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This app will shut down your phone until you call your mom back

Many teenagers can withstand 10 missed calls from mom without batting an eyelash, but when you take away Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and everything else, most won't last five minutes without calling dear old mom and dad to beg for their freedom back.

Fewer unmarried women having children

Fewer unmarried America women are having babies, with the notable exception of those who are over 35, federal health officials reported Wednesday.

Back-to-school tips may help ease sensory overload in kids

Transitioning from summer to a new school year is hard for any kid, but it is particularly difficult for children who have trouble processing new sensations.

Affordable family fun

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7 inexpensive summertime activities.

Protect your kids from the heat

Parents need to be aware that hot weather can pose a serious threat to children and must take steps to protect their youngsters, an expert says.

Chronic migraines affect the whole family

When a spouse, partner or parent has chronic migraines, the whole family suffers, a new study found.

Pediatrics group wants parents to read to their children every day

All pediatricians should encourage parents to read out loud to their children every day, beginning in infancy, to promote literacy and strengthen family ties.

Study links pesticide exposure during pregnancy to autism risk in kids

Pregnant women who live within a mile of spaces where commercial pesticides are applied appear to have an increased risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests.

Tips for keeping that bounce house safe

Inflatable bounce houses may be fun for kids, but only if they're used correctly, experts caution.

ER visits peak when kids barred from child care

Child care centers commonly bar parents from dropping off a child with a runny nose or other minor illness. And the result, a new study finds, can be needless trips to the emergency room.

Recession forced many families to seek Medicaid coverage

During the last economic recession, the families of many children with chronic health conditions had to turn to Illinois' Medicaid program, Chicago researchers report.

Combo vaccine raises risk of fever-related seizures in toddlers

Toddlers who get a newer vaccine that fights four infections in one jab have a slightly increased risk of fever-induced seizure, a large new study confirms.

Gov't sets safety standards for infant formula

A new rule that aims to ensure the safety of infant formula has been finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Anti-Alzheimer's drug shows promise in mice study

Researchers working with mice have identified a drug they believe holds promise as a preventive treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

Hormone levels in womb tied to autism risk in boys

Some boys with autism may have been exposed to slightly elevated levels of certain hormones in the womb, a new study suggests -- though it's not clear yet what the finding means.

More evidence links poor diet to preterm birth

Women with poor diets before pregnancy are more likely to give birth prematurely than women who have healthy diets, a new study from Australia confirms.

Dad's brain becomes more 'maternal' when he's primary caregiver

Fathers who spend more time taking care of their newborn child undergo changes in brain activity that make them more apt to fret about their baby's safety, a new study shows.

Iodine deficiency common in pregnancy, pediatricians warn

Many pregnant and breast-feeding women are deficient in iodine and should take a daily supplement containing iodide, according to a leading group of pediatricians.

Cyberbullying knows no socio-economic bounds

Even though they have less access to online technologies, poor teens are as likely as middle-class and rich teens to be victims of cyberbullying, according to a new study.

Jump in, just don't swallow the water

Taking a dip in the water can help refresh you on a hot day, but you need to protect yourself and your family from bacteria and parasites that can lurk in water, an infectious disease expert says.

Foreclosures tied to higher suicide risk in study

Losing a home to foreclosure may boost a person's suicide risk, according to a new study that looked at pre- and post-"Great Recession" data.

Delaying measles-related vaccines may raise seizure risk

Delaying certain routine immunizations past the first 15 months of life could boost the risk of fever-related seizures, new research suggests.

Single moms' job loss may have long term impact on kids

Children of single mothers who lose their jobs can suffer significant long-term problems, a new study finds.

Concussion rates double among high school athletes

The rate of concussions in U.S. high school athletes more than doubled between 2005 and 2012, new research shows.

Injuries from swallowed magnets on the rise in kids

As the number of new and stronger magnet toys being sold has increased, so has the number of kids who have suffered serious injuries after swallowing a magnet, according to new research.

Time outdoors may help kids connect with nature

Spending a lot of time outdoors boosts children's spiritual connection with the Earth and the sense that they need to protect it, researchers report.

FDA asks public to join battle against youth smoking

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants your help in keeping children away from tobacco.

College students' unhealthy habits can mark their future

College students tend to have unhealthy lifestyles that could increase their risk of cancer and other health problems later in life, a new study warns.

Almost one in 20 young teens binge drinks

It's not just high school or college kids who 'binge' drink: a Canadian survey finds that 4 percent of 12- to 14-year-olds in that country got drunk at least once in the past year.

Pets can carry same 'superbug' strains as their owners

A new study may provide the best evidence yet that the superbug known as MRSA can travel between humans and their pets, although researchers caution that people shouldn't worry too much.

Can doing the dishes save a young marriage?

Newlywed couples who have similar expectations for dividing household chores are more likely to have longer-lasting marriages, a new study suggests.

Kids' concussion symptoms can linger long after injury

Kids who suffer a concussion can have lingering effects long after the physical symptoms fade away, U.S. researchers report.

Smoking more likely among teens whose parents light up

Teen children of heavy smokers are more likely to try cigarettes and to become heavy smokers themselves, a new study suggests.

Drug therapy may lower odds that kids with ADHD will smoke

Children taking medications to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- such as Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse -- are less likely to smoke, according to a new analysis.

Frequent arguments might be the death of you

Arguing and worrying over family problems may lead to an increased risk of dying in middle age, Danish researchers report.

Prenatal fish oil supplements may not boost child's brain health

SATURDAY, May 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Despite public health recommendations that women consume omega-3 fatty acid supplements while pregnant, new research suggests that offspring do not gain any mental health benefit.

Despite childhood obesity epidemic, few kids tested for cholesterol

Even though rising obesity rates are contributing to higher cholesterol levels among young Americans, less than 4 percent of U.S. children had their cholesterol levels checked between 1995 and 2010, new research shows.

Older infertile couples should try in vitro fertilization first

Middle-aged couples who want to have a baby but are having trouble conceiving should go straight to in vitro fertilization (IVF), skipping other types of fertility treatment, a new clinical trial recommends.

Kids with ADHD may also suffer family troubles

New research indicates that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may be more likely to be part of families that are affected by poverty, divorce, neighborhood violence and substance abuse.

Skills like walking, talking don't come easily for minority kids with autism

Minority children with autism are more likely to have lost critical developmental skills, such as walking or talking, than are white children, according to a new study.

US task force: Doctors should give toddlers fluoride treatments

Primary care doctors should start playing a more prominent role in dental care for children, according to new recommendations from the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Could energy drinks be wrong choice for some teens?

Teens who regularly drink energy and sports drinks tend to engage in some unhealthy behaviors, new research suggests.

Violent older siblings set bad example

When older siblings commit violent crimes, their younger siblings are more likely to do the same, a new study suggests.

Spanking may be more common than parents admit

Ask any busy parent of preschool children: Early evening can be a stressful time. Now a small new study that audiotaped families soon after they returned home from work and day care suggests that spanking is surprisingly...

By 9 months, baby's visual learning kicks in

By the time they're 9 months old, babies can use pictures to learn about an object and later recognize the real thing, researchers say.

Induced labor may lower risk for C-section

Pregnant women whose labor is induced are 12 percent less likely to need a cesarean delivery than those whose doctors take a "wait-and-see" approach, a new review of the data shows.

'Breast milk banks' gain in popularity

A wave of new nonprofit breast milk banks are opening across North America, driven by research that has promoted the use of donated mother's milk for healthy babies.

Gastro woes more common in kids with autism

What many parents of children with autism have long suspected -- that autism and gastrointestinal complaints often go together -- is now supported by a new study.

Single motherhood doesn't seem to hinder happiness

Single mothers face many challenges but they tend to be happy, a new study suggests.

Kids' happiness doesn't depend on 2 natural parents

Children who live with a stepparent or a single parent are just as happy as kids in homes with two biological parents, a new British study finds.

Language problems common for kids with ADHD

Children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are nearly three times more likely to have language problems than kids without ADHD, according to new research.

Too much codeine still prescribed to U.S. kids

Emergency room physicians still hand out hundreds of thousands of codeine prescriptions for children every year, despite warnings that kids' responses to codeine vary wildly.

Father time: Make every day Father's Day

This Father's Day, take a minute to think about the kind of dad you want be.

Campfire precautions can protect kids from burns

Campfires are exciting for kids but they also can be dangerous without supervision and simple precautions, an expert warns.

Crankier babies may get more TV time

Fussy and demanding babies are likely to spend slightly more time plopped in front of a TV or computer screen when they're toddlers than are "easier" babies, new research finds.

Kids' concussions defined by where they live

City kids are more likely to suffer concussions playing sports while children in rural areas tend to sustain these head injuries while using dirt bikes and other motorized vehicles, a new Canadian study finds.

Aspirin advised for women at high risk for pregnancy complication

Pregnant women at high risk for the serious condition called preeclampsia should take low-dose aspirin every day after their first trimester, according to a new draft recommendation by an influential U.S. panel of experts.

Could daughter's cancer risk be affected by father's age at birth?

A father's age at the time of his daughter's birth may affect her risk for breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer in adulthood, a new study suggests.

Teens' screen time may affect their bone health

Spending too much time sitting in front of screens may be linked to poorer bone health in teens, according to a new study from Norway.

For greater happiness, spend your money on 'life experiences'

Buying so-called "life experiences" makes Americans happier than material goods such as cars, but they tend to favor the latter in the mistaken belief that they provide better value, according to a new study.

Popular kids may be targets for bullying

Becoming more popular might have a downside for teens -- it may increase their risk of being bullied, researchers say.

Parental messages that stress no alcohol do get through

Making it clear to your teen that underage drinking is unacceptable is a highly effective way to reduce the risk that he or she will use alcohol, a new survey shows.

Lung ultrasound can spot risk of respiratory failure in pregnancy

A lung ultrasound can quickly reveal if a pregnant woman with a serious condition called preeclampsia is at risk for respiratory failure, according to a new study.

Toddlers who sleep less may eat more

Toddlers who get too little sleep tend to eat more and are at increased risk for obesity, a new study indicates.

Spanking triggers vicious cycle

Parents who spank unruly children may not know it, but they are participating in a vicious cycle that will lead to both more spankings and more misbehavior in coming years, a new study suggests.

How you parent is partly genetic

Genes may play a major role in parenting styles, according to a new study.

Head lice growing resistant to standard meds

Most head lice found in North America now carry a gene mutation that makes them resistant to standard over-the-counter treatments, a new study cautions.

Lower IQ, worse heart fitness in teens linked to risk of early dementia in men

Having a lower IQ or poorer fitness at age 18 might increase a man's risk of developing dementia before age 60, a new study suggests.

ADHD drugs linked to later weight gain in kids

Children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to gain more weight than their peers as they enter their teen years, a new study finds.

Teens often copycat others who drink and drive

Want to make sure your teen doesn't drive while intoxicated? You might want to start by making sure he or she doesn't go riding with peers who have been drinking or using drugs.

Mental illness to blame for 10 percent of kids' hospitalizations

Nearly 10 percent of children hospitalized in America are there because of a mental health problem, a new study finds.

For young couples, violence can harm both sides

Teens and young adults involved in relationship violence are more likely to suffer depression, a new study indicates.

Rising e-cigarette use tied to more smoking in teens

Teens who have tried electronic cigarettes may be more likely to smoke regular cigarettes, according to the authors of a new study.

September peak month for kids' asthma flares

Many parents know that allergies are seasonal, but fewer may realize that the same is true of asthma: A new study suggests the riskiest time for children with asthma is September, as they head back to school.

Alcohol near start of pregnancy linked to premature babies

Women who drink before they conceive or during the first three months of pregnancy might be at increased risk of having a premature or small baby, new research finds.

When smartphone is near, parenting may falter

Mealtime is supposed to be family time, but a new study suggests that ever-present smartphones are impeding parent-child communication at the table.

Despite media companies' claims, your baby can't learn to read

Read to your baby, sing and play games. But don't waste money on programs that claim to teach infants to read, a new study suggests.

Does your child's car seat weigh too much for LATCH?

Car seats are heavier than ever--and some parents aren't including that weight when they fit their kids and car seats to LATCH systems.

Treatment costs vary for U.S. children born with heart defects

The cost of treatment for children born with heart defects varies widely across the United States, according to new research. And higher costs may not mean better care.

Food allergies have nearly doubled among black children

Over the past two decades, reports of food allergies have nearly doubled among black children, a new study reveals.

Schools add more fruits, veggies to the '3 Rs'

Under new U.S. guidelines on school lunches, low-income students are eating more fruits and vegetables, according to a new study.

Kids' body image shaped by parents

Parents play a crucial role in helping children develop a positive body image and healthy eating habits, an expert says.

Mysterious polio-like illness strikes kids in California

A rare "polio-like syndrome" has caused paralysis in about 20 children from across California, according to a report released Sunday by physicians in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Doctors slower to prescribe high blood pressure meds to younger patients

Doctors wait longer to prescribe blood pressure drugs to young adults than to older patients, a new study finds.

Fever in first trimester might raise risk of birth defects

Babies born to women who suffer a fever early in pregnancy may have a slightly increased risk of certain birth defects, a new review finds.

Safe sex education must start long before teens engage in sex

Having a stable home life as a child, nice friends and success at school reduces the odds of getting sexually transmitted diseases as a young adult, according to a new study.

Mother's voice on special pacifier helps preemies learn to eat

Premature babies often struggle to learn to eat. Now, a special pacifier that plays prerecorded songs seems to help speed the process along, researchers say.

Kids with A.D.H.D. may benefit from 'brain wave' training

New research suggests that children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from getting a type of training during school hours that monitors their brain waves to help improve attention.

Bullying may have lasting health effects on kids

Kids who are picked on by their peers may see lasting effects on their physical and mental well-being -- especially if the bullying is allowed to persist for years, a new study suggests.

'Talking' medical devices, apps continue to evolve

They remind you when it's time to take your medicine, coach you through emergency medical procedures and text you their approval when you eat your veggies.

Premature babies benefit from adult talk

Premature infants face a number of challenges, including a known risk of language delay. 

President's panel calls for more girls, boys to get HPV vaccine

Too few American girls and boys are getting vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV), the President's Cancer Panel reported Monday.

Teen pregnancy rates much higher for girls with serious mental illness

Teenage girls diagnosed with major mental illness are much more likely to give birth, according to a new study from Canada, suggesting such girls should become a special target for anti-pregnancy efforts.

Is technology creating a world of sickly couch potatoes?

The increasing number of people in developing nations who own televisions, computers and cars might explain rising rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in those countries, a new study suggests.

Illnesses traced to Uncle Ben's rice; Commercial-size packages recalled

Recent illness outbreaks at schools in three states have prompted the recall of 5- and 25-pound bags of Uncle Ben's Infused Rice products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday.

Infants at highest risk for childhood burns

One-year-old infants are 10 times more likely to suffer burns and scalds than older children, and the main causes of these injuries are hot drinks and hair irons, a new British study finds.

Epidural may beat patient-controlled painkiller for childbirth

Epidurals are better pain relievers during labor than patient-controlled doses of a fast-acting painkiller called remifentanil, new research suggests.

Babies born to moms over 35 may have lower risk for certain birth defects

Women in their late 30s or 40s are often told that the odds of delivering a baby with a birth defect rises with age.

U.S. teens eat too much salt, hiking obesity risk

American teens are taking in as much dietary salt as adults, far exceeding guidelines on healthy limits for daily consumption, new research warns.

Expectant mothers' colds may affect baby

The more colds and other viral infections a woman has during pregnancy, the more likely her child is to have asthma, researchers report.

Study ties home births to higher infant death rates

The number of pregnant women who elect to deliver their baby at home is increasing, but home delivery can lead to problems, researchers say.

Are you addicted to being too busy?

These days, having a crammed work, kids and activities schedule has almost become a status symbol. But being super-busy isn’t always a sign of a fulfilling life

'Sensitive' older sibling may help boost preschoolers' language skills

Preschoolers from big families tended to score a bit lower on one vocabulary test. However, in cases where those kids had a sensitive big brother or sister, the vocabulary disadvantage disappeared.

First trimester appears crucial for baby's heart health

Children who were small during the early stages of fetal development may be at increased risk for heart problems, a new study indicates.

Shoulders take a pounding in high school football

Football players and wrestlers are the high school athletes most prone to shoulder injuries, and they're more likely to injure their shoulders in competition than in practice, a new study shows.

Type 2 diabetes is often a family affair

A new study points to a possible added risk factor for Type 2 diabetes: a wedding band.

Shopping carts can pose big danger to little kids

Be careful when you plunk your youngster into a shopping cart on your next trip to the grocery store.

Extra sleep in morning may help teens stay alert in class

Delaying the morning school bell might help teens avoid sleep deprivation, according to a new study. Later school start times appear to improve teens' sleep and reduce their daytime sleepiness.

Fast food not major culprit in kids' obesity

Fast-food consumption is often blamed for the epidemic of overweight and obesity among U.S. children. But a new study finds that poor eating the rest of the day is most strongly linked with weight issues.

Why parents mix up their kids' names

Parents are more likely to confuse their children's names when they sound alike, a new study reveals.

Genes may be to blame for hard-to-handle toddlers

DNA might be a key factor in excessive physical aggression in toddlers, a new Canadian study suggests.

Your guide to keeping kids healthy

Your kids may come home from school this winter with something more worrisome than homework -- sniffles, tummy bugs and even (ick!) lice.

Alternative therapies widely used for autism

Nearly 40 percent of preschoolers with autism are getting some kind of complementary or alternative therapy for their condition.

When a common cold becomes more dangerous for kids

Frequent colds are a normal part of young children's lives, but sometimes a stuffy nose becomes a more severe lung infection. Now, a new study clarifies some of the factors that put certain kids at greater risk.

Get your kids cooking with you

Is your dinner table a battlefield? You aren't alone. But your child isn't doomed to a diet of white bread and chicken nuggets -- there's hope. Kids are more likely to try foods that they had a hand in cooking.

Preemies' 'excessive' crying tied to risk of behavior problems later

Premature babies who cry a lot may be more likely than other preemies to have behavior problems by the time they reach preschool, a new study suggests.

Temporary fever may occur when kids under 2 get 2 shots at once

Young children who receive flu and pneumococcal vaccines at the same time are at increased risk for temporary fever, a new study reports.

Breast-feeding might reduce moms' odds of rheumatoid arthritis

Women who breast-feed may have a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis later in life, new research suggests.

Kids' suicide risk similar for all newer antidepressants

When it comes to treating depression in children, newer antidepressants all seem to carry about the same risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, a new study shows.

The cold, hard truth about surviving bitter winter weather

The record-shattering cold weather that's gripping much of the United States can pose extreme health risks, doctors warned Monday.

Fido really can recognize your face

Dogs can recognize the faces of familiar people and canine pals, a new study finds.

When winter fun isn't so fun

Winter sports and snowy day activities provide lots of exercise and fun, but there's also the risk of injury, an expert warns.

Teen drivers become distracted quickly

Teen drivers quickly move from focused to distracted while behind the wheel, and this raises their risk for accidents, a new study finds.

Big strides made in battle against pediatric AIDS

The effect that AIDS is having on American kids has improved greatly in recent years, thanks to effective drugs and prevention methods. The same cannot be said, however, for children worldwide.

Mother-daughter team preaches gospel of HIV prevention

Fortunata Kasege was just 22 years old and several months pregnant when she and her husband came to the United States from Tanzania in 1997. She was hoping to earn a college degree in journalism before returning home.

Girls' brain connectivity happens sooner than for boys

New brain research suggests one reason girls mature faster than boys during their teen years.

Keep the holidays merry for kids with diabetes

The holidays are a potentially dangerous time for children with diabetes, an expert warns, and parents need to take steps to keep them safe.

1 in 6 fathers doesn't live with his kids

Almost one in six fathers doesn't live with his children, according to new research that looked at how involved dads are in their children's lives.

Bad night's sleep may raise blood pressure in kids

Kids who don't get enough sleep at night may experience a slight spike in their blood pressure the next day even if they are not overweight or obese, a new study suggests.

Youngest child often not as small as mother thinks

Many mothers think their youngest child is smaller than he or she actually is, according to new research.

Brain chemicals may signal which preemies will have delays

A potential new way to identify premature infants at high risk for delays in motor skills development may have been discovered by researchers.

Gov't wants tighter rules on antibacterial soaps, body washes

The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it wants makers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to prove their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than regular soaps.

Start your own Christmas morning traditions

Here are seven holiday activities to slow down and make the morning more magical and memorable for both you and your children.

Early puberty in girls might be linked to bad behavior

Girls who hit puberty early might be more likely than their peers to get into fights or skip school, a new study suggests.

Kids' liver transplant success varies by race

White children in the United States have higher liver transplant survival rates than blacks and other minority children, a new study finds.

Rise in U.S. high chair injuries stuns experts

Young children are falling out of high chairs at alarming rates, according to a new safety study that found high chair accidents increased 22 percent between 2003 and 2010.

Prevent home heating from becoming a safety hazard

Following home-heating safety measures will help keep you and your family safe this winter, experts say.

How worried are parents about kids' online safety?

Parents' concern about their children's online safety might vary according to their race, ethnicity and other factors, a new study suggests.

Ecstasy use on rise again among U.S. teens

The number of U.S. teens who wind up in the emergency room after taking the club drug Ecstasy has more than doubled in recent years, raising concerns that the hallucinogen is back in vogue, federal officials report.

Brain connections strengthen as kids sleep

As young children sleep, the connections between the right and left sides of their brains strengthen, according to a small new study.

Preemies show subtle differences in brain development

Premature infants with no obvious problems in the structure of their brains may still have subtle chemical differences compared with full-term babies, a new study finds.

Smaller classes may be key to high school friendships

When it comes to making friends in high school, the classes a student chooses seems to set the course, a new study finds.

DNA can predict unusually tall height

DNA can be used to predict taller-than-average height, a new study finds.

Could good manners help spur holiday weight gain?

Politeness and consideration for fellow diners could play a role in holiday weight gain, a new study suggests.

Keeping holidays happy when a loved one has Alzheimer's

The holidays can be a difficult time when a loved one has Alzheimer's disease, but there are ways to keep the season happy and memorable, an expert says.

Thanksgiving craft ideas for keeping kids busy

Sure, some tots will play a board game quietly in the corner, but if you’ve got a crew with a bit more energy, read on for Thanksgiving craft ideas to keep them occupied this holiday season.

New study paints grim health picture for obese teens

Severely obese teens are at increased risk for a host of serious health problems as adults, including asthma, kidney disease and sleep disorders, according to a new study.

Drinking milk as teens might not protect men's bones

Boys who drink more milk during their teenage years might not see any drop in their risk for hip fractures as adults, new research suggests. Just the opposite: Their risk actually might rise.

Working moms spend more time parenting than dads

Although today's fathers pitch in with routine child care more than dads did a few decades ago, a new study finds that mothers are still doing more. Even when both parents work outside the home.

Best road trips, coast to coast

Pack up and take your pick of these primo family-friendly routes.

Exercise in pregnancy may boost baby's brain

Moderate exercise during pregnancy may boost your baby's brain development, according to new research.

With flu season here, docs offer tips to stay healthy

With another flu season fast approaching, those in the know offer ways to guard against infection or deal with the flu if your efforts fail.

Weight-loss surgery safe for very obese teens

Researchers say they have some good news for severely obese teens who decide to undergo weight-loss surgery: These patients are at low risk for major surgical complications.

Parents favor email medical consults for kids' minor illnesses

Most American parents would prefer email consultations with doctors instead of office visits when their kids have minor illnesses, a new poll finds.

Kids who exercise more may get better grades

Getting regular daily exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity may also boost students' academic performance, according to a new U.K. study.

Family-friendly historical trips

Looking to plan a family vacation that is both entertaining and educational? Go historical.

Women in labor may be fine taking in nourishment

There may be good news for moms-to-be: A new study finds that women in labor and delivery may not have to forgo all nutrition or rely solely on ice chips to rehydrate, as is typically the case now.

Lower smog levels tied to lower birth weights

Pregnant women exposed to even low levels of air pollution are more likely to have low-birth-weight babies, a new study suggests.

Irregular bedtimes lead to behavior problems in kids

A regular bedtime might guarantee more than a good night's sleep for both kids and their parents -- it turns out that a regular bedtime can make for a better-behaved child, new research suggests.

Bullet wounds kill 8 percent of US kids treated in hospitals

A new study confirms the high danger posed by gunshot wounds in kids: Hospital statistics from several U.S. urban areas reveal that at least 8 percent of children who were shot died.

Surviving a power outage with kids

Tech-loving kids can make a blackout feel like an eternity -- if you don’t have a plan in place. Turn this surprise into a period of family bonding and fun with the following ideas.

BeLuvv Guardian is a LoJack-like system for tracking small kids

The Guardian is a small, tracking device to be worn by a child as a bracelet or necklace. When combined with a mobile application, the radio chip communicates with the parent's mobile device and can send an alert when the child has traveled too far away.

Parents' feeding choices may raise baby's risk for celiac disease

Delayed introduction of gluten to a baby's diet and breast-feeding longer than one year appear to increase the risk of celiac disease, researchers report.

How to raise cultured kids

Do you long for your child to choose the symphony over SpongeBob and couscous over mac ’n’ cheese? Raising a cultured kid can be easier than you think.

Whooping cough outbreaks tied to parents shunning vaccines

New research confirms what experts have suspected: The decision not to vaccinate children for nonmedical reasons can have far-reaching effects, including raising the risk of infections for other children and their families.

The smart mom's kitchen

Cooking at home is more cost-effective than ordering in, better for your family’s health, and if you do it right, quicker, too. Check out this list of items you should always have in stock for delicious, kid-friendly 30-minute meals.

Child's chronic illness can affect the whole family

Parenting a chronically ill child can cause stress that affects the whole family.

5 digital ways to stay close to grandparents

These days, extended families are more likely to be spread out. The good news is, today's grandparents are more tech-savvy than they were even five years ago.

The biggest car seat mistakes parents make

With the kids back at school and parents' schedules more hectic, mid-September is a good time for a reminder of proper car-seat safety. Sept. 15 to Sept. 21 is also Child Passenger Safety Week.

Asthma care critical during pregnancy

Asthma control during pregnancy is vital because uncontrolled asthma can cause harm to mothers and their babies, according to a new review.

Some painkillers tied to certain birth defects in study

Women taking prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet early in pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to babies with devastating neural tube defects such as spina bifida, a new study suggests.

Changes in household routines help reduce kids' obesity

Small changes in household routines, such as limiting TV time and increasing sleep time, can help minimize excess weight gain in young children at high risk of obesity, according to new research.

Commercial baby foods fall short for nutrition

Commercial baby foods don't meet infants' dietary needs when they are weaning, according to a new study.

Is social media making your kids less smart?

Will the amount of time your child spends tweeting and sharing online affect their grades?

For teens, favorite tunes may impair driving

Music may soothe the savage beast, but a new study argues that novice teenage drivers who rock out to a playlist of favorite tunes may end up with impaired motor skills.

Take kids to get their flu shots early

As soon as the updated seasonal flu vaccine becomes available, parents should bring children aged six months and older to get vaccinated, according to an updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Parents' goals guide ADHD treatment choice

Parents' goals for treating their child's attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to steer the treatment in a distinct direction, new research shows.

Boys have higher death rates from many causes

Males may be the more vulnerable sex when it comes dying young -- not just from accidents, but from a range of causes, a new study finds.

What is 'play' to a child with autism?

When free to choose, kids with autism pick games that engage their senses and avoid games that ask them to pretend, a new study finds.

Readmission rates for children may not reflect hospital performance

Unlike the case with adult readmissions, higher hospital readmission rates for children may not necessarily indicate poor quality of care, according to new research.

Stuttering may not cause emotional woes in preschoolers

Preschoolers who stutter typically do not suffer emotional or social problems because of it, and even tend to have stronger language skills than their peers, a new study suggests.

More links seen between autism, ADHD

Kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are 20 times more likely to exhibit some traits of autism than children without ADHD, according to a new study.

3 ways to relive your favorite summer memories

A new school year may be fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end just yet.

4 best train trips in America

When you think about it, a family vacation by train is a no-brainer. The price is right, the scenery terrific, and everyone’s in a good mood.

 

Healthy summer snacks for kids

This summer make your own kid snacks rather than purchasing premade snacks. You'll have a better idea of what your kids are eating and you'll probably save money at the grocery store.

One in three teens "just not interested" in driving

Less than half of all American teenagers get their first driver's license within a year of becoming eligible to drive, a new study from AAA says.