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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 5, 2013 |
Looking for an excuse to get the kids out in the fresh air this fall? Los Angeles and 10 other U.S. cities will be hosting Hike & Seek events, a combo hiking and scavenger hunt aimed at getting families outside to enjoy nature together. The one- to two-mile hikes, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation , will feature live wildlife displays, activities and interactive stations. Every child will receive map and mission guidebooks. Participants move along the trails at their own pace.
December 26, 2011 |
It will either disappear into the rubbish heap of well-meaning but ill-timed social treatises or mark the beginning of a new age of activism by the physicians who care for the nation's children: the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday issued a technical report linking "toxic stress" in childhood to a lifetime of mental, intellectual and physical ills, and called on pediatricians "to catalyze fundamental change in early childhood policy and...
May 7, 2001 |
Who doesn't recall the anticipation when, as children, the doctor or nurse measured our height and then announced it at our annual checkup? Well, it seems that doctor's offices aren't doing so well with this ritual of childhood, something parents value as an important indicator of a child's health. Improbable as it may seem, about two-thirds of children may be improperly measured--sometimes by as much as 4 1/2 inches, according to new research.