Federal authorities are urging parents and others who care for infants to stop using all inclined sleepers — even models that have not been recalled — because of the risk of accidental suffocation. Citing findings from a new study, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says the sleepers have now been linked to more than 70 deaths.
Car crashes remain a leading cause of death for children. That’s why it’s so important for kids to be strapped into an appropriate car seat for their height and weight, and that the seat is properly installed in your vehicle.
During cold and flu season, kids are more likely to be exposed to germs that cause illness. When should sick children be kept home, and when is it OK to send them to school? “We want children to go to school, so that they are learning and they’re with their peers. However, there are times when kids should really stay home from daycare and school,” says Dr. Pilar Bradshaw.
A 2019 study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology found that between 2009 and 2017, rates of depression rose by more than 60% among adolescents ages 14-17, and 47% among those ages 12-13. The number of children and teenagers who were seen in emergency rooms with suicidal thoughts or having attempted suicide doubled between 2007 and 2015.
This school year is starting off with a bang when it comes to illnesses going around in the community. “We’re treating kids for strep throat and there’s a viral stomach bug going around with vomiting, nausea and diarrhea,” says Dr. Pilar Bradshaw. “We’re also seeing kids with a really bad cold with congestion and coughing.”