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New Focus On Children’s Mental Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to one in five children in the US suffer some sort of mental disorder in a given year, a number that adds up to 17 million young people who meet criteria for emotional and behavioral disorders.

“Giving children access to mental-health resources early in their . . . → Read More: New Focus On Children’s Mental Health

One In Seven Children Breathes Air So Filthy It Can Damage Their Brain

In some areas of the world, mostly in South Asia, one in seven children is exposed to air so badly polluted that it can damaged their developing brains.

“UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake said air pollution was a “major contributing factor in the deaths of around 600,000 children under five every year”, causing illnesses such . . . → Read More: One In Seven Children Breathes Air So Filthy It Can Damage Their Brain

ADHD Meds Won’t Necessarily Help Your Kid’s Grades

New study finds that behavioral intervention is more helpful to kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than medications when it came to help with completing homework.

“Researchers tested the effectiveness of medication against behavioral interventions in 75 children that attended a summer school program with classes each weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. . . . → Read More: ADHD Meds Won’t Necessarily Help Your Kid’s Grades

Pediatricians Say Codeine Is Not Safe For Children

Codeine is harmful for children and should not be used in their medications, neither prescription nor over the counter.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement recently urging parents and doctors to stop giving children under the age of 18 both prescription and over-the-counter medications that include codeine, such as cough syrup and pain . . . → Read More: Pediatricians Say Codeine Is Not Safe For Children

Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that dental sealants can prevent 80% of childhood cavities, but most kids don’t get them.

“Dental sealants can be an effective and inexpensive way to prevent cavities, yet only one in three low-income children currently receive them. School-based sealant programs are an effective way to get sealants . . . → Read More: Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities