January 30, 2011
Though the absence of familiar cough and cold medications has been upsetting for many families, parents may take some comfort in the fact that doctors didn't consider them all that effective in the first place. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently determined that the medicines should not be given to children under 4, and the American Academy of Pediatrics says they aren't effective in children under 6. Cough and cold medications contain at least one of four types of active ingredients: antitussives, marketed for cough relief; decongestants; expectorants, marketed to clear mucus; and antihistamines, which have been proven to relieve allergy symptoms but not the symptoms of colds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1994 |
The sight of a toddler blowing a storm of bubbles while ignoring a doctor who was inserting a needle in her arm sent a ripple of laughter Saturday through an audience of Orange County nurses and physicians who watched the procedure on videotape. Encouraging children to blow bubbles is part of a broad arsenal of medical and non-medical methods, including narcotic-laced lollipops, self-hypnosis or simply the company of a friendly dog, that are being used to help youngsters cope with pain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1994 |
Continuing aftershocks from the Northridge earthquake have severely damaged the Pediatric Pavilion at County-USC Hospital, prompting its closure by structural engineers Tuesday afternoon. By late afternoon, officials were preparing to move the estimated 60 children in the pavilion to the 331-bed Women's Hospital on the County-USC campus, said public relations director Kristina Balinian. The pavilion also has 15 adult patients in its communicable diseases unit.
July 29, 2013 |
There have been days, since her son Ezekiel was born 11 months ago, that Los Angeles mom Beth Capper has gone without food to keep up her supply. One friend was arrested for stealing some. It's not drugs or alcohol or even baby formula that has put her in such a bind. It's diapers. "There's no way around buying them," said Capper, a 41-year-old single mother who doesn't work because of a disability. Across the country, mothers like Capper are facing the same predicament. According to a report published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, diaper need - the inability to afford to keep a child in clean diapers - affects a "substantial" number of low-income Americans, with nearly 30% of mothers questioned in New Haven, Conn., reporting that they did not have enough for their children.
May 23, 2012 |
Women who reported having had a fever during pregnancy were more likely to give birth to a baby who would later be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or a development delay, says a major new study. But the babies of women who treated their fevers with medication fared no worse than babies whose mothers recalled having suffered no fevers at all. The findings, wrote the authors, "suggest that anti-fever medication used to control fever during pregnancy can reduce or eliminate" the apparent link between maternal fever and autism.
March 5, 2011 |
A thermometer is the only piece of medical technology in most homes, so it's natural for parents to take a child's temperature at the first sign of illness. But increasingly, pediatricians are advising caregivers to think about leaving the thermometer in the medicine cabinet. In a report published last week in the journal Pediatrics, experts cautioned against "fever phobia" and instructed doctors to do a better job of educating parents on the relative insignificance of an elevated temperature.
July 29, 2013 |
Every day, 34 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for choking on food, and the food they're most likely to be choking on is candy, according to a new study. Hard candy accounted for 15.5% of the nonfatal choking incidents documented in a report published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, making it the food item most frequently cited. No. 2 was “other candy,” which caused an additional 12.8% of choking incidents requiring serious medical attention. By the time kids were 4 years old, a whopping 55.2% of choking incidents involved some kind of candy.
November 11, 2013 |
A comprehensive study of violence in movies rated PG-13 has found that gunplay has tripled in such films since 1985, when the rating was introduced, and further concluded that from 2009 to 2012, PG-13 films have contained as much or more violence than films rated R. The study, published Monday in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, offers a troubling portrait not only of the accelerating levels of violence in...
October 19, 2012
It's among every parent's worst nightmares: You turn your back for just a second, and suddenly your child is in the middle of the street. According to a new study, those worries are not unfounded: Jaywalking and darting into the street are the most common reasons children are struck by vehicles, according to a study released at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. More than 5,000 Americans of all ages are struck and killed by cars every year, and many more accidents lead to significant head injuries.
October 31, 2011 |
Substance-abuse education and screening should be a part of almost every visit between a doctor and an adolescent, the nation's leading pediatricians said Monday. In a statement published in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics , members of the American Academy of Pediatrics said doctors can use a variety of screening tools to inquire into a teen's use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The statement argues that no level of experimentation with drugs is safe.