US could face surging numbers of teens with diabetes

Medical X-Press – Cara Murez

As many as 220,000 young people under the age of 20 could have type 2 diabetes in 2060, which would represent a nearly eight-fold increase, a research team that included scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Type 1 diabetes cases could increase, too, by as much as 65% in the next 40 years.

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Ask the Pediatrician: How can I help my child feel better with a fever?

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

If your infant or child is older than 6 months and has a fever, they probably do not need to be treated for the fever unless they are uncomfortable. The key is to watch your child’s behavior. If they are drinking, eating and sleeping normally, and they are able to play, you do not need to treat the fever. Instead, you should wait to see if the fever improves by itself.

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‘Might’ or ‘might not’: Three-year-olds do not deploy possibility concepts in decision-making

Medical X-Press – Christopher Packham

Developmental stages in children at young ages happen rapidly, considering the comparatively more leisurely changes that young people experience when they’re older; many parents will relate—often with haunted, shell-shocked expressions—that the differences between a two-year-old and a three-year-old are vast and challenging. Cognitive psychologists at Harvard University recently conducted a study exploring whether young children develop the ability to consider alternative possibilities when planning, and at what ages.

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Doctor: These are the three pieces of health advice all parents need to know for their kids in 2023

The Daily Mail – Sophie Haslett

A GP and mum has revealed the three pieces of health advice that all parents need to be aware of for 2023.

Melbourne doctor Preeya Alexander said all parents should be thinking about sun safety for their kids from birth, you need to make sure you have introduced allergens to your kids and you can consider additional immunisations to the ones which are required.

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Protecting children’s hearing from noisy toys, gifts

Medical X-Press – Katie Dease

Hearing loss often is thought of as something that happens to the elderly. But we live, work and play in a noisy environment, and hearing loss affects the lives of people of all ages. The Hearing Health Foundation reports that nearly 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from hearing loss in at least one ear, including 20% of teens. In younger children, hearing loss may be caused by playing with noisy toys.

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Can Too Much Screen Time Raise a Child’s Odds for OCD?

The U.S News and World Report – Amy Norton

Researchers found that among 9,200 9- and 10-year-olds they assessed, the odds of developing OCD inched up with every daily hour kids devoted to online videos (such as on YouTube) or video gaming.

That doesn’t mean kids are perfectly fine until they start browsing the video website. Experts said it’s possible that those on a trajectory toward OCD start to compulsively watch videos or become “addicted” to gaming.

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Are video games bad for kids? Here’s what parents should know

Motherly –Jocelyn Solis-Moreira

Some parenting choices are a no-brainer: having your kid eat their fruits and veggies or tucking them into bed at a reasonable hour. But as for if they should play video games (and for how long), the answer is, well, complicated.  

Are video games bad for kids? It depends on who you ask. The internet is also saturated with several conflicting headlines: Some say video games make children more violent, while others tout their educational benefits. 

What’s more, there’s limited research on the impact that video games have on child development. To start, it’s difficult to keep track of a child’s development over decades. And, ethically, a researcher can’t force a child to only play “Call of Duty” for the rest of their adolescence or ban a child from ever using electronics. For this reason, most studies are observational, leaving the door open for other variables to influence the findings.

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How to Cut Back on Screen Time for Kids

The Cleveland Clinic – Staff Writer

Between cellphones, tablets and TVs – it’s no doubt kids are getting more screen time.

But how does too much screen time impact a child’s health, and what steps can parents take to cut back on it?

“I think it can have a physical impact in a lot of different ways. If kids are watching screen time for a long time, they’ll be more sedentary. They won’t be moving as much, so less physical activity and exercise,” explained Noah Schwartz, MD, with Cleveland Clinic Children’s. “We know that screen time affects sleep in a big way. There have been a lot of studies showing that screen time can affect children’s academics.”

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What Should Parents Know About Vitamin E?

The U.S. News and World Report – Kadakkal Radhakrishnan, MBBS, MD

Vitamin E is an essential micronutrient that has an important role in your child’s diet. Micronutrients are vital components of our diet but are only required in very small amounts. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it’s absorbed with fats in your diet, along with vitamins A, K and D.

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