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Nicotine and SIDS
Researchers at a hospital in Queensland, Australia, recently found that babies exposed to cigarette smoke have weaker arousal responses and a higher risk of dying from SIDS. (read the story...)

Exposure to Other Children Linked to Asthma
Children who attend day care or have many siblings may have a lower risk of developing seasonal allergies, but an increased risk of developing asthma, according to the findings of a recent European research study. (read the story...)

When Your Child Wets The BedRx: New treatment options + a good deal of patience required
If your child has begun wetting the bed, you're not alone in your concern. Primary nocturnal enuresis (PNE) or bedwetting affects an estimated 5 to 7 million American children 6 years of age or older. (read the story...)

Minor Skin Injury or Abuse?
Intentional injury of the skin in children (including bruises but beyond temporary redness) should alert pediatricians to child abuse, according to a recent report released by the Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect of the American Academy of Pediatrics. (read the story...)

Kids Can Help with Seizures
A seizure can be a pretty scary thing to watch, especially for a child who has never seen one before. But the Epilepsy Foundation, a Maryland-based national organization that promotes research on and understanding of children and adults with seizures, says kids as young as 10 can learn how to help. (read the story...)

Skip a Step
Baking cookies with the kids? Raw eggs in unbaked cookie dough pose a significant risk of salmonella, according to the FDA. (read the story...)

Growth: How Does Your Child Measure Up?
While there are some children who start life smaller than others, most of them usually catch up very early in life. However, for those children who are still significantly shorter by age 2 — below the third percentile on standard growth charts — they will most likely not catch up later in life and will probably remain much shorter than other children their age, and continue to be short as adults. (read the story...)

Miscarriages Linked to Low Folic Acid Levels
Many women know that taking folic acid, or folate, before and during early pregnancy can help protect their unborn babies from neural tube defects. Now a study shows that folic acid also helps to prevent early miscarriages. (read the story...)

New Thoughts on Morning Sickness
For nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy, first try changing your diet, says Jennifer Niebyl, M.D., University of Iowa professor and head of obstetrics and gynecology, in a report in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (read the story...)

Depo-Provera and Bone Density
`` Researchers at the University of Washington examined 182 women aged 18 to 39 between 1994 and 1999 who were receiving Depo-Provera injections. (read the story...)

THE DAY CARE DILEMMANoted pediatrician calls “90 percent of day care inadequate
Whether it’s because of economic necessity, or a desire to get youngsters into a group setting for learning and socialization as early as possible — day care is worrisome, contends noted child development expert Dr. Stanley Greenspan. (read the story...)

MISSING KIDS: The number is down — but keeping your guard up is essential, experts stress
It's not uncommon for a pair of similar news stories to touch off a frenzy of reporting, giving the public the unnerving feeling of an epidemic in progress. (read the story...)

How Safe is Your Child’s Playground? Many city playgrounds fail safety test
Playgrounds are children’s havens, where they can run and jump, howl and shout, and do what they do best — be children. But many of our nation’s playgrounds are unsafe and in need of repair, according to the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG), in a national survey recently released. (read the story...)

Smallpox shots for kids? Not yet, experts advise
In today’s world, parents are faced with protecting their children from growing threats which include biological and nuclear warfare. (read the story...)

Building strong bones
The Body Composition Unit at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center's Obesity Research Center is currently seeking children ages 6-16 to participate in its Bone Mineral Density in Childhood Study. (read the story...)

The finger, the door, and the shield
A child's scream from another room raises the hair on the neck of any parent. To protect young fingers and hands from one of the most common of all childhood household accidents — getting caught in the hinge side of the door — parents (and grandparents) can now hook up The Shield Finger Guard. (read the story...)

Drink Your Milk! Our kids “in the middle of a calcium crisis”
Calcium is a mineral essential for building healthy bones, including the jawbone, and teeth. It can also keep the gums healthy. (One study found that getting adequate levels of calcium in childhood may reduce the incidence of gum disease later in life). In fact, calcium plays an important role in almost every physiological function of the body. (read the story...)

It Can Still Be A Dog’s Life …
New studies suggest that pet ownership may actually protect against allergies and asthma (read the story...)

Our kids 'in the middle of a calcium crisis'
Calcium is a mineral essential for building healthy bones, including the jawbone, and teeth. It can also keep the gums healthy. (One study found that getting adequate levels of calcium in childhood may reduce the incidence of gum disease later in life). In fact, calcium plays an important role in almost every physiological function of the body. (read the story...)

Mono — not just a “teen disease”
When she was 16 years old, Stephanie Williams started feeling unusually tired and achy. A couple of weeks later, she developed a very sore throat. Because her mother knew that mononucleosis was making the rounds at the high school, she decided it was time for Stephanie to see the doctor. (read the story...)

To remove, or not to remove?
It has been thought that removal of the tonsils really benefits children with recurring throat infections. But now a new study of over 300 children shows that the removal of tonsils (with or without adenoids) offers only a modest benefit that is offset by possible complications, risks, and the cost of the surgery. (read the story...)

News from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
Tics are more common in children than previously thought. (read the story...)

Ritalin. Zoloft. Prozac:
Local battle highlights skyrocketing rates of ADD/ADHD and depression drug use in children. (read the story...)

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