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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?

How to Know When a Child’s Flu Turns Serious

This year, we have had an especially intense flu season, and the usual advice for parents of having their children rest, drink plenty of fluids and stay home from school might not be enough. When should parents realize that the flu is turning into something more serious and that their child needs to see a . . . → Read More: How to Know When a Child’s Flu Turns Serious

Managing Head Trauma in Children

Head injuries in children scare everyone, from parents to doctors. What is to be done?

A recent study by neurosurgeons developed algorithms for deciding how to treat children with head injuries: “Essentially these algorithms ask doctors to check for a number of factors, according to the child’s age, which put children at higher risk of . . . → Read More: Managing Head Trauma in Children

Moving When Young May Strengthen the Adult Brain

Recent neurological study on rats shows that activity while we are young might change the inner workings of brain cells and improve thinking later in life.

“The study suggests that the effects of youthful exercise on the brain could linger deep into adulthood, potentially providing a buffer against the declines in brain health and . . . → Read More: Moving When Young May Strengthen the Adult Brain

Study: No difference in well-being of kids raised in single-mom homes

Recent study from the Netherlands finds no difference in the well-being of young children raised by single women who chose to become pregnant without a partner than children from more traditional two partner households.

“With fertility treatments for single women becoming increasingly common, Mathilde Brewaeys of the VU University Medical Center chose to study how . . . → Read More: Study: No difference in well-being of kids raised in single-mom homes

Why does prenatal alcohol exposure increase the likelihood of addiction?

Recent study finds the reasons that when fetuses are exposed to alcohol in their mother’s womb there is an increased risk for drug addiction later in life.

“Prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and neurodevelopmental abnormalities in the United States. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) cause cognitive and behavioral problems. . . . → Read More: Why does prenatal alcohol exposure increase the likelihood of addiction?

Seasonal affective disorder in kids

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD,) better known as seasonal depression, can affect kids as well as adults.

The most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) uses the following criteria to identify or diagnose depression with a seasonal pattern:

Depression that begins during a specific season every year for at least . . . → Read More: Seasonal affective disorder in kids