less, Study Shows
    Moms may need to devote time to caring for the child, researchers say

  • Kids Using Synthetic Pot a Growing Public Health Concern
    Popularity on rise despite illegality, uncertain ingredients, bad reactions

  • Kids of Meth-Using Moms at Risk of Behavioral Woes
    Study suggests prenatal exposure to methamphetamine raises chances of ADHD, depression, anxiety

  • Health Tip: Make 'Tummy Time' Fun
    Suggestions to help improve playtime

  • With Spanking, Nature and Nurture Create More Aggression, Study Suggests
    Physical discipline seen to make problem worse in boys with certain genetic tendencies

  • Stressed Parents May Affect Preemie Behavior Later
    Aggression, distraction more likely at 3 if mom, dad seemed troubled when child turns 2, researchers report

  • Health Tip: Caring for Baby After Circumcision
    Advice to foster healing and prevent infection

  • Stair-Related Injuries a Threat to Preschoolers: Study
    Study estimates 931,000 youngsters hurt from 1999 to 2008

  • Circumcision Linked to Lower Risk for Prostate Cancer, Study Finds
    But researchers can't confirm the procedure directly lowers risk of the disease

  • Farm Hazards a Serious Threat to Kids, Study Finds
    Injuries often severe, usually not work-related, researchers say

  • Keeping Young Athletes Safe From Sexual Abuse
    Danger lies with familiar people, not strangers, experts say

  • Health Tip: Minimize Breastfeeding Pain
    Steps you can take

  • EKG Testing May Spot Fatal Heart Conditions in Children
    Evidence review looked at three conditions that cause sudden cardiac death

  • Surgeon General: Nearly 4 Million U.S. Kids Still Smoke
    Report says tobacco industry targets marketing toward children

  • Genes Play a Role in Drug Abuse Risk Among Adopted Kids: Study
    But good adoptive relationships offer some protection, researchers say

  • Self-Centered Kids May Just Have Immature Brains
    Study suggests poor impulse control improves with age

  • Smoke Exposure Late in Pregnancy Might Boost Baby's Eczema Risk
    But study finds no raised risk for skin condition from exposure early in pregnancy or after birth

  • Health Tip: Help Your Child Develop a Healthy Approach to Eating
    And help prevent extreme concerns about weight

  • Young Puzzle-Solvers May Be Tomorrow's Engineers
    Study found playing with puzzles at early age helps children develop spatial skills

  • Parents' Wishes Sway Docs' Choices on Preterm Deliveries
    Study found practice, counseling in very early gestation differed greatly among obstetricians

  • Health Tip: Protect Your Kids' Teeth From Cavities
    Here's what you can do

  • Health Tip: Preventing Back Pain Among New Moms
    Suggestions to protect yourself

  • Health Tip: Fruit Juices and Kids
    Some consumption guidelines to help parents

  • As Youth Baseball Season Nears, Experts Urge Injury Prevention
    Seek help when kids show signs of overuse-linked problems, pediatricians say

  • 'Active' Video Games May Not Boost Kids' Fitness: Study
    Wii games were no better than 'inactive' selections, researchers found

  • Gene Might Be a Culprit in Sudden Infant Death for Boys
    DNA testing found mutation more prevalent in male babies

  • Toddlers With Angry Parents May Have More Temper Tantrums
    Youngsters tend to mimic coping behaviors they see at home, study shows

  • Study: No Significant Rise in Seizure Risk From Common Kids' Vaccine
    Immunizations protect children from life-threatening diseases, experts say

  • Health Tip: Never Leave Kids in the Car
    Hyperthermia, a potentially dangerous elevation of body temperature, may result

  • Health Tip: When a Child Resists Going to Bed
    Here are suggestions for making bedtime easier

  • Parents' Strict Rules Could Curb Kids' Drinking
    Researchers say this is the first study to look at how tight parental control helps teens avoid booze

  • Health Tip: Is Your Baby Breast-Feeding Enough?
    Signs that baby is getting plenty to eat

  • 1 in 10 U.S. Kids Lives With Parent Who Has Abused Alcohol: Report
    In many homes, the sole caregiver has a drinking problem, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Practice Window Safety
    To help prevent accidents

  • Health Tip: Add Some Panache to Packed Lunches
    And encourage kids to eat healthy food

  • Babies May Be Smarter Than You Think
    Word comprehension is evident at 6 or 9 months, study finds

  • Health Tip: Is Your Child Anxious?
    Here are possible warning signs

  • Don't Forget Your Kids on Valentine's Day
    Experts suggest ways to show love and respect for your children all year long

  • More Young Adults Get Health Care When They Can Stay on Parents' Plans
    The findings suggest a positive impact of the new U.S. health care law, researchers say

  • Repeat C-Section Best Scheduled at 39 Weeks, Study Says
    Operating sooner, later worse for babies, preliminary research finds

  • When Mom Has Pregnancy Diabetes, Breast-Feeding Curbs Child Obesity
    Long-term study found lower BMI in children breast-fed at least 6 months

  • More People Need Training in Lifesaving Epinephrine Use, Advocates Say
    Parents, educators, caregivers, friends can respond to severe food allergies

  • Quality Day Care Predicts Later Parental Involvement in School
    Mothers whose kids attended good day care were more involved in their children's schools later on

  • Depressed Kids May Be Targets for Bullying, Study Suggests
    New research challenges notion that bullying leads to mental health woes

  • Moving Homes Often in Childhood Might Affect Long-Term Health
    Frequently uprooted kids were more likely to drink heavily, smoke as adults, study says

  • Health Tip: Common Reasons for Potty Training 'Accidents'
    They're just a step backward in the learning process, experts say

  • Thousands of U.S. Kids Hospitalized for Abuse
    Infants, poor children most vulnerable, study suggests

  • Spanking Produces Troubled Kids, Study Contends
    Punishment linked to more aggression in children, two decades of research shows

  • Safe Social Networking Tips for Teens
    Parents can support a positive experience for their kids, experts say

  • Health Tip: Teach Your Toddler Good Behavior
    Suggestions for disciplining your little one

  • Health Tip: Prepare for Breast-feeding
    Suggestions for getting ready

  • Health Tip: Talk to Teens About Distracted Driving
    Help keep them safe behind the wheel

  • Pet Turtles Carry Salmonella Dangers, CDC Warns
    Tougher laws needed to protect children from infection, report says

  • Child Abuse, Neglect a Major Public Health Problem: CDC
    Report found it costs U.S. $124 billion a year; overall price tag similar to diabetes, stroke

  • Health Tip: Most Teens Don't Get Enough Sleep
    Experts point to potential health consequences

  • Pediatricians' Group Urges More Input From Parents
    New policy statement calls for strong family presence, greater decision-making role

  • Health Tip: How to Protect Toddlers From Burns
    Precautions include keeping child out of kitchen while you're cooking

  • Nurturing Moms May Help Their Child's Brain Develop
    Study found toddlers with loving mothers had more growth in key brain area

  • Testosterone Exposure May Explain Boys' Language Delay
    Male hormone levels before birth appear linked to speech differences, study contends

  • Kids' Snacks Can Be Healthy and Inexpensive
    New study at YMCAs finds food combinations that satisfy budgets, nutrition guidelines

  • Less Salt, More Veggies in School Lunches: USDA
    New rules call for healthier foods but some say changes don't go far enough

  • How Did Generation X Respond to the H1N1 'Swine' Flu Epidemic?
    Young adults did 'reasonably well,' report concludes, although most avoided flu shot

  • Common Household Chemicals Might Harm Kids' Immunity
    Study found lower response to vaccines in those with higher levels of PFCs in their blood

  • Parents May Hold Key to Treating Kids' Obesity
    Heart association identifies successful strategies for helping children to achieve weight loss

  • Only 1 in 4 Young Teens Uses Sunscreen Regularly, Study Finds
    Sunburn in childhood a major risk factor for skin cancer, experts note

  • 'Co-Occurring' Disorders May Explain Change in Autism Diagnosis
    As symptoms of other conditions become more apparent, labels may vary, study suggests

  • Dyslexia's Brain Changes May Occur Before Kids Learn to Read
    Study findings might help identify at-risk children at younger age

  • Asthma Meds Likely Safe During Pregnancy: Study
    Slight increase in rare birth defects, but cause not clear

  • Rapid Infant Growth Linked to Asthma in Study
    First three months might be critical window, researchers say

  • Experts Weigh Changes to Definition of Autism
    The goal: to create a clearer diagnosis of what constitutes the disorder; many could be affected

  • Health Tip: Stop Your Child's Thumb-Sucking Habit
    The practice can be harmful to teeth

  • Drinking Late in First Trimester May Be Most Hazardous
    But no alcohol use is safe during pregnancy, study finds

  • Teens of Lesbian Parents Appear Well-Adjusted
    Teasing, stereotypes did not affect their quality of life, small study found

  • Pediatricians Split on Heart Tests Before Kids' ADHD Meds
    About 15 percent order EKGs; recent studies say drugs don't pose heart risk

  • Is Continued Lip-Reading an Early Sign of Autism?
    Researchers say that typically developing infants focus on a speaker's eyes after age 1

  • Children's Drowning Injuries, Deaths Decline: Study
    Youngest children at risk in bathtubs, older boys at most risk from swimming

  • Healthy Children, Safe Homes a Winning Combination
    From checking for radon to selecting seafood, you can lower chemical exposure

  • Health Tip: Buy Safe Toys
    Suggestions to help protect youngsters

  • Recent Rotavirus Vaccines Safe, Study Says
    Gastrointestinal complications not associated with updated formulations

  • Children Exposed to HIV Before Birth at Risk for Language Delay
    Researchers recommend routine screening for communication problems

  • Health Tip: When Your Child Cries at Night
    Suggestions for what to do

  • Most Parents Tell Kids About Test Results for Breast Cancer Genes
    Children can handle the information, study suggests, except very youngest

  • Health Tip: When Aggressive Behavior Signals a Problem
    Requiring a call to the pediatrician

  • Health Tip: Is it Time to Potty Train?
    Signs your little one is ready

  • Blood Test May Reveal Child's Sex Soon After Conception
    More work is needed, but blood draw could reduce invasive procedures, researchers say

  • Experts Endorse Lower Lead-Poisoning Threshold
    Cutting the safe blood level of lead in children is long overdue, advocates say

  • Health Tip: Practice Sledding Safety
    Suggestions to help prevent injury

  • Family Tips for Getting Fit
    Look for ways to stay active together, experts say

  • 'Safety-First' Playgrounds Linked to Bored, Inactive Kids: Study
    Review of daycares suggests many preschoolers play less now, but safety experts support newer equipment

  • Health Tip: When It's Time to Call the Doctor About Bedwetting
    Signs there could be a medical problem

  • Fun Ways to Include Kids in Fitness Resolutions
    Expert tips for making fitness a family matter in 2012

  • Health Tip: Minimize Nightmares
    Help foster sweet dreams

  • Health Tip: What is a Night Terror?
    And what causes it?

  • Health Tip: Discuss Weight With Your Child
    Teach good habits and a healthy approach

  • Health Tip: When Children Break the Rules
    Suggestions to encourage better behavior

  • Mother-Toddler Bond May Influence Teen Obesity
    Prevention strategies should go beyond eating, exercise, study suggests

  • Keeping Kids Warm, Dry and Safe in Cold Weather
    Expert offers tips to prevent frostbite, exposure this winter

  • Health Tip: Use Medications Safely
    Dos and don't for giving medicine to children

  • Overweight 7-Year-Olds Face Higher Risk of Asthma
    Slimming down before that age can help prevent onset of the disease, study suggests

  • Toddlers Don't Seem to Listen to Own Voices to Correct Speech
    But study finds 4-year-olds, adults do adjust their pronunciation that way

  • Parents May Hold Key to Healthy Weight in Hispanic Kids
    Lower-fat family meals can help reduce high obesity rate in this population, study suggests

  • Caring for Low Birth-Weight Baby Hard on Moms: Study
    The added stress takes its toll on health, researchers say

  • Noisy Toys Might Harm Kids' Hearing
    If held too close to the ear, these toys might cause permanent damage, researchers say

  • Isentress Approval Expanded to Include Children and Teens
    To combat AIDS-causing virus

  • Discerning Gift-Givers Look for Toys That Offer More Than Fun
    Some of the best choices spur imagination and exercise, experts say

  • Choosing a Toy? Think 'Kid-Powered'
    These are gifts that offer open-ended chances for children to explore, imagine and play

  • Health Tip: Skip the Cold Medicine Before Age 4
    Here's what you can offer instead

  • Nearly 1 in 3 Young U.S. Adults Have Arrest Records: Study
    At 18, the estimate is 25 percent; pediatricians can help keep kids out of trouble, researchers say

  • Pediatricians Offer Tips to Avoid Holiday Hazards
    Check this list from the American Academy of Pediatrics twice to make sure holiday is nice

  • Recession Hurt Parent-Child Ties, Survey Finds
    Seattle families reported less connectedness, social generosity, researchers say

  • New Device Approved for Children With Heart Failure
    To be used until donor heart can be found

  • Toy Safety Tips Help Protect Kids
    Experts offer precautions for parents and gift-givers alike

  • NYC Sees Drop in Child Obesity; Can Other Cities Do Same?
    Still, 1 in 5 children is obese, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Protect Teeth From Decay
    Suggestions for newborns and young children

  • Alcohol Use Down, Pot Use Up Among U.S. Teens
    Drinking at historic lows, but fewer kids seem to think marijuana is dangerous, survey finds

  • Health Tip: Keep the Sport in Kids' Sports
    Make sure focus isn't only on winning

  • Behavior Problems May Surface in Preemies by Preschool
    These kids might benefit from early targeted help, researchers say

  • 'Love Hormone' May Buffer Kids From Mom's Depression
    Anxiety, conduct disorders more prevalent in children with low oxytocin levels, study finds

  • If Parents Drink and Drive, Their Kids May Too: Study
    Teens' risk for motoring under the influence rose with parents' bad example, researchers found

  • More Children Using Preventive Asthma Drugs: Study
    Minorities and uninsured had lower use of these medications, researchers say

  • Health Officials Urge Americans: Get Your Flu Shot Now
    Vaccine supplies are still ample, but could start to run short, CDC says

  • Pressure to Be Perfect Parent Can Discourage New Moms, Dads
    Study found it eroded confidence for mothers, created stress for fathers

  • Depression, Partner Conflict Raise Suicide Risk for Pregnant Women, New Moms
    More than half also had a mental health diagnosis, study found

  • Multitasking Stresses Out Working Moms More Than Dads
    Mothers spend many waking hours doing at least two things at once, study finds

  • Health Tip: Help Your Child Prepare for a Sibling
    Suggestions to ease the transition

  • Infant Vaccines May Work Better If Given in Afternoon
    Babies slept more soundly when they had their shots after 1:30 p.m., researchers say

  • 'Flat Head' Syndrome in Babies Usually Temporary
    Rise in cases tied to 'back to sleep' campaign shouldn't worry parents, pediatricians say

  • Health Tip: Parenting a Disabled Child
    You don't have to go it alone

  • Health Tip: Breast-Feeding Is Good for Moms, Too
    Here are potential benefits

  • Doctors in a Bind When Parents Want to Delay, Skip Vaccines
    Study finds most pediatricians may consider 'alternative schedules,' but within limits

  • Head Size Tied to Regressive Autism in Boys
    Larger head circumference not seen in early onset autism or in girls, study says

  • Health Tip: Protect Kids Who Have Food Allergies
    Suggestions to keep them safer

  • U.S. Teens Don't Eat Enough Fruits and Veggies: CDC
    Vegetable consumption lowest among Hispanic and black high schoolers, report shows

  • Health Tip: Parenting a Child With a Heart Defect
    These children can live long and healthy lives, experts say

  • Get Rid of Bumpers, Stuffed Animals in Baby's Crib
    Soft items can suffocate sleeping infants, pediatricians warn

  • Health Tip: Help Your Newborn Sleep at Night
    Suggestions for weary parents

  • Acupuncture Safe for Children, Review Finds
    Serious side effects generally related to less well-trained practitioners

  • Health Tip: Giving Kids Medicine
    It will help them feel better

  • Health Tip: Getting Ready for Childbirth
    Create a birth plan

  • Health Tip: Help Your Child Create a Healthy Body Image
    How parents can foster self-esteem

  • More Teens Getting Vaccines Against HPV, Other Infections: CDC
    Still a long way from full coverage, experts note

  • Fatherhood May Help Tough Guys Straighten Out
    Crime, alcohol use dropped among first-time dads, study finds

  • Low-Income Dads Are Involved With Their Kids, Study Finds
    But doctors still focus mostly on moms, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Help Keep Kids Safe on the Internet
    How parents can participate

  • Doctors Might Miss Some Cases of Child Abuse
    Primary care providers failed to note some suspicious injuries, study found

  • Health Tip: Dealing With a Picky Eater
    Suggestions to help ensure that your child gets all necessary nutrients

  • When Dads Have Depression, Kids May Be at Risk, Too
    But study doesn't confirm a cause and effect

  • Where a Child Is Tested May Affect Autism Diagnosis
    Centers vary on how a child is deemed to have autism, Asperger or other developmental disorder

  • Health Tip: Install Car Seats Correctly
    And other suggestions for seat safety

  • Teens With a Deployed Parent May Be More Prone to Violence
    Military kids at greater risk of fighting, carrying weapons and joining gangs, study finds

  • Experts Offer 'Lucky 13' Tips for Safe and Healthy Halloween
    List includes what to wear, trick-or-treating pointers, food and drinks to avoid

  • Many Parents Skipping Kids' Shots, Putting Other Kids at Risk
    In California study, 1 in 5 children at some schools intentionally unvaccinated, raising concerns

  • Prevention Is Key for Fall Asthma Flare-Ups in Kids
    The best way to avoid asthma attacks is to avoid the triggers that cause them, experts say

  • Experts Offer 'Lucky 13' Tips for Safe and Healthy Halloween
    List includes what to wear, trick-or-treating pointers, food and drinks to avoid

  • Job Market Tough for Young Adults With Autism
    But strategies can help individuals learn job skills and prepare for the workforce

  • Soft Drinks Linked to Violent Tendencies in Teens: Study
    But association could be due to poor parenting, researchers note

  • Parental Training May Benefit ADHD Kids Under 6: Report
    Researchers find no evidence that meds help these youngsters, but parents' program seems effective

  • Health Tip: Creating a Smoke-Free Home
    Doing so will protect your children from second-hand smoke

  • Health Tip: Children and Bedwetting
    What parents can do to help solve the problem

  • Outdoor Time May Reduce Nearsightedness in Children
    Kids with myopia spend about four hours less outside each week than others, study shows

  • Health Tip: Kids Should Eat Healthy, Too
    What to order for them at restaurants

  • Flu Shots for Pregnant Women Also Protect Newborns
    New research also suggests that the vaccine does not increase miscarriage risk

  • Unvaccinated Kids Behind Largest U.S. Measles Outbreak in Years: Study
    Vaccination and quick public health response are limiting these outbreaks, experts say

  • 'Screen-Free' Play Best for Toddlers' Brains
    Even 'educational' programming is less healthy than independent play, experts say

  • Breast-Feeding, Vaccinations Lower SIDS Risk, Experts Say
    Also in updated guidelines from pediatricians' group: don't use crib 'bumper pads'

  • Parents, Doctors Often Differ on Chemo for Incurable Kids
    Health professionals would usually opt for supportive care alone, study shows

  • Fewer Than Half of Kids Hurt in Car Crashes Wearing Seat Belts
    Black, Hispanic and Native American children less likely to buckle up, study says

  • It's Easy to Mistake Medicine for Candy
    In study run by 2 elementary school kids, tots and teachers got mixed up 20% of the time

  • Teen Crash Risk High in First Month of Driving, Study Finds
    Speeding, inattention, failing to yield are most common mistakes, research shows

  • Overzealous Parents, Coaches Take the Fun From Kids' Sports
    The result: It might push children away from physical activity

  • Children of Older Dads Fare as Well in School as Other Kids
    Findings contradict other research that found paternal age could negatively impact children's IQ

  • Health Tip: Choose a Day-care Provider Carefully
    Here's what to look for

  • Children's Chest Pain Rarely Cause for Alarm: Study
    Common complaint can trigger anxiety for parents, excessive cardiac screenings for kids

  • Number of U.S. Kids Injured on Halloween Is Scary
    Children at 4 times the risk of being hit by a car on Oct. 31 than any other night, experts warn

  • Kids May Develop a Sense of Fairness Earlier Than Thought
    Toddlers who are quick to share toys act surprised when food isn't divided equally, study finds

  • Cold, Flu Season Poses Risks for Kids With Asthma
    Respiratory expert offers advice on ways to protect your child

  • Is Female Hormone Disorder Tied to Familial Heart Risk?
    Various forms of heart disease seen in parents of polycystic ovary syndrome patients, study says

  • Melanoma May Be More Aggressive in Kids
    Spread of this skin cancer more common among children than adults, study reveals

  • Overweight Kids at Greater Risk for High Blood Pressure
    Paves the way for hypertension in adulthood, researchers say

  • Happy Kids a Product of Genes, Parenting, Study Finds
    Positive, supportive home can brighten outlook for children with gloomy dispositions, researchers say

  • Some U.S. Parents Ignoring Vaccination Guidelines
    More than one in 10 opt to skip doses or delay shots, study found

  • Could Surgery, Anesthesia While Very Young Hamper Kids' Development?
    Study suggests link for multiple procedures for those under 2, but more research needed

  • Conviction Rates Similar for Suspects of Child, Adult Murder in Utah
    Most child abuse homicide suspects are white dads, researchers say

  • Kids Can Enjoy Halloween Candy, Still Protect Teeth
    Sugar creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that cause tooth decay, expert warns

  • Health Tip: When Your Child Has a Headache
    Here's a list of possible causes

  • Teens With Lots of Friends More Likely to Start Drinking: Study
    Limiting the size of kids' social networks, more family bonding may delay alcohol use

  • Number of U.S. Kids on ADHD Meds Keeps Rising
    But the rate of increase has slowed considerably since 1990s, study authors note

  • Child Face Mask Approved to Help Prevent Spread of Germs
    In hospitals and other health care settings

  • Fiber Beats Other Remedies for Constipated Kids, Study Says
    Processed, 'white' foods blamed for common childhood complaint

  • Asthma Can Complicate Diabetes Care in Kids
    Untreated asthma may worsen blood sugar control, study suggests, but reasons remain unclear

  • Health Tip: Keep a Diabetes Notebook
    For when your youngster becomes sick

  • Less Play Time = More Troubled Kids, Experts Say
    Adult interference may deprive children of needed challenges, not to mention fun

  • CDC Urges Americans: Get Your Flu Shot
    Supplies are plentiful and the vaccine is a good match for circulating strains, officials say

  • Vaccine for Childhood Diarrhea Helps Kids, Saves Dollars
    Rotavirus inoculation kept thousands of kids out of the hospital, saved millions in costs, study found

  • Can Fatty Acids in Breast Milk or Formula Make Kids Smarter?
    Studies find benefits at 14 months and about 10 years

  • Health Tip: Protect Kids and Pets From Rabies
    Have pets vaccinated

  • Health Tip: How to Spot Underage Drinking
    More children abuse alcohol than tobacco or illicit drugs

  • Recession Tied to Rise in Child Abuse Injuries
    Incidence of 'shaken baby syndrome' and other head trauma almost doubled, study found

  • Exercise Ups Kids' Quit-Smoking Success Rate
    Approach much more successful than intervention alone, especially for boys, finds study

  • Obese Kids May Face Social, Emotional Woes
    Study finds higher risk for 'peer problems' at age 8 and 9

  • ADHD Drug Delays Puberty in Male Monkeys, Study Finds
    Much more research needed before finding on Ritalin can have implications for humans, experts say

  • Health Tip: Coping With a Pet Allergy
    What to do if you're allergic to a faithful friend

  • Health Tip: Is Your Child Ready for a Tricycle?
    Heed these safety suggestions

  • Flu Killed 115 Children Last Season: CDC
    Many of the deaths could have been prevented with vaccinations, agency says

  • Trouble With Math? Blame Your Lack of 'Numbers Sense'
    Math ability is largely something you're born with, study says

  • Testosterone Levels Seem to Fall With Fatherhood
    Dip may come with focus on taking care of children, researchers suggest

  • Is 'SpongeBob' Too Much for Young Minds?
    4-year-olds did worse in thinking skills after watching the cartoon, study says

  • College Students Not Getting Enough Z's
    Working a full-time job to pay for school may contribute to the problem for some, study suggests

  • Parents' Positive Attitude Can Help Kids Get Homework Done
    Let children know they are loved regardless of math, language skills, researchers say

  • Children More Likely to Drink & Drive if Parents Drink: Study
    Even moderate alcohol consumption by mom or dad influences kids' behavior later, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Recognizing Asthma in Children
    Here are common warning signs

  • 9/11 a Life-Defining Day for the Young
    As the 10th anniversary approaches, experts offer advice for parents to help kids cope

  • Losing Child in First Year Might Raise Early Death Risk for Parent
    Study found mothers in particular remained vulnerable decades later

  • Parents Who Smoke at Home May Risk Kids' Academic Success
    Family's bottom line can also be undermined, researchers found

  • Health Tip: When a Doctor Should Evaluate Diaper Rash
    Signs that medical attention may be needed

  • Health Tip: Teach Your Child That Bullying Is Wrong
    Set stern limits for aggressive behavior

  • Making Sure 'Back to School' Doesn't Mean 'Back to Bullying'
    Parents can help teach kids to deal with the problem, expert says

  • Close Bond With Mom Helps Keep Teen Boys Safe
    Odds for delinquency rose when mother and son were in conflict, study found

  • Circumcision Rate Down Slightly in U.S. Hospitals
    CDC notes this reverses trend toward more of the procedures throughout the 1990s

  • Health Tip: Plan for Potty Training
    Help your toddler succeed

  • Mother's Love Can Help Babies With Difficult Temperaments
    Irritable babies who are secure in their attachment to mom do better as toddlers

  • Family Heart Disease Risk Linked to Genes, Not Lifestyle
    Study including adoptive and biological parents sheds light on nature versus nurture question

  • For Kids, Natural Disasters Can Whip Up Worries
    Experts offer ways to help children cope with news of hurricanes and earthquakes

  • Pediatric Groups Want to KO Boxing for Kids
    Choose sports that don't encourage blows to the head, policy statement urges

  • Back-to-School Shouldn't Mean a Too-Heavy Backpack
    An expert advises parents to check how much is loaded inside, to avoid injury

  • Walk-to-School Programs Put Kids' Fitness First
    In study, Texas communities involved parent volunteers to get youngsters more active

  • Health Tip: Children May Have PTSD
    Symptoms may differ from those in adults

  • Parents Can Ease Back-to-School Stress
    Kids need time to transition from summer schedules to more rigorous academic routine, experts say

  • U.S.-Mandated Report Finds Vaccines Safe for Kids
    IOM panel pored over 1,000 studies and found little evidence for lasting harm

  • Health Tip: Make Kids' Lunch Interesting
    Pack healthy meals they'll enjoy

  • 2 Salmonella Outbreaks Traced to Baby Chicks, Ducklings
    CDC says they came from the same mail-order hatchery in Ohio

  • Study Links Writing Difficulties to ADHD
    Kids with the condition 5 times more likely to have problems with spelling, writing than those without it

  • Happy Teens Usually Crime-Free Teens, Study Finds
    Even a low level of depression seemed to help push adolescents to illegal activity

  • Falls From Windows Claiming Too Many Children's Lives
    Over past two decades, nearly 2,000 deaths and many more injuries have occurred, U.S. study finds

  • Children With Food Allergies Often Face Skepticism
    Study found that even family and friends can be less than supportive

  • Cartoon Characters Prod Kids to Nag for Unhealthy Foods
    Study finds TV ads key element in why young children whine for sugary treats

  • Health Tip: Considering a Baby Walker?
    American Academy of Pediatrics says they're not safe

  • Baby's Fever May Not Signal Teething
    Study finds it may cause temperatures to rise slightly but not go outside normal range

  • Health Tip: Is Your Child Being Cyberbullied?
    Here are possible warning signs

  • Adjusting Routines Before School Starts May Ease Transition to Class
    Don't try to change your schedule overnight, expert suggests

  • Parenting Style May Affect Child's Mental Health
    Depression, anxiety less likely when mom takes kids' personalities into account, study finds

  • Many Kids Now Engage in Media 'Multi-Tasking'
    Filling every empty moment, they switch between phones, TV, computers, UK study finds

  • Doctor Offers Tips on How to Travel With Kids
    Proper planning can help parents keep kids happy and safe while on vacation, expert says

  • More Families Turning to Public Plans for Children's Health Care
    Lost jobs, expanded access to government-sponsored coverage is spurring the trend, researchers say

  • Study Tracks Masturbation Trends Among U.S. Teens
    Data from nationwide survey finds boys starting earlier, doing more often than girls

  • Health Tip: When Sleep Apnea Affects Children
    Here are common warning signs

  • Study Finds Kids Want More Info About Their Hospital Care
    Excluding them from treatment discussions left them distressed, researchers report

  • More Kids Eating Calorie-Packed Take-out Food
    Study found a third of food eaten now is cooked outside the home

  • Preparation Key When Kids With Asthma Go Back to School
    American Lung Association urges parents to develop an asthma action plan, share it with teachers

  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Teens Often Homeless: Study
    And many live without family support or supervision, survey finds

  • Parents Must Be Vigilant About Pool Safety
    Young children can drown in as little as 2 inches of water, experts warn

  • Teens Face Own Battles When Parent Goes to War
    Boys at risk of substance abuse, girls more likely to become depressed, researchers say

  • Children Fare OK if Mom Works, Study Finds
    Kids appear best off when both parents are gainfully employed, U.K. researchers say

  • Epidemic of Obesity in U.S. Kids Began in Late '90s
    Reasons are unclear, but more media time, longer 'transition' to adulthood might be key, researcher says

  • 'Heat Dome' Continues to Throttle U.S.
    High temperatures and oppressive humidity pose health risks; doctor offers coping tips

  • Health Tip: Get Kids Moving
    Ways to encourage physical activity

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids' Lunches Cool
    And other safety suggestions when packing for school or camp

  • Sharing Bed With Toddler Won't Harm Development: Study
    Practice made no difference in later tests for learning, behavioral issues

  • Kids of Moms With History of Depression Seem Less Happy
    Those who rarely smile, laugh or hug may be at higher risk of depression, study suggests

  • Food Industry Sets Standards for Advertising to Kids
    New criteria are less stringent than U.S government's recommendations

  • Less Lighting Up in Movies Aimed at Kids
    For fifth straight year, fewer characters are smoking in youth-oriented films, study finds

  • Rural Workers Often Lack Access to Sick Leave
    Paid sick days for all would help employees meet work, family responsibilities, experts say

  • Soaring Temps Can Pose Serious Health Risks
    Experts offer advice on coping with the heat wave gripping much of the U.S.

  • Help Your Kids Stay in Shape This Summer
    Experts share tips on planning for exercise, fun and healthy eating

  • Health Tip: Child Safety Seats
    Basics for your toddler

  • U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Spread
    Report finds South with highest rates, but no state showed a decline over the last year

  • Health Tip: Does Your Baby Have GERD?
    Here are common symptoms

  • Parents' Military Deployment May Harm Kids' Mental Health
    Longer service duration raises risk that children will develop stress, behavioral problems, anxiety

  • Tots Who Are 'Late Talkers' Typically Turn Out Fine: Study
    Children not talking by age 2 usually catch up with no lasting issues, researchers say

  • Environment May Be Especially Key to Autism: Study
    Other research finds that certain antidepressants taken in pregnancy might influence risk

  • Health Tip: Set Rules for Swimming
    Protect kids in the water

  • Make Water Safety a Priority for Your Kids
    Drowning is second-leading cause of death of U.S. children

  • Understanding Numbers Isn't as Simple as 1, 2, 3
    Researchers say '4' is magic number for kids to really comprehend counting

  • Emotional, Behavioral Issues Affect Many Kids in Foster Care
    Identifying such problems may lead to improved care for these children, researchers suggest

  • Health Tip: Lather Kids With Sunscreen
    To protect against sunburn

  • A Child's Surgery May Prompt Parents to Try to Quit Smoking
    Exposure to secondhand smoke is especially harmful postsurgery, experts say

  • Hong Kong Strain of Scarlet Fever Unlikely to Spread to U.S., Experts Say
    But they advise keeping an eye on outbreaks of chickenpox, which may result from the illness

  • July 4 Weekend Dangerous for Underage Boys Who Drink: Report
    ER visits double for young males when alcohol is involved, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Why Your Child Is Wetting the Bed
    Here's a list of potential risk factors

  • Flexible Schedule Helps Keep New Moms in the Workplace
    Leeway in working hours helps women meet demands of home, job, study found

  • New Crib Safety Rules to Take Effect
    Goal is to create a 'safe environment' for babies as they sleep

  • Many Pediatricians Aren't Testing Tots for Developmental Delays
    More than half aren't using standardized screening methods for kids under 3, study finds

  • Teens Look to Parents as Guide to Healthy Sexual Behaviors
    Study found Mom, Dad most often key to developing attitudes, not friends or media

  • Effects of Premature Birth May Stretch Into Adulthood: Study
    21-year study found physical, psychological differences compared to those born full-term

  • Ways to Curb Childhood Obesity Outlined in U.S. Report
    Identify overweight kids, encourage more activity, promote good sleep habits, experts say

  • Parents Find Media Rating Systems Lacking
    Create a univeral system to rate movies, TV and video games, study suggests

  • Making Sure Child's Play Doesn't Turn Into Gunplay
    Nationwide 'ASK' campaign urges parents to ask if unlocked guns are present in playmates' homes

  • Health Tip: Create an Asthma Action Plan for School
    School employees should be prepared

  • One in 12 U.S. Children May Have Food Allergies: Report
    Peanuts, milk and shellfish most common allergens, study found

  • Adults Reminded to Keep Kids Away From Lawn Mowers
    Accidents can be devastating for children, but they are also preventable, expert says

  • Health Tip: Make Sure Your Child's Shoes Fit
    Suggestions to protect your little one's feet

  • Reading With Mom Can Boost Kindergarten Readiness
    Poor kids tend to be less prepared for school, but having books at home can help, study suggests

  • Language Delays Seen in Kids in Institutions Beyond Age 2
    The earlier they are placed in foster care the better, study suggests

  • Dads' Parenting Style Affects Influence as Kids Age: Survey
    Setting rules but being open to discussion may work better than being too strict, researchers say

  • Dad's Good Parenting May Help Daughters Avoid Risky Sex
    Quality, not quantity, of time spent with father matters more for girls, study suggests

  • Deaths Exceed Births in 24% of U.S. Communities: Report
    Rural America hit hardest by 'natural decrease' as young move elsewhere, study finds

  • Health Tip: Protect Newborns From the Sun
    Suggestions to prevent burns in babies less than 6 months

  • Many Fathers Struggle to Balance Work, Family: Survey
    More than half said they'd consider being a stay-at-home dad if financially feasible

  • Health Tip: Teach Your Child Healthy Eating Habits
    And avoid issues with their weight

  • Mothers Play Important Role in Recovery From Mental Illness
    Negative family attitudes can harm a patient's self-esteem and quality of life, study finds

  • Most U.S. Kids Get Recommended Vaccines: CDC
    But some still don't, which is a 'serious risk,' expert says

  • Health Tip: My Infant Has a Cold
    Contact the pediatrician if you notice these symptoms

  • Used Football Faceshields May Break on Impact
    College football programs have no universal policy for routine replacement, research shows

  • Divorce Can Hurt Kids' Math Scores, Friendships
    Study finds children who fall behind in these areas may not catch up for years

  • U.S. Serves Up New Nutrition Guidelines on 'MyPlate'
    The logo, which replaces the Food Pyramid, is designed to encourage healthful eating

  • Help Your Children Eat Well During Summer Vacation
    Involve your kids in the shopping and cooking for family meals, experts suggest

  • Parents Should Screen Kids' Summer Web Surfing: Expert
    Racism, violence, cyberbullying online among things to monitor

  • Violent Video Games Linked to Increased Aggression
    It's the first study to demonstrate cause-and-effect, researchers say

  • Complexities of Autism Extend to Its Treatment
    Parents struggle to find blend of therapies for children with mix of behavioral symptoms

  • Health Tip: Suggestions to Prevent Heat Rash
    What to do during hot, humid weather

  • Too Many Kids Getting Antibiotics for Asthma
    But researchers found fewer were prescribed when doctors educated parents during visits

  • Health Tip: Keep a Kid-Friendly Kitchen
    For starters, store cleaning products out of reach

  • U.S. Rates of Autism, ADHD Continue to Rise: Report
    Study finds 1 in 6 kids now have a developmental disability, perhaps due to better diagnosis

  • Beware of 'Second-Impact Syndrome' After Concussions
    It can occur when athletes return to play too quickly after head injury

  • Kids of Deployed Parents May Face Mental Health Risks
    Study found 10% higher chance of hospitalization for psychiatric problems in 9- to 17-year-olds

  • FDA Advisers Urge Infant Doses for Kids' OTC Fever Relievers
    Would better protect those under 2 who use products like Children's Tylenol, experts say

  • Parent's Fears Deprive Some Asthmatics of Flu Shot: Study
    Those who shun shots also less likely to know that flu can trigger breathing ills, survey finds

  • FDA Panels to Weigh Dosing Labels for Kids' OTC Fever Relievers
    Might better protect those under 2 who use products like Children's Tylenol, experts say

  • Teens Who Drink Seem Drawn to Social Networking Sites
    Finding reflects youths' experimenting with alcohol and the Internet, expert says

  • Health Tip: Take Care to Avoid Burns
    Practice kitchen safety

  • Desire to Please Parents Motivates Kids at School
    But study of U.S. and Chinese students finds sense of obligation wanes as American children age

  • ADHD Drug Shortage Has Patients, Parents Scrambling
    Switching from one med to another isn't always an option, experts note

  • Autism Takes an Economic Toll on Mom's Job, Income: Study
    Families with a child with autism spectrum disorder earn 27% less, researchers find

  • Health Tip: Medical Problems May Lead to Hyperactivity
    Here are potential causes

  • Breast-Feeding May Help Quell Behavior Problems
    British study finds more conduct issues among kids who were formula-fed

  • Health Tip: Cut Back on Preschoolers' Fat
    It's not too early to watch their diet

  • Health Tip: Could Your Child Be Constipated?
    Here are possible warning signs

  • Parents' Limited English May Prolong Child's Hospital Stay
    U.S. study suggests interpreter services may be key to better care

  • Prolonged Bottle Feeding Boosts Kids' Obesity Risk: Study
    Nearly one-quarter of 2-year-old bottle feeders were obese at age 5, researchers say

  • Drugmakers to End Infant Formulas of Products With Acetaminophen
    Goal is to reduce chances of overdosing on the painkiller

  • Football Legend Steve Young Urges Kids, Parents to Play It Safe
    Experts offer tips on how to help prevent youth sports injuries

  • FDA Issues Guidelines for Liquid OTC Medicines
    Big part of the goal is to make sure children get products in the right doses

  • TVs Common in Daycare Centers, Flouting Guidelines
    Ohio study finds media is too often a replacement for adult-child interaction

  • Health Tip: Prepare a Diabetic Child for Insulin Shots
    Help your youngster relax

  • Mom's Exposure to Plastics Chemical Tied to Baby's Wheeze
    Higher BPA levels in pregnancy doubled likelihood of breathing problem at 6 months, study says

  • Breast-feeding May Influence Long-Term Health: Study
    Formula vs. breast-fed babies show metabolic differences in first three years of life

  • Young Kids' Prescriptions Not Always on the Mark
    For tiniest tots, indicated dosage for narcotics is too high 40 percent of the time, study finds

  • Study Questions Giving Babies Botanical Supplements, Teas
    Nearly 1 in 10 infants fed these largely unregulated products, researchers say

  • Family Meals Keep Kids Slimmer, Healthier, Study Finds
    Eating together also reduces likelihood of eating disorders, researchers say

  • Soaring Costs Deprive Some Children of Medical Care
    Excessive financial burden keeps parents from filling prescriptions, calling doctor, study finds

  • Health Tip: Turn Baby's Head to Prevent Flat Spots
    Reposition baby during sleep

  • You're Not Doing Your Teen Any Favors by Letting Them Drink
    Study finds this permissive approach leads to alcohol-related problems later in life

  • Health Tip: Ease Baby's Stuffy Nose
    Suggestions to help nasal congestion

  • Quick Screening May Help Spot Autism in Babies
    Questionnaire targets 1-year-olds at well-baby check-ups

  • Pediatricians Urge Better Protection From Chemicals
    Children, pregnant women inadequately safeguarded from hazardous compounds, experts say

  • Bullied Kids Showing Up in School Nurses' Offices
    Those with physical complaints for no apparent cause 'may be getting picked on,' research finds

  • Approval for Meningitis Vaccine Expanded to Include Toddlers
    As young as 9 months

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Hits Teens, Too
    Dutch study finds pediatricians more apt to diagnose the condition than general practitioners

  • Corticosteroid Creams Safe for Kids With Eczema: Study
    Researchers saw no worrisome side effects for those using the often effective medications

  • Poverty Can Hinder a Child's Cognitive Development, Study Says
    Family instability has no impact, researchers report

  • U.S. Parents Want Kids More Active During School Day: Poll
    A third think elementary schools should devote more time to PE, survey finds

  • Health Tip: Kid-Proof Your Bathroom
    Safety suggestions to keep children safe from injury

  • Most Parents Vaccinate Kids, Trust Docs' Advice on Shots
    Yet too many still rely on misinformation from celebrities, survey says

  • Minority Kids With Heart Defects More Likely to Die in Childhood
    Black children affected have 32% greater odds of dying before five than white peers, study finds

  • Too Many Parents Think Injuries Are 'Part of the Game'
    But half of team-sports injuries are preventable, survey says

  • Parents Want Genetic Testing for Kids: Study
    But direct-to-consumer screening for children can backfire, experts say

  • Alcoholic Parents May Predispose Kids to Drinking Problem
    Association seems even stronger for female children, study finds

  • Kids May Mimic How Parents Handle Pain
    Study detects familial style of coping, even among adult children

  • Parents, Saying 'Um' and 'Uh' May Aid Learning
    These pauses in speech alert toddlers to pay attention, researchers say

  • With Safety Devices in Place, Kids' Injuries Decline: Study
    Researchers urge broader use in the home of outlet covers, cabinet locks and more

  • 'Best' Places to Live With Autism All in Major Metro Areas: Survey
    Even so, three-fourths of families polled nationwide said they had difficulty accessing needed services

  • Abusive Head Trauma in Infants Doubled During Recession: Study
    Financial stress may trigger violent behavior toward babies, researchers say

  • Having Kids Might Make Young Women Heavier, Less Fit
    Study found they consumed more calories, exercised less

  • Health Tip: Storing Breast Milk
    Suggestions for safe freezing

  • Doctors Most Trusted Source of Vaccine Information, Study Finds
    But parents also pay attention to government, celebrities and other parents

  • Health Tip: Getting My Child to Go to Sleep
    Establish a bedtime routine

  • U.S. Teen Birth Rate Hits Record Low
    But young American women still having babies at rates higher than other developed nations, CDC says

  • Cases of 'Flattened Head' Babies on the Rise, Study Finds
    Texas report ties increase to more parents placing infants to sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS

  • Pediatrics Group Offers Guidelines to Keep Young Campers Safe, Healthy
    Involve kids in camp selection, get med check-ups and discuss homesickness beforehand

  • FDA Panel Delays Action on Dyes Used in Foods
    It calls for more research, but many parents and scientists fear link to ADHD

  • Many Moms Have Kids With Different Dads, U.S. Study Finds
    28% of women with two or more offspring have children by more than one man, analysis showed

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Toddler Falls
    Suggestions to help keep them safe

  • Are Some Kids Overscheduled?
    Experts debate pros, cons of highly programmed childhood

  • Babies Who Sleep in Smokers' Rooms Face 'Thirdhand' Smoke
    Spanish study found nicotine levels in infants' hair 3 times higher than those who slept elsewhere

  • FDA Panel Examines Possible Links Between Food Dyes, ADHD
    It's the first time the agency has ever seriously looked at the issue, experts say

  • Teens Who Smoke Early Often Try Pot Later, Study Finds
    If they first lit up at 12, they were 26 times more likely to try pot by 17

  • Social Media Has Good and Bad Effects on Kids: Experts
    Sites like Facebook build communities, but bullying, 'sexting' can occur too, pediatrics group says

  • No Good Evidence That Folk Remedies Ease Colic
    More study needed on home cures such as fennel, herbal tea, sugar water, review finds

  • Expert Shares Spring Break Safety Tips
    Consider the ground rules before your college student takes off

  • Study Highlights How Moms' Depression, Anger Stresses Kids
    Research looked at stress hormone levels in saliva from 3 year olds

  • Health Tip: Why Baby Gets Diaper Rash
    Here are common triggers

  • Interest in Toys May Predict Success of Autism Home Therapy
    Tots who played the least seemed to benefit most from parent-guided autism program, study found

  • Children With Tourette Syndrome Have Better Motor Control, Study Finds
    Enhanced abilities likely result from brain changes linked to constantly repressing tics, researchers say

  • Dangerous Wandering a Lesser Known Side of Autism
    Many parents have stories of autistic children wandering off, running away unexpectedly

  • Health Tip: Taking Baby's Temperature
    Suggestions for using a thermometer

  • Many Obese Moms and Kids Underestimate Their Weight
    Where obesity is common, overweight people may look normal, study finds

  • Health Tip: Everyone Should Wear a Bike Helmet
    Explain why to your child

  • Health Tip: Breast-Feeding When You Have Diabetes
    Avoiding low glucose becomes more challenging

  • Keep Kids in Rear-Facing Car Seats Until 2, Experts Say
    Pediatricians' group says positioning kids longer in this way is safer

  • Teen Girls Who Befriend Boys at Higher Risk for Substance Abuse
    Same isn't true for boys, who get more emotional support from girls, study found

  • Small Study Finds Hearing Loss in 1 in 4 College Students
    Unexpected result may be due to the use of personal music players, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Reduce Your Baby's Risk of SIDS
    Here's what you can do

  • Young Adults May Need 'Safety Net'
    Many parents provide housing, other assistance to children in their 20s, study finds

  • Germs Thrive on Horns Passed Around in School Bands: Study
    Instruments tested from one troupe were contaminated with bacteria, fungi

  • Parents Can Help Prevent Problem Drinking in College Kids
    Outcome best when student's social life is monitored by opposite-gender parent, study finds

  • Kids Can Rebound Quickly After Mom's Depression Lifts: Study
    Their behavior and mental health improves rapidly, researchers find

  • Updates Urged for Kids' Heart, Breathing Rate Guidelines
    Existing range classifies half of healthy 10-year-olds as having abnormal rates, review finds

  • Depressed Dads More Likely to Spank, Shortchange Kids: Study
    Sad fathers also read less to their children than other dads, researchers find

  • 'Medical Homes' Help Kids Get Comprehensive Care
    But minority, low-income and chronically ill children least likely to have one, study says

  • Asthma Awareness Can Help Prevent Rush to ER: Experts
    Thousands wind up in hospital daily because of poorly managed disease, physicians' group says

  • Health Tip: Evaluate Back Pain in Children
    Often it can signal a more serious condition

  • Popular Baby Media May Not Actually Advance Learning
    As science catches up to marketing, doubts arise about value, effectiveness

  • Health Tip: Check Baby's Toys for Safety Issues
    Take steps to help prevent injury

  • Women Feel More Guilt, Distress About Work Intrusions at Home, Study Says
    Barrage of work emails, calls outside normal business hours take less of a toll on men, researchers find

  • In Shaken Baby Syndrome, Women as Likely to be Perpetrators as Men: Study
    But men are more likely to cause greater injury and to confess the crime, researchers say

  • Cartoon Branding Affects Kids' Cereal Choice, Regardless of Taste
    But if no characters are on the box, kids prefer product promoting health over sugar, study finds

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Has Diabetes
    Suggestions for what to tell a babysitter

  • Parents Tend to Focus on Joy, Not Costs, of Raising Children
    Researchers suggest it might be a coping mechanism

  • Ready to Talk to Your Teen About Alcohol?
    Handbook on underage drinking might help get you started

  • Teens With Congenital Heart Disease Need Help Moving to Adult Care
    Parents should begin the process as child enters adolescence, experts say

  • Health Tip: Controlling Baby's Eczema
    Here's what experts recommend

  • Stress May Help Spur Weight Gain in New Moms, Study Finds
    And those with higher BMIs developed more signs of depression, researchers found

  • Alzheimer's Risk Looks Higher if Mom Had the Disease
    Brain scans of dementia-free adults revealed more atrophy in those whose mothers had the disorder

  • Brain-Imaging in Depressed Moms Shows Blunted Response to Crying Infant
    But the response is muted rather than negative, study finds

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Has Cystic Fibrosis
    Make sure nutritional needs are met

  • Violent Video Games May Not Desensitize Kids: Study
    Data suggests children's long-term 'emotional memory' not affected

  • Early Childhood Might Affect Love Life in Adult
    Infants with secure attachments coped better with conflict later, study finds

  • Kids With Perforated Appendix May Benefit From Early Surgery
    Benefits include less time lost, fewer complications, study finds

  • Rise in Dog Bites Has Experts Concerned
    For kids, education about safe interactions with canines 'cannot begin early enough,' advocates warn

  • Health Tip: When Sinusitis Affects Children
    Here are potential risk factors

  • Delivery Even a Bit Early May Mean Developmental Delays
    But study also suggests interventions can help children catch up to peers

  • Many Kids Who Drink Get Liquor From Home: Report
    Almost 6% of 12- to 14-year-olds drink, and many get booze from a parent, experts say

  • Health Tip: Your Child May Be Stressed
    Here are potential warning signs

  • Parents Still Giving Cough, Cold Meds to Kids Under 2: Poll
    Many caregivers, doctors not heeding FDA warning about dangers of over-the-counter drugs

  • 1 in 5 Kids With Cold Develops Middle Ear Infection: Study
    But most mild cases can be treated without antibiotics, researchers say

  • 'Resilience Gene' May Save Kids in Troubled Families
    Children with the gene have fewer arguments, better relationships with their impaired parents, study finds

  • Health Tip: Teach Children Safety Around Cars
    And help prevent a tragedy

  • Eating Breakfast May Lead Teen Moms to Better Health
    Their offspring benefit too, expert says, from a healthier role model

  • Stress Fractures Hitting High School Athletes
    Study finds overuse injuries are common in running-related sports

  • Calorie Labels Don't Affect Kids' Fast-Food Choices
    In study, labeling got noticed but didn't influence orders

  • Health Tip: Stay Safe Biking With Baby
    Suggestions to help avoid injury

  • Overweight Kids Who Exercise Improve Thinking, Math Skills: Study
    Chronic sedentary behavior 'is compromising children's ability and achievement,' research suggests

  • Dermatitis May Be More Cause Than Effect of Food Allergies
    Expert urges parents of young kids to be aware of the risk

  • Health Tip: Teach Kids About Portion Control
    They may be less likely to overeat

  • Bullying May Accompany Drive to Be Popular
    Kids engage in teasing, aggression as they struggle to make it to the top, study finds

  • Processed, Fatty Foods May Dumb Down Your Kids: Study
    But healthful diet for toddlers can boost intelligence later on, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Pyloric Stenosis -- A Digestive Problem for Newborns
    Starting when baby is about 3 weeks old

  • Community Has a Role in Health of Low-Income Kids
    Study suggests social connections protect poor teens against smoking, obesity

  • 'Kinship Caregivers' Get Less Help Than Foster Parents: Study
    Better services needed to benefit young relatives in their care, researchers say

  • Giving Baby Solid Foods Too Early Linked to Obesity Later
    But the risk was found only in bottle-fed babies, study reports

  • Help for Autism Dwindles After High School
    Survey finds almost 40% of young adults with disorder getting no assistance at all

  • Frequent Pitching Could Harm Kids' Shoulders, Elbows
    They should pitch no more than 100 innings per calendar year, and some less, experts say

  • Quality of Family Mealtimes May Affect Kids' Asthma
    Keeping dinner conversation free from TV, disruptions linked to better health, study found

  • Good Child Care May Help Make Up for Troubled Homes
    Positive experiences can give preschoolers a healthier outlook on life, researchers say

  • Rare Children's Strokes Sometimes Misdiagnosed
    MRI might be a better way to identify ischemic strokes, researchers say

  • The More Mom Works, the Heavier Her Kids Get: Study
    Changes in eating, sleeping habits might explain the trend, researcher says

  • Better Nutrition Seems to Help Preemies With Lung Disease
    Babies with above-average weight gain showed the most improvement, small study finds

  • Parents Have Stronger Relationship When Dad Plays With Kids
    But when father shared caregiving duties, researchers found conflicts

  • United States Sees Record Drop in Teen Births From 2007-09
    Notable decreases found across all racial and ethnic groups, CDC says

  • Pediatricians Issue New Vaccination Recommendations
    Meningitis, whooping cough targeted in new schedule

  • Girls Win When They Play Video Games With Parents: Study
    Co-playing age-appropriate games can improve behavior, family connections, findings suggest

  • Children May Pack on Pounds After Tonsillectomy
    Doctors should consider patient's weight before resorting to surgery, researcher says

  • Teens With Food Allergies May Feel Unsafe at School
    Younger children report feeling more confident because of greater supervision, small study finds

  • Kids Fed Unhealthy Foods Learn to Prefer Them
    U.S. preschoolers able to recognize fast-food, cola brand images, study found

  • TV: A Sneaky Part of the Food Pyramid
    Many restaurants have them, but experts say they promote bad eating habits

  • Babies Seem to Sense Who's Boss
    Study suggests even the youngest understand size predicts social dominance

  • Fear of Vaccines Has a Long, Persistent History
    Multiple factors may keep some people suspicious of even routine shots, experts say

  • Health Tip: Baby Spitting Up?
    Here are suggestions to help avoid the problem

  • Changing Parental Behavior May Help Obese Kids Lose Weight
    Young children of parents who took classes in nutrition, exercise kept weight off for 2 years

  • Preparing Small Doses of Medication From Syringes Called Risky
    Errors involving powerful drugs such as morphine dangerous for babies, small children, study finds

  • Insufficient, Irregular Sleep Tied to Kids' Obesity
    Making up for lost shuteye on weekends seems to help, study finds

  • Self-Control Could Turn Kids Into Successful Adults
    Children who display persistence, patience at age 3 become healthier, wealthier, study finds

  • For Safe Sledding, Follow These Tips
    Helmets can help prevent serious head injuries, experts say

  • Health Tip: Prepare to Bring Baby Home
    What you need for the trip from the hospital

  • Pets May Pass Illnesses to Owners
    Sleeping with or being licked by dogs or cats can be conduit for disease, experts warn

  • Nearly Half of Americans Still Suspect Vaccine-Autism Link
    18% don't trust measles-mumps-rubella shot, and 30% are undecided, Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds

  • Parents' Divorce May Contribute to Suicidal Thoughts Years Later
    For men, other childhood stressors increase risk even more, study finds

  • Genetics Could Play Role in Teen Drinking
    In study, getting drunk to cope with negative feelings was tied to certain DNA

  • Poverty May Keep Kids From Full Genetic Potential
    Study finds disparities between rich, poor show up by age 2

  • Friends a Big Influence on Grades in Middle School: Study
    'Pro-social' crowd does better, especially when avoiding troublemakers, findings show

  • Cigarette Ads Do Spur Teens to Light Up, Study Finds
    The more advertisements they saw, the more likely they were to smoke, researchers say

  • Video Game 'Addiction' Tied to Depression, Anxiety in Kids
    Impulsive or socially inept children more likely to get hooked, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Enjoying Tummy Time
    Suggested rules to help keep baby safe

  • Infants Process Words Much Like Adults, Study Finds
    They have the same neural machinery for understanding language, researchers say

  • Report Alleges Money Motivated Doctor Behind Autism-Vaccine Scare
    Disgraced physician had various schemes to profit from study's aftermath, according to investigation

  • Health Tip: Brush Baby's Gums
    And brush teeth as soon as they appear

  • Optimism Could Help Kids Keep Depression at Bay
    Teaching them to be upbeat may be a buffer, expert suggests

  • For College Students, Praise May Trump Sex and Money
    Movement to make everyone a winner created 'damaging' sense of entitlement, research suggests

  • Parents Say They Want to Teach Sex Ed to Their Kids
    But many feel peers, media have greater influence, survey finds

  • Secondhand Smoke Tied to High Blood Pressure in Kids
    Exposure poses risk for lifelong cardiovascular problems, experts say

  • Teens Breast-fed as Infants Have Stronger Leg Muscles
    They did better on horizontal jump, 'explosive strength' tests, study finds

  • U.S. Officials Recommend Reduced Fluoride Levels in Water
    Goal is to prevent kids from getting too much, developing spotted teeth, experts say

  • Infant Organ Donors Could Help Meet Transplant Needs: Study
    Some good could come from tragic loss, researchers suggest

  • Health Tip: Interview a Potential Pediatrician
    Ask a lot of questions

  • Survey Finds Much Victimization of Children Goes Unreported
    Percentage of cases revealed to authorities has risen, experts say, but many remain hidden

  • In U.S., Obesity Afflicts Even Some of the Tiniest Tots
    Study points out the problem, but reasons remain unclear

  • For Many, Sledding Ends in Dash to the ER
    Experts offer tips on how to keep kids safe while enjoying winter play

  • Health Tip: Playtime Is Important
    It helps your child learn and grow

  • Preteens With Conduct Disorders Risk Violence, Delinquency as Teens
    Those who fought, stole, bullied and destroyed property as youngsters more likely to be arrested later on: study

  • Health Tip: Keep Emergency Phone Numbers on Hand
    Especially when caring for young children

  • Many Parents Frown on Kids' Internet Use, Survey Says
    They worry about diminished time spent with friends, family

  • Hearing Loss Rising Among Teen Girls, Study Finds
    Increasing, unprotected exposure to loud club and concert music may be to blame, researchers say

  • Type of Formula May Influence Infant Weight Gain
    Babies fed cow's milk-based formula gained faster, study finds

  • Health Tip: When to Call the Pediatrician About Jaundice
    Warning signs to monitor

  • Doctor Shortage Adds to Pain of Juvenile Arthritis
    Specialists can be hard to find, but new treatment method has shown success, experts say

  • Demanding Relatives May Raise Heart Risks in Middle Age
    Worrisome partners, children linked to increased reports of angina symptoms, study finds

  • Young Female Chimps Use Sticks as 'Dolls'
    Study finds correlation with human play

  • Sudden Infant Deaths Most Common on New Year's
    Boozing parents may be responsible for spike in cases

  • Do Breast-Fed Baby Boys Grow Into Better Students?
    Those nursed at least six months outscored peers at age 10, study found

  • Not Just the Newest Toys Hold Risks for Kids
    Danger lurks among tricycles as well as battery- and magnet-loaded gadgets, experts warn

  • Health Tip: Urinary Tract Infections Are Common in Children
    Here are typical risk factors

  • Health Tip: Reduce the Risk of Pinworm Infection
    Can affect people of all ages and economic status

  • Reading to Newborns in Intensive Care a Boon for Parents
    It helped parents feel closer, more in control during difficult time, study finds

  • Most Young Children Consume Caffeine Each Day
    Much of it comes through sodas, and it can keep them awake, study suggests

  • Majority of U.S. Adults Had Troubled Childhoods: CDC
    Study finds nearly 60 percent lived with abuse or other difficult family situations

  • Health Tip: Deal With a Child's Aggressive Behavior
    Here are some suggestions

  • Starting School Early May Keep Girls Thin
    Younger classmates less likely to be obese in adolescence, study finds

  • Depression During Pregnancy Might Affect Baby
    Higher levels of stress hormones, weaker muscle tone noted, but significance is unclear

  • Health Tip: Keep Your Gums Healthy
    Brush and floss regularly

  • Kids Not So Stuck on Sugary Breakfast Cereals, Study Finds
    When given a choice and with fruit on hand, most will be happy with low-sugar fare

  • 'Tis the Season to Give Allergen-Free Gifts
    Buying for people with asthma, allergies takes extra thought, experts say

  • Accidental Falls a Leading Cause of Head Injury
    Simple precautions can prevent a holiday visit to the emergency room, doctors say

  • Study Challenges Initiative to Lower Drinking Age to 18
    Effort to encourage social rather than binge drinking would be ineffective, researchers say

  • FDA Weighs In as Sharing of Breast Milk Booms
    Opinions vary on benefits and risks of milk banks and Web-based outlets

  • Serotonin May Be the Key to SIDS
    Lack of biochemical causes baby's alarm system to fail if breathing problems develop, experts say

  • Mother Talks of the Anger, Confusion and Grief of a SIDS Death
    After losing a son, Georgia woman now tries to help others

  • Health Tip: Make Dressing Baby Easier
    Choose the right clothing

  • Parents' Acceptance May Help Protect Gay Teens
    Less likely to turn to substance abuse, suicide as they age if they get support in their youth, study finds

  • Could Cell Phones Raise Odds for Behavioral Woes in Kids?
    Research suggests exposure to electromagnetic fields before and after birth might play role

  • Health Tip: Choosing Baby's Formula
    Suggestions to help you plan what's best for you and your baby

  • Littlest Kids in Big Day-Care Centers May Have Better Health Later On
    Once in elementary school, ear and respiratory infections are fewer, study finds

  • Health Tip: Using a Baby Carrier
    Help keep your infant safe

  • Kids Can't Accurately Judge Speed of Approaching Cars: Study
    Young children can't tell the speed of a vehicle 5 seconds away and moving faster than 20 mph

  • Confusing Labeling Found on Many Nonprescription Kids' Meds
    Related dosing mix-ups could have serious consequences, researchers warn

  • Rate of Eating Disorders in Kids Keeps Rising
    Anorexia and bulimia showing up more often in boys, minorities, experts report

  • 'Love Hormone' May Boost Men's Memories of Mom -- Good or Bad
    Study puts brain chemical oxytocin's role in new light

  • Identifying Cleft Palate Before Birth of Little Help to Parents
    Study found that, outside of improving feeding, prenatal diagnosis didn't change much

  • Gun-Safety Talk a Safe Bet for All Families, Experts Say
    Only 48% of parents without firearms have discussed gun safety with their kids, poll finds

  • Parents of Bullies Urged to Open Lines of Communication
    Kids need to be taught, and reminded often, to treat others with respect, expert says

  • Health Tip: Keep Baby Safe While in a Playpen
    Here are suggested precautions

  • Preparation Can Help Kids With Nut Allergies Travel Safely
    Pack snacks, meds and sanitizing wipes to reduce likelihood of a reaction, expert suggests

  • Health Tip: Treating an Ear Infection
    Suggestions for what to do

  • Children Born 'Late Pre-Term' More Prone to Low IQ
    Risk of attention problems at age 6 also rises for those born between 34 and 36 weeks, study finds

  • Shots, Hygiene Can Help Shield Kids From Flu
    Experts say common-sense steps by parents can stop germs from spreading

  • For Teens, Privacy May Trump Health Care
    Doctors should respect their concerns about being judged, expert says

  • Kids' ER Visits Down After Cold Medicine Withdrawal
    Cough, cold medications not meant for children under 4, experts say

  • Children of Divorce Face Twice the Lifetime Risk of Stroke: Study
    But researchers stress that causal link not certain

  • Poor Children Get Biggest Literacy Boost From Preschool
    But benefits accrue to kids from more affluent families, researchers note

  • Health Tip: Treat Your Child's Sunburn
    Suggestions to help the youngster feel better

  • Antibiotics a Mixed Bag for Kids' Ear Infections: Analysis
    The number of kids who benefit is similar to the number experiencing side effects, researchers find

  • Video Games Not Harmful to Most Teens: Study
    But a minority of 'problem gamers' may embrace unhealthy ways, research suggests

  • Death of Loved One May Trigger Elevated Heart Rate
    Worrisome signs seemed to revert to normal within 6 months, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Prevent the Spread of Rotavirus in Children
    Help kids avoid this contagious virus

  • Early Intro to Math Seems to Improve Kids' Skills Later
    Preschoolers benefit from talking with parents about numbers, study finds

  • 'Fake Marijuana' Users Showing Up in Emergency Rooms
    Called 'K2' or 'Spice,' the drug is legal in many states

  • Many Kids Skipping Meals, Snacking Instead
    U.S. survey finds they typically miss breakfast or dinner but get lunch at school

  • Few Young Women Getting Cervical Cancer Vaccine
    Study finds less than a third start the three-dose series, many fail to complete it

  • ADHD Rates Soar in U.S. Kids: Study
    Better diagnosis and screening may play a role in increase, researchers say

  • Special Infant Formula Might Help Shield Babies from Type 1 Diabetes
    Study suggested a protective effect, but experts say it's too early for recommendations

  • High Carcinogen Levels Seen in Kids Living With Smokers
    Parents may not understand children's risk from secondhand smoke, researcher says

  • Health Tip: Buy a Safe Toy Chest
    Suggestions to help protect your child

  • OMG! Excessive Texting Tied to Risky Teen Behaviors
    Kids who send more than 120 a day more likely to try drugs, alcohol and sex, researchers find

  • Obese Teens Likely to Be Obese Adults, Study Finds
    Excess weight sets kids up for serious health problems, researchers say

  • Kids of Deployed Soldiers May Face More Mental Health Woes
    Study found they needed more doctor visits to handle issues from parent's absence

  • Breast-Feeding Won't Rob Mom of Sleep: Study
    Finding challenges belief that breast-feeding women get less sleep than those who formula-feed

  • Older Brothers More Likely to Bully
    Older sisters more protective of younger siblings, Italian study finds

  • Overheating in Infants Can Lead to SIDS, Experts Warn
    Multiple blankets, heavy clothing for sleep on cold nights increases the risk, officials say

  • Teens of Epileptic Mothers May Lag Academically: Study
    Taking more than one anti-seizure drug in pregnancy should be avoided if possible, researchers say

  • U.S. Government Food Program Needs Improving: Report
    Institute of Medicine calls for healthier meals for kids, adults in day care facilities

  • Many Higher-Income Parents Forgoing Kids' Vaccinations: Report
    More outbreaks feared as immunization rates for children in commercial health plans plummet

  • Many Coaches Unprepared for Student-Athletes' Asthma
    More education needed, experts say

  • Canadian Kids Seem More Likely to Be Sidelined by Asthma
    They report more isolation, exclusion from sports compared with kids in other nations, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Is Your Child's Fever Serious?
    Signs the condition may be mild

  • Dolphins Get By With a Little Help From Their (Female) Friends
    Study finds dolphin moms more successful if aided by female friends, relatives

  • Health Tip: Running Errands With Your Kids
    Suggestions to help make it easier

  • Study Finds Teens' Late Night Media Use Comes at a Price
    Tied to learning problems, anxiety, depression, mood swings

  • Race, Income Affect Care for Ear Infections: Study
    White kids more likely to get medicine, see specialist, researchers find

  • Pandemic H1N1 Flu Hit Kids Hard in 2009
    Experts doubt current flu season will pose similar threat, but urge vaccinations

  • Halloween Candy Has Limited Shelf Life
    Chocolates past expiration date may cause illness, expert says

  • Many Parents in the Dark About Drug-Resistant Infections: Study
    Efforts to educate, reassure caregivers will benefit kids with MRSA, researchers say

  • Moms' Literacy Pivotal to Kids' Academic Success
    Boosting them may help close achievement gap between rich and poor, study says

  • Parent-Only Programs Can Help Obese Kids Lose Weight: Study
    Compared with groups including children, adult-only sessions had equal success, researchers found

  • Children with ADHD Symptoms at Higher Risk of Obesity
    Hyperactivity, impulsiveness associated with a 63 percent increase, researchers found

  • Egg Donors Happy They Helped Out: Study
    But they profess less 'belief in human goodness' than surrogate moms, researchers say

  • Health Tip: How Caffeine May Affect Kids
    It's a popular stimulant

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Gymnastics Injuries
    Here are some suggestions

  • Teens, Parents Often Lie About Illicit Drug Use
    Doctors can't rely on self-reporting for truth about cocaine, opiates, study finds

  • Most Babies Start Sleeping Through Night at 2 to 4 Months
    But doing so on family's schedule may take a while longer, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Have a Spooky, Yet Safe Halloween
    Suggestions for safe trick-or-treating

  • Mom's Suicide May Raise Child's Odds for Later Suicide Attempt
    Swedish study found a near-doubling of risk, but no such effect if father had killed himself

  • Pediatricians Issue New Iron Guidelines
    Up to 15% of children under age 3 don't get enough, AAP says

  • Newborn Hearing Tests More Effective Than Later Screening
    Kids tested two weeks after birth do better than those tested at 9 months, researchers find

  • Binge Drinking, Pot Could Put Teens' Intellect at Risk: Study
    Test scores fell as substance abuse levels went up, researchers say

  • Violent Media Can Desensitize the Minds of Young Males
    Study found repeated exposure dampened their reaction to seeing aggression

  • Health Tip: Some Shouldn't Take Antidiarrheal Drugs
    Who should avoid these medications

  • Young Kids Easily Trust What They're Told: Study
    Preschoolers believed adults' lie about the location of a hidden sticker even after it was proven wrong 8 times

  • Health Tip: Don't Smoke During Pregnancy
    Here's how it can harm the baby

  • Health Tip: Take a Break From Parenting
    Make time for yourself when you're able

  • Siblings of Autistic Children May Also Have Subtle Traits
    Around 20 percent of siblings affected by language delays and other problems, study finds

  • Screen Time May Consume Nearly 1/3 of Day for U.S. Kids
    Child experts issue updated policy statement on use of electronic media for entertainment

  • Health Tip: Teach Kids Playground Safety
    Suggestions to prevent accidents

  • Health Tip: Is Earwax a Problem?
    Here are some suggestions

  • Could Excess Computer, TV Time Harm Kids Psychologically?
    Study suggests a link, but cause-and-effect relationship unclear, experts say

  • October Named International Walk to School Month
    Kids urged to get some exercise every day by walking or biking to school

  • Health Tip: When a Working Mother Breast-Feeds
    Suggestions to maintain the milk supply

  • For Many Gay Youth, Bullying Exacts a Deadly Toll
    Recent reports of teens taking their own lives 'the tip of the iceberg,' one expert says

  • Low Vitality Score at Birth Associated with Cerebral Palsy Risk
    But 90 percent with low scores did not develop the disease, researchers said

  • Health Tip: Feed Your Toddler Enough Iron
    How to offer sufficient iron in the diet

  • Many Americans Plan to Skip Flu Shot This Year
    Surveys suggest more than 40 percent of adults will forego vaccine, while a third of moms won't vaccinate kids

  • Breast-Feeding Less Common for Black Moms
    Many prefer using formula or aren't aware of nursing's benefits, study found

  • Trans Fats While Breast-Feeding May Plump Up Baby
    More research needed to see how mom's fatty diet affects infant's long-term health, study notes

  • Health Tip: Taking Baby Out of the Home
    Essentials to bring along

  • 1 in 4 U.S. Teens and Young Adults Binge Drink: CDC
    Largely unrecognized problem raises risks of violence, car crashes and chronic disease

  • Moms' Influence on Kids' Weight Starts in Pregnancy, Study Finds
    But most underestimate their own ability to help stop cycle of obesity, researchers say

  • Companies Can Motivate Families to Live Healthier
    Study found cash incentive drove lifestyle changes for IBM employees

  • Anorexic Teens May Gain From Whole-Family Treatment
    Instead of blaming parents, these experts involve them in recovery process

  • Absent Father Might Mean Earlier Puberty for Higher-Income Girls
    Findings add to previous research, but experts still can't explain link

  • Health Tip: Taming a Toddler's Tantrum
    Help prevent frustration

  • Health Tip: Waking Baby
    Suggestions to get your infant up and moving

  • Pediatricians Want to Restrict Ads for Tobacco, Booze, Viagra
    American Academy of Pediatrics would ban cigarette advertisements altogether

  • ER Visits for Kids' Ice Hockey Injuries Soar
    From 1990 to 2006, emergency treatment for players aged 9 to 14 rose 163 percent, study finds

  • U.S. Kids Drink Too Little Water: Study
    And sugary beverages account for much of their fluid intake

  • Stress of Returning to School Can Worsen Bed-Wetting: Expert
    Tips on what to do from a pediatric urologist

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Bed Wetting
    Suggestions for staying dry

  • Health Tip: Control Food Allergies at School
    Suggestions to help keep your child safe

  • Medicines Pose Greater Threat to Kids Than Chemicals
    Poisonings often stem from pills left out or in a medicine cabinet, experts say

  • Aggressive Kids With ADHD May Not Need Antipsychotic Meds
    Study suggests judicious tweaking of stimulant drugs, plus psychotherapy, may be enough

  • Same-Sex Couples May Feel Pressure to Raise Heterosexual Kids
    Expert urges society to support families in allowing children to be themselves

  • More Maternal Education Saves Children's Lives
    Study found more than 4 million deaths prevented in 2009 by expanding schooling to women of childbearing age

  • Teacher Interaction Key to Pre-K Success: Study
    Kids spending most time in free-choice play make fewer gains, researchers find

  • Training Seems to Close Gender Gap in Spatial Ability
    Small Israeli study eliminates divide through special program for first graders

  • Autistic Children Don't Seem to Yawn 'Contagiously'
    Study suggests this behavior may signal a lack of recognition of others' feelings

  • Health Tip: Teach Kids Internet Safety
    Suggestions for safe chatting and instant messaging

  • Health Tip: Help Kids Do Their Homework
    What role a parent should play

  • More Evidence That Vaccines Don't Cause Autism
    Children exposed to high, low levels of thimerosal had similar odds for the disorder, study found

  • More Kids Who Play Basketball Suffering Head Injuries
    While other types of injuries have declined, concussions have gone up 70 percent, study finds

  • Play Heads-Up Football to Avoid Getting Hurt
    Campaign seeks to reduce the number of injuries suffered by young athletes

  • Back to School Can Mean a Return to Head Lice Worries
    Close contact fuels infestations, but experts urge vigilance to keep critters at bay

  • Kids' Habit of Wallowing Caters to Lice
    School nurse suggests parents take a breath, then get meticulous about battling outbreak

  • Heavy Drinking Part of Social Acceptance for Young: Study
    This process needs to be considered when creating anti-drinking campaigns, researcher says

  • Health Tip: Stay Safe Around the School Bus
    Teach kids safety tips

  • Health Tip: When You Feed Baby Formula
    Tips for preparation and serving

  • Young Parents May Be Especially Prone to Depression
    Greatest risk is during first year after child is born, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Making Healthy Lunch Choices
    Offer kids healthier alternatives

  • Lack of Sleep May Be Linked to Childhood Obesity
    Study found more than 30% of kids who didn't get enough nighttime rest gained too much weight

  • Autistic Toddlers Prefer to Gaze at Geometric Patterns: Study
    Finding could help spot the disorder early, when treatments are most effective, researchers say

  • Keep Health in Mind When Planning School Day Menus
    Expert urges parents to pack some variety and nutrition into kids' lunch boxes

  • Health Tip: Quit Thumb Sucking
    Encourage your child to stop

  • Disease May Be Only a Plane Ride Away
    Without vigilant adherence to childhood immunizations, outbreaks could return, experts say

  • Health Tip: Breast-Feeding Benefits Baby
    It's been linked to fewer health problems

  • Infants May Display Subtle Autism Signs at 6 Months: Study
    Infrequent gazing at others without prompting may be a tip-off, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Get Ready for Baby's Bath
    Be prepared before you put baby in the tub

  • Even After Leaving Abuser, Moms' Mental Health Declines
    Levels of depression and anxiety still high at least 2 years after escaping abusive relationship, study finds

  • U.S. Pediatricians Decry Media's Portrayal of Sex
    They urge more responsible programming, and ask doctors and parents to play a more involved role

  • Babies Born Late May Face Small Cerebral Palsy Risk
    But researcher cautioned real risk is still very low for both late-term and pre-term newborns

  • Health Tip: Keep Baby Safe Around Stairs
    And help prevent falls

  • Concussion Rates Soar Among Younger Kids
    Pediatrician group issues new guidelines for sport-related head injuries

  • Kids + Sports = Risk for Concussion
    Being on the alert for symptoms can be key to preventing brain damage

  • Health Tip: Treating Rotavirus at Home
    It's a common infection in children

  • Health Tip: Training a Toddler to Use the Toilet
    Suggestions for easier potty training

  • U.S. Child Abuse Cases Falling, Despite Recession
    Worsening economy has not led to higher incidence between 2007-08, researchers say

  • Even Before Recession, 14 Million Kids 'Underinsured': Study
    2007 data shows many families with private insurance still can't get adequate pediatric care

  • Parents Who Clash More Likely to Spank Kids
    Corporal punishment of 3-years-old twice as likely in these homes, study says

  • Parenting 101: How to Let Go as Your Child Heads Off to College
    Keep in touch, but give them independence and privacy, expert recommends

  • Health Tip: When Baby Throws a Tantrum
    Here are possible triggers

  • Cyberbullying, 'Sexting' Major Problems for Schoolkids
    Parents need to help protect children from online harassment, risky acts, expert says

  • High School Football Players Prone to Heat-Linked Illness
    They're much more vulnerable than kids playing other sports, study finds

  • More U.S. Teens Get Recommended Vaccines
    CDC sees rise in shots against meningitis, whooping cough

  • Health Tip: Wear a Backpack Properly
    And avoid a back injury

  • Some Minority Groups Hit Hard by Childhood Obesity
    Black and American Indian girls continue getting heavier, while trend has leveled out in whites, study finds

  • Being an Only Child Won't Harm Social Skills: Study
    Kids without siblings just as popular as others, U.S. research shows

  • Health Tip: Does Your Child Have Pertussis?
    Some common symptoms of 'whooping cough'

  • Spanking Remains Common, Studies Show
    Nearly 80% of preschool children are still disciplined this way, U.S. researchers estimate

  • 'Baby Talk' May Play Key Role in Language Acquisition
    Mother's brain may be wired to 'goo' and 'coo,' research suggests

  • Bond With Dad May Play Role in Whether Men 'Stress Out'
    Daily annoyances more apt to irk those who didn't get along with father, researchers say

  • One Troubled Adult Child a Drag on Parents' Mental Health
    And other children's successes don't outweigh the negative, study finds

  • Many Parents Fret Over Time Kids Spend on Phones, Computers
    Survey sponsors urge parents to use media to communicate with teens

  • Health Tip: Teach Kids to Swim
    To help reduce drowning risk

  • Many Girls Now Begin Puberty at Age 7, 8
    Rate of early onset has doubled for 7-year-old white girls, study finds

  • For College Freshmen, Leaving Home May Bring Mixed Emotions
    University offers helpful advice to ease transition for students and their parents

  • Health Tip: Understanding Torticollis
    When an infant's neck tilts to one side

  • How Parents Come to Accept Down Syndrome Diagnosis
    Grief usually turns into joy, resilience, experts say

  • Health Tip: Where to Clean Your Newborn
    Baby probably doesn't need a daily bath

  • Signs of Autism May Show in Early Infancy
    Abnormal arm muscle tone, visual processing evident in month-old babies, study says

  • Health Tip: Skateboard Safely
    What to do to protect yourself

  • Addictive Internet Use Tied to Depression in Teens
    Even healthy ones can run into trouble with too much use, researchers say

  • Wakefulness Not to Blame for Higher SIDS Deaths in Boys
    In fact, very young male infants wake up more readily than girls, study finds

  • Health Tip: Does Your Child Have a Behavior Disorder?
    When behavior goes beyond typical mischief or rebellion

  • Health Tip: Dealing With Separation Anxiety
    Help ease your youngster's fear

  • Increased Risk of Violence Among Unsupervised Teen Groups
    Hanging out with no adult presence a recipe for violence even in 'good' neighborhoods, study finds

  • Kids Adopted By Same-Sex Couples 'Thriving': Researcher
    No reason to prevent gay, lesbian prospective parents from adopting, study says

  • Cuvposa Approved for Chronic Drooling in Children
    Primarily those with neurological disorders

  • Level of Parent-Child Conflict Seems to Differ Among Nations
    Study finds higher rates of disharmony in U.S. families

  • Health Tip: Taking a Plane Trip With Baby
    Suggestions to help keep the infant calm

  • Mom's Affection Helps Babies Grow Into Less Stressed Adults
    Study finds link between maternal attention, child's mental state decades later

  • Make Sure Your Kids Are Safe in the Water
    Drowning can happen 'quickly, silently, and without notice,' expert warns

  • More Than 70,000 Kids Injured By Medical Devices Each Year
    Contact lenses, IV tubes lead list of items causing trips to the ER, study shows

  • Playgrounds More Fun When Safety Rules Come Into Play
    More than 200,000 U.S. kids go from the playground to the hospital each year, group reports

  • Each Summer, Falls Top the List of Ways Kids Get Hurt
    Injuries are often 'predictable and preventable,' expert says

  • In Adolescence, Happier Often Means Healthier
    Study finds close ties between positive emotions, physical well-being

  • Urge Kids to Drink Water During Hot Weather: Expert
    Make sure it's readily available and watch for signs of dehydration, doctor advises

  • Health Tip: Visiting the Doctor When Your Infant is Well
    Suggestions for 'well-child' visits

  • Giving Kids Booze, Medicines Can Be Child Abuse
    Parents' motives range from punishment or sedation to amusement, research suggests

  • Health Tip: Treating Cradle Cap
    Scaliness and redness on a baby's scalp

  • Health Tip: Weaning Baby from a Bottle
    Suggestions for 'upgrading' to a cup

  • Mom's Alcoholism Especially Tough on Daughter's Mental Health
    Study finds that outcomes are worse for daughters of affected women, vs. other parent-child pairings

  • Autistic Kids Often Fussier Eaters, but Nutrition OK
    Slower, pickier eating can arise in infancy, but growth tends to be unimpaired, study finds

  • Kids Who Do Poorly in School More Likely to Become Bullies
    Youngsters who have trouble resolving problems with others also at risk of becoming bullies, victims or both, researchers say

  • Mom's Mental State Influenced Kids' Well-Being After 9/11: Study
    Children fared worse when mothers struggled with PTSD, depression, researchers say

  • Too Many Tots Watching Too Much TV: Study
    Oregon study finds 1 in 5 young kids exposed to more than the recommended 2 hours a day

  • Mood Disorders Going Undetected in U.S. Children
    Without treatment, anxiety and depression can plague kids through adult years, experts warn

  • Community Programs Can Help Mothers Control Weight: Study
    Women who had ongoing support exercised more and were less likely to gain weight, researchers found

  • 1 in 5 Parents Missed Work for H1N1 School Closings: Survey
    But many students visited places other than home, finds CDC report

  • Program Teaches Parents How to Nurture Healthy Eaters
    Early feeding practices can play critical role in kids' eating patterns, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Burnout
    Share responsibilities and make time for fun

  • Screening Guidelines Miss Many Kids With High Cholesterol
    Researchers suggest that universal testing may be a better option

  • Survey Links Puberty to Violent Behavior
    U.S.-Australian study finds mid-stage puberty a time for trouble

  • As Parents Lose Jobs, Kids Often Lose Out on Health Care
    Unemployment greatly ups odds that children will face gaps in care, study finds

  • U.S. Report on Kids' Health Brings Mixed Results
    Preterm births and teen pregnancy are down, but recession means more children now living in poverty

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Choking While Eating
    Things you can do to protect your child

  • Babies Born Poor Often Remain Poor
    Supports for low-income families could improve outcomes, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Protect Children From Sunburn
    Use sunscreen and limit exposure

  • Relentless Heat Threatens Your Health
    Kids, elderly are most vulnerable, but experts say simple steps can help

  • Too Much Screen Time Can Threaten Attention Span
    Kids, young adults who overdo TV, video games almost twice as likely to have problems, study finds

  • Later School Start Times May Foster Better Students
    High school pushed back start of day by 30 minutes, with good results

  • Mental Health Woes Plague 'Cyberbullies' and Their Victims
    Harassment of vulnerable teens via cell phone, Web is a growing problem, experts say

  • Leave July 4 Fireworks to the Pros
    Fireworks caused two deaths and nearly 9,000 injuries in 2009, report says

  • 'Family-Centered Rounds' for Pediatric Patients Applauded
    Including families in hospital discussions benefits trainees, children, parents, study finds

  • Eating Disorders, Addictions Tough to Treat in Teens
    What works in adult patients may not help younger people, experts say

  • Hospital Visits for Underage Drinking Soar on July 4 Weekend
    And 5,000 deaths of people under age 21 are linked to alcohol each year, U.S. study says

  • Health Tip: Help Keep Baby Moving
    Suggestions to encourage activity

  • Health Tip: Dealing With Picky Eaters
    Suggestions to get them to eat

  • More Than 1.5 Million Cancer Survivors Have Kids Under 18
    Findings may lead to greater assistance for patients and families, researchers say

  • When Parents Smoke, Kids' Weight, Behavior May Suffer
    Research suggests tie between lighting up and child's health, although cause-and-effect not clear

  • Combo Vaccine Raises Risk of Fever-Related Seizures in Kids
    MMR, varicella vaccines given separately seem safer, though real risk still rare, study finds

  • Warm But Watchful Parents Can Keep Kids From Heavy Drinking
    Parenting style has a lot to do with whether bad habits form, survey finds

  • Health Tip: If Your Child Stutters
    Here are suggestions for parents

  • Seasonality of Child Abuse Could Be a Myth
    Deaths from abuse not more likely to occur during winter holidays, researchers find

  • Health Tip: Keep Baby Safe With a Pacifier
    Here are some precautions

  • Cartoon Characters Sell Kids on Unhealthy Foods
    Using likes of Shrek and Dora to market treats should be banned, researcher says

  • Reading Comes Easier for Kids When Rover's Around
    Reciting aloud to dogs boosts children's literacy, studies find

  • On Father's Day, Give Dad Gift of Health
    Staying healthy is part of being a good dad, expert suggests

  • Health Tip: When Kids Have Separation Anxiety
    Here's a list of classic symptoms

  • Playtime with Parents May Shape Gender Roles
    Fathers more assertive, moms more helpful when playing with tots, study shows

  • Health Tip: Buy a Bike That Suits Your Child
    Make sure it's a good fit

  • Stricter Rules Can Steer Kids Away From TV
    And physically active kids watch less television, researchers report

  • Honesty Helps Young Girls Build Better Relationships
    Those inclined to speak their mind had less depression, more self-esteem, researcher found

  • Children of Older Dads at Higher Risk of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
    Adult women more prone to the cancer if born to father over 40, study shows

  • Health Tip: When You Shop With Children
    Practice shopping cart safety

  • Health Tip: Secure a Child's Swingset
    Suggestions for setting it up properly

  • Consistent Bedtime May Give Kids Developmental Boost
    Preschoolers should routinely get at least 11 hours each night, experts say

  • Military Deployment May Affect Kids' Health Care
    Children of single parents saw the doctor less frequently, study found

  • Kids With Lesbian Parents Do Just Fine
    Study shows they might even be better adjusted than kids from traditional families

  • One-Third of U.S. Girls Get HPV Vaccine
    But many parents choose to skip Gardasil shots for daughters age 13 to 17, survey finds

  • Donor-Assisted Conception Sparks Disclosure Dilemmas
    Tell kids 'early and often,' some suggest, but others say it's not always that simple

  • Health Tip: Protect Your Child From a Sports Injury
    Precautions to take before the game

  • Impulsive Behavior, Drinking Decline in Early Adulthood
    Biggest improvement occurs between 18 and 25, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Keep a Log of Your Child's Medicines
    It's important to track anything your child takes

  • Health Tip: Set Rules at the Pool
    To help keep kids safe

  • As Autism Web Sites Boom, Experts Urge Caution
    Too often 'treatments' turn out to be bogus, but simple guidelines can help

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe When They're Home Alone
    Here are some suggestions

  • Germs in Soil Might Give Learning a Boost
    Mice exposed to the bacteria got through mazes twice as fast, researchers report

  • Children With Epilepsy Feel on Par With Healthy Siblings
    Parents disagree, may underestimate their quality of life, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Encourage Teens to Drive Safely
    Set rules for safe driving

  • No Benefit Seen in Delaying Infant Vaccinations
    Some parents worry babies get 'too much too soon,' but study finds no impact on neurological health

  • 'Button' Batteries Killing, Disabling Children
    Researchers call for safety controls to prevent more tragedies from accidental swallowings

  • Parents Want Electronic Access to Their Children's Docs: Survey
    E-mail, Internet access could reduce frustration, researchers say

  • Health Reform Should Provide Insurance to Many Young Adults
    Some provisions start in September and will make coverage more affordable, easier to get, report says

  • Communication Program Didn't Improve Autism Symptoms
    But it did enhance parent-child interaction, study found

  • Health Tip: Change Diapers Safely
    Suggestions for using a changing table

  • Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
    Give-and-take discussions help them gain skills needed for school success, study shows

  • Alcohol Companies Use New Media to Lure Young Drinkers: Report
    Spirits industry says it's committed to responsible online advertising

  • An Autistic Child Doesn't Mean Parents Will Divorce
    Study debunks conventional wisdom about couples split by condition-related stress

  • A Mother's Love Overcomes Poverty's Effect on Health
    Caring moms seem to boost child's immune response throughout life, study finds

  • Health Tip: Giving Your Newborn a Bath
    Make it pleasant and comfortable

  • Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
    Youngsters are especially vulnerable to harmful rays, experts warn

  • Parent Involvement in Grade School Boosts Child's Social Skills
    Research also shows students are less aggressive and disruptive

  • Listening to Mozart Won't Make Your Child Smarter
    Studies show no evidence of the so-called 'Mozart Effect,' Austrian researchers say

  • Most High Schoolers Today Cheat
    But they may not always realize they're cheating, researchers say

  • Low Umbilical Cord pH Tied to Death, Brain Damage
    Review reveals 'strong and consistent association'

  • Benefits of Good Child Care Extend Into Teen Years
    In long-term study, adolescents had higher academic achievement scores

  • Doctors Can Use Rotavirus Vaccine Again: FDA
    Contaminant found in March no health risk, agency says

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Heat Rash
    Keep baby cool and comfy

  • Health Tip: Before the Babysitter Cares for Your Child
    Here are suggestions for what parents should do

  • Some Women Lack Strong Feelings About Motherhood
    Nearly one-quarter of those surveyed were 'OK either way'

  • Health Tip: Sign Up Your Child for a Sport
    Here are issues to consider first

  • Breast-Fed Babies Know When to Say When
    Cues, which bottle-fed infants don't learn, seem to help later on, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Ways to Treat Positional Plagiocephaly
    Alternate the position of baby's head

  • Health Tip: Coping With Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Suggestions to help soothe symptoms

  • Stress Hormones Predict Trouble for Kids Left in Abusive Homes
    Specific hormonal pattern tied to later psychological problems, researchers say

  • FDA Found Bacteria in Ingredients for Recalled Tylenol, Benadryl
    Agency also cited maker Johnson & Johnson for 'numerous deficiencies' at plant

  • Misinformation About Vaccine Safety Puts Kids at Risk of Illness
    More than one-third of U.S. parents surveyed had delayed or refused early childhood immunizations

  • Health Tip: Keep Your Child Safe in the Backyard
    Help make outdoor play safe

  • Kids Raised by Relatives Face Increased Health Risks
    Extra support is needed when children don't live with a parent, expert says

  • Parent Error Common When Medicating Chronically Ill Kids
    Even well-educated parents need more help with lifesaving drug regimens, study finds

  • Teens' Facebook Sex Talk May Not Be Just Talk
    Sexual references signal intent to have intercourse, study finds

  • Involved Parents Less Likely to Raise Bullies
    Knowing your children's friends and good communication are key, study finds

  • Child Abuse Head Injuries Rise as Economy Falls
    Study found almost twice as many per month in a downturn

  • Parents of Autistic Children Turning to Alternative Treatments
    Little research supports most options, but families driven by need to help, experts say

  • Obesity a Bigger Threat to Kids in Southern States
    Rate in Mississippi is double that of children in Oregon, CDC study finds

  • Kids Suffer When Parents Choose Between Health Care, Bills
    Children in these homes are at greater risk of developmental delays, hospitalization, study finds

  • Drug Maker Recalls More Than 40 Allergy, Cold Meds for Kids
    Medicines involved in the voluntary action include Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin and Benadryl

  • Grandparents Play Vital Role for Autistic Children
    Many help with child care, treatment decisions and political advocacy, survey finds

  • Motor Skills Lag in Poor Preschoolers
    Delays in running, catching, throwing lead to sedentary lifestyle, study finds

  • Educational Program Urges Parents to Immunize Kids
    Campaign will explain serious threat of re-emerging diseases, AAP says

  • Health Tip: Offering Baby a Pacifier
    Guidelines for new parents

  • Early Surgery Best for Children With Hearing Loss
    Cochlear implants yielded best results when put in those younger than 18 months

  • How, When Child Develops Autism May Determine Outcomes
    Those whose communication skills regressed tended to have more severe cases, study finds

  • Health Tip: Managing Chickenpox Discomfort
    Help soothe the itch

  • One in Five Parents Would Spank in Certain Settings
    But poll found using reason was by far most common choice of discipline

  • Managing Type 1 Diabetes Can Stress Teens
    Glucose levels tend to rise, study finds, as youths control their own care

  • Teen Inhalant Use Drops by One-Third in U.S.
    But study finds use of propellants, like computer-cleaning sprays, becoming more popular

  • Genetics, Psychology May Trigger ADHD
    Gene variant and sense of family discord implicated in new study

  • Day Care Centers Too Quick to Send Mildly Ill Kids Home
    Colds, stomach bugs are already contagious long before symptoms appear, study authors say

  • Kids Could Overdose From Nicotine-Laced 'Candy'
    R.J. Reynolds launched product for smokers in smoke-free settings, but doctors have concerns

  • Most Teen Bloggers Play It Safe Online
    Study finds vast majority of chat sticks to everyday concerns, not risky behaviors

  • Even 9-Month-Olds Choose 'Gender-Specific' Toys
    Study found boys went for cars and trucks, while girls chose doll, teddy bear

  • Video Games Before Bed May Not Shortchange Slumber
    Study found it took teens only few more minutes to fall asleep

  • Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
    Grown-ups need to stop restricting kids' activity, researcher says

  • Health Tip: Prevent Air Bag Injuries in Children
    Follow these guidelines

  • Spanking May Make a Child More Aggressive
    Corporal punishment at 3 linked to behavior changes at age 5, study suggests

  • Child Obesity Soaring in Rural America
    In one Louisiana community, one in two kids is now overweight or obese, study finds

  • Kids Often Misled About Child Abuse
    Parents warn of stranger danger but not relatives or friends, survey finds

  • More Kids Falling Prey to Sports Overuse Injuries
    New campaign highlights need for education and prevention

  • Health Tip: Exposure to Lead
    Here's a list of common sources

  • Kids Need Parents' Help in Managing Type 1 Diabetes
    Adherence to treatment declines if adults fail to monitor, study finds

  • Health Tip: Babyproofing the House
    Help keep your child safe

  • It Takes a Village to Help Babies Sleep Safely
    Constant chorus of advice might prevent SIDS in more infants, study shows

  • Most Holiday Injuries to Kids Spurred by Everyday Mishaps
    More than 500,000 a year wind up in ER during major U.S. holidays, researchers find

  • Long-Term Methotrexate Won't Help Kids With Juvenile Arthritis
    Using drug for up to a year did not affect relapse rate, study found

  • Health Tip: Signs That Your Child Needs a Nap
    Make sure your little one gets enough sleep

  • Wider Breast-Feeding Could Save Babies' Lives
    It could also save U.S. $13 billion a year, study finds

  • Good Foster Care Helps Neglected Kids Thrive
    Study of Romanian orphans shows that better diet, close attention makes all the difference

  • Exercise Helps Teens Overcome 'Obesity Gene'
    DNA does not make overweight inevitable, new study shows

  • Dealing With Those All-Too-Public Tantrums
    Don't let glares, stares tempt you to give into your child's meltdowns, expert says

  • Working Wives Still Expected to Do It All, Study Finds
    Women whose husbands work 60 hours or more a week often quit their own jobs, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Talking to Your Child About Divorce
    Suggestions for how to break the news

  • Body Piercing: Sign of Deviance or Normal Practice?
    Piercings suggest need to assess self-image, mental health, researchers say

  • Small Tax on Soda Won't Curb Child Obesity
    But higher tariffs could slash youngsters' consumption, study finds

  • Parent in Recovery Room Tied to Behavior in Day Surgery Kids
    No immediate benefit found, but positive results seen two weeks after, research shows

  • Many Kids Not Fully Informed of Their Role in Cancer Studies
    Parents usually call the shots; doctors unclear in their explanations, study finds

  • Infants' Sensitivity to Voices May Develop by 7 Months
    Findings could further understanding of autism and related conditions

  • ADHD Symptoms Often Subside Within a Year
    Children should be rechecked annually to prevent unneeded treatment, researchers say

  • Parents Aren't Only Ones Who Feel Stress of Unemployment
    Joblessness also affects children's health and well-being, experts say

  • Health Tip: Secondhand Smoke Can Harm Children
    Here's what exposure may do to kids

  • Health Tip: Finding a Birthing Class
    To help you prepare for baby's arrival

  • Health Tip: Reduce Baby's Exposure to BPA
    The chemical is found in many plastics

  • Motherhood a Buffer Against Suicide
    Study shows that risk declines as number of children rises

  • Obese Kids Suffer More Leg, Foot Injuries: Study
    Have limb pain evaluated, experts advise

  • FDA Asks Docs to Suspend Using Glaxo Rotavirus Vaccine
    Rotarix is contaminated with pig virus but poses no known health risk, officials say

  • Health Tip: Doing Baby's Laundry
    Prevent skin irritation

  • Common Pesticide Tied to Development Delays in Kids
    Chlorpyrifos, used on fruits and vegetables, affects mental and motor skill development, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Medications and Breast Feeding
    What's safe to take?

  • 'Gaming' Sends Boys' Test Scores Sliding
    Study finds they spend less time on academics with video-game systems at home

  • Risks of Kids' Surgeries May Not Stick With Parents
    Despite giving 'informed consent,' many can't recall details, study finds

  • Siblings of Kids With Autism May Be Prone to Hyperactivity
    But it shouldn't affect mental health overall, study finds

  • Health Tip: Buying Baby's Car Seat
    How to choose a safe one

  • Inhalant Abuse a Deadly Middle-School Concern
    'Huffing' more common than smoking pot, snorting cocaine among 12-year-olds, study finds

  • Health Tip: What's Behind Childhood Obesity
    Factors that increase a youngster's risk

  • Jump in Kids' Sports Injuries Due to Overuse
    Awareness can slow this 'silent epidemic,' prevent long-term problems, expert says

  • Entire Family Genome Sequenced for First Time
    Children receive 30 mutations from each parent, researchers find

  • For Tough Head Lice, Pill Tops Lotion
    Ivermectin may offer alternative for hard-to-treat infestations, study shows

  • Protect Your Baby's Smile
    Follow these tips to prevent early tooth decay, damage

  • Fitness May Boost Kids' Grades
    Study finds link between physical health and academic test scores

  • Screen Time May Take a Toll on Kids' Relationships
    More hours spent in front of TV, computer linked to less bonding with peers, parents, researchers say

  • Child Obesity Rates Going Up
    Junk food intake is up, and many kids have few places to burn calories, studies find

  • Risk of Childhood Obesity Higher Among Minorities
    Study found risk factors start before birth, stretch into preschool years

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  • Parents Still Worried About Vaccine Safety
    Although most get their children inoculated, concerns persist, study found

  • Some Parents Consider Hastening a Sick Child's Death
    Desire to save kids terminally ill with cancer from further pain prompts feelings, survey finds

  • Watching Special Videos May Not Make Kids Brainier
    Real-life interaction is more apt to enhance verbal skills, experts say

  • Parents' Divorce Doesn't Harm College-Age Kids
    Study found those students as happy as others

  • Shortage of Black Doctors Rooted in Social, Economic Ills
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