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New Documentary Sheds Light On Childhood Obesity

Although approximately 17% of children and adolescents (that is 1 in 3) in the US are struggling with their weight, very little is being done about it by either the government or the health industry.

“At least that’s the message translated in ‘BITE SIZE,’ a new documentary that peers into the lives of four preteens . . . → Read More: New Documentary Sheds Light On Childhood Obesity

Breast-Feeding May Have Benefits Decades Later

Health professionals have long known that breast-feeding has excellent short-term benefits for babies, but new studies are now finding that its health advantages may persist into adulthood.

“The study, in the April issue of Lancet Global Health, began in 1982 with 5,914 newborns. The duration of breast-feeding and the age when the babies began . . . → Read More: Breast-Feeding May Have Benefits Decades Later

Parenting & “Sharenting”

Many modern parents use social media to share information about their children, to get advice from other parents, and to stay connected with the outside world.

“The poll found that the majority of US parents of young children are using social media like Facebook, online forums, or blogs, and over half of mothers, and about . . . → Read More: Parenting & “Sharenting”

The Case for Free-Range Parenting

American parents are terrified for their children’s safety. Even though crime rates have declined significantly, many parents fear abduction. A recent study found that, in 1999, only 115 children nationwide were victims of a “stereotypical kidnapping” by a stranger; the overwhelming majority were abducted by a family member. That same year, 2,931 children under 15 . . . → Read More: The Case for Free-Range Parenting

Kids and Sports: A Simple Flashcard Test to Detect Concussions

A new study of student athletes found that an easy, quick and inexpensive vision test administered by a coach or a parent after a young athlete has hit his or her head can help reliably determine whether a concussion has been sustained.

“If an athlete hits his or her head and is then . . . → Read More: Kids and Sports: A Simple Flashcard Test to Detect Concussions

Untreated Dental Decay Is Falling Among Children

Finally some good news: federal health authorities reported last week that preschoolers appear to be having fewer cavities and that fewer young children have untreated dental decay.

Dr. Bruce Dye, the lead author of the past two C.D.C. reports on oral health, said that “only 10 percent of preschooler kids have untreated tooth decay. . . . → Read More: Untreated Dental Decay Is Falling Among Children

Surgeon General On Measles and Immunization

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, Surgeon General of the United States, answers common questions about measles and immunization, and provides important information for parents. “We all want our children to be safe and healthy. Measles is a serious and highly contagious disease, but, fortunately, we can prevent it with immunizations. The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) . . . → Read More: Surgeon General On Measles and Immunization

Well Book Club: Do Kids Need Cellphones?

Ron Lieber, author of “The Opposite of Spoiled,” a new book about teaching children about money, is heading a discussion on whether kids need cell phones.

“I think smartphones with Internet access and data plans are a ‘want’ and not a ‘need,’” says Mr. Lieber. “Kids should pay the extra costs for the . . . → Read More: Well Book Club: Do Kids Need Cellphones?