Keep liquid detergent capsules out of kids’ reach

A recent surge in eye injuries among small children caused by exposure to capsules of liquid detergent prompted eye specialists to issue a warning about keeping the soap packets out of children’s reach. Writing in the British Medical Journal this week, a team of British eye doctors said that problems caused by exposure to the capsules

Study: More kids have chronic health conditions

In the last three decades, chronic health problems including obesity, asthma and behavioral and learning problems have been steadily increasing among children. To get a hold of the magnitude of the problem, researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth-Child Cohort,

Menu calorie counts mean fewer calories for kids

City mandates requiring fast-food and chain restaurants to post calorie counts on menus have had mixed success at actually curbing people’s caloric intake. A study published this past October in the journal Health Affairs for example, found that, while nearly 30% of people said reading calorie counts on menus impacted their choices, when

One dose of H1N1 vaccine may be enough for children

Though current guidelines call for two doses of the H1N1 vaccine for children under age 10, according to new research that will be published in the January 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, one swine flu shot may offer sufficient protection for infants and young children. As Alice Park reports for TIME:


Early intervention makes a big difference for autistic children

Employing educational and psychological intervention techniques from a very young age can make a world of difference in autistic children’s development, according to research published online today in the journal Pediatrics. At the University of Washington in Seattle, researchers conducted a five-year study of 48 autistic children

Vitamin D levels lacking in millions of U.S. children

Millions of American children may not be getting enough vitamin D, according to a new report out today. The sunshine vitamin is essential for helping kids build healthy bones and ward off rickets. Plus, new evidence shows it may ward off colds, childhood wheezing, and winter-related eczema. The study, published in the November issue of

Kill binky? Children’s prolonged sucking may trigger speech problems

Pity the parents who must grapple with whether or not to pull the plug on a child’s self-soothing device, be it binky or fingers. If you’re weighing the pros and cons, consider this: a new observational study suggests that children who cling to their sucking habit now, may risk a speech impediment later. For the study, published today in …

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