Youth Groups Fight Bills Limiting Transgender RightsA coalition of youth-oriented groups is calling on the nation's governors to reject measures it says are harmful to young transgender Americans.
Wayzata Battles Over Sleep And School Start TimesIn Wayzata, a proposal to move the high school start time back from 7:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. is getting some unexpected opposition.
AAP Issues New Guidelines For Flu ShotsA recent statement made by the American Academy of Pediatrics said that all children and health care workers should get flu shots. In past years, about 90 percent of children who died from the flu were unvaccinated.
Beckham Toddler Using Pacifier Raises QuestionsSoccer star David Beckham is fighting back after being criticized that his 4-year-old daughter still uses a pacifier. A picture of Beckham and his daughter, Harper, was taken on Sunday. In it, she was seen using a pacifier.
Why Don't More Minnesota Teens Use IUDs?Over the past three or four years, the medical community has reached a consensus about the best method for teenage girls to avoid unplanned pregnancies. Long-acting birth control devices -- IUDs and under-the-skin implants -- function for years without requiring any effort by women. Their effectivity rate, more than 99 percent, is surpassed only by sterility and celibacy. Teens who’ve used the devices prefer them to other contraceptives. And while the price of a single device is upward of $800, their long-term cost is among the lowest of any birth control method.
Study: Children Not Getting Enough 'Active' PlaytimeA new study in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, finds most 3- to 5-year-olds are not given enough time for active play in child care centers.
Emojis, Exercise & Eating: Tips For Teaching Kids A Healthy LifestyleIt turns out a "Happy Meal" for the kids may be a pretty good option. According to new research from The American Academy of Pediatrics, you just have to make sure there’s a smiley face or a little prize involved.
AAP: Car Seats Should Only Be For TravelingThe American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a statement that has many people talking. The AAP said, "cribs are for sleeping, car seats for traveling."
CDC: 75% Of US Kids Consume Caffeine DailyA new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that nearly 75 percent of kids have caffeine every day. But it's not just coming from soda. Kids are also drinking more coffee and energy drinks. Experts say that's a concern because those beverages can contain much higher amounts of caffeine than soda and iced tea. Dr. Elissa Rubin from Happy and Healthy Pediatrics in New York echoes the sentiment from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Doctors Warn Against Too Much 'Screen Time' For KidsThey've been called electronic babysitters. All of that technology we love, our kids love too. But you can have too much of a good thing. A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics found kids spend, on average, eight hours using some type of "entertainment media" each day. Doctors say one to two hours a day is plenty. That screen time, experts warn, can add up to health and behavior problems. Excess use of cell phones, tablets and TVs is linked to violent behavior, cyberbullying, obesity, lack of sleep and other health problems.
Pediatricians: Hold Off On Antibiotics For Sinus InfectionsThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has new guidelines to diagnose and treat bacterial sinus infections. Many infections develop after a cold, with symptoms including a cough, green or yellow nasal discharge and sometimes fever. Doctors previously prescribed antibiotics for all children diagnosed with a bacterial sinus infection that lasted seven to 10 days.
Good Question: Are All Planned Activities Good For Kids?School is out for the summer for most kids across Minnesota and that means it’s time to start ramping up the activities, like organized baseball, swimming, dance, piano -- or all of the above.