Kids' Health News

Potentially harmful chemicals emitted by crib mattresses

Infants are exposed to high levels of chemical emissions from crib mattresses while they sleep according to a first-of-its-kind study by a team of environmental engineers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

Healthy weight and academic achievement linked

Obese children are slower than healthy-weight children to recognize when they have made an error and correct it, a new University of Illinois study finds. The research is the first to show that weight status not only affects how quickly children react to stimuli but also impacts the level of activity that occurs in the cerebral cortex during action monitoring.

CDC: e-cigarette-related calls to US poison centers have soared

The safety of e-cigarettes has caused much debate in recent months. Now, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that the number of phone calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine has dramatically increased, from one call per month in 2010 to 215 calls per month in 2014.

Babies clearly respond to pleasant touch, say scientists

A new study provides evidence of what many moms and dads already know - that babies respond in a measurable way to soft and gentle caressing, or what scientists call "pleasant touch," and that this helps cement bonds between infants and parents to ensure their healthy development.

Epidemics exacerbated by unvaccinated infants

By taking into account seasonal fluctuations in birth rates, massive vaccination campaigns in the developing world could inoculate more unprotected infants and significantly reduce the number of deaths from diseases like measles, according to Micaela Martinez-Bakker and Kevin Bakker of the U-M Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

The long-term consequences of nutrition during the first two years of life

Many studies have focused on the influence of breast-feeding on child health. From analysis of data from the ELANCE cohort, Marie Françoise Rolland-Cachera, former researcher at Inserm and her co-workers in the Nutritional Epidemiology Research Team (EREN)[1] have shown that breast-feeding has a protective effect on the risk of obesity at 20 years of age.

Childhood obstructive sleep apnea: new screening tool developed

A new screening tool has been developed by clinical investigators at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) to help diagnose obstructive sleep apnea in children. Their findings are published in Pediatric Pulmonology. Evidence suggests that adults with a large neck circumference are more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), especially males.