Toddlers and preschoolers are at special risk for unsafe toys. While toys can be a big part of the holidays for children, many can pose serious injury risks at different stages of a child's development.
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Blood pressure monitoring should be done annually for most children and even earlier for children with underlying medical conditions, such as heart disease, renal problems, endocrine or metabolic disorders.
Newborn Screening Could Detect Bubble Boy Illness Early, Save Lives. The sooner a child is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin and the more likely it is to be effective.
Nine million U.S. children under age 18 have been diagnosed with asthma at some point in their lives, and more than 4 million have had an asthma attack in the past 12 months. Children in poor families were more likely to have been diagnosed with asthma than children in families that were not poor.
Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of Utah have identified a rare, previously undiscovered genetic syndrome that is often fatal by the second year of life, but which may be treatable with calcium channel blocking drugs.
The most common childhood liver diseases have long complicated names like alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, biliary atresia, tyrosinemia and Wilson disease. What they all have in common however, is that they have no cure. The best that medical science can do is keep these liver diseases at bay through surgery, special diets and/or powerful doses of steroids and other drugs.
Studies on infants provide evidence that breastfeeding can decrease the incidence or severity of conditions such as diarrhea, ear infections and bacterial meningitis. Some studies also suggest that breastfeeding may offer protection against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), diabetes, obesity and asthma among others.
The best place for children with special needs is at home with families, according to a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) entitled, "Helping Families Raise Children with Special Health Care Needs at Home."
Balance Fun and Safety to Enjoy Recreational Water Activities: CDC Study Shows Impact of Water Dangers
Recreational water sites are wonderful places for family fun and physical activity. Make sure an adult is constantly watching children swimming or playing in or around the water.
All children aged 0 to 18 years should receive the hepatitis B vaccine series. Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus.
Eating more vegetables, fruit and protein before pregnancy may lower the risk of having a child who develops leukemia, the most common childhood cancer in the United States.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recognizes that high quality early education and child care for young children improves their health and promotes development and learning.
The study shows an increase for all types of cancer in both children and adolescents, leukaemias and brain tumours being the most common cancers in children in Europe, while carcinomas and lymphomas occur most frequently in teenagers.
Some pediatricians have been prescribing a low carb diet for a select group of children for decades, and what they have seen is very unsettling. The ketogenic diet was developed more than 80 years ago in order to control seizures that did not respond to the anticonvulsant medications that were available then.
Not all children's sports injuries are preventable. But there are specific things parents can do to make sure their children are playing sports as safely as possible. Surprisingly, sports injuries among children are primarily prevented through good coaching, good officiating, good equipment and fields, and good health care.
All school systems require children to have certain immunizations before they can be enrolled and begin attending classes. For parents who are new to the Boston area, schools require that a child has had all of their polio vaccinations, hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), and DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis).
15 million children are treated in hospital emergency rooms every year, and many of their injuries are playground equipment related. Child's play is serious business. Child's play is also a serious business within emergency medicine.
Any parent can testify that children's needs go far beyond the physical in their experience of an acute illness or traumatic injury. A child's age, size and stage of physical, emotional and intellectual development play a major role in their responses to every experience, especially a crisis.
Sometimes a medical emergency is obvious. Your child has fallen while tree climbing, hit a sharp object and has a bleeding, four-inch cut on her forehead, for example. But frequently, the seriousness of a child's illness or injury can be more difficult to decipher, especially for a new parent.
Asthma is the most common chronic illness affecting children, nearly 5 million (1 in 15) in the US. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that asthma is the leading cause of school absences, pediatric visits, and treatment of children at emergency rooms.
Any parent, who has rushed their child to an emergency room, can testify that children's needs go far beyond the physical in their experience of an acute illness or traumatic injury. A child's age, size and stage of physical, emotional and intellectual development plays a major role in their responses to every experience, especially a crisis.
As your child grows into early childhood, her world will begin to open up. She will become more independent and begin to focus more on adults and children outside of the family. She will want to explore and ask about her surroundings even more. Her interactions with family and those around her will help to shape her personality and individual ways of thinking and moving.
Because of your child's growing desire to assert her independence, this stage is often called the "terrible twos." However, this can be an exciting time for you and your toddler. She will experience huge intellectual, social, and emotional changes that will help her to explore her new world, and make sense of it.
During first and second years, your child is becoming increasingly more mobile, and aware of herself and her surroundings. Her desire to explore new objects and people is also increasing. During this stage, your toddler will show greater independence, begin to show defiant behavior, recognize herself in pictures or a mirror, and imitate the behavior of others, especially adults and older children.
Cognitive development for your baby means the learning process of memory, language, thinking and reasoning. Your baby is learning to recognize the sound of your voice. She is also learning to focus her vision from the periphery or the corner of her eyes to the center.
Born at 2 lbs, a now healthy baby Alyse is home for the holidays after receiving life saving care at UM C.S. Mott Children's Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.\n
When a child is both exhausted and excited, they perhaps become fussy, less obedient and accidents are more likely to happen. UM expert warns about holiday hazards, especially for children. \n
What are the causes of diaper rash? The most common form of diaper rash comes from the is due to the irritant effects on the skin of being in contact with both urine and stool in the diaper.\n
The National Children's Study enters the implementation phase today with the release of a Study Plan, outlining objectives, methodologies, and measures related to the first years of the 21 year Study.