Early antibiotic use could increase the risk of food allergies in children, says a large study that found babies who were given antibiotics before their first birthday had a higher rate of food allergies than those who were antibiotic-free. The risk was even greater in children who received multiple courses of antibiotics. Researchers are now looking at specific antibiotics to see if certain drugs pose a greater risk.
Short bouts of exercise can be good for self-control. Researchers studying 6- to 35-year-olds discovered a distinct improvement in self-control immediately following just 10–40 minutes of moderately intense exercise. Improvement of other cognitive functions was also found, suggesting that exercise could be beneficial in treating ADHD and autism.
Applying sunscreen to children 20 minutes before outdoor play is important for UV protection, but it may not be enough. Extend protection by adding special sunblock targeting lips and noses, along with sunglasses, hats, and clothing with a UPF rating of 30 or above.
Celebrities impact your children's junk-food intake. —>
Move over, Flu and RSV. Scientists say most of us have likely been exposed to human metapneumovirus (HMPV), a cause of acute respiratory infections. There is no specific treatment, but researchers say it may be possible to develop a vaccine.
Children are more likely to eat junk food when they see it promoted by a celebrity on TV. A study published in The Journal of Pediatrics found that children ages 8–11 were strongly influenced by celebrity endorsement. The bigger the celebrity, the bigger the impact.
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