Colds can easily turn into sinus infections in children.
June 24, 2013 It's hard to know when to treat a child's sinus infections with antibiotics. Revised guidelines say it's OK to wait for 13 days to see if the infection goes away on its own. The pediatricians also say children shouldn't get X-rays to diagnose sinus infections after colds.
Soda bottles and household chemicals are sometimes used to make low-power bombs.
June 20, 2013 Making low-power bombs with household chemicals like toilet bowl cleaner may seem like harmless summer fun. Not so, says the CDC. The bombs can cause burns and lung injuries, not to mention a visit from the local hazardous materials squad. Leave the bomb-making to TV hero MacGyver.
Beheading Barbie is the kind of aggression that can cause sibling distress.
June 17, 2013 Children who are the target of physical aggression or verbal abuse from siblings are more depressed and anxious than children who aren't victimized. Parents tend to consider sibling conflict normal, researchers say, but they should teach children how to fight fair to reduce psychological distress.
Marc Silver and his daughter Maya wrote a book about how teens deal with a parent sick with cancer.
Richard Nowitz/Courtesy of Marc Silver
June 16, 2013 Teens who've lost a dad to cancer are a lonely bunch on Father's Day. But when some of these teenagers bare their souls, it turns out they have learned lessons that make them wise beyond their years.
Use of CT scans has doubled for children under five and tripled for older children.
June 11, 2013 Children are getting too many CT scans, a study says, and that's boosting their risk of cancer later on. Parents can ask for alternatives like ultrasound and MRI or ask for CT scans that use less radiation.
Katherine Cuntz and Sarah Gaudet go up to head the ball during a Louisiana high school championship game in 2011.
June 10, 2013 Young athletes who have two concussions within a year take nearly three times as long to recover as someone experiencing one concussion. A history of past concussions also hurt recovery times.
Barton Holmes, 2, sits with his father, Kevin Holmes, and his mother, Catherine McEaddy Holmes, during an appointment at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
June 10, 2013 For children with epilepsy, doctors now try to prevent seizures altogether. It's a big switch in thinking from the days when seizures weren't considered such a bad thing. That changed due to research showing that seizures can affect learning and memory.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/188639089/190270780" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
June 6, 2013 At issue is a controversial study of more than 1,300 severely premature infants that looked at how much oxygen they should receive after birth. This spring, the federal Office for Human Research Protections criticized the scientists who ran the study for failing to tell parents enough about the risks.
Popular prescription drugs like statins are causing more childhood poisonings.
Matt Rourke/ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 3, 2013 Seemingly safe pills for cholesterol and diabetes have become a big cause of poisonings in children and teenagers, a study finds. Narcotic painkillers remain a significant problem, but other commonly prescribed drugs for chronic conditions can cause serious injuries and deaths.
May 30, 2013 Breakfast foods purveyor Kellogg has agreed to create a $4 million fund to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging it ran a deceptive marketing campaign for the sugary treat. The ads, which ran several years ago, claimed eating the cereal boosted kids' attentiveness by nearly 20 percent — but the science didn't back that up.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/187330235/187346709" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
May 30, 2013 People with ADHD in childhood are more likely to have problems with drugs and alcohol later. Studies have disagreed on whether treatment with stimulant drugs like Ritalin makes that abuse more likely, or protects against it. The biggest review yet says stimulant treatment neither helps nor hurts.
Marijuana gingerbread cookies, like this one sold at The Apothecarium in San Francisco, could easily appeal to kids.
May 29, 2013 Unlike drugs that come in bottles, pot cookies and other marijuana edibles don't come in child-resistant packaging. But in Colorado, which legalized medical marijuana in 2000, doctors say they should, since kids are unintentionally ingesting adults' doped-up treats.
Teen boys are far less likely than girls to check out calorie counts before biting into that burger, researchers say.
May 28, 2013 About 40 percent of kids ages 9 to 18 report paying attention to calorie information when it's available in chain or fast-food restaurants. But youths who frequent fast-food joints two or more times a week were far less likely to say they used posted calorie counts to guide their choices.
May 23, 2013 Over the years, McDonald's has gotten a lot of flack for marketing to kids. At a shareholders meeting Thursday morning, Hannah Robertson, age 9, took the fast-food giant's CEO to task.
This model of a molar shows color-coded barium banding patterns that reveal weaning age.
Ian Harrowell, Christine Austin, Manish Arora/Harvard School of Public Health
May 22, 2013 Our closest relatives, chimpanzees and gorillas, breast-feed their offspring for several years. Some baby orangutans nurse until they are 7 years old. Researchers found a way to test ancient teeth for clues about when humans cut nursing short.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/185813855/186196471" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor