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The Latest on Head Lice

Most parents will have to deal with head lice at some point in their children’s lives and it is not a pleasant experience.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics put out its latest clinical report on head lice in 2015, a joint project of the group that focuses on . . . → Read More: The Latest on Head Lice

Many Young Adults With Autism Also Have Mental Health Issues

A recent study found that young people on the autism spectrum are more likely to suffer from psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than are typically developing people.

“When it comes to mental health diagnoses and use of psychiatric services, there’s a really strong need for the entire . . . → Read More: Many Young Adults With Autism Also Have Mental Health Issues

For Children With Severe Anxiety, Drugs Plus Therapy Help Best

Recent study finds that for children and teens dealing with severe anxiety the combination of therapy and medication seems to bring greatest benefits.

“Teens and children struggling with anxiety are often prescribed medication or therapy to treat their symptoms. For many, either drugs or therapy is enough, but some young people can’t find respite from . . . → Read More: For Children With Severe Anxiety, Drugs Plus Therapy Help Best

Concussion Laws Are Working, But Young Athletes Are Still At Risk

Football tackle at youth game during the day.

The law passed to prevent recurrent concussions in children seems to be working, but initial concussions are still a risk for young athletes.

“All 50 states and Washington, D.C., have enacted varying versions of Washington state’s Zackery Lystedt law, named for a 13-year-old football athlete who . . . → Read More: Concussion Laws Are Working, But Young Athletes Are Still At Risk

New Blood Pressure Guidelines for Children

Female doctor measuring blood pressure of a child patient using the pressure sleeve and her stethoscope

Measuring children’s blood pressure has been a challenge for doctor’s and pediatricians, and the guidelines unclear and confusing. 

“Now, the new guidelines provide a short, easy-to-use table based only on a child’s . . . → Read More: New Blood Pressure Guidelines for Children

The Powerful Question Every Parent Needs To Ask Their Child During Meals

A dietitian writes that how children eat is almost as important for their future relationship to food as what they eat.

“While learning to like a variety of nutritious food is important, how children eat is just as important. Research shows that as kids get older, they gradually lose their ability to regulate their food . . . → Read More: The Powerful Question Every Parent Needs To Ask Their Child During Meals

When Adults Choose Not To Vaccinate Against Measles, Babies Pay The Price

Recent study shows that when adults decide not to vaccinate themselves or their children against the measles, it is the youngest embers of the population, babies and toddlers, who are left most vulnerable.

“In a new analysis of all measles cases from 2001 to 2015, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . . . → Read More: When Adults Choose Not To Vaccinate Against Measles, Babies Pay The Price

How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

A whole generation of children and adolescents is growing up with constant presence of smart phones and Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, calls these young people (born between 1995 and 2012) “iGen.”

“She says members of this generation are physically safer than those who came before them. They drink . . . → Read More: How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

Here’s How To Effectively Talk To Your Kids About Depression

If a parent suffers from depression, it is important to talk to their child about it and not pretend that all is well and sweep the problem under the rug.

“Currently, more than 20 percent of children are living with at least one parent who has depression, according to Erica Messer, a pediatric psychologist at . . . → Read More: Here’s How To Effectively Talk To Your Kids About Depression

How Sick Is Too Sick To Go To School?

During the cold winter moths children sneeze and cough a lot, so it’s hard to know sometimes when to keep them home from school and when it’s ok to let them go.

As a general rule pediatricians recommend that if your child has fever, she should stay home.

“The most clear cut of all symptoms . . . → Read More: How Sick Is Too Sick To Go To School?