Tag Archives: American Academy of Pediatrics

“Cinnamon Challenge” Poses Health Risks, Study Finds

Health officials are warning parents about a potentially dangerous stunt that dares young people to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon. At least 30 youths have needed medical attention after attempting this dare, which triggers a severe gag reflex, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Some adolescents have gone to the emergency room; others have […]

Smaller Plate, Smaller Portions

In the past few decades, plates and bowls commonly used in homes across America have increased in size. It turns out that portions have grown, too. A study of children’s eating habits, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that kids will help themselves to more food and eat more when they use larger dishes. The […]

Many Moms Introducing Solids Too Early, Study Finds

Although medical professionals recommend introducing solid foods to an infant no earlier than four to six months of age, many mothers choose to do so. Indeed, four out of 10 mothers gave their infants solid foods before their baby was four months old, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. The practice, which […]

Young Children at Risk for Salmonella Infection from Pet Frogs

A nationwide outbreak of Salmonella infections that affected more than 375 children has been linked to keeping African dwarf frogs as pets. A study of the outbreak, which occurred from 2008 to 2011, found that few of the sickened children were aware of the risk of Salmonella from reptiles and amphibians. The American Academy of […]

Prenatal Substance Abuse Still Worldwide Problem, Study Finds

Smoking. Drinking alcohol. Illegal drug use. Despite educational campaigns to discourage these behaviors, prenatal substance abuse continues to be a problem worldwide, according to a technical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Early in pregnancy, fetal malformations may occur while, later in pregnancy, it is the developing fetal brain that is more vulnerable to injury,” […]

Not All Ear Infections Need Antibiotics, Pediatricians Group Says

Don’t be surprised if your child’s physician does not automatically recommend antibiotics to treat acute otitis media, a type of ear infection that commonly affects children in the United States. New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics “highlight more stringent criteria to use in making an accurate diagnosis of AOM, which will enable clinicians […]

Changing TV Shows May Improve Child’s Behavior

Parents, take a good look at what your children are viewing on television: what they watch may dictate how they behave. A new study that included more than 800 families with children ages 3 to 5 found that parents who replaced “aggression-filled programming” with educational or “prosocial” shows saw their kids behave less aggressively. The […]

Alcohol Ads Influence Teen Drinking, Study Shows

Parents may want to pay more attention to the ads their young children watch on television. A study, published in Pediatrics, found that watching ads for alcohol products had a “significant correlation with alcohol use, particularly among girls,” a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics states. In fact, the more the adolescents “were […]

Emergency Room Visits Involving Energy Drinks On the Rise

Although ingesting large amounts of caffeine can cause insomnia, nervousness, headache, fast heartbeat and seizures that require emergency care, many people still consume energy drinks, a federal report shows. In fact, the number of people seeking emergency care after using energy drinks doubled between 2007 and 2011, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health […]

Help Kids Sleep by Watching Less TV Before Bed

Parents concerned about their children’s lack of sleep, which can affect school performance and behavior, may want to consider how much television their kids watch before bedtime. A new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that the more television children watch in the evening, the less sleep they get that night. Researchers studied the […]