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Pediatrics is a branch of medicine that deals with infants, children and adolescents and their diseases. A child's physician provides not only medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill but also preventive health services for healthy children. This category includes news on childhood diseases and illnesses, parenting tips, learning and development, social skills, breastfeeding and infant care.
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Child care providers need more education, training on benefits of breastfeeding, human milk

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 04:00
Newborns should be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life with continued breastfeeding until at least 12 months, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

New intervention program reduces bullying in early childhood

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 04:00
Physical and relational bullying can happen among children as young as 3- to 5-years-old, but the results of a new study suggest that a relatively short intervention program recently developed by...

Changes in heart activity may signal epilepsy

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 03:00
Pronounced alterations in heart rate variability may contribute to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

Self-harming youngsters put at risk by 'cycle of shame'

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 03:00
Young people who self-harm only seek emergency hospital care as a last resort due to a deep sense of shame and unworthiness, a study at the University of Exeter has found.

Early childhood offers opportunity to head off metabolic syndrome, obesity

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 03:00
Research conducted at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health has found that exposure to poverty does not produce metabolic and inflammatory biomarkers in young, healthy children.

Pregnant women support first maternal gene therapy trial

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 03:00
Pregnant women would be willing to trial maternal growth factor gene therapy to treat severe early-onset fetal growth restriction (FGR) in their unborn babies, according to a new study.

Kansas State University researcher finds integrated approach critical to teen health

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 02:00
As rural communities struggle to obtain access to health services, a Kansas State University student is researching how medical, dental, social work and mental health providers can collaborate to...

Children born prematurely are disadvantaged at school and into adulthood but delaying school entry may not be the answer

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 02:00
Children born before 34 weeks gestation have poorer reading and maths skills than those born at full term, and the difficulties they experience at school continue to have effects into adulthood: by...

School entry age may impact risk of ADHD diagnosis

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 23:00
The age at which a child starts school may affect their likelihood of being diagnosed with ADHD and their prescription of medication for the disorder, new research suggests.

Get sleep sorted by age 5 to help children settle at school

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 23:00
A child who soothes themselves back to sleep from an early age adjusts to school more easily than those who don't, new QUT research has found.

Physical activity encouraged more in boys than in girls

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 10:00
Home, school environments may provide less encouragement for girls to be physically active.

A child's first eight years critical for substance abuse prevention

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 08:00
An online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors was launched today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the...

England's teenage pregnancy rate halved in last 15 years

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 06:00
The rate of under-18 conceptions in England has declined by 51% since 1998*, exceeding the goal of the original teenage pregnancy strategy, according to data released by the Office for National...

Kids with high BMI more impatient and impulsive - greater risk of pedestrian injury

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 02:00
Child development experts already know obese children are at greater risk than their peers for developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, and joint problems.

Hydrolized infant formula does not prevent allergies

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 00:00
Researchers call for an overhaul of infant feeding guidelines, after finding no evidence that hydrolized formula protects against allergies.

Chemical exposure decreases with change of cosmetics

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 08:00
By switching to cosmetic products without endocrine-disrupting chemicals, teenage girls had lower urinary concentrations of the chemicals in a new study.

Low-level arsenic may impact fetal growth, Dartmouth-led study finds

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 08:00
Fetal growth may be impacted by low levels of arsenic that pregnant women consume in drinking water and food, a Dartmouth College study finds.

Leading cause of stroke in young going untreated -- and it shouldn't, study finds

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 08:00
Risk of Gamma Knife treatment often far outweighed by mounting risk of stroke.

Preemies' gut bacteria reveal vast scope of antibiotic resistance

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 07:00
A new study of gut bacteria in premature infants reveals the vast scope of the problem of antibiotic resistance and gives new insight into the extreme vulnerability of these young patients...

Concussion assessment tool may help predict risk of persistent postconcussion symptoms among children

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 07:00
A clinical risk score developed among children presenting to an emergency department with a concussion was significantly better than physician judgment in predicting future persistent postconcussion...