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More than half of newborns not breastfed in first hour raising health risks: UNICEF
More than half of newborn babies are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at heightened risk of disease and death, the United Nations' children's agency said...
Background noise can make it harder for toddlers to learn words
Toddlers who spend a lot of time in a noisy environment may have a harder time learning to speak, a small study suggests. That’s because background noise – especially the kind that...
Malawian 'hyena man' arrested for having sex with children
An HIV-positive Malawian man, who says he is paid to have sex with children as part of initiation rites, has been arrested on the president's orders. Eric Aniva, a sex worker known...
Australian children sick after mistaking fire colorant for sweets
Around 25 school children in Queensland, Australia have fallen ill after eating a chemical fire colorant they believed to be sweets. Paramedics were called after the Year Four...
Smaller babies may need special car seat harnesses
Restraints in infant car seats fit most newborns poorly, and low-birthweight infants in particular may not be well protected, Australian researchers say. In their small study, fewer...
India's parliament passes controversial child labor bill
India's parliament on Tuesday approved a controversial law that would allow children to work for family businesses, despite widespread concern by the United Nations and other...
Syrian maternity hospital supported by Save the Children bombed: charity
A Syrian maternity hospital in a rebel-held area of Idlib province was extensively damaged on Friday after a direct hit, international charity Save the Children, which supports the...
Two children abused in Australian prison being counter-sued by state
Two of the six aboriginal children teargassed by police while in custody in Australia are being counter-sued by the Northern Territory government for damaging the prison in an...
Teen girls who play sports may not eat enough to avoid health problems
As a growing number of teen girls participate in sports, doctors need to watch for health problems that can develop when these athletes exercise too much and don’t eat enough...
Early bedtime for preschoolers may ward off teen obesity
It’s never too early to get kids into good sleep habits, and those habits might even protect against obesity later in life, a recent U.S. study suggests. Preschoolers who were in...
Obama signs into law opioid addiction bill to protect newborns
President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a measure that pledges greater efforts to protect drug-dependent newborns and assist their parents. The Comprehensive Addiction and...
Spain registers first case in Europe of baby born with Zika-related defect
Spain has recorded the first case in Europe of a baby born with the microcephaly birth defect associated with the Zika virus, Spanish health authorities said on Monday.
When pot became legal in Colorado, kids' exposures went up
After recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, there was an increase in hospitalizations and poison control center visits for kids who’d been accidentally exposed to the...
Failed by courts, children bear brunt of rape in Ivory Coast: activists
Children in Ivory Coast bear the brunt of sexual violence in a culture where rape is widely considered "insignificant" and perpetrators usually go unpunished, activists say. Two in...
Child hunger and death rising in Zimbabwe due to drought, charity says
Child hunger and deaths are rising in Zimbabwe due to the worst drought in two decades, with thousands facing starvation by the end of the year without additional aid, an...
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