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Half of All Child-Poisoning Deaths Caused by Opioids, New Study Finds

Opioids accounted for 52% of poisoning-related deaths in infants and young children in 2018, researchers say.

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Baseball Puts Kids' Elbows at Risk, Study Shows

FRIDAY, DEC. 1, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Millions of American kids and teens love to play the game of baseball, but the sport can leave many with elbow pain and injuries, new research finds.

“When we look at the forces that baseball players, even Little League baseball players, deal with during routine practice and games, it becomes apparent why elbow injuries are so common amongst this...

EPA to Require Removal of All Lead Pipes From U.S. Water System

THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2023 (Healthday News) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to require the removal of all lead pipes from the country's water systems.

The proposed rule, an ambitious effort that will cost up to $30 billion over the next decade, would affect about 9 million pipes that send water to homes in countless communities across the United S...

FDA Looking at Cinnamon as Source of Lead in Fruit Puree Products

FRIDAY, Nov. 17 (Healthday News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday it has found early evidence that cinnamon may be the source of high levels of lead in fruit puree pouches that have now sickened 34 children.

The agency, in partnership with the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, has been investigating illnesses linked to the consumption of Apple Cinnamon Fr...

FDA Moves Against Vape Products That Mimic Toys, Slushies and Appeal to Kids

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking action against e-cigarettes disguised to look like everyday items that appeal to young people.

The FDA sent warning letters Thursday to seven online retailers that were selling unauthorized vape devices that look like drink containers, toys and phones.

The products’ design could appeal to young people and help them conceal e-cigarett...

CDC to Release Infants' RSV Shots to Help Ease Shortage

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2023 -- To address a continuing nationwide shortage, more than 77,000 doses of RSV shots for infants were released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The additional doses are of Beyfortus, a long-acting monoclonal antibody designed to protect infants too young for vaccination against RSV.

They...

CDC Tells Docs to Look for Lead Poisoning in Kids, as Fruit Puree Investigation Continues

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Doctors need to be on the lookout for lead poisoning in children as the latest tally of kids exposed to the toxin after consuming pouches of cinnamon-flavored apple puree climbed to 22, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

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  • November 14, 2023
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  • Baby Activity Centers Sold at Walmart Recalled Due to Injury Risk

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Dorel Juvenile Group have announced a recall of an infant/toddler activity center due to injuries.

    The Cosco Jump, Spin & Play Activity Centers were sold exclusively at Walmart. Straps holding the seat can detach or break while a child is sitting in it, possibly causing a fall, according to the recall notice.

    The recall follows 141...

    Biometric Gun Safes Recalled After 12-Year-Old's Death

    More than 60,000 gun safes have been recalled following the death of a 12-year-old boy and dozens of reports that unauthorized people can open the Fortress Safe devices.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said a pr...

    America's Pediatricians Offer Tips for a Safe Halloween

    As pint-size witches, ghosts and superheroes roam the streets on Halloween, it's important for adults to keep their eyes on safety.

    “It's always best for an adult to accompany young children when they trick-or-treat,” said Dr. Sadiqa Kendi, chief of pediatric emergency medicine at Boston Medica...

    Mom's Curling Iron Can Be Big Burn Hazard for Kids

    Tens of thousands of U.S. children received burns over a decade from beauty devices found in many homes: curling irons.

    “Hair styling tools are a timeless piece of our everyday routine, helping to create the picture-perfect look. Yet they have the greatest propensity to create a not so picture-perfect accident when not handled with care,” said Dr. Brandon Rozanski, lead author of a ne...

    Kids Still Getting Injured After Swallowing High-Powered Magnets

    Despite warnings and public education campaigns, kids continue to suffer injuries from swallowing small but strong magnets, according to a new study.

    Children are also inserting high-powered, rare-earth balls into their ears and noses, even in households where parents fully understand the dangers of the toys, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

    “High-powered, ra...

    70 Million 'Slime Licker' Candies Recalled Due to Choking Risk

    Candy Dynamics Inc. said Thursday it is recalling 70 million of its candies because they can pose a choking hazard.

    The recall is for its “Slime Licker Sour Rolling Liquid Candies.”

    Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled candy.

    It's a product that features a plastic bottle with a rolling ball that holds a sour liquid candy. The ball can come loose and poten...

    Big Rise Seen in Gun Deaths, Overdoses Among U.S. Kids

    America's kids are safer now than a decade ago when it comes to many types of injury, with two glaring exceptions: drugs and guns.

    That's the crux of a new study that looked at injury trends among U.S. children and teenagers between 2011 and 2021.

    It found that nonfatal injuries from accidents and assaults fell by 55% and 60%, respectively, during that time period. That included sub...

    Keeping Baby Safe: Follow These Tips to Lower Sleep Risks

    It's always a good time to check your baby's sleep space.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released its annual report on the topic, showing that risks associated with nursery products continue to be high. More than 160 babi...

    Water Beads Can Expand Inside Body, Causing Kids Serious Harm. Should They Be Banned?

    Ashley Haugen's 13-month-old daughter, Kipley, woke up projectile vomiting in their Texas home one morning in July 2017.

    The Haugens took her to the doctor after it became apparent she wasn't keeping anything down. After not responding to medication, Kipley was whisked to a nearby children's hospital for emergency surgery.<...

    Unsafe Neighborhoods Have Higher Levels of Child Abuse

    Having safer neighborhoods, where families feel less stress, can help prevent child abuse, according to new research that supports this long-suspected theory.

    When parents feel higher levels of stress or hopelessness about their surroundings, they may have a harder time caring for their children,

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  • September 25, 2023
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  • Another School Sports Season: How to Lower Your Child's Odds for Injury

    Playing sports can offer a lot of benefits for kids, but it's also important to help protect them from injuries.

    Parents and coaches can make a big difference in helping kids play safely, according to Nemours Kids Health.

    The medical organization suggests starting with proper equipment. Use it, but also make sure the safety gear is the right size, fits well and is right for the sp...

    ADHD Drug Errors Among Kids Have Quadrupled in 20 Years

    Over 3 million American children now take medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but new research shows medication errors have spiked nearly 300% in the past two decades for these kids.

    The increase in ADHD medication errors parallels the increase in ADHD diagnoses, said study co-author

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  • September 18, 2023
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  • Parks, Playgrounds Built on Old Dump Sites Could Be Hotspots for Lead

    That beautiful park you walk through could be hiding dangerous levels of lead. So, too, could the soil under the play equipment where your children slide and swing.

    New research in the United States finds that urban parks built on sites where waste was incinerated could be hotspots for lead.

    “We found that city parks and playgrounds built on the site of a former waste incine...

    Marijuana Edibles Are Sending Kids to the ER: Here's Tips to Keep Them Safe

    Drugs and children don't mix, so it's important to keep little ones safe by storing any marijuana edibles out of reach from small hands.

    The New Jersey Poison Control Center is offering warnings that can apply anywhere, after aiding in the medical treatment of 30 children ranging from the ages of 1 to 12 who accidentally ate marijuana edibles in July.

    "It is difficult for anyone, es...

    Tech 'Glitch' Is Causing Kids to Lose Medicaid Coverage

    A Medicaid “glitch” is removing health care coverage for potentially millions of children, U.S. health officials warned Wednesday.

    Automated systems involved in a large-scale eligibility review are causing entire households to be removed from Medicaid coverage, according to a

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  • August 31, 2023
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  • Should Kids Take Ozempic, Wegovy? The Idea Has Some Experts Worried

    Weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy are surging in popularity, but that doesn't mean they're good for everyone.

    Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RA) may be dangerous for children, warned researchers at University of California, Irvine.

    Treating childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes with these injected medications may have unintended and adverse consequences in p...

    It Only Takes a Bite of a Marijuana Edible to Send a Child to the Hospital

    Brightly colored "edibles" can be tempting for young kids and are more widely available now that many U.S. states have legalized cannabis for recreational and medical use.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't take much of an edible to make a small child very sick, new research finds, which may explain an uptick in hospitalizations of kids poisoned by cannabis.

    “There are many studies de...

    Are Cannabis-Based Medicines Safe for Children With Cancer?

    Nineteen scientific studies have failed to answer a big question: Are cannabis-containing products safe or effective for kids with cancer?

    A new analysis of the studies found the evidence just isn't there to determine dosing, safety and efficacy of medical marijuana or cannabis-containing products for managing symptoms experienced by these kids.

    “It was difficult to measure benefi...

    Avoid Opioids for Short-Term Dental Pain in Kids, New Guidelines Say

    Children having short-term dental pain from extractions or toothache should not be prescribed opioids but rather manage those aches with over-the-counter ibuprofen and/or acetaminophen, according to new guidelines.

    The guidelines detailing dental pain management strategies for kids was endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA) after being developed by the ADA Science & Research In...

    Another Source of Lead Exposure for Kids: Secondhand Smoke

    One source of lead exposure in children may surprise you.

    It's secondhand smoke, according to a Texas A&M University study.

    “Further research will likely paint a clearer picture of this exposure route, especially in younger children, but the finding...

    With Cases Soaring, Guns Are Now Leading Cause of Death for U.S. Kids

    Guns are now the leading cause of death among kids in the United States.

    That's the chilling message from a new study that looked at numbers of U.S. children killed by guns from 2018 to 2021. During this time, there was close to a 42% jump in firearm-caused deaths.

    “There is a skyrocketing rate of firearm violence in this country, and it's getting worse,” said study author

    How Kids Are Being Injured by Ceiling Fans

    It's fun to playfully toss a toddler into the air, or tote a kid piggyback-style on your shoulders.

    But those delightful giggles may come with a risk of head injury from a typically overlooked hazard -- the room's ceiling fan.

    Each year U.S. emergency rooms treat about 2,300 children for head injuries caused by ceiling fans, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission data colle...

    Feds Warn Parents: Don't Use La-La-Me Infant Loungers Due to Suffocation Risk

    Parents and caregivers are being advised to immediately stop using La-La-Me Infant Loungers because they pose a risk to babies of suffocation and falling.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued the warning Thursday. It said the loungers failed to meet its Infant Sleep Products Rule for several reasons.

    The product's seller, La-La-Me of Bellmore, N.Y., has not agre...

    With Marijuana's Legalization, Cannabis Poisonings Are on the Rise

    In recent years, the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana has become the new normal across much of North America.

    The problem: New research finds that as legalization has spread, so have cases of cannabis poisoning.

    “We did a systematic review of published studies reporting on what happened to the rates of poisoning after legalization or decriminalization,�...

    Here's How to Make Summer Sports Camp a Safe Adventure for Your Kid

    If your child is in sports camp this summer, you'll want them to have fun and stay safe.

    The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) offers some tips on dealing with existing medical conditions, staying hydrated and heat safe, avoiding weather dangers and protecting skin from the sun.

    “Just as parents don't drop off their children at a pool without a lifeguard, they shouldn...

    Safety Videos Might Make Kids More Careful Around Guns, Study Suggests

    Shootings are the leading cause of death among U.S. children, surpassing even car crashes. But a new study suggests there may be a sensible way to reduce those firearm tragedies.

    Researchers found that kids who had watched a one-minute gun safety video were more likely to make a safe choice when they came upon an unlocked gun than children who had not been taught about gun safety.

    EPA Toughens Lead Standards in Older Homes, Buildings

    U.S. federal officials took a big step toward protecting children from a contaminant blamed for irreversible health effects, proposing tougher standards for removing lead-based paint in pre-1978 buildings and child care facilities.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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  • July 12, 2023
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  • EMS Crews May Not Always Follow Guidelines When Dosing Kids: Study

    Less than half of all children treated by emergency medical services receive the right amount of medication during out-of-hospital emergencies, a new study found.

    In some cases, these incorrect doses can have serious consequences.

    “If you don't give the appropriate dose of the anti-seizure medication for a patient with an ongoing seizure, the seizure will not stop,” said study c...

    FDA Sends Warning to Companies Selling THC Products That Look Like Candy, Cookies

    Several companies are selling copycat food items that have the potential to trick people, including children, into consuming dangerous quantities of cannabis.

    On Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission warned six companies about selling these copycat food products that contain delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as delta-8 THC, a substance fou...

    Protect Your Kids in Blistering Summer Heat

    Enjoy that summer sun, but keep some safety tips in mind, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents.

    “It's great to see children enjoying nature and reaping the benefits of outdoor activities,” Atlanta-based pediatrician Dr. Rebecca Philipsborn said in an AAP ne...

    When Kids Fatally Shoot Other Kids: Tragedies That Don't Have to Happen

    When a child unintentionally shoots and kills another child in the United States, they've likely been playing around with an unlocked, loaded gun, new research reveals.

    Analyzing a decade's worth of data, researchers also found that 4 out of 10 such gun deaths involve kids 2 to 4 years old. About two-thirds of the unintentional fatal shootings happen at the victim's home, and both victim ...

    7.5 Million 'Baby Shark' Bath Toys Recalled Due to Serious Injuries to Kids

    Nearly 8 million Baby Shark and Mini Baby Shark bath toys have been recalled because they can cause serious injuries to children.

    When using these bath toys, particularly in a bathtub or wading pool, a child can sit, slip or fall onto the shark's hard plastic top fin, posing risks of impalement, lacerations and puncture wounds, according to the company, Zuru.

    This recall includes bo...

    Cancer Can Take Financial Toll on a Survivors' Kids: Study

    Cancer affects families in numerous ways, and kids whose parents have had cancer are more likely to be hungry and to go without everyday essentials than their peers, a new American Cancer Society study reveals.

    “Cancer is a life-threatening disease, and parents with a history of cancer are often saddled with worry about paying for food, the rent or mortgage, and other monthly bills,” ...

    Steady Rise in Vape Product Poisonings Among Kids Under 5

    The number of cases of vape product-related poisonings reported to America's poison control centers doubled between 2018 and early 2023, a new report finds.

    The bulk of those cases were in kids under the age of 5.

    “The public should be aware that e-cigarettes have the potential to cause poisoning exposure and are a continuing public health concern,” warned a team of resea...

    Is Child's Tummy Pain a Serious Concern? Poll Finds Many Parents Unsure

    Kids get a lot of tummy aches.

    How a parent responds to it can vary, just as the causes can, according to the University of Michigan Health's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, which looked more closely at the issue.

    About 1 in 6 parents said their child has tummy pain at least monthly, according to the poll, but many don't call the doctor. One-third...

    Dads Can Play Big Role in Baby's Nutrition, Safe Sleep

    Jeremy Davis made sure his wife, Chloe, got lots of support when she was breastfeeding each of their three sons.

    “When she'd been up nursing all night, I'd take over with the baby in the mornings so she could get extra sleep,” the Wilton, Conn., man recalled. Davis also learned to give special breastfeeding massages to help with milk flow and took on middle-of-the-night diaper duty.

    Hundreds of U.S. Kids Drown Every Year — Learn How to Protect Yours

    Drowning is the leading cause of death among children aged 1 to 4 years old in the United States, and too many older children continue to die in the water, according to a new report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    A child can slip underwater in the seconds it takes a parent to send a text message. Or while a caregiver turns away to pick up a smartphone.

    “...

    Recalled Newborn Loungers Tied to 2 More Infant Deaths

    After two more infant deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is are urging parents and caregivers to stop using recalled Boppy Newborn Loungers, which are now linked to 10 deaths in all.

    The loungers were recalled in September 2021 because of eight baby deaths. An additional two deaths have been reported since the recall, the commission said Wednesday.

    The recal...

    FDA Finalizes Limit on How Much Arsenic Can Be in Apple Juice

    Federal regulators have finalized new guidance on how much inorganic arsenic can be present in apple juice, in an effort to limit the exposure of infants and young children to this environmental contaminant.

    What is the new limit? 10 parts per billion, a number first proposed in 2013.

    “We are finalizing an action level of 10 ppb because we consider this level achievable with the...

    Many Kids Wait Too Long for Mental Health Care After Gun Injury

    U.S. gun deaths and injuries in children have risen at astronomical rates. Yet, among kids on Medicaid, only about two of every five children who get shot receive mental health care within six months of these traumatic incidents, researchers say.

    The need is great, given that more than 11,250 U.S. kids experienced nonfatal firearm injuries in 2020.

    “There are many thing...

    Get in the Swim: Summer Pool Safety Tips

    Summer is here and so, too, is swimming season.

    As fun as a pool can be, it's also a major safety risk if you don't take the appropriate precautions.

    An expert from Huntington Health, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, offers some tips for a safe pool season.

    “If children or non-experienced swimmers will be in the pool, it's very important to have adult supervis...

    Is That Hand-Me-Down Crib or Stroller Safe? Most Parents Unsure, Survey Finds

    Baby equipment is costly, so many parents buy it used, but they're not always sure whether it's still safe, a nationwide poll reveals.

    About half of the 932 parents surveyed in February said they had used pre-owned equipment for their baby, most often cribs and high chairs, according to a University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children's Hospital poll released May 15.

    Yet, 2 in 3 s...

    U.S. Child Deaths From Fentanyl Jumped 30-Fold in Just 8 Years

    The synthetic opioid fentanyl is killing increasing numbers of U.S. kids, emulating the chilling trends seen among adults, a new study finds.

    Pediatric deaths from fentanyl increased more than 30-fold between 2013 and 2021, according to study author Julie Gaither, an assistant professor of pediatrics at th...

    Spring, Summer Is Peak Time for Dogs Biting Kids

    In the spring and summer, everyone races outside with their dogs to enjoy the warmer weather, but a new study suggests there is a downside to that.

    More children are bitten by dogs in those months, according to researchers at Nemours Children's Health.

    But a dog bite isn't inevitable: It's possible to keep both dogs and children safer, and to provide proper care if the unfortunate d...

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