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Opioids accounted for 52% of poisoning-related deaths in infants and young children in 2018, researchers say.
Summer is here and so, too, is swimming season.
As fun as a pool can be, it’s also a major safety risk if you don’t take the appropriate precautions.
An expert from Huntington Health, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, offers some tips for a safe pool season.
“If children or non-experienced swimmers will be in the pool, it's very important to have adult supe...
Baby equipment is costly, so many parents buy it used, but they're not always sure whether it's still safe, a nationwide poll reveals.
About half of the 932 parents surveyed in February said they had used pre-owned equipment for their baby, most often cribs and high chairs, according to a University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children's Hospital poll released May 15.
Yet, 2 in 3 s...
The synthetic opioid fentanyl is killing increasing numbers of U.S. kids, emulating the chilling trends seen among adults, a new study finds.
Pediatric deaths from fentanyl increased more than 30-fold between 2013 and 2021, according to study author Julie Gaither, an assistant professor of pediatrics at th...
In the spring and summer, everyone races outside with their dogs to enjoy the warmer weather, but a new study suggests there is a downside to that.
More children are bitten by dogs in those months, according to researchers at Nemours Children's Health.
But a dog bite isn't inevitable: It's possible to keep both dogs and children safer, and to provide proper care if the unfortunate d...
Half of U.S. parents think social media is bad for their kids' mental health, a new survey reveals.
The finding highlights growing concerns about how these platforms affect children's and adolescents' well-being, according to the On Our Sleeves Movement for Children's Mental Health, which had the Harris Poll conduct the survey.
The program encourages parents to help their kids by t...
Drowning isn't always accompanied by the stereotypical flailing and cries for help.
It can happen wherever there's water, including streams, lakes, water parks, bathtubs and even toilets.
It's also often preventable, according to an expert from Penn State Health, who offered tips for parents as water recreation season begins.
“A child can drown in less than 2 inches of water...
When U.S. health officials reported a 500% spike in the number of poison center calls involving kids eating melatonin gummies last year, Harvard researchers decided to take a closer look at the sleep supplements and discovered a disturbing fact: They contained up to 347% more melatonin than the label stated.
What's more, five of the products also contained CBD in higher amounts than the ...
Each year, about 140 kids in the United States are diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma, a typically non-cancerous brain tumor that develops near the pituitary gland at the base of the brain.
Doctors treat craniopharyngiomas with surgery to remove the entire tumor or a less aggressive surgery followed by radiation to kill any remaining cells.
Getting a single CT scan during childhood doesn't appear to increase a child's risk of a future brain tumor, leukemia or lymphoma, new research finds, but getting four or more scans more than doubles the chances.
CT scans use low-dose radiation, which can damage cells. Past evidence about the risks of cancer from these scans in children 18 and younger was conflicting, researchers said.
While overall support for childhood vaccines remains strong, a new UNICEF report documents a significant decline in the public's faith in the importance of these vaccines.
Confidence in childhood immunizations dropped by up to 44 percentage points in some countries during the pandemic, according to the rep...
A new Australian study found that children who had COVID-19 during the first couple of years of the pandemic could be safely treated at home, taking the burden off hospitals.
Children who had COVID-19 with moderate symptoms or preexisting high-risk conditions could be treated effectively via a Hospital-in-the-Home (HITH) program, according to the study.
The program took pressure of...
Jouncing along to school in a fume-spewing, rattletrap yellow bus is practically a rite of passage for most American students.
But outdated buses actually wind up costing kids many days of education, thanks to the clouds of diesel exhaust left in their wake, a new study argues.
School districts that upgrade to a “greener” bus fleet have higher attendance rates than those with ol...
There are too many heartbreaking stories of babies and young children suffering serious injury or even death due to an accident in the home. You hope it doesn't happen to your family, and taking preventive measures is the first step in ensuring it doesn't.
Baby-proofing the house is a rite of passage for new parents and caregivers. It helps keep your baby safe from hazards at home.
Calico Critters animal figures and sets that were sold with bottle and pacifier accessories are being recalled due to a choking hazard.
Epoch Everlasting Play has recalled more than 3.2 million of the toys, the
With cannabis poisoning soaring among U.S. children, an expert from Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers tips for keeping kids safe from so-called “edibles.”
“The best way to keep your kids safe from marijuana edibles is not to have them in your home,” Dr. Colleen Kraft, an attending physician in th...
Playing sports can be good for kids of all abilities.
A leading medical organization offers some tips for getting children involved, while helping keep them safe and injury-free.
“We encourage children to play a variety of sports, both to increase their enjoyment over time and to avoid injuries we often see with overuse,” said
Ramen danger: A steaming cup of instant noodles is a big cause of scald injuries in children, researchers report.
A new study that examined pediatric admissions at University of Chicago Medicine for burn injuries caused by hot liquids found that nearly one-third were caused by instant noo...
Watching the big game on a big TV? Keep safety in mind if young children are around.
Seven of 10 fatal furniture tip-over incidents in children involve a falling television, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns.
Its latest report on furniture-related tip-over incidents turned up an annual average of 19,400 tip-over injuries treated in emergency rooms from 2019 to...
When kids suffer a concussion, an extended period of rest at home is always the best course, right? Perhaps not.
In fact, a new study suggests that -- despite what many people may presume -- getting kids back to school quickly is the best way to boost ...
The COVID-19 Omicron variant caused fewer cases of a rare but sometimes deadly complication for children than the earlier Delta variant did, new research shows.
“Our study is one of the first to show that during the change to Omicron, MIS-C has become milder and increasingly rare,” said senior researcher
If a study conducted at one St. Louis hospital is a good indicator, the COVID pandemic is tied to a surge in childhood injuries and deaths due to firearms.
Black children and those in low-income households were at greater risk, according to the University of Missouri-led study.
“We found a significant increase in pediatric firearm injury rates during the pandemic compared to the ...
Vaccinations among kindergarteners declined for the second year in a row, leaving hundreds of thousands of young children vulnerable to dangerous infectious diseases, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.
About 93% of kindergarteners had their required vaccinations during the 2021-2022 school year, including the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis, polio and chick...
While U.S. policymakers have attempted to lower lead exposure among children since the 1970s, new research finds that kids living near airports are still being exposed to dangerous levels of the heavy metal.
“Across an ensemble of tests, we find consistent evidence that the blood lead levels of children residing near the airport are pushed upward by the deposition of leaded aviation ga...
As more U.S. states legalize marijuana, the number of preschoolers accidentally eating cannabis "edibles" is rising in tandem, a new study shows.
In the past five years, U.S. poison control centers have witnessed a whopping 14-fold increase in calls about youngsters who got their hands on marijuana edibles.
In 2017, there were just 207 cases reported nationally. By 2021, that had b...
When a toddler or an infant accidentally ingests a prescription opioid medication, the immediate results can prove deadly, experts warn.
But another new worrisome dynamic is afoot in the United States, a just-published study reveals: pediatric poisonings from a particularly lethal combo — a ...
Keeping an eye on safety will let the joy from holiday toys last longer, without a trip to the emergency room, experts say.
Last year, more than 200,000 people were treated in emergency departments for toy-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Black children and teens drown in swimming pools at rates seven times higher than white children, but a new survey suggests that special swimming programs could make a difference and help save lives.
The survey, from the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, found that only 25% of Hispanic parents and 28% of Black parents were comfortable with their own swimming ski...
The updated bivalent COVID-19 boosters are now approved for use in children as young as 6 months of age, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today.
Children can receive either a Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster shot, although the rules differ depending on their age and what type of vaccine they got as their primary series, the FDA said.
Kids 6 months to 5 year...
Researchers have discovered a link between access to welfare payments and foster care.
As many as 29,000 fewer children may have entered the foster care system during the 12-year study if U.S. states had made it easier for poor families to receive cash through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
"The relatively small amount of income provided through...
Getting toys for some of the tots in your life this holiday season? Experts at Penn State Health offer tips on making safe choices.
Each year, about 200,000 U.S. children end up in the emergency room with a toy-related injury, ranging from poisoning to choking hazards, according to Jen Lau
That new television, cabinet or appliance you're looking to snag on Black Friday or Cyber Monday could bring unexpected dangers to your home.
So don't forget to buy a kit to anchor it to the wall and keep it from tipping over and harming young kids, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges.
"With the holiday shopping season upon us, it is critical to anchor your new TV or...
It's a common dilemma when your child seems sick: Do you call the doctor, make a trip to urgent care or head straight to the emergency room?
If it's not an emergency, a call to your child's pediatrician may help guide you. The doctor's staff may recommend bringing your child in for a visit or going to urgent care -- particularly after hours when the pediatrician's office isn't open.<...
The whole family — even the youngest members — can take part in Thanksgiving's hours of food preparation by following some safety tips.
The nation's leading pediatrics organization offers some holiday advice for families with young children.
“There's a lot of excitement and joy surrounding meal preparation at this time of year, but it also can be stressful,” said
Children's health is jeopardized when they have a parent in prison, new research finds.
In the United States, 5 million kids have an incarcerated parent. Those children have worse access to primary, dental and mental health care than their peers, the investigators found.
And that puts the kids at risk of worse mental and physical health outcomes, according to the study.
Increasing numbers of young children are showing up in emergency rooms after accidentally ingesting the cough suppressant benzonatate, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday.
Benzonatate is a non-narcotic cough suppressant first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1958 for children ages 10 and up. It works by reducing the cough reflex in the lungs and airways.
By the time they're in elementary school, kids typically know their favorite parts about celebrating Halloween.
But the holiday is still new to babies and toddlers, and some little ones may find it all too much.
That's OK, said pediatrician Dr. Dina DiMaggio, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She offered some tips for getting started with babies and toddlers who might ...
Getting into prescription or over-the-counter medicines at home is a major source of accidental poisoning for young children.
Yet, nearly half of parents say they have leftover prescriptions at home, a new poll shows.
"We found that it's common for parents to keep m...
Substantial numbers of kids and teens are being tracked, lured and sexually abused online, and adult strangers aren't always the perps.
In many cases, it's friends and dating partners who are doing the grooming, a new study shows.
The prevailing image of online sexual abuse is an older predator ...
School-age children are increasingly dying after being injured with guns, with firearms now the United States' second-leading cause of death in 5- to 18-year-olds.
After 19 children and two teachers were killed and 17 others were wounded in May at a school in Uvalde, Texas, researchers set out to investigate ...
The new bivalent COVID-19 booster is now approved for children as young as 5 years old, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.
The bivalent booster shot includes one part that protects against the original strain of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and another part that targets the hi...
Playing video games may seem sedentary, but it can be enough to trigger life-threatening heart arrhythmias in certain vulnerable children, a new report finds.
Researchers in Australia pulled together reports of 22 children and teens who suffered heart rhythm disturbances while playing video games. In many cases, th...
With the growing popularity of electric scooters, the number of kids injured while riding them has jumped dramatically, a new study finds.
Moreover, those injuries have become more ...
Firearm sales in the United States broke records at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, researchers have found that firearm injuries to children also increased during the pandemic's first two years compared to the preceding year.
Over 1 million U.S. children and teens — many of them male — have broken bones and fractured their skulls in bicycle injuries over the past 20 years, according to new research that brought together two decades of data.
Boys aged 10 to 15 were particularly at risk. Nearly 87% of kids with
More than half of sightless children in the United States did not have to lose their vision, according to a new study.
The findings suggest the need to prioritize addressing preventable vision loss in all children in America, said study co-author Dr. Scott Lambert, a professor of ophthalmology at Stanford University in California.
He recalled the story of a child diagnosed with cat...
Use of the over-the-counter sleep aid melatonin is increasing among young people, and calls to poison control centers and visits to the emergency room are also on the rise.
This is mostly because young children and teens are accidentally ingesting more of the supplement than is safe, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In response, the American Academ...
Pediatric surgeon Dr. Rony Marwan has seen way too many kids who have been seriously injured in all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents.
"My kids are not allowed to ride in ATVs because of the horrific things I have seen," said Marwan, ...
Your children's school clothes may look neat, but are they safe to wear?
Researchers found high levels of dangerous chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in school uniforms sold across North America. These chemicals — which can build up in people and the envir...