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America's Pediatricians Offer Tips for a Safe Halloween

America`s Pediatricians Offer Tips for a Safe HalloweenSUNDAY, Oct. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- 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 Medical Center and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.“Often your town or park district will offer Halloween activities earlier in the day so you can avoid going out after dark. Older children should travel in groups and create a ‘buddy system’ to get each other home safely and prevent walking alone,” Kendi said in an academy news release. The pediatricians' group suggests that homeowners keep pathways to the door well-lit and...

A New Dad's Postpartum Depression Can Be Tough on His Kids

20 October 2023
A New Dad`s Postpartum Depression Can Be Tough on His KidsFRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s well known that mothers can suffer postpartum depression, a condition that affects not only their well-being but also their child’s development.Now, new research finds that fathers can also experience depression after the births of their babies and this doubles their children’s odds of having three or more adverse childhood experiences before the age of 5. “There's a number of things that motivated our study. The first was that father's depression in the first year of life has already been shown to have other kinds of adverse effects on children, such as parenting difficulties or difficulties in child behavior later in life,” said study author Dr. Kristine Schmitz. She is an assistant professor of population health, quality...

Teens Are Quitting Sports as Social Media Ups Body Image...

20 October 2023
Teens Are Quitting Sports as Social Media Ups Body Image ConcernsFRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who get discouraged by idealized athletic bodies on social media may end up dropping out of sports, a small study suggests.In a preliminary study of 70 kids who played -- or used to play -- sports, researchers found that some had quit because they thought they didn't have the "right" body for the activity. And most got that idea from media images, including TikTok and Instagram posts.Experts said the findings add to evidence that unrealistic, often "filtered" or "edited," images on social media can make some kids feel bad about their own bodies.And in the case of kids who play sports, the study suggests, those feelings could translate into action: quitting.That outcome would be "heartbreaking," said researcher Dr. Cassidy Foley Davelaar,...

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

20 October 2023
Mom`s Curling Iron Can Be Big Burn Hazard for KidsFRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- 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 new study and a pediatric resident at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.“Electric hair styling tools can reach temperatures as high as 450 degrees F in a matter of minutes, creating potential situations of unintentional burn injury for both the device user and surrounding bystanders,” Rozanski said in a news release from the American Academy of...

Kids Still Getting Injured After Swallowing High-Powered Magnets

20 October 2023
Kids Still Getting Injured After Swallowing High-Powered MagnetsFRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- 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, rare-earth magnetic balls or beads are often sold as fun, stress-relieving toys, but they are among the most dangerous toys when kids eat them. It doesn't matter what the child's socioeconomic or racial background is, whether the child is being watched, or if supervising adults know the magnets are dangerous — kids still manage to eat them and many of them need surgery...

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