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Children and Secondhand Smoke Risks Decades After Exposure

Secondhand smoke exposure during childhood is linked to increase risk of COPD later in life. Learn about the risks of early exposure to smoke.

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Helping Your Hypothyroid Child

Whether your child or teen has congenital or acquired hypothyroidism, these are the symptoms and treatments you should be aware of.

By Mary Shomon

Flu Shots: Racial Disparities in Teens Who Get Them

African-American teens get flu vaccines at lower rates than white or Hispanic adolescents and teens have lower flu shot rates than other age groups overall.

By Diane Domina

Autism Treatment: Some Kids Miss Out

As many as one third of U.S. children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) don't get behavioral or medication treatment to help them manage their neurodevelopmental challenges.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

CDC Reports Increase in Polio-Like Illness, Mostly in Kids

As the total number of confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 2018 rose to 90 across 27 states, a CDC report suggests the cause may be viral.

By Diane Domina

Pediatricians Update Kid Concussion Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics revised its concussion guidelines for kids and teens to support light physical activity and the return to school.

By Diane Domina

FDA Expected to Restrict E-Cigarette Sales

According to a report in The Washington Post, the FDA is likely to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarette, or vaping, products in convenience stores.

By Diane Domina

Instant Soups Burn Nearly 10,000 Kids Each Year

Approximately 9,500 children between ages 4 and 12 are treated at U.S. emergency rooms annually for burns caused by microwavable instant soup and noodle products.

By Diane Domina

Just 3 Percent of Kids Get Enough Exercise, Researchers Say

A U.K. study suggests that only 1 in 30 children meet minimum physical activity guidelines of at least one hour (60 minutes) of moderate exercise per day.

By Diane Domina

How Much Protein Should My Child Have?

Children actually need more protein per pound of body weight than adults because they are in a stage of growth and development during infancy, childhood, and adolescence. But is there such a thing as to much? Find out how much they should be having for their age?

By Ask HealthCentral

Does Asthma Increase Childhood Obesity Risk?

The common belief is that obesity increases asthma risk in children, but it may be the other way around: Cildren with asthma may have a higher obesity risk.

By Diane Domina

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Eileen Bailey

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Eileen Bailey is an award-winner author of six books on health and parenting. She specializes in ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer.

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Diane is a Senior Content Producer at Remedy Health Media. She writes the Daily Dose for HealthCentral and is the editorial director at HealthCommunities.

Eileen Bailey

Health Writer

Eileen Bailey is an award-winner author of six books on health and parenting. She specializes in ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer.