Kid's Health

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freshfruitsvegetables-030514.jpg Over 75 percent of American kids are eating fruit every day, while 92 percent eat vegetables in the same time frame, according to research conducted by the CDC. The study, published in the NCHS Data Brief, also showed that intake levels declined as kids got older. Researchers surveyed data on kids aged 2-19 finding that 90 percent of kids aged 2-5 ate fruit everyday.

sleepingbaby-071414.jpg Sleep-related deaths in infants are most likely to be caused by bed sharing with others, according to research conducted by the CDC. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, assessed sleep-related deaths from 24 states during the time span of 2004-2012. About 70 percent of the deaths occurred while infants shared "the same surface with a person or animal."

img1-071414.jpg The nickel surfaces of iPads may trigger allergic reactions in children, according to research conducted at the University of California, San Diego. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, noted the case of an 11-year-old who had an undiagnosed skin rash for six months. After getting skin patch testing, it was revealed that the boy had a nickel allergy.

Overscheduledkid-070914.jpg Children who are able to choose free time activities may grow up to have better self direction than kids whose free time is more structured, according to research conducted at the University of Colorado. The study, published in the journal Frontiers of Psychology, surveyed data on 70 kids (aged 6) whose parents recorded their daily activities.

img1-070914.jpg First time mothers who had their infants visited by nurses were less likely to see the children die, according to research conducted at the University of Rochester. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, surveyed data on 1,138 mothers in the impoverished neighborhoods of Memphis, Tennessee. The women were divided into four treatment groups.

Beer-030512_21Aug12.jpg A new test may be able to accurately predict which teens are at risk to become binge drinkers, according to research conducted at the University of Vermont. The study, published in the journal Nature, predicted with 70 percent accuracy results for a group of 2,400 European teenagers followed for a five-year period (from the age of 14 to 19).

gayparents-070714.jpg Children of same-sex couples tend to be happier and healthier than their peers, according to research conducted at the University of Melbourne. The study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, surveyed over 300 same-sex parents and their 500 children. The kids of same-sex couples tended to score higher on general health exams and on several measures of social well-being.

BlueHookah-070714.jpg Hookah use is on the rise among high school seniors, according to research conducted at New York University. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed 5,540 students, finding that one in five reported using the tobacco pipe. "What we find most interesting is that students of higher socioeconomic status appear to be more likely to use hookah," said Joseph J. Palamar.

hypodermicneedle-052812_10Jul12.jpg Vaccines against preventable diseases for children are safe, according to research conducted at Boston's Children's Hospital. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, analyzed data on 20,000 scientific titles and 67 papers on vaccine safety. The study found no link between the use of vaccines and autism in children, or between vaccines and childhood leukemia.

infant-043013.jpg Medications used to numb the gums of teething babies could be hazardous to their health, according to a news study from researchers at the Food and Drug Administration. The agency has released a new guideline recommending that such drugs, including viscous lidocaine, or benzocaine-containing teething products, are never to be used on teething babies.

nutrients-062414.jpg Fortified cereals that contain added vitamins and minerals may be harmful to children, according to a report from the Environmental Working Group. The study found that nearly half of kids (aged 8 and lower) consume levels of vitamin A, zinc and niacin which may be harmful to the liver. The research team found 114 cereals and snack bars that had 30 percent or more of the adult daily value.

premature-062314.jpg As many as three percent of babies born early may be done so in elective procedures that are not medically essential, according to a new study from researchers at University of Minnesota School of Public Health. For the study the researchers examined all of the birth data collected in the states of California, Missouri and Pennsylvania between the years of 1995 and 2009.

Autism-042412_04Jun12.jpg Exposure to some common pesticides may increase the risk of autism, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis. For the study the researchers reviewed health records of 486 children with autism. They compared these records with roughly 200 children suffering with developmental delays and around 300 kids with no disabilities.

baby-061714.jpg The bacterial infection that causes whooping cough is on the rise, and has been classified as an epidemic by the CDC. California has reported 800 cases in the past two weeks and 3,458 during the year. The CDC recommends that parents, siblings, grandparents, other family members and babysitters get vaccinated for whooping cough because babies cannot be vaccinated until they are six weeks old.

Autism-042412_04Jun12.jpg The long-term tally of overall costs associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the U.S. and U.K. is somewhere between $1.4 million to $2.4 million, according to a new report from the Autism Society. "Cost is such an important driver of what services are available to families and has so many implications for policy and system planning," said study author David Mandell, ScD.