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Thousands of U.S. Kids Have Died Riding ATVs, Many More Sent to ERs

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatric surgeon Dr. Rony Marwan has seen way too many kids who have been seriously injured in all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents.

"My kids are not allowed to ride in A...

High Levels of PFAS 'Forever' Chemicals in Kids' School Uniforms

Your children's school clothes may look neat, but are they safe to wear?

Maybe not.

Researchers found high levels of dangerous chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in school uniforms sold across North America. These chemicals — which can build up in people and the envir...

Back to School: Keeping Kids Safe From Dangerous Food Allergies

The back-to-school season may bring on stress for parents of children who live with food allergies.

Parents can help reduce fear and anxiety by following some safety tips from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

School districts may have different policies for how to keep school...

Chicken Cooked in NyQuil? Help Kids Steer Clear of Social Media 'Medicine Challenges'

Misusing over-the-counter medications can have dangerous consequences, but recent social media trends encouraging this could be downright deadly for gullible teens, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday.

One concerning trend has been a challenge that encouraged people to cook chicken in NyQu...

Declutter That Crib: 'Bare Is Best' for Baby's Safe Sleep

When putting baby to bed, skip the cozy comforters, stuffed animals and pillows.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says bare is best — just a sheet. And, it urges, always put baby down for a rest in products specifically designed for their sleep, including cribs, bassinets and play yards.

“What is comfortable for the way adults sleep, isn’t

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  • September 18, 2022
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  • Abuse Early in Life May Mean Tougher Menopause Decades Later

    It's well-known that hot flashes, sleep disturbances and symptoms of depression are common issues during menopause. Yet not every woman experiences these symptoms at the same level of severity.

    A new study suggests...

    Lawsuit Claims Amazon's Top-Selling Mattress a 'Health Hazard'

    Customers who bought a bestselling mattress sold on Amazon and at retailers nationwide are suing the manufacturer amid claims that fiberglass fibers in the product have damaged their health.

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    Leading U.S. Pediatricians' Group Issues Guidelines to Prevent Patient Abuse

    Recent years have seen several high-profile cases of doctors sexually abusing young patients. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is issuing new recommendations aimed at prevention.

    Medical visits are usually a safe place for children and teenagers, but when abuse does happen, it is an egregious violation.

    One reason, the AAP says, is because parents and kids trust that hea...

    Child ER Visits for Swallowed Button Batteries Doubled in a Decade

    Trista Hamsmith's 18-month-old daughter, Reese, died after swallowing a button battery that slipped out of a remote control in the fall of 2020, and the mom-turned-advocate has spent the past two years trying to make sure no other child di...

    2 Million Infant Swings, Rockers Recalled Due to Strangulation Danger

    Millions of infant swings and rockers are being recalled because crawling babies can get entangled in straps that dangle beneath them.

    The recall applies to MamaRoo and RockaRoo swings and rockers manufactured by Thorley Industries of Pittsburgh. The company, which does business under the name 4moms, and the...

    One Back-to-School Worry for Parents: Traffic Dangers

    The dangers of school traffic is a major worry for many parents, a new poll finds.

    In fact, a third of more than 900 parents surveyed last spring said speeding and distracted parent drivers are their main concern, and drivers who don't follow the rules should be banned from school parking areas.

    According to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health from ...

    Wind Can Uproot Kids' Bouncy Castles, With Tragic Results

    Inflatable bounce houses are big, colorful, cheap to rent and practically scream "childhood fun." So, what could possibly go wrong?

    It turns out plenty. For one thing, the air-filled party staples are vulnerable to being blown aloft and even flipped over if left unmoored, a new study warns.

    But even when staked firmly in place, researchers warn that the biggest problem is the potent...

    1 in 4 Kids Hospitalized With COVID Have Symptoms Months Later

    More than a quarter of kids hospitalized with COVID-19 or a complication called multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) continue to have health problems more than two months later, a new study finds.

    A follow-up of COVID cases from 25 hospitals found that 27% of children and teens hospitalized with acute infection and 30% of those with

    B 8/11 -- Pandemic Showed Teachers' Key Role in Spotting Child Abuse

    Teachers play a critical role in the early detection and reporting of child abuse, according to a new study that found school closures during the height of the pandemic may have meant that up to 8,000 reports of endangered children were missed.

    "Child maltreatment is a vex...

    COVID May Be Tied to Rise in Brain Infections in Children

    COVID-19 may be linked to a rise in bacterial brain infections in children, a new study suggests.

    When the pandemic hit, doctors at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital of Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., saw a worrisome 236% rise in these infections and wondered why.

    Although rare, these infections can be mild, needing only antibiotics to clear, or severe, requiring surgery and t...

    Gun Deaths Rose 30% Among U.S. Kids in a Decade

    A grim new analysis finds that American youth became 30% more likely to die as a result of gun violence over the past decade.

    The jump in risk appears to have been largely driven by big spikes in gun-related

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  • July 26, 2022
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  • Key Players in Keeping Kids Safe From Guns: Pediatricians

    Pediatricians may become the trusted middle men between gun owners and non-gun owners when it comes to talks about gun safety, a new study shows.

    University of Pennsylvania researchers found parents were more open to politically sensitive discussions about gun locks and other gun safety measures whe...

    Cycle Safe: Find the Right Bike Helmet for Your Child

    Wearing a bike helmet can save the life of your young child or teenager, but it needs to fit well to really do its job.

    A well-fitting bike helmet significantly reduces the odds of serious head injury or death due to a bicycle, scooter or skateboard accident, experts say.

    Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers some tips for getting a helmet that's neither too small nor too loose, w...

    How Childhood Abuse Can Haunt the Senior Years

    Poor mental and physical health among older adults may trace back to childhood abuse, a Canadian study suggests.

    The study, published online July 7 in the journal Aging and Health Research, found that people who were physically abused during childhood were twice as likely ...

    Many Parents Ignore Fireworks Safety

    Many U.S. parents don't take proper precautions to protect their children from fireworks-related burns and injuries, claims a new survey released just ahead of the Fourth of July.

    The poll of more than 2,000 parents of children ages 3-18 was conducted this spring and found that more than half sa...

    Pediatricians' Group Urges Parents to Get Youngest Kids Vaccinated Against COVID

    Now that a COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for kids under age 5, a leading medical group urges parents to discuss it with their health care provider.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that parents ask their children's doctor or other clinician any questions they may have and learn how they can get the shots. One-on-one conversations with doctors who know their kids are ...

    Long COVID Can Hit Kids, Even Babies

    Even babies aren't immune from the effects of long COVID, Danish researchers report.

    Their study found that about one in three kids aged 14 and younger who tested positive for the virus were suffering from mood swings, trouble remembering or concentrating, and rashes as much as two months later.

    "Prolonged symptoms in children must be taken seriously, regardless of whether the pare...

    Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines: No Inclined Products, Bed-Sharing

    New infant sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stress that parents make sure their infants sleep alone on their back on a flat surface and not in bed with mom or dad.

    In addition, th...

    Pandemic Gave Clues to Cause of Rare Heart Condition in Kids

    A decline in cases of a rare heart disease in children during the COVID pandemic may provide clues about its cause and how to prevent it, researchers say.

    Kawasaki disease (KD) affects fewer than 6,000 kids in the United States each year, but is the most common acquired heart disease in children. Symptoms include f...

    COVID Is More Dangerous Than Flu for Kids, Study Finds

    COVID-19 poses far more danger to kids than seasonal flu, a new study confirms.

    "We found the impact to pediatric hospitalization among the two viruses are not equivalent and, in fact, children admitted with COVID-19 or MIS-C experienced longer stays and required more invasive treatments like mechanical ventilation than children admitted with the flu," said principal investigator Dr....

    Feds Warn of 14 Infant Deaths in Rockers From Fisher-Price, Kids2

    At least 13 infant deaths have been reported in Fisher-Price's Infant-to-Toddler Rockers and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers since 2009, while there has been one death reported with a Kids2 Bright Starts Rocker, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and both companies warned in new alerts issued Tuesday.

    Rockers should never be used for sleep, and infants should never be unsupervi...

    Kids' Access to Insulin Pumps: Race, Income Matters

    Overall use of insulin pumps among U.S. youngsters with type 1 diabetes has climbed in recent decades, but those who are poor or from minority groups are less likely to have the devices, a new study finds.

    Insulin pumps, which do away with the need for numerous painful injections, have been shown to ...

    Kids Can Suffer Severe Injuries at Trampoline Parks

    Bouncing on a trampoline is always risky, but kids are more likely to suffer serious injuries at a trampoline center than at home, according to researchers who are calling for mandatory safety standards at the centers.

    U.S. emergency departments treat nearly 100,000 children a year for

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  • June 14, 2022
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  • Pandemic Means Many Kids Didn't Get Lifesaving Swim Lessons

    Many children missed out on potentially lifesaving swimming lessons during the pandemic, so parents should enroll them in classes as soon as possible, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends.

    "Drowning is the single leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 to 4, and it's one of the top causes ...

    Drownings in Home Pools, Hot Tubs Kill Hundreds of Kids Each Year

    Hundreds of U.S. children die in pool and hot tub drownings each year, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents to redouble safety efforts this summer.

    That's because many children have been away from the water during the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "Child drowning rates and nonfatal drowning injuries among children under 15 years old...

    Melatonin Poisoning Cases Soaring Among U.S. Kids

    It's a startling statistic: A new study finds the number of kids accidentally poisoned by the over-the-counter sleep aid melatonin has soared by 530% over the past decade.

    For most children, the overdose only causes excessive sleepiness, but for some it can result in hospitalization and even ...

    3-Dose Pfizer COVID Vaccine Spurs Strong Response in Youngest Kids

    Pfizer/BioNTech says a three-dose regimen of its COVID-19 vaccine appears to provoke a strong immune response in the youngest age group of children - those aged 6 months to 5 years.

    This is the only age group not yet approved for COVID-19 vaccination by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to CNN, Pfizer said it plans to submit its new data to the agency this week.

    Poll Finds COVID Low on Parents' Summer Camp Checklist

    When choosing a summer camp for their children, many U.S. parents prioritize location, cost and activities. Only one in 10 said COVID-19 precautions are important, a new survey reveals.

    Among parents who said

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  • May 23, 2022
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  • Mystery of Hepatitis Cases in Kids Deepens as CDC Probe Continues

    Evidence continues to mount that a specific strain of adenovirus could be implicated in a wave of American children who've developed acute hepatitis of unknown origin, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday.

    "The evidence is accumulating that there's a role for adenovirus, particularly adenovirus 41," Dr. Jay Butler, the CDC's deputy director for infectious ...

    CDC Advisers Recommend Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11

    A panel of science advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent recommended on Thursday that a single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be given to 5- to 11-year-olds.

    The move is expected be confirmed by a sign-off from CDC director Dr. Rochelle Wallensky, and follows on authorization from U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday..

    The third ...

    FDA Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11

    A single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be given to 5- to 11-year-olds, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today.

    The third shot can be given at least five months after healthy kids complete the two-dose vaccine series, the FDA said. Its action, which now goes to the U.S.

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 17, 2022
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  • Biden Signs Law Banning Sleep Products Tied to Infant Deaths

    The manufacture and sale of products known as crib bumpers and sleep incliners - linked with more than 200 infant deaths in the United States - will be banned under a new law signed by President Joe Biden.

    "This is a long-fought and important victory for babies...

    CDC Investigating 109 Cases of Severe Hepatitis Among Kids

    Five children have died in a mysterious wave of acute hepatitis that has sickened dozens of kids across the United States during the past seven months, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent...

    Alabama Cases of Acute Hepatitis in Kids Show Link to Viruses: CDC

    The origins of a continuing outbreak of acute, potentially lethal hepatitis striking children in countries around the world has experts mystified. But a cluster of recent cases in Alabama all show ties to common viruses, according to a

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 29, 2022
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  • 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....

    Half of Americans Now Think Playing Football 'Inappropriate' for Kids: Survey

    As sign-ups for youth football get underway this spring, a new study reveals that Americans may love their football, but half now believe that kids should not play the tackle version of the game.

    The researchers found that of nearly 4,000 U.S. adults surveyed, only 45% agreed that tackle football is an "appropriate sport for kids to play." Half disagreed, while the remaining 5% were unsur...

    Big Drop Seen in Kids Getting Opioids After Surgery

    Efforts to cut back on risky opioid use for pain after surgery are trickling down to kids.

    New research shows that fewer Americans under the age of 18 were prescribed narcotics to treat surgical pain between 2014 and 2017, and these numbers dropped even more rapidly beginning in late 2017.

    While

  • Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 4, 2022
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  • Even During Omicron, Pfizer Vaccine Slashed Hospitalizations for Kids Aged 5 to 11

    The Pfizer COVID vaccine significantly reduced U.S. children's risk of severe illness and hospitalization during the recent Omicron surge, according to a new study.

    But researchers noted that only 27% of 5- to 11-year-olds in the United States and just 57% of 12- to 17-year-olds had received two vaccine doses as of March 16, and said they hoped their findings would help persuade reluctant...

    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...

    Antibodies From COVID Infection Shield Kids for Up to 7 Months

    Antibodies from a COVID-19 infection linger in most children for up to seven months, even if they had no symptoms, a new study finds.

    To come to that reassuring conclusion, researchers analyzed data from...

    Omicron Wave Had 5 Times as Many Small Kids Hospitalized Compared to Delta

    Omicron appears to have hit America's youngest children much harder than any previous variant of the virus, a new government report shows.

    Five times as many kids aged 4 and younger landed in the hospital during the Omicron wave than were hospitalized when Delta was the predominant strain, according to findings published March 15 in

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  • New Drug May Help Curb COVID-Linked Inflammatory Disorder in Kids

    A drug developed for an autoimmune disease shows promise in treating a potentially life-threatening inflammatory condition in children who've had COVID-19, researchers say.

    The rare condition is called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). It typically develops weeks to mon...

    FDA Warns of Infant Formula Powders Tied to Infections

    Several powdered infant formula products have been recalled by Abbott Inc., following reports of four infants developing bacterial infections after consuming the products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

    "As this is a product used as the sole source of nutrition for many of our nation's newborns and infants, the FDA is deeply concerned about these reports of bacterial...

    FDA Postpones Decision on Pfizer COVID Vaccine for Kids Under 5

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it will postpone an advisory panel meeting that was slated for next week to weigh Pfizer's COVID vaccine for use in young children.

    The FDA took the step after Pfizer notified the agency that it would like to wait until data is available on a three-dose regimen for children aged 6 months to 4 years old, Pfizer said in a

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  • 1 in 3 People Now Exposed to a Harmful Pesticide

    One in three Americans is exposed to a common and potentially harmful weed killer called 2,4-D, and children may be especially at risk, new research suggests.

    Exposure to high levels of the chemical has been linked to cancer, reproductive problems and other health issues. The effects of lower levels of exposure are unclear, but 2,4-D is an

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