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2020

Child's Cancer Doesn't Raise Parents' Divorce Risk, Curb Plans for More Kids: Study

MONDAY, May 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Having a child with cancer doesn't appear to affect parents' risk of splitting up or their plans to have more kids. That's the conclusion of a Danish study that compared more than 12,400 parents of children diagnosed with cancer between 1982 and 2014 to nearly 70,000 parents whose kids were cancer-free. Parents were followed until 10 years after a child's cancer diagnosis -- or until their separation, divorce, death, emigration or the end of 2017, whichever came first. Overall, parents of children with cancer had a 4% lower risk of separation and 8% lower risk of divorce than the other parents, the study found. For parents of kids with cancer, those who were younger, had less education or were unemployed were more likely to separate or...

'Kangaroo Care' Has Big Health Benefits For Preemies

25 May 2020
MONDAY, May 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Skin-to-skin contact between parents and babies -- often called "kangaroo care" -- provides major benefits to preemies' hearts and brains, Australian researchers say. They assessed 40 babies born about 10 weeks early with an average weight of 2.9 pounds. Normal birth weight is 6.6 pounds. One hour a day of kangaroo care significantly improved blood flow to the newborns' brains and hearts, compared to when they were in an incubator, the study found. Improving blood supply is important because it carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain and other organs, and promotes neurodevelopment, according to the researchers at Monash University in Melbourne. They said their study, published recently in the Journal of Pediatrics, provides scientific...

Sure-Fire Solutions for Managing Lockdown Temper Tantrums

24 May 2020
SUNDAY, May 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- After weeks of confinement to prevent the spread of COVID-19, kids, teens and grownups alike are probably getting on one another's nerves big time by now. So what's the secret to defusing bouts of pouting, screaming and crying? Experts suggest parents start with understanding. Children and teens miss the lack of personal connection they're used to, and online-only encounters are losing their allure. Young kids respond to boredom and frustration the only way they know how: By throwing tantrums. Teens rebel through isolation, ignoring social distancing or sneaking out. "Younger children like to actively play together, so to them, an 'online playdate' might seem too impersonal," said Dr. Katherine Shedlock, a pediatrician with Penn State...

Pandemic Has Overburdened Parents Stressed Out: Poll

22 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If there's such a thing as a "new normal" during the coronavirus pandemic, it's a constant state of stress. And it's particularly intense for many parents who are keeping house, working from home, and trying to keep their kids' online learning on track at the same time, according to a new online survey. Nearly half (46%) of respondents who have kids younger than 18 said their average stress level is high these days. Only 28% of adults without minor children said the same, according to the online poll of more than 3,000 adults. It was conducted from April 24 to May 4. The 2020 Stress in America poll is the first of at least three planned to gauge pandemic-related stress. "The mental health ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic are immense...

Keeping Kids Slim, Fit During Lockdown Isn't Easy: Here Are Some Tips

21 May 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of TV time, no PE classes, and a fridge full of food: It's a recipe for weight gain for kids under "stay at home" rules. But there are ways parents can help them stay healthy, says registered dietitian Audrey Koltun. "During quarantine, we hear we should try to stay healthy, not overeat, and exercise, but it is easier said than done," said Koltun, who's also a diabetes care and education specialist at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y. When it comes to kids' diets, having to stay at home might have some advantages, she noted. "Many people are cooking much more than they ever did," Koltun said, and "this allows more control over caloric intake and possibly healthier options." Children just don't have the same...
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