FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 -- Parents are doing a better job of properly positioning infants and toddlers in their car seats, but older kids aren't always safely seated, a new study reports.
The research suggests that child passenger safety education programs are working for infants and young children, increasing the number of parents and caregivers who understand that children younger than 2 years of age should ride in rear-facing car seats.
MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 -- The first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine should be given to babies within 24 hours of birth, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics say.
Until now, the academy had recommended the vaccine be given by the baby's first checkup. Now, the risk of infection has increased with the ongoing opioid crisis, as more moms are getting infected with hepatitis B and passing the virus on to their babies, the authors of the new guidelines explained.
FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 -- Some newborns in the United States still aren't getting screened for hearing loss or congenital heart disease, a new report shows.
"Newborn screening at birth is crucial to quickly identify infants at risk of hearing loss and congenital [inherited] heart disease so they can receive early intervention and follow-up care," said Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 -- Low blood sugar affects about one in six newborns, and new research suggests it could lead to brain difficulties in childhood.
Babies who experience low blood sugar at or near birth are at least two to three times more likely to face problems with planning, memory, attention, problem-solving and visual-motor coordination by the age of 4.5, New Zealand researchers said.