American Academy of Pediatrics

  • AMERICA Feb 25

    How to Protect Your Kids From Dog Bites

    Over four million people are bitten by dogs each year and children are more likely to suffer serious injuries. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help prevent kids from getting bit by dogs and information on what you can do if a dog does bite.

  • Maryland Nov 19, 2019

    Sulfates, Phthalates and Parabens: A Look at the Most Common Buzzwords in Beauty

    Read the labels, D.C. dermatologist Shlomit Halachmi said. “Cautious and well-educated would be the approach I would recommend,” she said.

  • United States Jun 18, 2019

    US Preschoolers Less Pudgy in Latest Sign of Falling Obesity

    Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren’t a fluke. Obesity rates dropped steadily to about 14% in 2016 — the latest data available — from 16% in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. “It gives us more hope...

  • NEW YORK Jun 7, 2019

    Schools Reckon With Social Stress: ‘I'm on My Phone So Much'

    High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media. For one class period, students used a whiteboard to tally, in real time, every Snapchat, Instagram, text, call or other notification...

  • Donald Trump Jun 4, 2019

    Young Americans' Lawsuit on Climate Change Faces Big Hurdle

    A lawsuit by a group of young people who say U.S. energy policies are causing climate change and hurting their future faces a major hurdle Tuesday as lawyers for the Trump administration argue to stop the case from moving forward. Three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are hearing arguments from lawyers for 21 young people and...

  • Europe May 10, 2019

    Juul's ‘Switch' Campaign for Smokers Draws New Scrutiny

    The young models and the candy-colored graphics that helped propel Juul to the top of the e-cigarette market are gone. In their place are people like Carolyn, a 54-year-old former smoker featured in new TV commercials touting Juul as an alternative for middle-age smokers. “I don’t think anyone including myself thought that I could make the switch,” Carolyn says, sitting...

  • Associated Press Apr 26, 2019

    Measles Outbreak Causes Quarantine at UCLA and Cal State LA. Here's What You Need to Know

    County health officials have quarantined a number of students at UCLA who were possibly exposed to measles, and they also Thursday announced another case of measles in a person who flew in and out of Los Angeles International Airport while infectious, as they continue to reach out to more than 1,500 people who may have been exposed to measles by...

  • World Health Organization Apr 24, 2019

    No Screen Time for Babies; Only 1 Hour for Kids Under 5, UN Says

    The World Health Organization has issued its first-ever guidance for how much screen time children under 5 should get: not very much, and none at all for those under 1. The U.N. health agency said Wednesday that kids under 5 should not spend more than one hour watching screens every day — and that less is better. The guidelines are...

  • NBC Apr 12, 2019

    Fisher-Price Recalls Sleepers After More Than 30 Babies Died

    Fisher-Price is recalling nearly 5 million infant sleepers after more than 30 babies rolled over in them and died since the product was introduced in 2009. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that anyone who bought any models of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-Price for a refund.

  • NBC Apr 11, 2019

    Calls for Recall on Fisher Price Rock N' Play After Consumer Reports Finds 32 Infant Deaths

    Days after Fisher Price and a federal safety commission issued a warning about the potential dangers of a popular sleeper that parents have used as the solution to getting their newborn infants to sleep, a consumer group was calling for a recall, saying at least 32 infants have died.

  • illness Apr 8, 2019

    Telemedicine Tied to More Antibiotics for Kids, Study Finds

    Sniffling, sore-throated kids seen via telemedicine visits were far more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than those who went to a doctor’s office or clinic, according to a new study. Many of those prescriptions disregarded medical guidelines, raising the risk they could cause side effects or contribute to the rise of antibiotic-resistant germs. “I understand the desire for care that’s...

  • Heather Navarro Apr 5, 2019

    Heads Up, Parents Desperate for Sleep: Fisher Price Issues Warning for Rock N' Play After Infant Deaths

    Fisher Price and a federal safety commission are warning parents about allowing infants to sleep in the company’s Rock n’ Play bassinets, which have been lauded online in chat forums as a godsend for sleep-deprived parents of infants, after multiple deaths have been reported.

  • Minnesota Dec 27, 2018

    ‘I'm Addicted to Tech': Inside a 12-Step Meeting for the Internet

    The young men sit in chairs in a circle in a small meeting room in suburban Seattle and introduce themselves before they speak. It is much like any other 12-step meeting — but with a twist. “Hi, my name is,” each begins. Then something like, “and I’m an internet and tech addict.” The eight who’ve gathered here are beset by...

  • Donald Trump Dec 27, 2018

    Texas Migrant Teen Tent City Staying Open Into 2019

    The Trump administration said Wednesday it will keep open through early 2019 a tent city in Texas that now holds more than 2,000 migrant teenagers, and also will increase the number of beds at another temporary detention center for children in Florida. The Tornillo facility opened in June in an isolated corner of the Texas desert with capacity for up...

  • Donald Trump Dec 19, 2018

    Thousands of Migrant Kids Being Held in Mass Shelters, Data Shows

    Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant toddlers, children and teens in its care in detention centers and residential facilities packed with hundreds, or thousands, of children. As the year draws to a close, some 5,400 detained...

  • food Dec 3, 2018

    Top Tot Toys? Blocks, Boxes Over High-Tech Toys, Doctors Say

    Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos. Pediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents — things like blocks, puzzles — even throwaway cardboard boxes — that spark imagination and creativity. “A cardboard box can be used to draw on, or made into a house,” said Dr. Alan...

  • United States Oct 30, 2018

    Gum, Bottled Water, Pizza Bagels Want to Be Called ‘Healthy'

    Pizza bagels, chewing gum and bottled water want to play a starring new role in our diets: Foods that can be called healthy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is revamping its definition of healthy to reflect our changing understanding of nutrition science. The push is fueling debate about eating habits and what the new standard should say. Frozen food-makers...

  • RADIATION Sep 5, 2018

    New Advice on Kids' Concussions Calls for Better Tracking

    New children’s concussion guidelines from the U.S. government recommend against routine X-rays and blood tests for diagnosis and reassure parents that most kids’ symptoms clear up within one to three months. Signs of potentially more serious injuries that may warrant CT imaging scans include vomiting, unconsciousness and severe, worsening headaches, according to the guidelines released Tuesday. The guidelines from the...

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sep 4, 2018

    Guidance Changes on Flu Vaccine: Shots for Kids, Preferably Egg-Free

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends flu shots for children of all ages, citing higher effectiveness of the shot versus nasal spray. But for children who refuse needles, FluMist nasal spray is available. Additionally, some evidence suggests Flucelvax and FluBlok, the only two egg-free vaccines on the market, may work better than the older vaccines grown in eggs. Dr. Richard...

  • car seat Aug 31, 2018

    New Car Seat Guidelines Indicate Child's Size Should Be Considered Over Age

    The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines for young children in car seats: They should remain rear-facing until they reach the maximum height and weight allowed by the car seat manufacturer. The update is a departure from the previous recommendation that babies remain rear facing until the age of 2. Because the new guidelines are now based on the...

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