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  1. Few U.S. Kids Using Correct Car Safety Restraints

    Aug. 7, 2012 -- When children are passengers in cars, trucks, and vans, low numbers of them are using car safety restraints appropriate for their age group, a new study shows. Researchers also found that many youngsters may be at an increased risk of injury during a motor vehicle accident because th

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  2. Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Sick Kids

    Aug. 6, 2012 -- Vitamin D deficiency is common among very sick children, and it is associated with worse outcomes, two new studies show. In both studies, critically ill children deficient in the vitamin were more likely than those with adequate blood levels of vitamin D to be sicker and have longer

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  3. Mom Was Right: Honey Can Calm a Cough

    Aug. 6, 2012 -- Ask any parent: When your little one has a cough, no one gets any sleep. But 2 teaspoons of honey before bedtime may safely relieve your child's coughing and make sure everyone gets their ZZZ's. That's the main message from a new study in September's issue of Pediatrics. Today's pare

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  4. Fitter Kids, Better Grades?

    Aug. 3, 2012 -- Fitter kids do better on school tests according to new research that echoes previous findings. Researcher Sudhish Srikanth, a University of North Texas student, says that fitter middle school students performed better on reading and math tests than their less fit peers. He presented

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  5. Heart Birth Defects May Have Lasting Effect

    July 30, 2012 -- Children born with heart defects need early screening for developmental disorders, according to new recommendations from the American Heart Association. But a new review of research from 1966 to 2011 suggests certain types of heart defects may be more problematic in the long run. He

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  6. Psychological Abuse of Children May Be Common

    July 30, 2012 -- Psychological child abuse is common but underreported in the U.S., the nation's largest pediatric health group says. Like physical and sexual abuse, psychological abuse can cause devastating and lifelong harm. In a new report, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is calling on p

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  7. Doctors Report Historic Transplant in Child

    July 25, 2012 -- Ciaran Finn-Lynch is an accidental medical pioneer. With his life in danger, doctors used the 13-year-old's own stem cells to grow him a new windpipe, and they did it inside his body -- a feat that's never been accomplished before. "It's a really heroic story," says Harald C. Ott, M

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  8. Children's Toe Walking Not a Sign of Bigger Problems

    July 23, 2012 -- More than half of young children who toe walk will stop doing so on their own by about age 5. And most children who are toe walkers will not have any developmental or neuropsychiatric problems, a new study finds. "Walking is such a notable milestone, and if it is not typical, it is

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  9. CDC: Whooping Cough Heading to a 50-Year High

    July 19, 2012 -- Whooping cough cases could be headed toward a 50-year high in the United States, and the CDC says the nation is on track for record rates of the disease. Twice as many cases have been reported so far this year as at the same point last year, a CDC official said today. Nationwide, ne

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  10. Is Your Child Ready for a Cell Phone?

    No doubt about it: Cell phones are a great way to stay in touch anytime, anywhere. But is your child old enough to have one? It’s a tough call for many parents because it’s not just about age. You need to know what's involved -- in terms of both the phone and your child's well-being -- and the poten

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