Children's Health NPR reports on children's health and medical news including health insurance, new treatments for diseases, and child product safety recalls. Subscribe to the RSS feed.

Fireworks are set off on the eve of last year's Diwali festival. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
AFP via Getty Images

Fear Of Toxic Smog Leads India To Limit Diwali Fireworks

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/558067395/558252082" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Anxiety-based school refusal affects 2 to 5 percent of school-age children. Some schools are employing new strategies to help these students overcome their symptoms. Anna_Isaeva/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

toggle caption
Anna_Isaeva/Getty Images/iStockphoto
MCKIBILLO/Getty Images/Imagezoo

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/558058812/558127369" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The post-fire entryway of the Anova school, which was located in Santa Rosa's Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Adam Grossberg/KQED hide caption

toggle caption
Adam Grossberg/KQED

The sky over Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday. Lesley McClurg/KQED hide caption

toggle caption
Lesley McClurg/KQED

This Week's Air Quality Is Worst On Record For San Francisco Bay Area

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/557394636/557628618" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A panel of experts has recommended that the Food and Drug Administration approve a treatment developed by Spark Therapeutics for a rare form of blindness. Spark Therapeutics hide caption

toggle caption
Spark Therapeutics

FDA Panel Endorses Gene Therapy For A Form Of Childhood Blindness

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/557183740/557444730" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Staying healthy and knowing how to find good health care is a big challenge for college freshmen leaving home for the first time. Mauro Grigollo/Getty Images/Cultura RF hide caption

toggle caption
Mauro Grigollo/Getty Images/Cultura RF

Kerri De Nies plays with her son, Gregory Mac Phee at their home in San Diego. Gregory tested positive for adrenoleukodystrophy, a rare brain disorder that affects 1 in about 18,000 babies. Roughly 30 percent of boys with the genetic mutation go on to develop the most serious form of the disease. Anna Gorman/KHN hide caption

toggle caption
Anna Gorman/KHN

Parents Lobby States To Expand Newborn Screening Test For Rare Brain Disorder

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/555091418/555710522" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Renee Klahr/NPR

Can A Child Be Raised Free Of Gender Stereotypes? This Family Tried

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/555180786/555188393" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Twins Heloisa (left) and Heloa Barbosa, both born with microcephaly, had a one-year birthday party on April 16 in Areia, Brazil. Their mother says she contracted the Zika virus during pregnancy. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Mario Tama/Getty Images

How Zika Became So Dangerous For Babies

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/554054047/554331353" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Throughout the U.S., minors are generally required to have permission from a parent or legal guardian before they can receive most medical treatment. However, each state has established a number of exceptions. PhotoAttractive/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
PhotoAttractive/Getty Images

Sens. Lindsey Graham (from left), Bill Cassidy and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell take questions during a press conference Tuesday. Graham and Cassidy were among the co-sponsors of a proposal to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Panera's CEO has challenged other fast-food CEOs to eat their kids' menus for a week. He's trying to start a conversation about the nutrition in these meals. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Charles Krupa/AP

More Healthful Kids Meals? Panera CEO Dishes Out A Challenge

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/553533712/553751906" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., continues to tweak the health care bill he cosponsors in an effort to persuade reluctant senators to back it. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Joe Raedle/Getty Images