Getting your surly teens off the couch might trigger a long-term turnaround in their moods, new research suggests.
"Our findings show that young people who are inactive for large proportions of the day throughout adolescence face a greater risk of depression by age 18," said study author Aaron Kandola, a psychiatry Ph.D. student at University College London (UCL).
As Valentine's Day approaches, parents are reminded to shower their children with love and attention throughout the year.
"Building strong bonds and a positive relationship with your child has a nurturing effect on their physical, emotional, and social development," said Dr. Jennifer Shu, medical editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) parenting website, HealthyChildren.or...
Heart problems are often associated with older people. But every year about 1 in 110 children in the United States are born with congenital heart disease, which include a variety of defects ranging from holes in the heart to malformed or missing valves and chambers.
These defects can increase the risk for irregular heartbeats, heart infections and heart failure. In some cases, surger...
Parents have long been told that babies should sleep in their own crib to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), yet nearly 1 in 5 infant are still sleeping in their parent's bed, a new study finds.
To decrease the risk of SUID, or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents share their room with their baby until ...
One-quarter of kids who receive antibiotics in U.S. children's hospitals are given the drugs inappropriately, which increases the risk of antibiotic resistance, researchers say.
"Antibiotic resistance is a growing danger to everyone; however, there is limited data on children," said study co-author Dr. Jason Newland, a professor of pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis.
Coronavirus is all over the news, and people are talking about the latest outbreak that started in China and appears to be rapidly spreading to other countries.
It's happened before. Ebola. MERS. SARS. All are dangerous diseases that took lives, but the widespread panic about these illnesses affected millions more. So, how can you stay calm when these threats arise, and how can you k...
Older teens who know that their parents disapprove of drinking are less likely to drive impaired as young adults, a new study finds.
"As kids get older, we tend to step away from them. We think: 'They've got this.' But if kids think we approve or disapprove of them drinking, that can have a powerful effect," said lead author Dr. Federico Vaca, director of the Yale Developmental Neuroc...
Mom and dad may be key in curbing the epidemic of drowsy teens, a new study suggests.
American teens aren't getting enough sleep, which can lead to anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. Sleepy teens also are more likely to get into car crashes and have a greater risk of being injured while playing sports.
The lack of sleep may be due to too much homework, too many ext...
So-called "locker-room talk" among boys can actually be used to promote respect toward girls, a new study reports.
Teenage boys are less likely to be abusive or sexually violent in a relationship after they've taken part in Coaching Boys Into Men, a prevention program delivered by athletic coaches as part of sports training, according to research results.
If you're an expectant parent, you know you're in for some sleepless nights once the baby comes. What you might not expect is almost $5,000 in medical costs.
A new study warns parents-to-be that average out-of-pocket costs for health care during pregnancy, delivery and the first three months after birth jumped to more than $4,500 in 2015 from just over $3,000 in 2008.
The brains of kids who have a high risk of depression because they have parents with depression are structurally different from other kids' brains, a new study finds.
Depression often first appears during adolescence. Having a parent with depression is one of the biggest known risk factors. Teens whose parents have depression are two to three times more likely to develop depression th...
Even infants are now watching screens, and as they grow so does the time they spend doing it, two new studies show.
In fact, watching TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets or electronic games occupies about an hour a day of an infant's time and increases to more than 150 minutes by age 3. That's way beyond what's recommended, the researchers said.
Parents usually know their child better than anyone, and if a parent suspects something is wrong, it probably is.
That was the case for Dan and Laura Wallenberg from Columbus, Ohio. EV Wallenberg was just 5 months old when they noticed that their daughter wasn't eating normally. They scheduled a visit with her pediatrician.
"I knew something wasn't right. But the doctor ju...
Most American parents say they might have trouble distinguishing between a teen's typical mood swings and possible signs of depression, a new survey finds.
The nationwide poll of 819 parents with at least one child in middle school, junior high or high school found that while one-third were confident they could detect depression in their children, two-thirds said certain things would ...
Are you still having a hard time getting your kids to eat their fruits and vegetables? Studies, including one in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, show that a successful solution is to grow your own.
Kids get excited as they watch a garden produce and are more motivated to eat what they had a hand in growing. Gardening is also a great way to get in extra e...
Trampolines aren't just for backyards anymore, and the rise in commercial trampoline parks may be sparking a rise in kids' injuries, a new report finds.
"While trampolines are a great source of fun and exercise for children, the potential for injury, particularly in recreational areas with an underlying business incentive, needs to be recognized," stressed study author Dr. Nancy Hadle...
Many U.S. parents are selective about their children's play dates, with nearly one-quarter refusing invitations because they're not comfortable leaving their child in the other parent's care, a new survey finds.
Their main concerns about play dates include children being unwatched, hearing inappropriate language, getting into medications and harmful substances, and getting injured, ac...
As they get older, poor kids tend to read and exercise less than their better-off counterparts, a new study finds.
"How children spend their time has important implications for their emotional, social and cognitive development, and consequently for their future," said lead study author Slawa Rokicki, an instructor at the Rutgers University School of Public Health in New Brunswick, N.J...
Many college students struggle with mental illness, but parents may not recognize the signs, an expert says.
Today's college students have much higher rates of stress, anxiety and serious mental illness than in the past, and suicide has become the second leading cause of death on campus, according to Dr. Richard Catanzaro, chair of psychiatry at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount ...
Think the chances that your kid could be hit by a train are slim to none?
New research suggests you should think again.
Issued to coincide with "Rail Safety Week," the Sept. 23 report finds that, on average, a child dies of a train-related injury somewhere in the United States every five days. And for every death, another three children are injured.
Children whose parents take paid family leave when they're born are more likely to get vaccinated at the recommended ages, a new study finds.
"Currently, many people do not vaccinate their child within the recommended schedule and are late," said study co-author Solomon Polachek, a professor of economics at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Experts agree that the first three years of a baby's life are a unique time of fast development.
Even though a newborn seems helpless, he or she is learning every minute, absorbing information through all five senses. That's why babies will try to put everything possible in their mouths. It's a way of understanding as well as exploring.