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Why Pediatricians Are So Alarmed By The Lead In Flint’s Water

The Flint water problems have made the international news in the last year or so. What is going on and why does the Flint city water present a special problem for young children?

In April 2014, in order to save money, the city of Flint changed the source of its drinking water from Lake Huron . . . → Read More: Why Pediatricians Are So Alarmed By The Lead In Flint’s Water

5 Early Signs Of Autism All Parents Should Know

Early diagnosis and intervention are extremely important for best outcomes in treating children with autism. All new parents need to be aware of what early signs of autism are and how they present themselves. Early treatment is critical for improving a child’s odds of developing important cognitive skills and functioning at a high level later . . . → Read More: 5 Early Signs Of Autism All Parents Should Know

Cigarette Taxes Save Babies’ Lives, Study Finds

Smoking is dangerous to the health of infants and children.

A new study finds that fewer children are exposed to cigarette smoke when cigarette taxes are raised.

“When it costs more to smoke, fewer babies die, according to a new study that links rising cigarette taxes with declines in infant mortality, especially among blacks.”

“With . . . → Read More: Cigarette Taxes Save Babies’ Lives, Study Finds

Agricultural Pesticides May Affect Kids’ Breathing

A new study finds that early exposure to common pesticides could harm children’s lungs and cause future health problems.

“Previous research has looked at the harmful effect of organophosphate pesticides — chemicals that target the nervous system — on adult agricultural workers. This new study looked at children living in an agricultural area . . . → Read More: Agricultural Pesticides May Affect Kids’ Breathing

Others’ Drug, Alcohol Use May Trigger Bad Behavior in Teens

A new study conducted by Duke University found that just seeing other people drink alcohol or using drugs can trigger risky and antisocial behavior in kids and teenagers.

“On days when they saw others drink alcohol or use drugs, participants were two times more likely to engage in behaviors such as stealing, damaging property, or . . . → Read More: Others’ Drug, Alcohol Use May Trigger Bad Behavior in Teens

Limits Urged On The Use Of Codeine To Stop Kids’ Coughs And Pain

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a report advising pediatricians and parents that children and most teenagers suffering from pain or a cough should not be prescribed drugs that contain codeine. The FDA also advises against giving children over-the-counter cough medication containing codeine.

“Although the administration of products containing codeine to children has dropped . . . → Read More: Limits Urged On The Use Of Codeine To Stop Kids’ Coughs And Pain

Asthma, Hay Fever and Heart Disease Risk

New study reports that children with asthma, hay fever or eczema may be at an increased risk of heart disease.

“Children who live with allergic diseases, in particular asthma and hay fever, have approximately twice the rate of high cholesterol and high blood pressure as their non-allergic peers, a new study says.”

“The study author . . . → Read More: Asthma, Hay Fever and Heart Disease Risk