Latest Child and teen health News

1.1 million Afghan children could face severe malnutrition

May. 25, 2022 02:56 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — In Afghanistan, 1.1 million children under the age of 5 will likely face the most severe form of malnutrition this year, according to the U.N., as increasing numbers of hungry, wasting-away children are brought into hospital wards. U.N. and other aid...

US safety, savings rules set stage for baby formula shortage

May. 24, 2022 20:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive recall is getting most of the blame for the U.S. baby formula shortage, but experts say the products have long been vulnerable to this type of crisis due to decades-old policies that have allowed a handful of companies to corner the market. Those...

NC parents' rights bill includes LGBTQ curriculum ban in K-3

May. 24, 2022 19:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Senate Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a wide-ranging proposal they say would help parents stay informed about what their children are being taught and how they're being treated by doctors. The measure also would tread into contentious LGBTQ matters that have...

Pfizer says 3 COVID shots protect children under 5

May. 23, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

Three doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine offer strong protection for children younger than 5, the company announced Monday, another step toward shots for the littlest kids possibly beginning in early summer. Pfizer plans to submit the findings to U.S. regulators later this week....

What's next for COVID-19 vaccines for youngest US children

May. 23, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

Parents hoping to get their youngest children vaccinated against COVID-19 got some encouraging news Monday. Pfizer said three small doses of its vaccine offers strong protection to youngsters under 5, according to preliminary data. That news comes a month after Moderna said it would...

Theories emerge for mysterious liver illnesses in children

May. 23, 2022 11:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials remain perplexed by mysterious cases of severe liver damage in hundreds of young children around the world. The best available evidence points to a fairly common stomach bug that isn't known to cause liver problems in otherwise healthy kids. That...

Pfizer says three COVID-19 vaccine doses protect kids under 5, company plans to give data to U.S. regulators this week

May. 23, 2022 06:48 AM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Pfizer says three COVID-19 vaccine doses protect kids under 5, company plans to give data to U.S. regulators this week.

78,000 pounds of infant formula arrives in US

May. 23, 2022 01:57 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A military plane carrying enough specialty infant formula for more than half a million baby bottles arrived Sunday in Indianapolis, the first of several flights expected from Europe aimed at relieving a shortage that has sent parents scrambling to find enough to feed their...

State's mental health facilities for children are strained

May. 21, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — On the website for Tamarack Center, big bold letters read “DOES IT WORK?” “We answer that question with an enthusiastic ‘Yes’,” the center says of its offerings: a children’s residential program in Spokane, where kids with serious mental health...

1 coastal Mississippi hospital will stop delivering babies

May. 21, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — A New Orleans-based health care system will stop delivering babies after this month at a hospital it operates on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Ochsner Health System started managing Hancock Medical Center in 2013. Then in April 2018, the hospital in Bay...