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Children stricken with influenza aren't receiving the flu-busting antiviral drug Tamiflu even though it's recommended for them, a new study says.

Three of five children with the flu aren't prescribed Tamiflu, researchers report online Nov. 13 in the journal

  • Dennis Thompson and Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporters
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  • November 14, 2023
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  • Recent research has suggested that viruses could play a role in the loss of pancreatic beta cells, which triggers type 1 diabetes.

    Now, a new trial finds antiviral medications, when given soon after a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, might help preserve those vital beta cells.

    Antiviral drugs could be "used alone, or as part of combination treatment regimens, to rescue insu...

    When factoring in why children get asthma, a child's neighborhood may be important to consider.

    New research finds that living in a neighborhood during early childhood that has better access to resources was associated with lower asthma incidence. Better resourc...

    Heading back to school requires supplies and planning for all, but if you're a parent of a child with allergies or asthma then you have even more to consider.

    "The start of a new school year is exciting for some, but for parents of children with allergies and asthma, their thoughts are probably on keeping their child free from triggers that can cause allergic reactions,"said allergist

    Whether your child attends a year-round school or one on a traditional calendar, parents can take steps to make classroom reentry healthier for kids with asthma.

    Asthma causes an estimated 13.8 million missed school days each year, according to the Respiratory Health Association. That's more than any other chronic illness.

    Having an inhaler on hand at school is one important step fo...

    If your child has ever taken a knock to the head on the playing field, a new study has some reassuring news: There's no evidence that a concussion shaves points from a kid's IQ.

    Researchers found that compared with children and teens who'd suffered broken bones or sprained ankles, those with a recent concussion did just as well on IQ tests up to three months after the head injury.

    T...

    More kids in the United States are getting a developmental disability diagnosis, with prevalence close to 9% in 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

    Among 3- to 17-year-olds, 8.56% have ever been diagnosed with a developmental disability, compared to 7.4% in 2019, according to the agency's National Health Interview Survey.

    The diagnoses are far more com...

    Low doses of the eyedrops ophthalmologists use to dilate your pupils during an eye exam are not able to slow the progression of nearsightedness (myopia) in children, a new clinical trial has found.

    Atropine eyedrops at a concentration of 0.01% did not outperform placebo drops in slowing either myopia progression or elongation of the eye among children after two years of treatment, the stu...

    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...

    Kids whose families left distressed neighborhoods had significantly fewer severe asthma attacks, with improvements greater even than those seen with medication.

    New research found that children whose families participated in a program that enabled them to move to areas with less poverty, and better schools and parks had about 50% fewer severe attacks.

    After moving, there were about ...

    What puts kids at risk for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and what could help prevent it?

    A review of 36 observational studies that included 6.4 million kids offers some key clues.

    Taking antibiotics at an early age, eating a Western diet and living in a more affluent family were associated with an increased IBD risk. But living in a household with pets and siblings and...

    Wireless pacemakers could be a safe and effective short-term option for children with slow heartbeats, a new study suggests.

    Children with a heartbeat that's too slow -- a condition called bradycardia -- need a pacemaker to keep their hearts beating normally.

    Researchers successfully implanted wireless pacemakers into 62 kids to see if the cutting-edge devices could be safely used i...

    New research has provided answers to a mystery involving an outbreak of severe hepatitis in children last year.

    A total of about 1,000 cases emerged around the world in spring 2022, after the easing of COVID-19 lockdowns.

    Children in about 35 countries, including the United States, experienced severe hepatitis that caused 50 kids to need liver transplants and 22 children to die, a...

    A central Ohio measles outbreak among children who were not fully vaccinated is now over, public health officials announced Saturday.

    Columbus Health declared the outbreak finished with no new cases after a period of 42 days -- the equivalent of two measles virus incubation periods.

    In all, ...

    The COVID-19 Omicron variant caused fewer cases of a rare but sometimes deadly complication for children than the earlier Delta variant did, new research shows.

    "Our study is one of the first to show that during the change to Omicron, MIS-C has become milder and increasingly rare,"said senior researcher

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 23, 2023
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  • Air pollution may trigger more asthma attacks in urban children and teens, a new study reports.

    Even moderate levels of ozone and fine airborne particulates -- two ingredients of smog -- appear to increase kids' risk of asthma attacks, according to findings published online Jan. 4 in

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 6, 2023
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  • It's safe for kids to take the COVID-19 vaccine after they've suffered a rare complication from a prior COVID infection, a U.S. National Institutes of Health-supported study has concluded.

    Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) affects about 1 in every 3,000 to 4,000 kids who contract COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The comp...

    It might seem like your toddler or preschooler has a nose that is always runny, but experts say that's normal.

    "Children under 6 years of age average six to eight colds per year, with symptoms lasting an average of 14 days,"said Dr. Maria Mejia, an associate professor of family and community medicine at Bayl...

    Cold, dry winter air and a trio of spreading viruses could cause children's asthma to flare up this winter season.

    But experts at one children's hospital offer some tips to help parents keep their kids' worrisome respiratory symptoms in check.

    While asthma is a lung condition that can make it harder to breathe, some things can make symptoms worse, such as illness, cold air and smok...

    As a tripledemic of the flu, COVID and RSV continues to spread across the United States, customers at two major pharmacy chains will now be limited as to how much children's pain relievers and fever-reducing medications they can buy for their sick child.

    Both CVS and Walgreens confirmed the limits Monday, CNN reported, though they've approached it in different ways.

    Walgre...

    Kids who get the flu and COVID-19 together may be in for a serious, even deadly, bout of illness, U.S. health officials said Friday.

    So far, infections with both viruses in children have been rare because last flu season was mild, but this one could see dramatic uptick in coinfections, according to a New York City-based expert.

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  • December 16, 2022
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  • Kids who are the youngest in their grade may be overmedicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a Norwegian researcher who studied prescribing data.

    Those who were also born preterm were at particular risk of being overmedicated, said Dr. Christine Strand...

    The Biden administration on Thursday offered assistance to communities and hospitals dealing with a surge in cases of pediatric respiratory illnesses, but it did not declare a national public health emergency.

    The Children's Hospital Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics had asked President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra for that designation...

    While a potential COVID winter surge and the impending flu season get a lot of attention, doctors are worried about another virus.

    This one is RSV -- short for respiratory syncytial virus -- and hospitals across the country are seeing a surge of cases in infants and young children. The virus can...

    Cases of a virus that strikes children and teens and can trigger paralysis in rare cases have been increasing in the United States and could continue to do so this fall, health officials warned Tuesday.

    Increases of enterovirus D68...

    Parechovirus, a virus that can cause severe illness in infants, is on the rise in parts of the United States.

    Twenty-nine infants were admitted to the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville this year, which includes 23 admitted during a six-week period this spring, according to a new study. By contrast, only 19 cases were detected over five months in 2018...

    A decline in cases of a rare heart disease in children during the COVID pandemic may provide clues about its cause and how to prevent it, researchers say.

    Kawasaki disease (KD) affects fewer than 6,000 kids in the United States each year, but is the most common acquired heart disease in children. Symptoms include f...

    A serious liver disease that's struck hundreds of young children worldwide has caused the deaths of three children in Indonesia, bringing the global death toll to at least four.

    Nearly 170 children in 11 countries have been diagnosed with acute hepatitis in recent months, and the World Health Organization has

    As health experts around the world try to understand why nearly 200 children in 12 countries have fallen seriously ill with severe hepatitis, doctors in Alabama are investigating nine such cases in that state.

    In each case, seemingly healthy kids ended up in hospital with acute liver inflammation.

    What's going on ...

    New studies add to the extensive body of research showing the many risks that lead poses to youngsters.

    The association between lead exposure and children's IQ is well-documented, but these Univers...

    A new therapy corrects low blood sugar in children with a genetic disorder that causes the pancreas to produce too much insulin, researchers say.

    Congenital hyperinsulinism (HI) is the most common cause of...

    Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has launched a Phase 2/3 clinical trial of its COVID antiviral pill known as Paxlovid in children ages 6-17.

    A news release from the company said the trial will assess the safety and efficacy of the drug in c...

    Young children who struggle with insomnia face a very high risk for more of the same as young adults, a new study warns.

    Investigators found that 43% of children who suffer from insomnia between the ages of 5 and 12 continue to do so when they hit their 20s and 30s.

    And that amounts to a nea...

    A new study finds that kids who have received years of seasonal flu shots have antibodies that provide wider protection against new influenza strains, something researchers say doesn't happen in adults.

    These findings could help efforts to develop a universal flu vaccine for children. That would be significant, according to the authors of the

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  • If your baby has a cough, you might immediately think it's COVID-19, but coughing is a common wintertime symptom, a pediatrician says.

    Dr. Mona Patel of Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers some advice on what to do when your baby develops a cough.

    Congestion and postnasal drip will wo...

    Following a bout of severe COVID-19, some children suffer lasting neurological complications, part of a rare condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a new study finds.

    The neurological symptoms are wide-ranging, and can include headaches, difficulty falling and staying asleep, daytime sleepine...

    As the number of U.S. children with COVID-19 continues to surge, there are a number of things parents should know, a pediatric infectious disease expert says.

    "What used to be the average number of children with COVID for the whole hospital is now the average just for the intensive care unit," said Dr. Jessica Ericson, of Penn State Health Children's Hospital in Hershey, Pa.

    "Back ...

    More than 1.1 million American kids were diagnosed with COVID-19 during the week ending Jan. 20, new data show.

    That's 17% higher than the 981,000 cases diagnosed the week before and double the number from two weeks before that.

    "As we approach the two-year anniversary of the pandemic, cases of COVID-19 among children and adolescents are the highest they have ever been," said Dr. Mo...

    Children in sub-Saharan Africa have a far higher risk of death from COVID-19 than those in the United States and Europe, a new study shows.

    "Although our study looked at data from earlier in the pandemic, the situation hasn't changed much for the children of Africa. If anything, it is expected to be worsening with the global emergence of the

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  • January 25, 2022
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  • Having a child with type 1 diabetes can be a challenging health condition for parents to manage, but new research suggests an "artificial pancreas" system may beat standard treatment in controlling the blood sugar disease in young children.

    Forms of the technology -- which automatically monitors and regulates blood sugar -- are already available for adults and kids with

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 20, 2022
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  • A rare and serious inflammatory condition called MIS-C can strike kids weeks after they've recovered from their COVID infection.

    But now there's good news for parents: Children tend to recover completely from any heart injury within three months of falling ill, a new study from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) shows.

    "Although it can be quite serious and very, very rar...

    While COVID-19 has taken the lives of many children and caused serious illness for many more, it is generally agreed that the virus is much less likely to inflict severe damage in the young.

    But new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed a concerning...

    In a sign that the highly contagious Omicron variant is sparing no one, a new report shows that new COVID-19 cases among U.S. children spiked to a high of more than 580,000 for the week ending Jan. 6, a 78% increase from the week before.

    "Since many children remain unvaccinated -- or are too young to be vaccinated -- children are bearing a disproportionate burden of this illness," said D...

    In an effort to keep kids in classrooms, the White House announced Wednesday that 10 million free coronavirus tests will be provided to schools around the country every month while the wildly contagious Omicron variant continues to surge.

    President Joe Biden has been pushing for months to have schools stay open because the academic, social and emotional toll of remote learning has put kid...

    Far fewer kids might develop asthma if there were less traffic pollution, suggests a new study that researched the issue worldwide.

    "Our study found that nitrogen dioxide puts children at risk of developing asthma and the problem is especially acute in urban areas," said study author Susan Anenberg, a professor of environmental and occupational health at George Washington University in Wa...

    An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday backed the emergency use approval of Pfizer's booster shots for those between the ages of 12 and 17.

    The Food and Drug Administration had announced the move on Monday.

    In arriving at its decision, the CDC advisory panel pointed to rising COVID hospitalizations among the young as the

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 5, 2022
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  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday backed the emergency use approval of Pfizer's booster shot for high-risk kids between the ages of 5 and 11, along with shortening the time period between a second dose and a booster shot from six months to five months.

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  • January 4, 2022
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  • COVID-19 hospitalizations among children are surging across the United States just as students return to school and the highly transmissible Omicron variant begins to dominate the country.

    At least nine states have reported record numbers of COVID-related pediatric hospitalizations: They include Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylv...

    Many parents struggle with the decision to let their kids play tackle football or other contact sports due to the risk of concussions and long-term brain diseases that may occur with repeated head blows.

    Now, new...

    When a sick child spends time in the intensive care unit, the impact lasts even after the hospital stay is over.

    Added to it are days, weeks, sometimes months out of school for the young patient and extended work absences for their primary caregivers.

    "Pediatric critical illness impacts a family's health and well-being not only during the child's treatment but after they leave the ...