Fewer unmarried America women are having babies, with the notable exception of those who are over 35, federal health officials reported Wednesday.
Transitioning from summer to a new school year is hard for any kid, but it is particularly difficult for children who have trouble processing new sensations.
7 inexpensive summertime activities.
7 inexpensive summertime activities.
Parents need to be aware that hot weather can pose a serious threat to children and must take steps to protect their youngsters, an expert says.
When a spouse, partner or parent has chronic migraines, the whole family suffers, a new study found.
All pediatricians should encourage parents to read out loud to their children every day, beginning in infancy, to promote literacy and strengthen family ties.
Pregnant women who live within a mile of spaces where commercial pesticides are applied appear to have an increased risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests.
Inflatable bounce houses may be fun for kids, but only if they're used correctly, experts caution.
Child care centers commonly bar parents from dropping off a child with a runny nose or other minor illness. And the result, a new study finds, can be needless trips to the emergency room.
During the last economic recession, the families of many children with chronic health conditions had to turn to Illinois' Medicaid program, Chicago researchers report.
Toddlers who get a newer vaccine that fights four infections in one jab have a slightly increased risk of fever-induced seizure, a large new study confirms.
A new rule that aims to ensure the safety of infant formula has been finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Researchers working with mice have identified a drug they believe holds promise as a preventive treatment for Alzheimer's disease.
Some boys with autism may have been exposed to slightly elevated levels of certain hormones in the womb, a new study suggests -- though it's not clear yet what the finding means.
Women with poor diets before pregnancy are more likely to give birth prematurely than women who have healthy diets, a new study from Australia confirms.
Fathers who spend more time taking care of their newborn child undergo changes in brain activity that make them more apt to fret about their baby's safety, a new study shows.
Many pregnant and breast-feeding women are deficient in iodine and should take a daily supplement containing iodide, according to a leading group of pediatricians.
Even though they have less access to online technologies, poor teens are as likely as middle-class and rich teens to be victims of cyberbullying, according to a new study.
Taking a dip in the water can help refresh you on a hot day, but you need to protect yourself and your family from bacteria and parasites that can lurk in water, an infectious disease expert says.
Losing a home to foreclosure may boost a person's suicide risk, according to a new study that looked at pre- and post-"Great Recession" data.
Delaying certain routine immunizations past the first 15 months of life could boost the risk of fever-related seizures, new research suggests.
Children of single mothers who lose their jobs can suffer significant long-term problems, a new study finds.
The rate of concussions in U.S. high school athletes more than doubled between 2005 and 2012, new research shows.
As the number of new and stronger magnet toys being sold has increased, so has the number of kids who have suffered serious injuries after swallowing a magnet, according to new research.
Spending a lot of time outdoors boosts children's spiritual connection with the Earth and the sense that they need to protect it, researchers report.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants your help in keeping children away from tobacco.
College students tend to have unhealthy lifestyles that could increase their risk of cancer and other health problems later in life, a new study warns.
It's not just high school or college kids who 'binge' drink: a Canadian survey finds that 4 percent of 12- to 14-year-olds in that country got drunk at least once in the past year.
A new study may provide the best evidence yet that the superbug known as MRSA can travel between humans and their pets, although researchers caution that people shouldn't worry too much.
Newlywed couples who have similar expectations for dividing household chores are more likely to have longer-lasting marriages, a new study suggests.
Kids who suffer a concussion can have lingering effects long after the physical symptoms fade away, U.S. researchers report.
Teen children of heavy smokers are more likely to try cigarettes and to become heavy smokers themselves, a new study suggests.
Children taking medications to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- such as Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse -- are less likely to smoke, according to a new analysis.
Arguing and worrying over family problems may lead to an increased risk of dying in middle age, Danish researchers report.
SATURDAY, May 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Despite public health recommendations that women consume omega-3 fatty acid supplements while pregnant, new research suggests that offspring do not gain any mental health benefit.
Even though rising obesity rates are contributing to higher cholesterol levels among young Americans, less than 4 percent of U.S. children had their cholesterol levels checked between 1995 and 2010, new research shows.
Middle-aged couples who want to have a baby but are having trouble conceiving should go straight to in vitro fertilization (IVF), skipping other types of fertility treatment, a new clinical trial recommends.
New research indicates that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may be more likely to be part of families that are affected by poverty, divorce, neighborhood violence and substance abuse.
Minority children with autism are more likely to have lost critical developmental skills, such as walking or talking, than are white children, according to a new study.
Primary care doctors should start playing a more prominent role in dental care for children, according to new recommendations from the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Teens who regularly drink energy and sports drinks tend to engage in some unhealthy behaviors, new research suggests.
When older siblings commit violent crimes, their younger siblings are more likely to do the same, a new study suggests.
Ask any busy parent of preschool children: Early evening can be a stressful time. Now a small new study that audiotaped families soon after they returned home from work and day care suggests that spanking is surprisingly...
By the time they're 9 months old, babies can use pictures to learn about an object and later recognize the real thing, researchers say.
Pregnant women whose labor is induced are 12 percent less likely to need a cesarean delivery than those whose doctors take a "wait-and-see" approach, a new review of the data shows.
A wave of new nonprofit breast milk banks are opening across North America, driven by research that has promoted the use of donated mother's milk for healthy babies.
What many parents of children with autism have long suspected -- that autism and gastrointestinal complaints often go together -- is now supported by a new study.
Single mothers face many challenges but they tend to be happy, a new study suggests.
Children who live with a stepparent or a single parent are just as happy as kids in homes with two biological parents, a new British study finds.
Children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are nearly three times more likely to have language problems than kids without ADHD, according to new research.
Emergency room physicians still hand out hundreds of thousands of codeine prescriptions for children every year, despite warnings that kids' responses to codeine vary wildly.
This Father's Day, take a minute to think about the kind of dad you want be.
Campfires are exciting for kids but they also can be dangerous without supervision and simple precautions, an expert warns.
Fussy and demanding babies are likely to spend slightly more time plopped in front of a TV or computer screen when they're toddlers than are "easier" babies, new research finds.
City kids are more likely to suffer concussions playing sports while children in rural areas tend to sustain these head injuries while using dirt bikes and other motorized vehicles, a new Canadian study finds.
Pregnant women at high risk for the serious condition called preeclampsia should take low-dose aspirin every day after their first trimester, according to a new draft recommendation by an influential U.S. panel of experts.
A father's age at the time of his daughter's birth may affect her risk for breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer in adulthood, a new study suggests.
Spending too much time sitting in front of screens may be linked to poorer bone health in teens, according to a new study from Norway.
Buying so-called "life experiences" makes Americans happier than material goods such as cars, but they tend to favor the latter in the mistaken belief that they provide better value, according to a new study.
Becoming more popular might have a downside for teens -- it may increase their risk of being bullied, researchers say.
Making it clear to your teen that underage drinking is unacceptable is a highly effective way to reduce the risk that he or she will use alcohol, a new survey shows.
A lung ultrasound can quickly reveal if a pregnant woman with a serious condition called preeclampsia is at risk for respiratory failure, according to a new study.
Toddlers who get too little sleep tend to eat more and are at increased risk for obesity, a new study indicates.
Parents who spank unruly children may not know it, but they are participating in a vicious cycle that will lead to both more spankings and more misbehavior in coming years, a new study suggests.
Genes may play a major role in parenting styles, according to a new study.
Most head lice found in North America now carry a gene mutation that makes them resistant to standard over-the-counter treatments, a new study cautions.
Having a lower IQ or poorer fitness at age 18 might increase a man's risk of developing dementia before age 60, a new study suggests.
Children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to gain more weight than their peers as they enter their teen years, a new study finds.
Want to make sure your teen doesn't drive while intoxicated? You might want to start by making sure he or she doesn't go riding with peers who have been drinking or using drugs.
Nearly 10 percent of children hospitalized in America are there because of a mental health problem, a new study finds.
Teens and young adults involved in relationship violence are more likely to suffer depression, a new study indicates.
Teens who have tried electronic cigarettes may be more likely to smoke regular cigarettes, according to the authors of a new study.
Many parents know that allergies are seasonal, but fewer may realize that the same is true of asthma: A new study suggests the riskiest time for children with asthma is September, as they head back to school.
Women who drink before they conceive or during the first three months of pregnancy might be at increased risk of having a premature or small baby, new research finds.
Mealtime is supposed to be family time, but a new study suggests that ever-present smartphones are impeding parent-child communication at the table.
Read to your baby, sing and play games. But don't waste money on programs that claim to teach infants to read, a new study suggests.
Car seats are heavier than ever--and some parents aren't including that weight when they fit their kids and car seats to LATCH systems.
The cost of treatment for children born with heart defects varies widely across the United States, according to new research. And higher costs may not mean better care.
Over the past two decades, reports of food allergies have nearly doubled among black children, a new study reveals.
Under new U.S. guidelines on school lunches, low-income students are eating more fruits and vegetables, according to a new study.
Parents play a crucial role in helping children develop a positive body image and healthy eating habits, an expert says.
A rare "polio-like syndrome" has caused paralysis in about 20 children from across California, according to a report released Sunday by physicians in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Doctors wait longer to prescribe blood pressure drugs to young adults than to older patients, a new study finds.
Babies born to women who suffer a fever early in pregnancy may have a slightly increased risk of certain birth defects, a new review finds.
Having a stable home life as a child, nice friends and success at school reduces the odds of getting sexually transmitted diseases as a young adult, according to a new study.
Premature babies often struggle to learn to eat. Now, a special pacifier that plays prerecorded songs seems to help speed the process along, researchers say.
New research suggests that children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from getting a type of training during school hours that monitors their brain waves to help improve attention.
Kids who are picked on by their peers may see lasting effects on their physical and mental well-being -- especially if the bullying is allowed to persist for years, a new study suggests.
They remind you when it's time to take your medicine, coach you through emergency medical procedures and text you their approval when you eat your veggies.
Premature infants face a number of challenges, including a known risk of language delay.
Too few American girls and boys are getting vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV), the President's Cancer Panel reported Monday.
Teenage girls diagnosed with major mental illness are much more likely to give birth, according to a new study from Canada, suggesting such girls should become a special target for anti-pregnancy efforts.
The increasing number of people in developing nations who own televisions, computers and cars might explain rising rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in those countries, a new study suggests.
Recent illness outbreaks at schools in three states have prompted the recall of 5- and 25-pound bags of Uncle Ben's Infused Rice products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday.
One-year-old infants are 10 times more likely to suffer burns and scalds than older children, and the main causes of these injuries are hot drinks and hair irons, a new British study finds.
Epidurals are better pain relievers during labor than patient-controlled doses of a fast-acting painkiller called remifentanil, new research suggests.
Women in their late 30s or 40s are often told that the odds of delivering a baby with a birth defect rises with age.
American teens are taking in as much dietary salt as adults, far exceeding guidelines on healthy limits for daily consumption, new research warns.
The more colds and other viral infections a woman has during pregnancy, the more likely her child is to have asthma, researchers report.
The number of pregnant women who elect to deliver their baby at home is increasing, but home delivery can lead to problems, researchers say.
These days, having a crammed work, kids and activities schedule has almost become a status symbol. But being super-busy isn’t always a sign of a fulfilling life
Preschoolers from big families tended to score a bit lower on one vocabulary test. However, in cases where those kids had a sensitive big brother or sister, the vocabulary disadvantage disappeared.
Children who were small during the early stages of fetal development may be at increased risk for heart problems, a new study indicates.
Football players and wrestlers are the high school athletes most prone to shoulder injuries, and they're more likely to injure their shoulders in competition than in practice, a new study shows.
A new study points to a possible added risk factor for Type 2 diabetes: a wedding band.
Be careful when you plunk your youngster into a shopping cart on your next trip to the grocery store.
Delaying the morning school bell might help teens avoid sleep deprivation, according to a new study. Later school start times appear to improve teens' sleep and reduce their daytime sleepiness.
Fast-food consumption is often blamed for the epidemic of overweight and obesity among U.S. children. But a new study finds that poor eating the rest of the day is most strongly linked with weight issues.
Parents are more likely to confuse their children's names when they sound alike, a new study reveals.
DNA might be a key factor in excessive physical aggression in toddlers, a new Canadian study suggests.
Your kids may come home from school this winter with something more worrisome than homework -- sniffles, tummy bugs and even (ick!) lice.
Nearly 40 percent of preschoolers with autism are getting some kind of complementary or alternative therapy for their condition.
Frequent colds are a normal part of young children's lives, but sometimes a stuffy nose becomes a more severe lung infection. Now, a new study clarifies some of the factors that put certain kids at greater risk.
Is your dinner table a battlefield? You aren't alone. But your child isn't doomed to a diet of white bread and chicken nuggets -- there's hope. Kids are more likely to try foods that they had a hand in cooking.
Premature babies who cry a lot may be more likely than other preemies to have behavior problems by the time they reach preschool, a new study suggests.
Young children who receive flu and pneumococcal vaccines at the same time are at increased risk for temporary fever, a new study reports.
Women who breast-feed may have a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis later in life, new research suggests.
When it comes to treating depression in children, newer antidepressants all seem to carry about the same risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, a new study shows.
The record-shattering cold weather that's gripping much of the United States can pose extreme health risks, doctors warned Monday.
Dogs can recognize the faces of familiar people and canine pals, a new study finds.
Winter sports and snowy day activities provide lots of exercise and fun, but there's also the risk of injury, an expert warns.
Teen drivers quickly move from focused to distracted while behind the wheel, and this raises their risk for accidents, a new study finds.
The effect that AIDS is having on American kids has improved greatly in recent years, thanks to effective drugs and prevention methods. The same cannot be said, however, for children worldwide.
Fortunata Kasege was just 22 years old and several months pregnant when she and her husband came to the United States from Tanzania in 1997. She was hoping to earn a college degree in journalism before returning home.
New brain research suggests one reason girls mature faster than boys during their teen years.
The holidays are a potentially dangerous time for children with diabetes, an expert warns, and parents need to take steps to keep them safe.
Almost one in six fathers doesn't live with his children, according to new research that looked at how involved dads are in their children's lives.
Kids who don't get enough sleep at night may experience a slight spike in their blood pressure the next day even if they are not overweight or obese, a new study suggests.
Many mothers think their youngest child is smaller than he or she actually is, according to new research.
A potential new way to identify premature infants at high risk for delays in motor skills development may have been discovered by researchers.
The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it wants makers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to prove their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than regular soaps.
Here are seven holiday activities to slow down and make the morning more magical and memorable for both you and your children.
Girls who hit puberty early might be more likely than their peers to get into fights or skip school, a new study suggests.
White children in the United States have higher liver transplant survival rates than blacks and other minority children, a new study finds.
Young children are falling out of high chairs at alarming rates, according to a new safety study that found high chair accidents increased 22 percent between 2003 and 2010.
Following home-heating safety measures will help keep you and your family safe this winter, experts say.
Parents' concern about their children's online safety might vary according to their race, ethnicity and other factors, a new study suggests.
The number of U.S. teens who wind up in the emergency room after taking the club drug Ecstasy has more than doubled in recent years, raising concerns that the hallucinogen is back in vogue, federal officials report.
As young children sleep, the connections between the right and left sides of their brains strengthen, according to a small new study.
Premature infants with no obvious problems in the structure of their brains may still have subtle chemical differences compared with full-term babies, a new study finds.
When it comes to making friends in high school, the classes a student chooses seems to set the course, a new study finds.
DNA can be used to predict taller-than-average height, a new study finds.
Politeness and consideration for fellow diners could play a role in holiday weight gain, a new study suggests.
The holidays can be a difficult time when a loved one has Alzheimer's disease, but there are ways to keep the season happy and memorable, an expert says.
Sure, some tots will play a board game quietly in the corner, but if you’ve got a crew with a bit more energy, read on for Thanksgiving craft ideas to keep them occupied this holiday season.
Severely obese teens are at increased risk for a host of serious health problems as adults, including asthma, kidney disease and sleep disorders, according to a new study.
Boys who drink more milk during their teenage years might not see any drop in their risk for hip fractures as adults, new research suggests. Just the opposite: Their risk actually might rise.
Although today's fathers pitch in with routine child care more than dads did a few decades ago, a new study finds that mothers are still doing more. Even when both parents work outside the home.
Pack up and take your pick of these primo family-friendly routes.
Moderate exercise during pregnancy may boost your baby's brain development, according to new research.
With another flu season fast approaching, those in the know offer ways to guard against infection or deal with the flu if your efforts fail.
Researchers say they have some good news for severely obese teens who decide to undergo weight-loss surgery: These patients are at low risk for major surgical complications.
Most American parents would prefer email consultations with doctors instead of office visits when their kids have minor illnesses, a new poll finds.
Getting regular daily exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity may also boost students' academic performance, according to a new U.K. study.
Looking to plan a family vacation that is both entertaining and educational? Go historical.
There may be good news for moms-to-be: A new study finds that women in labor and delivery may not have to forgo all nutrition or rely solely on ice chips to rehydrate, as is typically the case now.
Pregnant women exposed to even low levels of air pollution are more likely to have low-birth-weight babies, a new study suggests.
A regular bedtime might guarantee more than a good night's sleep for both kids and their parents -- it turns out that a regular bedtime can make for a better-behaved child, new research suggests.
A new study confirms the high danger posed by gunshot wounds in kids: Hospital statistics from several U.S. urban areas reveal that at least 8 percent of children who were shot died.
Tech-loving kids can make a blackout feel like an eternity -- if you don’t have a plan in place. Turn this surprise into a period of family bonding and fun with the following ideas.
The Guardian is a small, tracking device to be worn by a child as a bracelet or necklace. When combined with a mobile application, the radio chip communicates with the parent's mobile device and can send an alert when the child has traveled too far away.
Delayed introduction of gluten to a baby's diet and breast-feeding longer than one year appear to increase the risk of celiac disease, researchers report.
Do you long for your child to choose the symphony over SpongeBob and couscous over mac ’n’ cheese? Raising a cultured kid can be easier than you think.
New research confirms what experts have suspected: The decision not to vaccinate children for nonmedical reasons can have far-reaching effects, including raising the risk of infections for other children and their families.
Cooking at home is more cost-effective than ordering in, better for your family’s health, and if you do it right, quicker, too. Check out this list of items you should always have in stock for delicious, kid-friendly 30-minute meals.
Parenting a chronically ill child can cause stress that affects the whole family.
These days, extended families are more likely to be spread out. The good news is, today's grandparents are more tech-savvy than they were even five years ago.
With the kids back at school and parents' schedules more hectic, mid-September is a good time for a reminder of proper car-seat safety. Sept. 15 to Sept. 21 is also Child Passenger Safety Week.
Asthma control during pregnancy is vital because uncontrolled asthma can cause harm to mothers and their babies, according to a new review.
Women taking prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet early in pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to babies with devastating neural tube defects such as spina bifida, a new study suggests.
Small changes in household routines, such as limiting TV time and increasing sleep time, can help minimize excess weight gain in young children at high risk of obesity, according to new research.
Commercial baby foods don't meet infants' dietary needs when they are weaning, according to a new study.
Will the amount of time your child spends tweeting and sharing online affect their grades?
Music may soothe the savage beast, but a new study argues that novice teenage drivers who rock out to a playlist of favorite tunes may end up with impaired motor skills.
As soon as the updated seasonal flu vaccine becomes available, parents should bring children aged six months and older to get vaccinated, according to an updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Parents' goals for treating their child's attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to steer the treatment in a distinct direction, new research shows.
Males may be the more vulnerable sex when it comes dying young -- not just from accidents, but from a range of causes, a new study finds.
A new school year may be fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end just yet.
When you think about it, a family vacation by train is a no-brainer. The price is right, the scenery terrific, and everyone’s in a good mood.
This summer make your own kid snacks rather than purchasing premade snacks. You'll have a better idea of what your kids are eating and you'll probably save money at the grocery store.
Less than half of all American teenagers get their first driver's license within a year of becoming eligible to drive, a new study from AAA says.