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Even More States Are Getting In On The Free ‘Baby Box’ Trend

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 03.29.2017 | Parents

For years, Finland has been hailed as a kind of promised land for parenting, thanks to its generous leave policies, subsidized daycare and famed free ...

Breastfeeding Won't Make Your Child Smarter In The Long Run, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 03.27.2017 | Parents

There are plenty of very good reasons for moms to breastfeed their babies if they’re able to, but longterm cognitive gains may not be one of them. A...

It’s Time for a Single-Payer Healthcare System

FIXCapitalism | Posted 03.25.2017 | Politics

We have had “Obamacare” and now the Republicans have fallen short in replacing it with “Ryancare” (a.k.a. “Trumpcare”). Both plans have th...

Forget What Recent Reports Say: Talk To Your Child About Weight

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 03.22.2017 | Healthy Living
Maryann Jacobsen

Lately, a string of news reports recommend what seems like straightforward advice: leave weight out of health-related conversations with your child. I...

Parents Face Charges After Their Second Baby In 2 Years Dies In Bed

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 03.14.2017 | Crime

A Colorado couple has been charged in the deaths of their two infant children, who died two years apart sleeping in the same bed with the parents, aut...

The Wrong Envelope Or Alternative Facts On Paid Leave?

Ellen Bravo | Posted 03.02.2017 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

In his speech to the Joint Session of Congress, the president uttered these words: “My administration wants to work with members of both parties to...

Hundreds Of Health Groups Plead With Trump To Look At Scientific Evidence On Vaccines

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Hundreds of state and national medical groups on Tuesday sent President Donald Trump scientific evidence debunking the theory that chil...

The American Academy of Pediatrics Gun Safety Recommendation

Quora | Posted 02.06.2017 | Parents

How should parents address issues like gun violence and safety with young children? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowled...

PG-13 Movies Have As Much Gun Violence As R-Rated Films Nowadays

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 01.17.2017 | Entertainment

Major PG-13 films are often at least as likely as R-rated films to depict gun violence, according to a new analysis published in Pediatrics, the offic...

Breast-Fed Babies Aren't Getting Enough Vitamin D, Study Suggests | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.12.2017 | Healthy Living

Many breast-fed infants may not be getting enough vitamin D, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed 184 women who were breast-feeding, and found t...

There's A Simple Way To Help Kids Learn More: Start School Later

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.20.2016 | Politics

In recent years, American teens have earned less than stellar scores on a national exam administered by the U.S. Department of Education. On the Natio...

Why The New Rules On Baby Sleep Safety Matter

Well Rounded NY | Posted 10.31.2016 | Parents
Well Rounded NY

I'm a strong believer in evidence-based medicine, and we know we can take steps to keep our babies safe during their sleep.

Speak Out Against False Formula Advertising: An Open Letter to the FDA

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 10.28.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Grayson

The Food and Drug Administration is considering tougher oversight of infant formula labeling and advertising to ensure that the often misleading "stru...

Children, Screens, and Why It's Time to Take Back Childhood

Melissa Bernstein | Posted 10.24.2016 | Parents
Melissa Bernstein

"Our children deserve the freedom to unleash their imagination and experience wonder in the world so that they can discover themselves, their passions...

Study Finds Alarming Number Of Babies Sleeping In Unsafe Environments

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 08.15.2016 | Parents

A new report suggests parents in the U.S. are ill-informed when it comes to safe sleeping practices for babies. Today, the American Academy of Pediatr...

Helping Parents Help Children in Traumatic Times

Marianne Kuzujanakis M.D. M.P.H. | Posted 06.14.2016 | Parents
Marianne Kuzujanakis M.D. M.P.H.

Article originally appears HERE at SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Again the world grieves from another act of outrageous violence a...

CDC Report Says Doctors Aren't Following Guidelines for Treatment of Children with ADHD

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 06.22.2016 | Parents
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Behavior Therapy is first-line recommended treatment for young children with ADHD, but there is a lot of confusion about what it means, and it is an u...

Building Strong Children Today for a Strong Nation Tomorrow

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The official journal of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) recently devoted an entire supplement to a pressing policy crisis affecting pediatricians, public health workers, teachers and all of us and the nation's future: child poverty in America.

Toddlers vs. TV: Less Is Best, But Not Necessarily Realistic

Jill Campbell | Posted 02.16.2017 | Parents
Jill Campbell

The temptation to interact with screens around the home is inescapable. They are everywhere; in our kitchens, our living rooms, our playrooms and even...

Guns Make Anger and Despair Lethal

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.08.2017 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

These new measures will not prevent every shooting that snuffs out the lives of nearly seven children to gun violence daily, but they will save many lives and help staunch the relentless plague of gun violence that terrorizes our nation's homes, schools and communities.

Why Are Children Less Valuable Than Guns in America? It's Time to Protect Children Not Guns

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.18.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Three years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut where a lone 20-year-old gunman wielding an assault weapon snuffed out 26 child and teacher lives, our nation has done shamefully little to protect children instead of guns.

Conquering the Double Burden: Protecting Children From Obesity and Hunger

Nancy Brown | Posted 12.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Screening for hunger and connecting families to resources in their communities is an important first step to conquering the double burden. But since children consume more than half their daily calories at school, we have to make sure the food they eat there is healthy as well.

An Rx for Screen Time: Pediatricians and Kids' Media Use

Julie Dobrow | Posted 11.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Julie Dobrow

When I heard that the AAP was starting to prepare a set of new recommendations for 2016, I was curious to know whether anything would change. I spoke with Dr. Ari Brown, chair of the AAP Children, Adolescents and Media Leadership Work Group to learn about the directions in which the AAP might go.

Pediatrics Group's Position on Tackling in Youth Football Strikes Right Balance

Brooke de Lench | Posted 10.28.2016 | Sports
Brooke de Lench

A multi-pronged approach to football safety, such as advocated by the AAP in its Policy Statement, and by the experts with whom I work on daily basis, is working. We just have to keep not just talking the talk, but walking the walk.

Should We Take the Tackling Out of Youth Football?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 10.26.2016 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Tackling: in so many ways, it's what football is all about. Now, of course running, passing and scoring (and strategy) are important parts of football too. But it's tackling that stops the opponent. Without tackling, you can't play football. Or can you?