White children in the United States have higher liver transplant survival rates than blacks and other minority children, a new study finds.
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.
Following home-heating safety measures will help keep you and your family safe this winter, experts say.
Parents' concern about their children's online safety might vary according to their race, ethnicity and other factors, a new study suggests.
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.
As young children sleep, the connections between the right and left sides of their brains strengthen, according to a small new study.
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.
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 be used to predict taller-than-average height, a new study finds.
Politeness and consideration for fellow diners could play a role in holiday weight gain, a new study suggests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pack up and take your pick of these primo family-friendly routes.
Moderate exercise during pregnancy may boost your baby's brain development, according to new research.
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.
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.
Most American parents would prefer email consultations with doctors instead of office visits when their kids have minor illnesses, a new poll finds.
Getting regular daily exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity may also boost students' academic performance, according to a new U.K. study.
Looking to plan a family vacation that is both entertaining and educational? Go historical.
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.
Pregnant women exposed to even low levels of air pollution are more likely to have low-birth-weight babies, a new study suggests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parenting a chronically ill child can cause stress that affects the whole family.
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.
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 control during pregnancy is vital because uncontrolled asthma can cause harm to mothers and their babies, according to a new review.
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.
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 don't meet infants' dietary needs when they are weaning, according to a new study.
Will the amount of time your child spends tweeting and sharing online affect their grades?
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.
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.
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 for treating their child's attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to steer the treatment in a distinct direction, new research shows.
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.
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.
Unlike the case with adult readmissions, higher hospital readmission rates for children may not necessarily indicate poor quality of care, according to new research.
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.
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.
A new school year may be fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end just yet.
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.
Toddlers who watch too much television have a more difficult time when they start kindergarten, a new Canadian study suggests.
Hispanic teens are more likely to abuse illegal and legal drugs than their black or white peers, a new report finds.
By the time they reach the fourth grade, children exposed to lead are nearly three times more likely to have been suspended, a new study contends.
How much time a man spends doing housework is related to the type of job he has, a new study suggests.
The more brothers and sisters you have, the less likely you are to get divorced, a new study contends.
By using a simple rule to assess children's ankle injuries, doctors could reduce the use of X-rays by 22 percent -- and so spare kids unneeded radiation exposure, according to a new study.
While some behaviors increase the risk of obesity for both boys and girls, new research shows there are gender differences.
Stomach pain is a common childhood complaint, and now a new study suggests it may place some kids at higher risk for anxiety disorders or depression as adults.
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.
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.
Correcting disruptive behavior in young children could help prevent them from using alcohol and drugs when they're teens, researchers report.
A mother's personality can affect whether she decides to breast-feed, according to a new study.
Already embraced by millions for their portability and ease-of-use, new Canadian research suggests that smart technologies also serve as therapeutic tools autistic children.
Poor children are more likely than their wealthier counterparts to smoke cigarettes, but less likely to binge drink and no more likely to use marijuana, a new study reveals.
Playgrounds can offer children a great place to get exercise and have fun, but parents need to be aware that there is a risk for injuries and know how to prevent them.
Allergy and asthma triggers can turn your backyard from a summer oasis into a place of misery if you don't take precautions, experts say.
Diapers can take a big bite out of the family budget, and now a new survey of low-income moms finds that many struggle to afford enough diapers to regularly change their babies.
A family history of cancer raises your overall risk of developing cancer, including types of cancer far removed from those suffered by your relatives, according to a new study of 23,000 people.
Eighty-two percent of American adults support banning smoking in cars when children younger than 13 are in the vehicle, according to a new survey.
Falling television sets continue to be a source of serious injuries to young children, a new study shows.
Here are five sandy locations that offer something for everyone.
If parents divorce when their children are young, the split can affect how secure these children will feel about their relationship with their parents as adults, new research shows.
Newer, heavier and more expensive football helmets will not lower a player's risk of concussion, new research finds.
If you want your kids to spend less time parked in front of a television, you need to set the example.
Children whose parents use "harsh" physical punishment such as slapping or shoving may end up in relatively poorer physical health as adults, a new study suggests.
Going to bed at different times every night appears to reduce children's brainpower, a new British study suggests.
When workplace stress spills over into your personal life, your family's well-being can also suffer, new evidence suggests.
Insulin plays an important role in making breast milk, according to a new study that may help explain why many mothers have difficulty producing enough milk to nurse their baby.
Most sports-related facial fractures among children occur when they're trying to catch a baseball or softball, according to new research. These injuries are relatively common, and they can be serious.
Many violent young people carry guns, a new study shows.
Fireworks add sparkle to Independence Day festivities but they need to be handled with care -- and by adults, a prominent group of U.S. surgeons says.
Newer-generation "active" video games give a slight boost to children's physical activity levels at home, according to a new study.
Safety experts have long warned that all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, pose serious threats to kids, who may not have the strength or judgment to safely operate the bouncy, heavy machines.
Babies as young as 2 months know when they are about to be picked up and prepare themselves for it, according to a new study.
When children head off to outdoor camps this summer, they need to be protected from ticks and tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease, experts say.
What are the odds that we'll actually get sick by going swimming in a pool?
If you have a baby who's learning to talk, you may feel the need to chatter incessantly to boost her vocabulary, but a new study says another factor is crucial: the ability to provide non-verbal clues.
Breast-feeding, a practice already linked with many health benefits, could help a child become more upwardly mobile as an adult, British researchers report.
Despite the introduction of pitching limits in youth baseball, throwing injuries requiring surgery are increasing at a dramatic rate in the United States.
Children of women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol while pregnant don't appear to have any neurodevelopmental problems when it comes to balance, a new British study suggests.
Black and Hispanic children with autism are markedly less likely than children from white families to receive specialty care for complications tied to the disorder, a new study finds.
Being picked on by your brother or sister may seem like a normal part of growing up, but for some kids the bullying may be a source of depression and anxiety, a new study suggests.
Every day in the United States, three children drown. Although many people expect a drowning child to splash and yell for help, these accidents often happen quietly without anyone noticing.
Offering flu shots at elementary schools could reduce the number of flu cases and deaths among children, a new study suggests.
Summer is the most dangerous time of the year for teen drivers and distracted driving is often the reason why, experts say.
Having grown up with gadgets galore, young parents aren't as worried about the potentially corrosive effects of too much screen time on their offspring, a new study suggests.
The proportion of families in the United States that can't keep up with their medical bills declined between 2011 and 2012, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This year, get a little creative with your kids and make Dad feel special with a homemade treat.
This Father's Day, take a minute to think about the kind of dad you want be.
Legalizing marijuana may have unintended consequences. Since medical marijuana was legalized in Colorado, more than a dozen young children have been unintentionally poisoned with the drug, researchers report.
A leading pediatricians' group is highlighting the plight of children in military families in a new report.
A new study of twins suggests that genes may play a big role in how long babies and toddlers sleep at night, while environment is key during nap time.
Pregnant women with specific alterations in two genes may be at increased risk of suffering depression after giving birth, a small new study suggests.
A child whose mother lived near heavy traffic while pregnant faces a relatively higher risk for developing a respiratory infection before the age of 3, a new study suggests.
As many as one in five American children under the age of 17 has a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, according to a new federal report.
Even children with low levels of lead in their blood score lower on reading-readiness tests when they begin kindergarten, a new study found.
Significantly more U.S. children have a neurodevelopmental or mental health disability than did a decade ago, according to new research.
The vast majority of parents admit to being distracted in some way while driving their young child around, a new survey reveals.
The United States appears to be in the throes of a prescription drug abuse crisis among teens, with a new survey showing that 24 percent of high school students -- more than 5 million kids -- have abused these medications.
New research suggests that up to two-thirds of parents still encourage teenagers to finish all the food on their plates, even if the teen is overweight.
Elderly pedestrians face a much higher risk of being killed in a traffic accident than the young do, a new government report finds.
Although students who get free or discounted lunches through federal programs are more likely to be obese than students who don't, kids in states that set higher standards for these meals are less likely to suffer that fate.
Smoking scenes in youth-rated movies doubled in number between 2010 and 2012, and have returned to the same level as a decade ago, according to a new report.
In what may seem a surprising finding, kids in a new study who ate more often over the course of a day were less likely to be overweight than their peers who ate the traditional three squares.
Small kids who are given large plates and then allowed to serve themselves take more food and consume more calories, new research finds.
It's not how much time teens spend watching TV but how intensely they watch that adds on the pounds, new research suggests.
The number of teen driver-related fatalities has dropped by almost half in the last six years, and the number of teen passengers killed in crashes involving teen drivers fell 30 percent in the United States.
The chickenpox vaccine is very effective at preventing the disease, and its protection doesn't wane over time, new research finds.
Many parents of children with advanced cancer have high to severe levels of psychological distress, a new study finds.
It's rare for children in the United States aged 10 to 12 to be sexually active, especially on a voluntary basis, a new study finds. However, almost one in five teens has had sex before age 15.
About 11 percent of school-age children in the United States -- and 19 percent of high-school-age boys -- have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
When doctors use quick-and-easy disease labels to sum up symptoms of concern in an otherwise healthy infant, parents are more apt to want to treat their child with some type of medication.
Parent behavior training is an effective and well-studied intervention for preschoolers at risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new review shows.
Children of highly educated parents have healthier diets, according to a new study.
Single-load liquid laundry packets are becoming more popular but need to be used and stored safely.
Parents who want to help their teens better navigate the world of college drinking might consider a pre-college chat on the topic. New research suggests it will help douse their desire to imbibe when they hit campus.
Although some parents worry about the sheer number of vaccines babies typically receive, a new U.S. government study finds no evidence that more vaccinations increase the risk of autism.
Although rare in the United States, three babies with birth defects caused by rubella (or "German measles") were reported in 2012 and doctors need to be on the lookout for such cases, a new government report indicates.
Poor children who move three or more times before they're 5 years old are at increased risk for behavioral problems, a new study contends.
Bystanders judge same-sex parents more harshly than straight parents, according to a new study.
Five-year-olds who watch television for three or more hours a day are a bit more likely to fight, steal and have other antisocial behaviors by the age of 7, a new study suggests.
Having regular family suppers is good for teens' mental health, according to a new study.
Child development experts advise parents not to introduce solid foods, such as baby cereal, into an infant's diet until the infant is at least 4 to 6 months old.
Physically active children may be at lower risk for fractures when they grow older, according to a new study from Sweden.
If your young children are picky eaters, they may be able to blame it on their genes, according to a new study.
On airplanes, measles can spread beyond the passengers seated immediately around an infected person, a new study says.
The number of children in the United States with autism spectrum disorder has jumped dramatically since 2007, federal health officials reported Wednesday.
A problem with a certain brain circuit may be one reason why 7-month-old infants who later develop autism are slower to shift their gaze and attention from one object to another.
Women's vitamin D levels during pregnancy do not affect their children's bone health later in life, a new study shows.
Black children are less likely than other children to be given antibiotics and less likely to be given the most powerful antibiotics to treat acute respiratory tract infections, new research suggests.
Drinking low-fat or skim milk does not prevent toddlers from gaining excess weight and is actually associated with overweight and obesity in preschool children, a new study finds.
Football has been blamed for a growing number of injuries among young players in the past decade, but a new study finds that football is an exception, and injuries from most other popular sports have dropped in children.
Although experts recommend girls and young women be vaccinated against the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer, parents seem to be increasingly worried about the vaccine's safety, a new U.S. study shows.
SUNDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) --Baby "wipes" and scented skin lotions can lead to diaper rash in infants, but new parents can soothe their baby's irritated skin and prevent a recurrence.
It's the time of year when cold season and allergy season overlap, and parents need to know the active ingredients in the medicines they give their children for these conditions.
Emergency departments in the United States are missing important opportunities to educate parents on car-seat safety, new research suggests.
Fathers interested in creating a sense of closeness with their daughters should look for fun things to do together, a new study suggests.
Anxiety is far more common in the days after childbirth than depression, with nearly one in five new mothers reporting acute mental stress surrounding delivery and the transition to a larger family.
New mothers have a much higher rate of obsessive-compulsive symptoms than other people and these symptoms center on their baby's well-being.
Teaching children heart-healthy habits now can help protect them from heart disease when they're adults.
It's time for that heart to heart with your kids about the dangers of smoking, drinking or illicit drugs. One thing it's best not to bring up: Your own dabbling in such substances in your youth, a new study suggests.
Most parents still rely on word-of-mouth recommendations when choosing their child's doctor, according to the latest University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital national poll on children's health.
Two studies, one from the United States and the other from New Zealand, add more fuel to the long-standing claim that exposure to television -- especially violent TV -- can harm children.
Even something as simple as play can be complicated: A new study shows that mothers who try to tell their young children how to play with their toys can turn their kids off, at least in the short run.
Telling your young children that they are smart may not be all that wise.
When children go through a trauma -- whether it's as rare as a school shooting or as common as a car accident -- they may need therapy to help them deal with it.
Bathing a baby and caring for the newborn's skin can intimidate new parents, an expert says.
Parents who send their children to day care may be able to breathe a sigh of relief. New research finds that children in child care do not have an increased risk of behavioral problems.
Along with the admonitions about caffeine, lunch meat and wine, many pregnant women are told they should get rid of their cats because of health risks.
Devoting just a few extra minutes to regular family mealtimes can help children in poor families achieve and maintain a normal weight, according to a new study.
Check out these kid-friendly game ideas to create memorable moments in the car, at the market and the family dinner table.
Working women who are in charge of running their household are less likely to pursue promotions and types of career advancement, a new study contends.
Nearly a third of American teenage girls say that at some point they've met up with people with whom their only prior contact was online, new research reveals.
Throwing a Valentine's Day party for your children and their friends is an easy way to have fun and celebrate a day of sweetness and friendship.
Most babies who wake up during the night should be allowed to self-soothe and fall back to sleep on their own, researchers say.
A new study suggests that an expectant father's psychological distress might influence his toddler's emotional and behavioral development.
Fights between siblings can lead to anxiety, depression and lower self-esteem, a new study contends.
There are steps you can take to avoid making yourself sick with worry -- for your sake and your child's.
What's the safest way to get my kids to stop arguing with each other in the backseat while I'm driving?
Check out these tips from eco-minded moms on encouraging conservation and reducing waste among the younger set.
Check out the five apps one mom can't live without.
Buying a car for your teen to drive to and from high school takes some thought. You might pick something sporty for yourself -- but you want something different for your kids.
Getting ready for the back to school rush doesn't have to be hard. Here are some tips to get you and your kids organized.
Taking your baby to the dentist is more important than you might think.
If your house is unprepared to go back to school, here's some tips on how to get everybody back on track before fall.
From poolside smartphones to on-demand movies anywhere, technology has changed what it means to "get away from it all," for better and worse.
If you're a high school or college student looking for work in the coming months, here's some tips on how to make your own form of employment, whether you're looking to pad your resume or line your pocketbook.
Being by yourself gives you time to collect your thoughts and ponder life's challenges.
Times may have changed, but our children's soda habits have only gotten worse.
Follow these steps for combating bedtime bummers and put more ease into your z's.
While fatal crash rates of teen drivers have plunged in recent years, states can significantly reduce teen fatalities rates by strengthening existing graduated driver licensing laws.
To get your kids into the spirit of the season and help keep them occupied over Memorial Day weekend, there are lots of simple and inexpensive crafts that they can make themselves.
Father's Day is just around the corner, and if you haven't planned anything for dear old Dad, check out this list of fun Father's Day activities.
When mom is your go-to person for a ride, help with homework or a quick snack before dinner, take a moment to show your appreciation this Mother's Day.
Sick days are rough for a parent, especially if you have to miss work to take care of a sniffling kid. Check out this list of simple activities to make the most of your day together.
It's time to show your love for the planet! Celebrate Earth Day with kid-friendly activities and crafts.
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