Pediatrics is a branch of medicine that deals with infants, children and adolescents and their diseases. A child's physician provides not only medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill but also preventive health services for healthy children. This category includes news on childhood diseases and illnesses, parenting tips, learning and development, social skills, breastfeeding and infant care.
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Decision-making tool may help doctors cut unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for children with coughs and respiratory tract infections
Respiratory tract infections (RTI) with cough are the most common reason children are prescribed antibiotics by their doctors, but up to a third of prescriptions may be unnecessary.
Risk for suicide attempts and violent offending by children appears to be associated with their parents' psychiatric disorders, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry.
Two epilepsy drugs, levetiracetam and topiramate, may not harm the thinking skills and IQs of school-age children born to women who took them while pregnant, according to a recent study.
Naturally occurring sugars present in some women's breast milk have the potential to prevent group B streptococcus infection in babies, researchers find.
Autism could be diagnosed by allowing children to play games on smart phones and tablets, a study involving the University of Strathclyde has found.
New research presented at this year's World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in Hong Kong (Aug. 28 - Sept.
A school intervention costing less than 20 cents per child has stopped unhealthy weight gain.
Findings from a study of Canadian data show that fortifying foods with folic acid are associated with reduced rates of congenital heart defects.
Instead of lowering the risk of teenage pregnancy, baby simulator-based programs increase pregnancy risk among adolescents, a new study finds.
Two studies have shown that soluble corn fiber supplements can help build and retain calcium in the bones of adolescent and postmenopausal women.
Learn all about Mycoplasma pneumoniae, bacteria that can cause mild infections in the lung. This article looks at transmission, symptoms, and treatment.
Challenging the common assumption that most youths use e-cigarettes to inhale nicotine, a new study finds most use the devices for the flavor of the vapor.
Traumatic brain injury associated with premature mortality and long-term psychosocial outcomes in a nationwide Swedish cohort
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) during youth is associated with elevated risks of impaired adult functioning, according to a longitudinal study published in PLOS Medicine.
The diabetes medication metformin hydrochloride was associated with decreased weight gain in a small clinical trial of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder who were taking...
Two studies appearing in JAMA examine the use of genetic tests to help rule out a serious bacterial infection in infants with fever, and also to determine if an infection is bacterial or viral in...
First randomised trial shows IVF culture media affect the outcomes of embryos and babies. Fertility experts call for full information on composition
Fertility experts are calling on the companies who make the solutions in which embryos are cultured during in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to give a clear list of ingredients following publication of...
A test could be developed to distinguish between bacterial and viral infections after scientists identified two genes switched on in bacterial infections.
Researchers at the universities of Basel and Oxford have for the first time identified all genes regulated by the protein Foxn1.
A new study finds young children with mild, persistent asthma, can tolerate acetaminophen without the worsening of asthma, when compared with ibuprofen use.
A new statement from the American Heart Association recommends children aged 2-18 limit their added sugar intake to fewer than 6 teaspoons a day.