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Children’s Health News

Children’s Health News

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

What’s the Latest With the Flu? A Message for Caregivers & Teachers

If you are a teacher or a child caretaker, read the latest advice on what to do to help a child in your care prevent from getting the flu.

“Flu activity is increasing in the United States, as usually happens at this time of year. It’s vitally important that everyone – … children and staff . . . → Read More: What’s the Latest With the Flu? A Message for Caregivers & Teachers

Holiday Health and Safety Tips

With the holiday season in full swing, CDC recommends certain guidelines so children and parents stay healthy and happy and enjoy this most wonderful time of the year with their families and friends.

Here’s a simple and easy list of things you can do to stay healthy: from washing hands to staying warm, from avoiding . . . → Read More: Holiday Health and Safety Tips

Early Diagnosis, Intervention Improve Vocabulary of Children with Hearing Loss

Recent study finds that when hearing loss is diagnosed early in infants, much can be done to help improve children’s vocabulary.

“The Early Hearing and Detection Intervention guidelines recommend that all children be screened for hearing loss by 1 month of age; that any hearing loss be diagnosed by 3 months of age; and if . . . → Read More: Early Diagnosis, Intervention Improve Vocabulary of Children with Hearing Loss

Why a Baby’s Connection With a Parent Matters

Child psychiatrists studying attachment theory have discovered that children with strong bonds to their parents have a greater sense of self-confidence, better problem-solving ability, greater independence, better language competence, and better ability to form social relationships.

“Attachment theory was developed in the mid-20th century by a British psychiatrist, John Bowlby, whose own upper-class British upbringing . . . → Read More: Why a Baby’s Connection With a Parent Matters