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Only 1 in 5 Parents Plan to Get COVID Vaccine for Kids Under 5 When Available: Survey

Only 18 percent of parents of children under 5 say they plan to get their child vaccinated against COVID as soon as they can, while nearly 4 in 10 say they will "wait and see" before getting shots for their child, a new U.S. survey reveals.

Nearly 3 in 10 (27%) said they would "definitely not" get their child vaccinated and 11% said they would do so only if required, according to the Kais...

3 More Children Have Died of Mysterious Liver Disease

A serious liver disease that's struck hundreds of young children worldwide has caused the deaths of three children in Indonesia, bringing the global death toll to at least four.

Nearly 170 children in 11 countries have been diagnosed with acute hepatitis in recent months, and the World Health Organization has

How Stress and Gastro Issues Affect Kids With Autism

For some children with autism, there's a connection between gastrointestinal problems and stress, anxiety and social withdrawal, a new study suggests.

The findings could help efforts to develop personalized treatments for autism patients with gastrointestinal problems such as stomach pain and constipation, the University of Missouri researchers suggested.

Such problems tend to occu...

Emotional Eating in Kids: How Much of It Is Mom's Fault?

If a mother reaches for cakes, chocolates or other snacks when she's feeling down, her children could become emotional eaters as well.

Kids' chances of becoming emotional eaters are shaped by both their natural eating tendencies and their parent's influence, according to a new British study.

Emo...

Moderna Asks FDA to Authorize Its COVID Vaccine For Children Under 6

Moderna announced Thursday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize the emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of 6.

It's the first vaccine maker to seek U.S. authorization of a COVID-19 shot for that age group.

"We believe mRNA-1273 [the Moderna vaccine] will be able to safely protect these children against SARS-CoV-2, which is ...

Another Long-Term Health Issue Tied to Abuse in Childhood: Cholesterol

The toll of child abuse is wide-ranging and long-lasting. Researchers warn that childhood abuse is tied to high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes in adulthood, raising odds for heart disease and stroke.

In contrast, those who grew up in nurturing homes are less likely to have heart disease risk factors.

"Our findings demonstrate how the negative and positive experiences we have in chi...

Pfizer SeekS FDA  Approval of COVID Boosters for Children Ages 5-11

Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve emergency use of its booster shot for children ages 5 to 11.

The application hinges on a study of 140 children with no evidence of prior coronavirus infection. Their antibody levels against the original strain of the virus were six times higher a month after a booster dose than a month after a...

Antibiotics in Infancy May Weaken Response to Childhood Vaccines

Babies and toddlers who've been given antibiotics might have a less vigorous immune response to routine childhood vaccinations, new research warns.

The study is the first to suggest that antibiotics might dampen youngsters' ability to generate infection-fighting antibodies in response to vaccination.

Experts caut...

Kids Who Witness Domestic Violence May Suffer Mentally for Decades

Witnessing violence between your parents is traumatic when it happens, but a new study finds that trauma can raise your risk of depression and other mental health problems.

The study included more than 17,700 Canadian adults who took part in a national survey on mental health. Of those respondents, 326 sa...

WHO Says Acute Hepatitis Cases in Children Now Reported in 11 Countries

The World Health Organization said it is investigating an outbreak of acute hepatitis among children that now involves 11 countries, including the United States.

Among the 169 reported cases, at least one child has died from this inflammation of the liver and 17 children needed liver transplants, the WHO said Saturday in a

  • By Cara Murez and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • April 25, 2022
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  • As Pandemic Continues, Advice for Parents on How to Manage Anxiety in Kids

    Anxiety over the COVID-19 pandemic is common among young children, and parents may wonder how to quell those concerns.

    An expert from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has some advice.

    "Parents should have a clear idea of what their thoughts are about the virus and get on the same page as their partner," said Laurel Williams, a professor in the department of psychiatry and behav...

    Childhood Vaccination Rates Slipped During Pandemic: CDC

    Many kindergartners fell behind on their childhood vaccinations during the pandemic, U.S. health officials warned Thursday.

    The drop has not been precipitous: About 94% of kindergarteners had their required vaccines during the 2020-2021 school year, a drop of about one percentage point and just below the 95% vaccination target, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a...

    Firearms Now the Leading Cause of Death Among U.S. Kids, Teens

    Guns have surpassed road crashes as the leading cause of death among U.S. children and teens.

    Gun-related deaths rose 29% among 1- to 19-year-olds from 2019 to 2020, according to a new University of Michigan study. In all, there were more than 4,300 gun-related deaths — including suicides, homicides and accidents — in that age group in 2020.

    The rising rates demonstrate that the...

    Unvaccinated Kids Were Twice as Likely to End up in Hospital During Omicron Surge

    Nearly 9 in 10 children ages 5-11 who were hospitalized for COVID-19 from mid-December to late February were unvaccinated, a rate that was two times higher than for vaccinated children, a new government study shows.

    Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found<...

    Over Half of American Parents Give Their Picky Eaters Supplements

    If your child is a picky eater and you feel you need to give them dietary supplements, you're not alone.

    In a new poll of more than 1,200 U.S. parents with at least one child aged 1 to 10, more than half said they struggle to get their child to eat a well-balanced diet and half said they regularly give their child dietary supplements.

    About one-third of parents said their child is a...

    Some Pot Edibles Mimic Candy, Raising Dangers for Kids

    Marijuana edibles that mimic the packaging of popular snack foods pose a risk to children, a new study warns.

    Researchers looked at the packaging of more than 200 types of edible marijuana products and found that nearly one in 10 resembled commercial snacks foods, including candies and chips....

    Virtual Learning Didn't Slow Preschoolers' Reading Skills

    Preschoolers can learn reading skills in a virtual classroom, University of Washington researchers say.

    "Children are ready to learn to read at the age of 5. But the pandemic robbed children of the opportunity for in-person reading instruction," said Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), in Seattle. "What we've shown here is that an online re...

    Health Officials Investigate Mysterious Hepatitis Cases Among Children in U.S., U.K.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating an unexplained increase in severe liver infection in children around the world including in the United States and the United Kingdom.

    The severe acute hepatitis cases have led to hospitalizations and even some liver transplants, but not deaths, CBS News report...

    Lead Exposure Harms Kids in Many Ways

    New studies add to the extensive body of research showing the many risks that lead poses to youngsters.

    The association between lead exposure and children's IQ is well-documented, but these Univers...

    New Treatment May Curb Low Blood Sugar in Kids With Insulin Disorder

    A new therapy corrects low blood sugar in children with a genetic disorder that causes the pancreas to produce too much insulin, researchers say.

    Congenital hyperinsulinism (HI) is the most common cause of...

    Kids Think Farm Animals Deserve Same Treatment as Pets

    Life would be much better for farm animals if children were in charge, a new British study suggests.

    Unlike adults, children believe farm animals should be treated the same as people and pets, and children are less likely to view eating animals as morally acceptable.

    The study included 479 people in England from three age groups -- 9-11, 18-21 and 29-59 -- who were asked their views...

    Pfizer Says Its Booster Shot Bolsters Immune Response in Those Aged 5 to 11

    Pfizer Inc. said Thursday that its booster shot raised levels of neutralizing antibodies against both the original coronavirus strain and the Omicron variant in children aged 5 to 11.

    They said in a

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  • April 14, 2022
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  • Older Kids More Vulnerable to MIS-C: Study

    Older children and teens are the most vulnerable to severe cases of a rare inflammatory disorder that can occur in youngsters who've had COVID-19, a new study finds.

    It included 232 children aged 18 and younger who were admitted to 15 hospitals in Canada, Costa Rica and Iran with suspected multi-system inflammatory syndrome (

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 11, 2022
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  • Follow-Up Care Can Prevent Repeat ER Visits for Child's Asthma

    After a child shows up in the emergency room in the throes of an asthma attack, follow-up care is the best way to avoid another visit to the hospital down the road.

    But when researchers analyzed claims data on more than 90,000 asthma-related emergency department (ED) visits by children ages 3 to 21 in California, Massachusetts and Vermont, they found that only 23% actually received follow...

    COVID Vaccine Safe for Kids Who've Had MIS-C, Small Study Suggests

    COVID-19 vaccines appear to be safe for kids who have had a rare complication called MIS-C after being infected by the coronavirus, according to a new small study.

    Some kids get MIS-C -- shorthand for multisystem inflammator...

    Rash Decisions: Many Triggers for Children's Skin Outbreaks

    A sudden rash can be a puzzling and alarming symptom in a child. But as one expert explains, rashes are common in kids and often caused by eczema or an allergic reaction.

    "Eczema is a disease that causes patches of dry skin, which is often accompanied by intense itching. Scratching can damage the skin, make the rash worse, and increase the risk for an infection," said Dr. JiaDe (Jeff) Yu,...

    Mom's Use of Workplace Disinfectants in Pregnancy Tied to Eczema, Asthma in Kids

    If you're a worker who plans to get pregnant, take heed of a new study that warns that pregnant women who work in hospitals and are exposed to disinfectants may be more likely to have children who suffer from asthma and

  • Cara Murez
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  • March 29, 2022
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  • 'Live' Type of Flu Shot Is Safe for Kids With Asthma: Study

    Yearly flu shots are especially important for kids with asthma as any virus can trigger an asthma attack. But in the not-too-distant future, these kids might be able to get a spritz instead of a jab, new research hints.

    Current recommendations suggest children with asthma get an inactivated flu shot (...

    Moderna Will Ask FDA to Approve COVID Vaccine for Young Kids

    Moderna announced Wednesday that it will ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine for children under 6.

    The company said that its request is based on interim results from its clinical trial that showed, even when given a dose that was one-quarter as strong as the adult dose, these youngest children had an immune response that was simil...

    New Malaria Treatment Gets First Approval for Use in Children

    A new drug that can cure a certain type of malaria was approved in Australia Monday for kids and teens.

    The approval was announced on Monday by the nonprofit Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), which helped develop the drug with GlaxoSmith...

    Mask Mandates Worked in Schools Last Fall, CDC Study Finds

    School mask mandates helped protect students and staff last fall as the Delta variant spread, a new government report shows.

    Ironically, the finding arrived just as many U.S. school districts have dropped masking rules.

    In the study released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Cont...

    Another Study Finds Bogus 'Conversion Therapy' Harms LGBTQ Teens

    There are serious mental harms and high financial costs associated with so-called conversion therapy for LGBTQ people, researchers report.

    Conversion therapy attempts to make lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people "straight." Its safety and effectiveness has been discredited in multiple prior studies.

    In the new

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  • Pfizer Vaccine Much Less Potent in Kids Aged 5-11

    Fresh data shows that Pfizer's COVID vaccine is far less powerful at preventing infection among children ages 5 to 11 than teens, a finding that could leave some parents of younger children worried.

    The vaccine -- the only one authorized for that age group in the United States -- does prevent severe illness in young children, according to

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  • Kids' Poisonings Rise as More Parents Bring Pot Edibles Home

    Edibles. In adults, they can be used recreationally or to help manage pain, nausea and anxiety. But these THC-loaded products, often sold as gummies, cookies and brownies, have fueled a four-year increase in the number of emergency calls for young children who mistakenly think they're yummy treats.

    In 2021 alone, the New Jersey Poison Control Center assisted in the medical treatment of mo...

    Seasonal Flu Shots Give Kids Broader Protection Against New Strains

    A new study finds that kids who have received years of seasonal flu shots have antibodies that provide wider protection against new influenza strains, something researchers say doesn't happen in adults.

    These findings could help efforts to develop a universal flu vaccine for children. That would be significant, according to the authors of the

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  • Your Baby's Developed a Cough: Expert Advice on What to Do

    If your baby has a cough, you might immediately think it's COVID-19, but coughing is a common wintertime symptom, a pediatrician says.

    Dr. Mona Patel of Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers some advice on what to do when your baby develops a cough.

    Congestion and postnasal drip will wo...

    Kids With COVID-Linked MIS-C Have Long-Term Symptoms

    Following a bout of severe COVID-19, some children suffer lasting neurological complications, part of a rare condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a new study finds.

    The neurological symptoms are wide-ranging, and can include headaches, difficulty falling and staying asleep, daytime sleepine...

    Gruesome Warning Images on Soda Labels Could Cut Consumption

    Images of fat-laden, diseased hearts and blackened, rotting feet might be the last thing you expect to see on the label of a can of soda that your child desperately wants, but would such drastic health warnings about the long-term dangers of sugar stop you from buying it?

    Yes, suggests new research that finds parents were 17 percentage points less likely to buy sugary beverages if confron...

    Pfizer Asks FDA to Approve Its Vaccine for Youngest Kids

    Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize its two-dose COVID vaccine for emergency use in children under 5 while it continues to research the power of a third shot in these youngest Americans.

    If the FDA grants the request, the two-shot regimen would become the first approved for use in children this young; older children are alread...

    Getting Active Soon After Concussion May Aid Kids' Recovery

    A return to non-contact physical activity three days after a concussion is safe and possibly even beneficial for kids, a Canadian clinical trial finds.

    "Gone are the days of resting in a dark room," said study co-author Andrée-Anne Ledoux, a scientist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Ottawa, Canada.

    The

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  • February 2, 2022
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  • Parents: What You Need to Know About Kids & COVID-19

    As the number of U.S. children with COVID-19 continues to surge, there are a number of things parents should know, a pediatric infectious disease expert says.

    "What used to be the average number of children with COVID for the whole hospital is now the average just for the intensive care unit," said Dr. Jessica Ericson, of Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pa.

    "Bac...

    Pfizer Will Ask FDA to Approve Its COVID Vaccine for Kids Under 5

    Pfizer Inc. plans to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as soon as Tuesday to authorize its COVID vaccine for emergency use in children aged 6 months to 4 years old.

    If approved, the two-shot regimen would become the first approved for use in children this young; older children are already eligible for the vaccine. In December, Pfizer suffered a setback when it

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  • February 1, 2022
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  • The 'Oreo Test' and Other Ways to Help Kids' Oral Health

    Worried your kid isn't brushing his or her teeth properly? You might want to try the Oreo test.

    "If the child eats an Oreo and brushes their teeth and the parent can still see the Oreos, they need to be checking and helping them brush," said Elise Sarvas, a clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry with the University of Minnesota.

    Sarvas offers up the Oreo test and other ...

    Screens Near Bedtime Bad for Preschoolers' Sleep

    It's crucial to keep preschoolers away from screens and other sources of light in the hour before bedtime if you want them to get a good night's sleep, researchers say.

    That's because even a little bit of light exposure can trigger a sharp drop in the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, according...

    Getting Your School-Age Child Into a Healthy Sleep Routine

    Most parents have dealt with having to hurry a sleepy child out the door on a school morning, but experts say taking the time to establish good sleep routines for your kids is worth the effort.

    Amid the pandemic, there can be a great deal of uncertainty around school, but a set sleep regimen can help ease youngsters'

    Genes Could Help Drive Febrile Convulsions in Kids

    It's frightening to see your child have a fever-related (febrile) seizure, but researchers are learning more about who's more susceptible.

    An international study has identified seven new genes associated with febrile seizures, or febrile convulsions, in yo...

    More Than 1 Million U.S. Kids Diagnosed With COVID in Single Week

    More than 1.1 million American kids were diagnosed with COVID-19 during the week ending Jan. 20, new data show.

    That's 17% higher than the 981,000 cases diagnosed the week before and double the number from two weeks before that.

    "As we approach the two-year anniversary of the pandemic, cases of COVID-19 among children and adolescents are the highest they have ever been," said Dr. Mo...

    Pandemic Especially Tough on Kids With ADHD

    Living through the pandemic has not been easy for kids, but it has really thrown off children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research warns.

    Though they were not more likely to catch COVID-19, they were more likely to experience symptoms if they were infected. But the damage did not stop there: These children were also more likely to have trouble sleeping, f...

    COVID Is Proving More Lethal for Children in Africa

    Children in sub-Saharan Africa have a far higher risk of death from COVID-19 than those in the United States and Europe, a new study shows.

    “Although our study looked at data from earlier in the pandemic, the situation hasn’t changed much for the children of Africa. If anything, it is expected to be worsening with the global emergence of the

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  • January 25, 2022
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  • COVID Can Affect Brains of Hospitalized Kids

    The coronavirus can leave more than 40% of children hospitalized for COVID-19 with headaches and other lingering neurological symptoms, a new study claims.

    And the kids who developed these headaches or experienced an altered mental status known as acute encephalopathy were more ...

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