Covid-19 vaccinations begin for US children under 5

CNN — Dr. Sarah Schaffer DeRoo described in one word how she felt after getting her 7-month-old son vaccinated against Covid-19: thrilled. Her active baby boy sat in her lap at a vaccine clinic hosted by Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, while receiving his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. The shot was administered in … Read more

How to keep your baby safe and cool during a heatwave

Soaring temperatures may be a rare treat in the UK but they are headed back our way this June. With increasingly more of us also heading for a sun-soaked getaway abroad or just planning to get some vitamin D in the garden while we get a second chance at summer, it is essential that you … Read more

Sudden infant death syndrome: will parents finally get answers? – podcast | News

In 2003, Louise Barrett lost her baby Ellis when he was just four days old. When a baby dies of sudden infant death syndrome (Sids), there is no medical explanation. Although our understanding of the risk factors has improved over the years, we still do not know what causes these deaths. The Guardian science correspondent … Read more

DC urges vaccines for school children

Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images DC is urging families to vaccinate their school-aged children before the next school year. Why it matters: Across the nation, children have fallen behind on getting their routine vaccinations — which are required by DC to attend school. In March 2021, the CDC said orders for childhood vaccines … Read more

The US is offering vaccines to certain people exposed to monkeypox. Here’s what you should know

CNN — As global health leaders investigate an unusual outbreak of monkeypox across more than a dozen countries, discussions in the United States have turned to vaccination against the disease – and certain people exposed to the virus could be offered a vaccine. Vaccines for monkeypox are now available to some health care workers treating … Read more

North Carolina up to 9 reported cases of hepatitis in children :: WRAL.com

By Aaron Thomas, WRAL reporter State health officials are warning parents to be on the lookout for rare cases of hepatitis in their children. As of Wednesday, there are nine pediatric cases in the state — up from four last week. Doctors stress that hepatitis, which is known to cause severe liver damage, isn’t usually … Read more

Why three quarters of Ghana’s child cancer patients won’t reach adulthood

Another mother, Kwame*, sits with her two-year-old son Tano* cradled on her lap. He wears a green spiderman t-shirt and it is small for his age; his eyes droop and he falls asleep as his mother talks. Kwame found a large lump on her son’s genitals when he was six months old. He underwent surgery … Read more

‘Perfect storm’ of disease ahead with vaccines delayed and measles cases up, WHO and UNICEF say

CNN — The World Health Organization and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund warned of an increased risk of measles spread, with worldwide cases up nearly 80% so far in 2022 compared with 2021. “Almost 17,338 measles cases were reported worldwide in January and February 2022, compared to 9,665 during the first two months … Read more

Sajid Javid set to launch urgent inquiry into gender treatment for children on the NHS

Sajid Javid is planning to launch an urgent review into gender hormone treatment being offered to children on the NHS. The health secretary believes the system is “failing children” and is preparing to make drastic changes to how the health service handles cases of under-18s who are questioning their gender identity, The Times reports. Mr … Read more

Children’s commissioner backs smacking ban in England

The Children’s Commissioner has said she would support a ban on smacking in England, following Scotland and Wales in changing the law. Dame Rachel de Souza told Times Radio: “I absolutely abhor, and I’m against, violence of any kind against children. “Because children are more vulnerable than adults, I think we do need to ensure … Read more