So-called smart baby monitors are not an effective means of prevention against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to an editorial published in the British Medical Journal. David King, who wrote the editorial, says that the new wave of monitoring equipment is old ideas repackaged. "To older paediatricians this may sound familiar."
Premature birth has now been confirmed as the leading cause of death amongst young children, according to a new study from researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Death from complications of preterm birth accounted for roughly 1.1 million of the 6.3 million death of children under the age of five in 2013, according to the study.
Kids who are obese in youth often remain obese into adolescence, according to research conducted at Boston Children's Hospital. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed data on nearly 4,000 U.S. kids over a period of five years. The research team found that 83 percent of the kids who were obese in tenth grade were also obese in fifth grade.
Regular availability of EpiPens in public school could save lives, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in Atlanta. The pens are a delivery system for the drug epinephrine, which alleviates the symptoms of severe allergic reactions. For the study the researchers collected data on EpiPen use in Chicago Public Schools.
Laundry detergent "pods" may pose a significant poisoning risk to children, according to a new study from researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. For the study the researchers reviewed records collected by poisoning centers across the U.S. between 2012 and 2013.
A new study from the FDA has revealed that public school lunches may be growing healthier as a result of stricter health guidelines. The research was conducted at Virginia Tech University and surveyed the health content of 1,300 packed and provided school lunches at three rural Virginia schools. The research team notes that about 40 percent of public school parents pack lunches for their kids.
Obese women put their babies at an increased risk for kidney and urinary tract defects, according to research conducted at Seattle Children's Hospital. The study, set for presentation at a meeting of the American Society of Nephrology in Philadelphia on November 14, surveyed data on several thousand hospital records, 3,200 of which reported abnormal kidney or urinary tract problems.
Mothers are more likely to speak to their children than fathers, according to research conducted at the Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed conversations recorded by 33 families. The research team found that babies heard three times more words from moms than dads.
Exposure to the common plastics' chemical, phthalates, may have a negative impact on the genital development of baby boys, according to research conducted at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, measured metabolites of five phthalates in the urine of pregnant women during the first trimester.
Type 1 diabetes is on the rise among white kids in the U.S., according to research conducted at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. The study, published in the journal Diabetes, found nearly 6,000 new cases of diabetes diagnosed in kids (aged 19 and younger) between 2002 and 2009. Most of the increase came in the 5 to 9 age range.
Over 10 percent of babies born with an infection called cytomegalovirus will suffer permanent hearing loss; yet, screening for the infection is not routine, according to research conducted at the University Hospital Ghent in Belgium. The study, published in the journal pediatrics, found that CMV is the most common non-inherited cause of hearing loss in children.
Nutek Disposables has issued a recall for baby wipes after some customers complained of wipes giving off odor and showing discoloration. A subsequent test revealed that the wipes hosted the bacteria Burholderia cepacia (B. cepacia). The wipes are sold under the following brand names: Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch and others.
Kids with nagging coughs may have their conditions improved by a placebo, according to research conducted at Texas A&M University. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, surveyed data on three groups of 120 kids under the age of four. The first group got no treatment, the second group got a placebo, and the third group was given pasteurized agave nectar.
Children who fracture bones should be treated with ibuprofen not morphine, according to research conducted London Health Sciences Center in Ontario. The study, published in the journal CMAJ, surveyed data on 134 children, aged 5 to 17, who suffered broken bones but did not have surgery. One group was treated with ibuprofen, while the other group was treated with morphine.
Peanut allergies in kids has been linked to a gene mutation, according to research conducted at King's College London. The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, hypothesized that a specific skin gene mutation results in infants that are exposed to peanut protein in household dust.