US sees surge in children under five hospitalized for respiratory viruses

The Guardian – Melody Schrieber

When his son was born seven weeks early, weighing only 2.5lb, RH watched as the little boy stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit for 37 days. When they finally left the hospital, RH, who asked to use his initials for health privacy, breathed a sigh of relief. The baby, despite his difficult start, was perfectly healthy. But only a few months later, the child landed back in the hospital with a dangerous virus, RSV.

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Here’s What to Do if You Can’t Find Children’s Tylenol or Motrin Right Now

Yahoo! – Korin Miller

As fears of a tripledemic are realized and cases of RSV, flu, and COVID-19 soar across the country, many parents are reporting trouble finding children’s Tylenol, Motrin, and other fever-reducing medications in stores and online. Amazon has limited stock, while Walgreens’ and CVS’ websites are continuously out of stock.

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8 fun and creative ways to get your kids excited about eating veggies, according to pediatricians

Insider – Erin Hager and Daniel Ganjian

Eating a well-rounded diet is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages.

This is especially true for children, since a balanced diet helps ensure they get all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients needed for their growth and development, says Dr. Lisa Hoang, a pediatrician at Providence Mission Hospital.

But getting kids to eat certain foods, like vegetables, is easier said than done. There can be many reasons why your child may refuse vegetables, from sensory issues to personal preference to trying to assert their independence, Hoang says. 

But there are ways to take the pressure off yourself, and your child, and help encourage them to expand their palate.

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How to Discuss Exercise and Weight With your Child in a Healthy Way

Integrisok – Staff Writer

There is a real stigma with discussing weight, whether it’s with friends or family. It’s even harder when you attempt to discuss this with your own children. Considering 20 percent (1 in 5) of children are obese, these discussions – regardless of how uncomfortable they may be – eventually occur in many households.

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New Study Finds Brains Of Teens Who Lived Through The Pandemic Aged Faster

Romper – Jamie Kenney

Any parent could anecdotally tell you that their children had a rough time during various lockdowns, illnesses, and interrupted education experience that resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic. But a new study from Stanford University suggests that we can actually see those harms on an anatomical level. MRIs from the brains of teens who lived through the pandemic appear to have aged faster than those of their pre-pandemic peers.

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How parents can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of teen mental health problems

The Conversation – Toria Herd, Penn State and Sarah A. Font

More than 44% of teens reported persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessnessin the first half of 2021, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The early 2022 report, which was based on an online survey, also found that nearly 20% had seriously considered suicide, and 9% attempted suicide. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is a likely contributor to these startling figures, but rates of teen mental illness have been rising over the past decade

One crucial factor that has received little attention in supporting teen mental health is the role that parents can play.

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Concerned about your child’s development?

Harvard – Claire McCarthy, MD

When you are a new parent, it’s hard not to compare your child to other children and worry: are they developing normally?

It doesn’t help that social media is full of proud parents — and that there are plenty of books and trending apps that purport to say exactly when a child should do each new thing, from smiling to rolling over to taking their first step. It’s almost impossible not to wonder: is my child behind?

It’s certainly important to keep an eye on your child’s development. But as you do, here are some things to remember.

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How to treat a child with RSV safely at home — and when to call the doctor

OPB – Crystal Ligori and Lillian Mongeau Hughes

Pediatric intensive care beds in Oregon are nearly full with young patients who are struggling to breathe. That’s because there’s an unprecedented surge in RSV, a respiratory illness that primarily affects young children and infants. But while it sounds scary, most kids who get RSV won’t need hospital care. And even for those that do, there’s a variety of treatment options available.

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The Lifestyle Factors That Ease — and Worsen — ADHD Symptoms in Children

ADDitude -Staff Writer

Stimulant medications and behavioral therapy are considered first-line treatments for ADHD in children, but caregivers know that multimodal treatment plans work best for easing symptoms. What does “multimodal” look like in real life? In a recent ADDitude poll of about 1,000 webinar attendees, about 50% said stimulants and/or non-stimulants have “improved their child’s ADHD-associated learning and behavior challenges the most.” The other half said the following lifestyle factors had the biggest impact:

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Exercise is an all-powerful ‘medicine’ that can lead to better academic performance and reduced anxiety

The Toronto Star – Staff Writer

Barbara Cifra likes to refer to exercise as medicine for the whole body. Not only does regular activity help kids’ physical health, she said, but it also helps improve their brain function and emotional well-being.

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