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Omicron Silver Lining: Fewer, Milder Cases of MIS-C in Kids

The COVID-19 Omicron variant caused fewer cases of a rare but sometimes deadly complication for children than the earlier Delta variant did, new research shows.

“Our study is one of the first to show that during the change to Omicron, MIS-C has become milder and increasingly rare,” said senior researcher

Polluted Air Means More Asthma Attacks for Urban Kids

Air pollution may trigger more asthma attacks in urban children and teens, a new study reports.

Even moderate levels of ozone and fine airborne particulates — two ingredients of smog — appear to increase kids’ risk of asthma attacks, according to findings published online Jan. 4 in

COVID Vaccine Is Safe for Kids Who Got Rare Complication of COVID Illness

It's safe for kids to take the COVID-19 vaccine after they’ve suffered a rare complication from a prior COVID infection, a U.S. National Institutes of Health-supported study has concluded.

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) affects about 1 in every 3,000 to 4,000 kids who contract COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The co...

Is Your Kid's Runny Nose Going on Forever? Here's What You Need to Know

It might seem like your toddler or preschooler has a nose that is always runny, but experts say that's normal.

“Children under 6 years of age average six to eight colds per year, with symptoms lasting an average of 14 days,” said Dr. Maria Mejia, an associate professor of family and community medicine at...

Winter & Kid's Asthma: High Time for Flare-Ups

Cold, dry winter air and a trio of spreading viruses could cause children's asthma to flare up this winter season.

But experts at one children's hospital offer some tips to help parents keep their kids' worrisome respiratory symptoms in check.

While asthma is a lung condition that can make it harder to breathe, some things can make symptoms worse, such as illness, cold air and smok...

In Face of Tripledemic, CVS and Walgreens Limit Purchases of Kids' Pain Meds

As a tripledemic of the flu, COVID and RSV continues to spread across the United States, customers at two major pharmacy chains will now be limited as to how much children's pain relievers and fever-reducing medications they can buy for their sick child.

Both CVS and Walgreens confirmed the limits Monday, CNN reported, though they've approached it in different ways.

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Combo of COVID Plus Flu Can Bring Severe Illness to Kids

Kids who get the flu and COVID-19 together may be in for a serious, even deadly, bout of illness, U.S. health officials said Friday.

So far, infections with both viruses in children have been rare because last flu season was mild, but this one could see dramatic uptick in coinfections, according to a New York City-based expert.

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  • December 16, 2022
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  • Youngest Kids in Class More Likely to Get Prescribed ADHD Meds

    Kids who are the youngest in their grade may be overmedicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a Norwegian researcher who studied prescribing data.

    Those who were also born preterm were at particular risk of being overmedicated, said Dr. Christine Strand...

    Despite Pleas From Pediatric Groups, Biden Balks at Declaring RSV a Health Emergency

    The Biden administration on Thursday offered assistance to communities and hospitals dealing with a surge in cases of pediatric respiratory illnesses, but it did not declare a national public health emergency.

    The Children's Hospital Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics had asked President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra for that designation...

    Doctors Answer Your Questions About RSV

    While a potential COVID winter surge and the impending flu season get a lot of attention, doctors are worried about another virus.

    This one is RSV -- short for respiratory syncytial virus -- and hospitals across the country are seeing a surge of cases in infants and young children. The virus can...

    Rise in Cases of Kids Infected With Virus Linked to Paralyzing Illness

    Cases of a virus that strikes children and teens and can trigger paralysis in rare cases have been increasing in the United States and could continue to do so this fall, health officials warned Tuesday.

    Increases of enterovirus D68...

    Cases of Potentially Deadly Parechovirus in Infants Are Surging

    Parechovirus, a virus that can cause severe illness in infants, is on the rise in parts of the United States.

    Twenty-nine infants were admitted to the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville this year, which includes 23 admitted during a six-week period this spring, according to a new study. By contrast, only 19 cases were detected over five months in 2018...

    Pandemic Gave Clues to Cause of Rare Heart Condition in Kids

    A decline in cases of a rare heart disease in children during the COVID pandemic may provide clues about its cause and how to prevent it, researchers say.

    Kawasaki disease (KD) affects fewer than 6,000 kids in the United States each year, but is the most common acquired heart disease in children. Symptoms include f...

    3 More Children Have Died of Mysterious Liver Disease

    A serious liver disease that's struck hundreds of young children worldwide has caused the deaths of three children in Indonesia, bringing the global death toll to at least four.

    Nearly 170 children in 11 countries have been diagnosed with acute hepatitis in recent months, and the World Health Organization has

    U.S. Doctors on the Frontlines of Hepatitis Outbreak Striking Kids

    As health experts around the world try to understand why nearly 200 children in 12 countries have fallen seriously ill with severe hepatitis, doctors in Alabama are investigating nine such cases in that state.

    In each case, seemingly healthy kids ended up in hospital with acute liver inflammation.

    What's going on ...

    Lead Exposure Harms Kids in Many Ways

    New studies add to the extensive body of research showing the many risks that lead poses to youngsters.

    The association between lead exposure and children's IQ is well-documented, but these Univers...

    New Treatment May Curb Low Blood Sugar in Kids With Insulin Disorder

    A new therapy corrects low blood sugar in children with a genetic disorder that causes the pancreas to produce too much insulin, researchers say.

    Congenital hyperinsulinism (HI) is the most common cause of...

    Pfizer Begins Trial of COVID Drug Paxlovid in Kids 6 to 17

    Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has launched a Phase 2/3 clinical trial of its COVID antiviral pill known as Paxlovid in children ages 6-17.

    A news release from the company said the trial will assess the safety and efficacy of the drug in c...

    Sleepless Children Often Become Sleepless Adults: Study

    Young children who struggle with insomnia face a very high risk for more of the same as young adults, a new study warns.

    Investigators found that 43% of children who suffer from insomnia between the ages of 5 and 12 continue to do so when they hit their 20s and 30s.

    And that amounts to a nea...

    Seasonal Flu Shots Give Kids Broader Protection Against New Strains

    A new study finds that kids who have received years of seasonal flu shots have antibodies that provide wider protection against new influenza strains, something researchers say doesn't happen in adults.

    These findings could help efforts to develop a universal flu vaccine for children. That would be significant, according to the authors of the

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  • Your Baby's Developed a Cough: Expert Advice on What to Do

    If your baby has a cough, you might immediately think it's COVID-19, but coughing is a common wintertime symptom, a pediatrician says.

    Dr. Mona Patel of Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers some advice on what to do when your baby develops a cough.

    Congestion and postnasal drip will wo...

    Kids With COVID-Linked MIS-C Have Long-Term Symptoms

    Following a bout of severe COVID-19, some children suffer lasting neurological complications, part of a rare condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a new study finds.

    The neurological symptoms are wide-ranging, and can include headaches, difficulty falling and staying asleep, daytime sleepine...

    Parents: What You Need to Know About Kids & COVID-19

    As the number of U.S. children with COVID-19 continues to surge, there are a number of things parents should know, a pediatric infectious disease expert says.

    "What used to be the average number of children with COVID for the whole hospital is now the average just for the intensive care unit," said Dr. Jessica Ericson, of Penn State Health Children's Hospital in Hershey, Pa.

    "Back ...

    More Than 1 Million U.S. Kids Diagnosed With COVID in Single Week

    More than 1.1 million American kids were diagnosed with COVID-19 during the week ending Jan. 20, new data show.

    That's 17% higher than the 981,000 cases diagnosed the week before and double the number from two weeks before that.

    "As we approach the two-year anniversary of the pandemic, cases of COVID-19 among children and adolescents are the highest they have ever been," said Dr. Mo...

    COVID Is Proving More Lethal for Children in Africa

    Children in sub-Saharan Africa have a far higher risk of death from COVID-19 than those in the United States and Europe, a new study shows.

    "Although our study looked at data from earlier in the pandemic, the situation hasn't changed much for the children of Africa. If anything, it is expected to be worsening with the global emergence of the

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  • January 25, 2022
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  • 'Artificial Pancreas' Can Help Kids With Type 1 Diabetes

    Having a child with type 1 diabetes can be a challenging health condition for parents to manage, but new research suggests an "artificial pancreas" system may beat standard treatment in controlling the blood sugar disease in young children.

    Forms of the technology -- which automatically monitors and regulates blood sugar -- are already available for adults and kids with

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  • January 20, 2022
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  • Heart Function Rebounds for Kids With COVID-Linked MIS-C

    A rare and serious inflammatory condition called MIS-C can strike kids weeks after they've recovered from their COVID infection.

    But now there's good news for parents: Children tend to recover completely from any heart injury within three months of falling ill, a new study from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) shows.

    "Although it can be quite serious and very, very rar...

    COVID Hospitalizations Rising in Kids Too Young for Vaccine

    While COVID-19 has taken the lives of many children and caused serious illness for many more, it is generally agreed that the virus is much less likely to inflict severe damage in the young.

    But new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed a concerning...

    Nearly 600,000 U.S. Kids Had COVID Last Week

    In a sign that the highly contagious Omicron variant is sparing no one, a new report shows that new COVID-19 cases among U.S. children spiked to a high of more than 580,000 for the week ending Jan. 6, a 78% increase from the week before.

    "Since many children remain unvaccinated -- or are too young to be vaccinated -- children are bearing a disproportionate burden of this illness," said D...

    White House to Give Schools 10 Million Free COVID Tests Every Month

    In an effort to keep kids in classrooms, the White House announced Wednesday that 10 million free coronavirus tests will be provided to schools around the country every month while the wildly contagious Omicron variant continues to surge.

    President Joe Biden has been pushing for months to have schools stay open because the academic, social and emotional toll of remote learning has put kid...

    Urban Air Pollution Drives Millions of Cases of Asthma in Kids

    Far fewer kids might develop asthma if there were less traffic pollution, suggests a new study that researched the issue worldwide.

    "Our study found that nitrogen dioxide puts children at risk of developing asthma and the problem is especially acute in urban areas," said study author Susan Anenberg, a professor of environmental and occupational health at George Washington University in Wa...

    CDC Panel Backs FDA Approval of Boosters for Those Aged 12-15

    An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday backed the emergency use approval of Pfizer's booster shots for those between the ages of 12 and 17.

    The Food and Drug Administration had announced the move on Monday.

    In arriving at its decision, the CDC advisory panel pointed to rising COVID hospitalizations among the young as the

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  • January 5, 2022
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  • CDC Backs Boosters for High-Risk Kids Aged 5-11, Shorter Time Between Shots

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday backed the emergency use approval of Pfizer's booster shot for high-risk kids between the ages of 5 and 11, along with shortening the time period between a second dose and a booster shot from six months to five months.

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  • January 4, 2022
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  • U.S. Hospitals Seeing Record Numbers of Young COVID Patients

    COVID-19 hospitalizations among children are surging across the United States just as students return to school and the highly transmissible Omicron variant begins to dominate the country.

    At least nine states have reported record numbers of COVID-related pediatric hospitalizations: They include Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylv...

    Study Finds No Ties Between Youth Tackle Football, Brain/Behavioral Issues

    Many parents struggle with the decision to let their kids play tackle football or other contact sports due to the risk of concussions and long-term brain diseases that may occur with repeated head blows.

    Now, new...

    Severe Illness in Children Brings Hardship for Families

    When a sick child spends time in the intensive care unit, the impact lasts even after the hospital stay is over.

    Added to it are days, weeks, sometimes months out of school for the young patient and extended work absences for their primary caregivers.

    "Pediatric critical illness impacts a family's health and well-being not only during the child's treatment but after they leave the ...

    Cochlear Implants a Big Help to Deaf Children With Autism

    Having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can make communication a challenge, and some of these children are also deaf, making social interactions even more daunting.

    But new research suggests that cochlear implants can go a long way toward helping these kids understand speech and connect with others.

    A long-term survey that followed 30 children who had

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  • December 29, 2021
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  • Weak Action on Climate Change Is Stressing Young People Worldwide

    While climate change calls to mind extreme weather and melting polar ice caps, government officials' inaction to stop it is also affecting the mental health of young people, new research reveals.

    "This study paints a horrific picture of widespread climate anxiety in our children and young peo...

    As Omicron Spreads, Child Hospitalizations Climb 30% in Past Week

    Child hospitalizations for COVID-19 jumped 30% this past week as the Omicron variant spread like wildfire throughout the United States.

    By Dec. 28, the country had an average of 260 pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations each day, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Cont...

    Severe Illness in a Child Takes Big Toll on Parents, Siblings: Study

    When a child has severe health problems, the suffering often extends to the entire family, new research finds.

    Using data from a single health insurance provider, the study authors assessed nearly 7,000 children with life-threatening conditions and their families, and compared them to a control group of more than 18,600 children without a life-threatening condition and their families.

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    Program Aims to Get Lifesaving Drugs to Kids With Cancer in Poorer Countries

    A new program to boost the supply of cancer medicines for children in low- and middle-income countries has been announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

    The hospital is making a six-year, $200 million investment to launch the Global Platform for Access to Childhood C...

    Scientists Get to the Root of 'Chalky Teeth' in Kids

    Researchers who say they have discovered what causes kids to have "chalky teeth" predict it could lead to new ways to fight it and cut cavities by half.

    One in five children have chalky teeth -- visible as discolored enamel spots -- which can cause severe toothache and decay, sometimes resulting in abscesses, extractions and other problems.

    "We can't yet prevent chalky teeth from de...

    Medical Marijuana May Help Ease Severe Epilepsy in Kids: Study

    Kids with severe epilepsy may take multiple medications and follow special diets, yet still suffer seizures. Now a small study suggests medical marijuana may sometimes help when other therapies fail.

    British researchers found that medical pot slashed seizures by almost 90% and reduced use of traditional medications.

    But at least one outside expert cautions that it's way too early fo...

    What Does 'Long COVID' Look Like in Kids?

    Long COVID can be tough to diagnose in children, but there are a number of things to look for.

    “Many children don't have any symptoms when they have a COVID infection,” said Dr. Sindhu Mohandas, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and attending physician at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. “So if the symptoms of long COVID appear later, it can be difficult to link them to the ...

    Febrile Seizures: How to Protect Your Child

    Fever-related seizures in young children can be alarming for parents, but they're usually not life-threatening, an expert says.

    During a so-called febrile seizure, a child may lose consciousness, experience body stiffness and have full-body shaking. The seizures -- which typically last a minute or two, but can go on longer -- rarely require medication, and the majority don't require hospi...

    New Treatment Greatly Boosts Survival for Kids With Aggressive Brain Cancer

    Children with the rare cancer neuroblastoma often succumb to the disease despite aggressive treatment. But researchers have found that adding an experimental antibody to that treatment, right off the bat, may improve their outlook.

    Of 64 children treated with the antibody in a clinical trial, 74% were still alive and free of a recurrence three years later. That compares with historical ra...

    New Asthma Drug Helps Kids, But Price Tag Is High

    Children with hard-to-control asthma may get relief from adding an injectable antibody drug to their standard treatment, a clinical trial has found.

    The drug, called dupilumab (Dupixent), has been available for several years to treat stubborn asthma in adults and teenagers. Based on the new findings, the

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  • December 9, 2021
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  • More Time Outdoors May Lower Risk of MS in Youth

    Children at risk for multiple sclerosis (MS) might find some protection from the disease by spending more time in the sun, a small study suggests.

    Although MS is rare in children and young adults, those with relatives who have the condition have increased odds of developing the disease early. Exposure to sunlight may cut their risk in half, researchers say.

    "In families where there'...

    Another Benefit to Asthma Control for Kids: Less Bullying

    Kids can be cruel, and bullies often zero in on kids they view as weak or different, including those with asthma.

    One in 10 children with asthma say they have been bullied or teased as a result of their condition, but tight asthma control seems to keep bullying at bay, a new study suggests....

    Are Your Holiday Gifts on the 'Noisy Toy List'?

    Stop that racket!

    A screeching rubber chicken tops this year's list of noisy toys that pose a threat to children's hearing.

    The Sight & Hearing Association's annual Noisy Toys List for 2021 includes toys that tested louder than 85 decibels (dB), which is the U.S. National Institute...