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New Car Seat Policy Keeps Kids in Booster Seats Much Longer

If you think it's time to graduate your child out of her car or booster seat, you may want to take a look at a new policy released today by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) which significantly modifies the last guidelines, issued in 200...
The AAP now calls for toddlers to stay in rear-facing car seats until age 2.

Limit Sun Exposure in Children, Keep Teens Out of Tanning Booths, Report Advises

Lifelong sun protection should begin at an early age. Credit: Getty Yes, you're always sure everyone in the family is slathered in sunscreen when you go to the beach or the pool, but sorry, Mom. That may not be enough to protect your ki...Rates of skin cancer continue to rise, even in younger people.

Parents Worry Too Much About Fevers in Children, Report Says

A fever may make a child uncomfortable, but it can actually help her body fight off an infection. Credit: Getty A child's fever can be anxiety-provoking for many parents, who often have a gut reaction to do whatever they can to bring t...Parents should help a feverish child feel more comfortable.

AAP Announces New Immunization Guidelines for Kids, Teens

This year's immunization guidelines cover a range of conditions such as influenza, pertussis and genital warts. Credit: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released the recommended childhood ...Among the new guidelines is a recommendation that adolescents get a booster dose of meningococcal vaccine.

Breast-Feeding Linked to Academic Achievement, Study Finds

New research findings point to breast-feeding as a contributing factor to academic achievement. Credit: Getty
Giving your baby the boob may just keep him from becoming a boob.
Children who are mainly breast-fed for six months or lon...
Breast-feeding your baby for at least six months can lead to higher academic achievement.

Even Young Athletes May Not Get Enough Exercise, Study Shows

Too much time is spent sitting, rather than playing during sports practices, a new study shows. Credit: Corbis
Kids are so busy these days. After-school schedules are are filled with hours of sports practices and homework. Weekends are packed wit...
Only about a quarter of children playing organized sports are getting the amount of exercise recommended by the government during team practice, the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine reports.

Researchers Review Effectiveness of Treatment for Ear Infections

When used correctly, otoscopes are key in diagnosing children's ear infections. Credit: Getty Images
If your child suffers from frequent ear infections, you may want to discuss some new research findings with your pediatrician. ...
If your child suffers from frequent ear infections, you may want to discuss some new research findings with your pediatrician.

New Recommendations for Maternal Depression

Screening for depression early on can help assure a healthy mom and healthy baby. Credit: Getty Images
Each year, more than 400,000 infants are born to mothers who are depressed, which makes perinatal depression -- depression that occurs during...
Each year, more than 400,000 infants are born to mothers who are depressed, which makes perinatal depression -- depression that occurs during pregnancy or in the first year after birth -- the most under-diagnosed obstetric complication in the United States.

Warning: Stop Using Infant Sleep Positioners Immediately or Risk Suffocation Deaths

Parents are warned to stop using infant sleep positioners immediately. Credit: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a consumer alert today to war...
Two federal safety organizations issued a consumer alert today to warn parents to stop using infant sleep positioners, citing reports of 12 infants -- ages 1 month to 4 months -- who suffocated to death after being placed in the devices.

Pediatricians Call for a Limit on Tobacco and Alcohol Ads

The AAP wants to restrict the kinds of ads your kids see. Credit: Corbis
Can just seeing pictures of, say, Joe Camel make a kid want to start smoking? Can a television shot of an ice-cold beer make a kid want to take a drink? The American Academy...
In a new policy statement, the AAP calls for a ban on tobacco advertising in all media.

Head Lice Is No Reason to Miss School, Report Says

Experts say kids with lice can stay in school. Credit: Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel, Philadelphia Inquirer / MCT
Your daughter's teacher notices a tiny speck moving near the nape her neck: It's lice. Should she: A.) Call you to come pick up your chil...

Young Kids Spending More Time Online

Kids get friendly with the Internet. Photo: sxc.hu
This isn't your mama's Internet: Nielsen reports from the month of May found that kids, age 11 and younger, are a rapidly growing group of Internet users -- getting online at higher rates than...

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