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- More Clues to Spotting Autism in Siblings of Those With Disorder
20 percent of younger brothers, sisters also diagnosed by age 3, researchers report
TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Brothers and sisters of children with autism can show signs of the disorder as early as 18 months of age, a new study says.
- Sleep Woes Common Among Troubled Young Children, Study Says
Researchers link psychiatric issues to ‘behavioral insomnias of childhood’
TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Sleep difficulties, particularly problems falling asleep, are common among toddlers and preschoolers with mental health issues, according to a new study.
- Placebo Treatment May Quiet Kids’ Cough
Parents report a spoonful of agave nectar or flavored water reduced symptoms
By Tara Haelle
MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Giving young children agave nectar or a placebo treatment of flavored, colored water both appear to help reduce cough symptoms at night more than not giving any treatment, according to a new study.
- More Kids Harmed by Drinking in Pregnancy Than Expected, Study Reports
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders may affect about 5 percent of U.S. children
By Tara Haelle
MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Although drinking during pregnancy has long been considered taboo, new research suggests that as many as one in 20 U.S. children may have health or behavioral problems related to alcohol exposure before birth.
- Health Tip: Get Kids Outdoors
How outside exercise can boost health
(HealthDay News)—Kids should be outside, getting fresh air, exploring and playing, avoiding gadgets and getting lots of exercise.
- Could Air Pollutants Raise a Child’s Autism Risk?
Chromium, styrene implicated in preliminary study
By Steven Reinberg
FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Children exposed to two air toxins—chromium and styrene—while in the womb and during the first two years of life may have increased odds of developing autism, according to a new study.
- Childhood Peanut Allergy May Be Linked to Skin Gene Mutation
Study bolsters the dual-allergen-exposure theory, expert says
FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Infants with a specific skin gene mutation who are exposed to peanut protein in household dust may be more likely to develop a peanut allergy, according to a new study.
- Health Tip: When Your Child Needs to Lose Weight
Get doctor’s approval before starting a diet
(HealthDay News)—If your child is overweight, be sure to teach him or her about the importance of a nutritious diet and regular exercise. You also should offer plenty of support and avoid pressuring your youngster.
- Gestational Diabetes May Influence Daughter’s Weight Later
Girls’ risk of being overweight may be more than tripled, study finds
THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Daughters of women who developed gestational diabetes while pregnant may be at increased risk for being obese later in childhood, a new study suggests.
- Health Tip: Using a Pacifier to Soothe Baby
Make sure the infant really doesn’t want to eat instead
(HealthDay News)—Deciding to offer a pacifier to your baby, then choosing the right one for the child, are important decisions for new parents.
- Discussing Ebola: Children Feel Safe, Calm When Adults Do, Too
Be prepared with appropriate answers for the inevitable questions, experts say
By Tara Haelle
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News)—With so much news focused on the Ebola epidemic in Africa, parents and other caregivers should think about how to help children feel safe, experts say.
- Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant
Reduced lung function seen in children at age 4, study says
TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Children of mothers exposed to high levels of traffic air pollution during pregnancy may be at increased risk for lung damage, according to a new study.
- Tall, Heavy 1-Year-Olds May Be at Risk for Obesity Later, Study Finds
But experts say genes aren’t destiny
By Steven Reinberg
TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Infants who quickly add weight and length may be showing a genetic propensity for obesity as toddlers, a new study suggests.
- Health Tip: Snacking After School
Take steps to avoid getting sick
(HealthDay News)—Snacking may be the first thing on a child’s mind after school. But young ones should also take steps to prevent getting sick.
- Health Tip: Trouble Sleeping During Pregnancy
Reasons include having to go more often
(HealthDay News)—While you may sleep soundly during the first trimester of pregnancy, sleep may be more challenging during the later months.
- Circumcision Past Newborn Stage Poses Risk for Boys, Study Finds
Delaying procedure also linked with higher costs, experts say
By Kathleen Doheny
MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Circumcision is typically done in the first days or weeks of life, but about 6 percent of U.S. boys have the procedure later, which increases the risk of complications and increases costs, according to new research.
- ‘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
By Amy Norton
MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News)—When parents become desensitized to violence and sex in movies, they may also become more lax about their children’s exposure to both onscreen, a new study suggests.
- Health Tip: Listen to Your Child About Food Allergies
Things kids may say when they’re having an allergic reaction
(HealthDay News)—If a young child has an allergic reaction to food, the child may not know how to clearly communicate what’s happening.
- Vitamin D Might Help Kids With Eczema
Researchers saw some improvement in winter-related symptoms
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Daily vitamin D supplements might help children with eczema that gets worse in the winter, a new study suggests.
- Tonsillectomy Complications May Be More Likely in Poor, Minority Kids
Access to care might play a role, researcher says
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Black and Hispanic children, and those from poor families, are at increased risk for complications after tonsil removal surgery, a new study finds.
- Detergent Pods Pose Risk to Kids’ Eyes, Researchers Warn
Young children may be attracted to the brightly colored chemicals, study suggests
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News)—The popular “pods” that hold liquid laundry or dishwasher detergent can pose a danger to kids, especially to their eyes, a new study reports.
- Health Tip: Installing a Child’s Car Seat
Follow the product’s instructions carefully
(HealthDay News)—Proper installation of a rear-facing car seat, recommended for all infants and children up to age 2, offers protection for your child in the event of a car crash.
- Sleeping on Sofa Can Be Deadly for Babies, Study Finds
Researchers uncover higher risk for SIDS, suffocation
By Tara Haelle
MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News)—One of the most dangerous places for a sleeping baby is a sofa, according to a new study.
- Calm, Positive Family Meals May Help Keep Kids Slim
Having both parents present, eating in kitchen also linked to healthier weights, researchers report
By Dennis Thompson
MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Positive, calm and friendly family meals might help a child avoid becoming overweight or obese, a new study suggests.
- 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
FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Many newborns are at risk on their first trip home from the hospital because their parents install or use car safety seats incorrectly, a new study warns.
- Today’s Teens Can Be Adept Multitaskers, Study Suggests
Some kids do just fine juggling multiple forms of media throughout the day, research shows
FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News)—If you think teenagers always pay a penalty in performance when they juggle multiple media devices, think again.
- Many Parents Need to Educate Themselves About Concussions
Experts believe lack of knowledge could hinder child’s recovery
FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Parents’ lack of knowledge about concussion may hinder youngsters’ treatment and recovery, two new studies suggest.
- Fried Foods Linked to Raised Risk of Diabetes in Pregnancy
Seven or more weekly portions of greasy fare may double odds, researchers say
THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Regularly eating fried food before pregnancy may increase a woman’s risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy, according to a new study.
- Rely on Mom-to-Be When Epidural Is Needed
Early use likely won’t lead to delivery complications, review of previous studies finds
THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News)—When it comes to pain relief during labor and delivery, mom probably knows best, new research suggests.
- Kids May Leave Hospital Sooner When Antibiotics Are Controlled
Findings support use of drug ‘stewardship programs,’ researchers say
THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News)—New research finds that children who are hospitalized get discharged sooner and come back less often when hospitals take extra efforts to control treatment that uses antibiotics.
- Health Tip: Teach Kids to Live Healthier
Including daily exercise
(HealthDay News)—Children can learn healthy habits that can help them throughout their lives.
- Obese Kids May Show Early Signs of Heart Trouble
Study found they have higher blood pressure, higher levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol than normal-weight kids
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Obese young people may already be showing the warning signs of heart disease, German researchers report.
- Schools Key to Reaching Kids With Mental Health Needs, Experts Say
Left untreated, children may suffer long-term damage
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Schools can play a crucial role in helping the 10 percent to 20 percent of children worldwide who would benefit from some form of mental health treatment, experts say.
- Health Tip: Reducing the Risk of Premature Delivery
Don’t drink alcohol or smoke
(HealthDay News)—When babies are born prematurely, they’re at risk for serious health and developmental problems. Premature delivery can’t always be prevented, but there are things you can do to increase the odds of having a full-term baby.
- Genes May Play Big Role in Academic Success, Study Suggests
But a number of other factors affect schoolwork and achievement, experts stress
By Randy Dotinga
MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Genetics may account for as much as 60 percent of academic achievement, according to a new British study.
- Fetal Exposure to Plastics Chemical Tied to Breathing Ills in Kids
Expert recommends pregnant women avoid canned foods, plastics containing BPA
By Steven Reinberg
MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Exposure in pregnancy to a chemical commonly found in plastics and cans—known as bisphenol A, or BPA—may increase a child’s risk of breathing problems, researchers say.
- It’s Confirmed: You Have Parents to Thank (or Blame) for Your Height
New study doubles the number of gene regions linked to height
MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News)—New research confirms that you have your parents to thank for how tall or short you are.
- Health Tip: Encouraging Your Toddlers to Read
Let them choose the book
(HealthDay News)—Reading is an important part of childhood. Parents can encourage a love of reading by getting little ones engaged in books.
- Drinking Water Contaminant Linked to Pregnancy Complications in Study
Women who were exposed had higher rates of stillbirth, placenta problems, researchers say
FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News)—A common drinking water contaminant increases the risk of some types of pregnancy complications, a new study suggests.
- Certain Autoimmune Drugs in Pregnancy May Up Newborn Infection Risk: Study
Colitis therapy tied to 4 cases of low white blood cell count in newborns, but some docs question the finding
By Alan Mozes
FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News)—When given to pregnant women, a common treatment for ulcerative colitis may inadvertently lower their baby’s ability to fight off infections at birth, new French research suggests.
- Docs Offer Advice for Combating Respiratory Virus That’s Striking Kids
Proper hygiene, including frequent hand washing, is important—especially for children with asthma
FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News)—As Enterovirus D68 infections continue to spread across the United States, the American Lung Association offers tips on how to protect your child from infection and what to do if your child is struck by the virus.
- 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
THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Training infants to identify sounds linked with language before they’re old enough to speak hastens language-associated brain development, a new study suggests.
- Health Tip: If Your Child’s Grades Are Dropping
Make sure a physical problem isn’t the cause
(HealthDay News)—If your child is suddenly struggling with school performance, the cause may be a physical health problem.
- Healthy Lifestyle Before Pregnancy May Cut Gestational Diabetes Risk
Factors that appear to lower odds include healthy weight, exercise and no smoking
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Healthy lifestyle habits could prevent about half of all diabetes cases that develop during pregnancy, a new study finds.
- Kids With Autism Tend to Be Less Active, Study Says
But ‘underlying physical abilities are there’
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Children with autism are more sedentary than those without the disorder, but they’re fully capable of being more active, a small study suggests.
- Preterm Birth, Pneumonia Leading Causes of Death for Children Under 5
New global estimates suggest 2 million die each year from these conditions
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Nearly 2 million children younger than 5 died worldwide in 2013 of complications from premature birth and pneumonia, a new study shows.
- Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study
But authors, expert stressed that couples shouldn’t base family planning on this finding
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Children conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of a sibling could be at increased risk for autism, a new study suggests.
- Health Tip: Curbing Nighttime Nursing
Feed baby more during the day
(HealthDay News)—Older babies may be able to sleep through the night, but may still wake up to nurse.
- Obese in Adolescence, Colon Cancer in Later Life?
Study doesn’t prove cause-and-effect, but suggests the need for healthy habits in childhood
By Steven Reinberg
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Obesity and inflammation in late adolescence are associated with increased risk for colon and rectal cancer in adulthood, a new study of Swedish males suggests.
- Antibiotic Use Before Age 2 Might Raise Obesity Risk, Study Says
Researchers suspect broad-spectrum versions change makeup of microbes in gut
By Kathleen Doheny
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Children who are given broad-spectrum antibiotics before the age of 2 may face a slightly higher risk of becoming obese during childhood, new research suggests.
- After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study
Findings suggest physical education, recess may improve academic success
By Tara Haelle
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Regular daily exercise appears to improve children’s attention and multi-tasking skills, according to a new study.
- ADHD Can Hamper School Performance as Early as 2nd Grade, Study Says
Researchers report problems with reading, math, social skills
By Dennis Thompson
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can harm a child’s academic performance and social skills as early as the second grade, a new Australian study contends.
- Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set
Make sure anchors are below ground
(HealthDay News)—If you’re assembling a swing set, take steps to make sure it’s properly assembled and safe for your child.
- Preemies May Have Stronger Immune Systems Than Suspected
Study finds infant’s cells can mount inflammatory response to bacteria
FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News)—A baby’s immune system is stronger than previously thought, a new study indicates.
- Ban Electronics in Kids’ Bedrooms, Expert Says
Electronic lights, action keep kids up at night and can impact school performance
FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Electronic devices can keep kids up at night and should be banned from the bedroom, according to experts from Stony Brook Children’s Hospital in New York.
- Health Tip: Keep Your Child’s Weight Down
Or he could become obese later
(HealthDay News)—Children between ages 8 and 15 who are in the upper half of their normal weight range are more likely than their leaner peers to become obese or overweight as young adults, research shows.
- Boys With Autism Show Certain Grammar Skills in Study
They were able to form some past tense verbs faster than boys without the disorder
THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Boys with high-functioning autism are stronger in a certain grammar skill than those without autism, according to a small study.
- 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
By Kathleen Doheny
TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News)—For babies born at very low birth weights, breast milk is more likely than a blood transfusion to lead to a potentially dangerous infection known as cytomegalovirus (CMV), a new study finds.
- Some Women Need Tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Experts Say
Guidelines include all sexually active females 24 and younger, plus older women deemed at higher risk
MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News)—All sexually active women 24 years and younger should be screened for two of the most common sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia and gonorrhea, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.