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Posts Tagged ‘Academy of Pediatrics’

Teaching fireworks safety to kids

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Growing up in Virginia, I learned about fireworks safety early. In our neighborhood near Washington, D.C., fireworks stands began appearing around the first of June. I have great memories of dusk celebrations and running around with the neighborhood kids, waiting for moms to set out lawn chairs and pass out the popsicles while dads lined […]

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Viral vs. bacterial: when to use antibiotics

Millions of prescriptions for antibiotics written each year for children and teens may be unnecessary, according to a new study to be released in the October 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Researchers looked at data on the treatment of acute respiratory infections in children from 2000 to 2011 […]

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Link to poor sleep and obesity in children

If children don’t get enough sleep, does it increase the likelihood that they could become overweight or obese? Researchers say that sleep duration has declined around 30 to 60 minutes per night over the past twenty years among children of all ages, from newborns to teens. In a new study to be released in the […]

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Parenting and the use of smartphones

Let me go on the record here as a mom who spent countless hours caring for my four children as they grew from babies, to toddlers, to preschoolers and beyond. Yes, it was fascinating and terrific and so very precious. I loved doing it and I’m grateful for every single moment. But it was also […]

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2014 vaccine schedule — Will you be following it?

Every year, childhood and adolescent immunization schedules are updated to reflect current recommendations for the use of vaccines. What’s new in 2014? There’s an American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation for pregnant adolescents regarding the Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. The 2014 vaccine schedules also include information on pneumococcal vaccines for high-risk […]

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New research pinpoints which kids are more likely to use tobacco

Which kids are more likely to pick up the tobacco habit? New research from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shows that if an older sibling smokes, there is an increased likelihood that younger siblings will pick up the habit, too. The study, “Parent and Child Cigarette Use: A Longitudinal, Multigenerational Study,” to be published […]

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Giving birth at home: New AAP guidelines

Although still not so common, the number of parents who plan a home birth has grown in the past few years. The American Academy of Pediatrics, or AAP, has released a new policy statement regarding care for infants born in a home setting. While the AAP and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) […]

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Babies with reflux: How serious is it?

Fussy babies with reflux can be unsettled. They cry, they seem miserable, and that can make the early days of parenting absolutely exhausting. When is spitting up a cause for concern? In a recent clinical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) emphasized the importance of distinguishing between young patients with physiologic gastroesophageal reflux, or (GER) […]

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Arizona bill proposed to require EpiPen to be stocked in schools

For children at risk for a life-threatening allergic reaction, the EpiPen, or epinephrine, can be a life saver. And if a new bill is passed in the state legislature, Arizona schools may soon keeping these devices on hand, ready to help anyone who experiences anaphylaxis, a life-threatening, allergic reaction, during the school day. SB 1421 […]

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Don’t pass the salt: kids and high blood pressure

A new study concludes that children with high sodium intake are at a greater risk for high blood pressure, just like adults. High blood pressure in children can cause serious health effects, such as hardening of the arteries, says Scottsdale obesity medicine specialist Robert Ziltzer, M.D. “Even more concerning is the possibility of heart disease […]

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