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‘PAWSitive’ interventions ease ‘rrrf’ times in pediatrics

Daniel, a 5-year-old child with asthma, is anxious and doesn’t want to keep his oxygen mask on during his much-needed nebulizer treatment. Teary eyed,...

AAP expands ages for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in children

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) that expand ages for diagnosis and treatment from 6 to 12...

Abbott recalls infant formula

On Sept. 22, Abbott initiated a voluntary recall of certain Similac-brand powder infant formulas because of the possibility of a small beetle in the...

ANA endorses Kid Safe Chemicals Act

Acting on a directive from the 2006 House of Delegates, ANA has endorsed the Kid Safe Chemicals Act. The bill would ensure for the...

Antibiotic prescriptions more common in children on asthma drugs

Children who take an asthma drug are more likely to be prescribed an antibiotic according to a study in Pediatrics. The authors state that...

Are we making progress against autism?

Scientists are learning more about this baffling disorder, but a cure is a long way off.

AWHONN releases new staffing guidelines

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) recently announced that it has published new perinatal nurse staffing guidelines to reflect the...

Breastfeeding may prevent childhood asthma symptoms

A study in the European Respiratory Journal found that compared to children who were breastfed for 6 months , those who weren’t breastfed or...

Caring and advocating for school children

When we think about RN staffing issues, most of us immediately think about these issues in the context of hospitals or long-term care facilities....

Case Study: How much is enough?

Three-year-old Christy* has been in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) since birth, when she was diagnosed with McCune-Albright syndrome and multiple other...

CDC publishes updates to immunization schedules for children and adults

Vaccines are known as one of the greatest achievements in public health over the last century. And each year, it seems more vaccines are...

CDC releases new autism data

About 1 in 88 children in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to a new report from the Centers for Disease...

Checklist may help spot autism in 1-year-olds

A checklist that parents of 1-year-olds complete in their pediatricians office may help identify children with autism according to a study in the Journal...

Children of obese mothers are at greater risk for early cardiovascular death

Children of obese and overweight women have a higher risk of early cardiovascular death as adults, according to a study in BMJ. Access “Maternal...

Children with acute otitis media should receive antibiotics not observation

Recent studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine support treating children with acute otitis media with amoxicillin–clavulanate at the time of diagnosis...

Community interventions to combat pediatric obesity work best for children younger than 5 years

According to a study presented at the 11th International Congress on Obesity, community-based interventions designed to prevent obesity in children seem to work best...

Community-acquired pneumonia: Follow the guidelines to better outcomes

Make sure your care of patients with community-acquired pneumonia is evidence-based and up-to-date.

Current and future newborn screening

Newborn screening illustrates what can happen when genetic testing converges with ethics and electronic health records

Disparity found in access to specialists between publicly insured and privately insured children

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine that analyzed calls to outpatient specialty clinics found that two-thirds of children with Medicaid-CHIP were...

Do you know the schedule for vaccinating children?

Learn how to promote pediatric immunizations in your practice. Part of ANA's Bringing Immunity to Every Community campaign. this handout stresses the importance of vaccinating children and their caregivers, parents, and siblings.

Do you know which vaccines are recommended for special populations?

Pregnant and postpartum women, immunocompromised children, and persons at high risk for flu-related complications have special immunization needs. Part of ANA’s Bringing Immunity to Every Community campaign, this handout explains how to help ensure that these vulnerable populations are protected.

Does periodontal disease contribute to preterm birth?

The authors discuss the answer to this question.

Doubling or tripling of Americans with diabetes

As many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue, according to a new analysis from the...

Drugs Today – June 2008

An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals.

Drugs Today – May 2008

An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals.

Effects of low to moderate alcohol intake during pregnancy examined

Preschool children of mothers who consumed low to moderate quantities of alcohol during pregnancy had no difference in test performance compared to mothers who...

End the epidemic of childhood obesity…one family at a time

Obesity poses a dire health threat to children. Learn how to help families break the obesity cycle by following the recommendations in the AMA's comprehensive new childhood obesity guidelines.

End the epidemic of childhood obesity…one family at a time

Obesity poses a dire health threat to children. Learn how to help families break the obesity cycle by following the recommendations in the AMA's comprehensive new childhood obesity guidelines.

Environmental health and the pediatric patient

Save the children. Every pediatric assessment should include a complete environmental health history.
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Exploring childcare health consultant as a career option

The child care health consultant (CCHC) is a specialized role with the primary goal of promoting the safest and healthiest environment for the staff...

Family initiated rapid response team

Rapid response isn’t just for staff. More hospitals are allowing, even encouraging, patients and their families to make the call for help.

FDA Advises to stop using Rotarix

On March 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended a temporary suspension of the vaccine Rotarix although currently there is no evidence that...

FDA allows marketing of device to help assess children and teens for ADHD

On June 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed marketing of the first medical device based on brain function to help assess...

FDA approves Exjade to treat excess iron in patients with non-transfusion-dependent thalassemia

On Jan. 23, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Exjade (deferasirox) to treat patients ages 10 years and...

FDA approves expanded use of Isentress in children and adolescents

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Isentress (raltegravir) for use with other antiretroviral drugs for the treatment of HIV-1 infection for children...

FDA approves first single-use face mask for children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Kimberly-Clark Pediatric/Child Face Mask. The mask is designed to fit children ages 5 years to...

FDA approves Gardasil for prevention of anal cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the vaccine Gardasil for the prevention of anal cancer and associated precancerous lesions because of...

FDA approves head lice treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Natroba (spinosad) Topical Suspension 0.9% for the treatment of head lice in patients 4 years and...

FDA approves Kalydeco for rare form of cystic fibrosis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Kalydeco (ivacaftor) for the treatment of a rare form of cystic fibrosis in patients ages 6...

FDA approves Liposorber Apheresis System for pediatric use

On Oct. 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Liposorber LA-15 System to treat pediatric patients with primary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)...

FDA approves marketing of postnatal test for developmental disabilities

On Jan. 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announce that it has authorized for marketing the Affymetrix CytoScan Dx Assay, which can...

FDA approves new combination vaccine for children

On June 14, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Menhibrix, a combination vaccine for infants and children ages 6 weeks through 18...

FDA approves Onfi for seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Onfi (clobazam) for use as an adjunctive treatment for seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in adults...

FDA approves Surfaxin to prevent respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants.

On March 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Surfaxin (lucinactant) for the prevention of respiratory distress syndrome in...

FDA approves Topamax for migraine prevention in adolescents

On March 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Topamax (topiramate) for prevention of migraine headaches in adolescents ages 12 to 17. This...

FDA approves vaccine to prevent meningitis in infants, toddlers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Menactra for children as young as 9 months for the prevention of meningococcal disease. Read more...

FDA launches campaign to stop youth tobacco use

On Feb. 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the launch of a national public education campaign, called “The Real Cost”, to...

FDA News

On April 30, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, in consulation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, issued a voluntary recall of all lots of over-the-counter...

HbA1c poor way to identify children with diabetes

HbA1c is not a reliable way to identify children with diabetes according to a study in DiabetesCare. The study authors are examining whether random...

Helping patients navigate end-of-life issues

An ANA Workgroup is drafting position statements on end-of-life issues.

High-volume texting teens more likely to engage in risky behavior

Teens who text and send more than 120 messages per school day are 40% more likely to engage in risky behavior according to a...

Ideas for improving childhood immunization

The New England Journal of Medicine has a commentary on how to improve childhood vaccination rates. Strategies include eliminating socioeconomic barriers and disincentives, strengthening...

Infants in peril: Assessing sepsis in newborns

The author explains not the Newborn Scale of Sepsis she developed helps nurses quantify the clinical signs and laboratory markers of severe bacterial infection.

Is the school nurse in?

ANA promotes strategies to help meet students' health and safety needs.

Kangaroo care: Making the leap to an evidence-based practice

The authors explain how they used an evidence-based practice model to establish a new nursing practice - kangaroo care for healthy newborns.
Learning the language of pediatric heart sounds

Learning the language of pediatric heart sounds

Use these tips and techniques to identify heart sounds and murmurs in children.

March of Dimes releases new nursing education modules

The March of Dimes has released three new nursing education modules: Diabetes in Pregnancy, 4th Edition; Genetic Issues for Perinatal Nurses, 3rd Edition; and Preterm Infants: Transition...

Menu labeling didn’t change eating patterns

A restaurant menu-labeling regulation did not decrease calories purchased for children or parents according to a study in October’s American Journal of Preventive Medicine....

Neonatal nurses: Providing care at the beginning of life

About 400,000 low-birth-weight infants are born in this country every year. Their survival rates have been improving steadily, thanks to great strides in neonatal...

New guidelines for determining brain death in infants, children

New guidelines, an update of the 1987 recommendations, for determining brain death in infants and children have been released. Read more.

Overcoming obstacles to vaccination

More children are going unvaccinated these days. This article can help reverse this worrisome trend.

Pediatric choking mortality

Although pediatric foreign body obstruction occurs infrequently, the mortality rate is surprisingly high — 3.4% according to a study published in Archives of Otolaryngology-Head...

Pediatric ear assessment Guidelines for general-practice nurses

Even if you don’t often work with pediatric patients, it’s worth your time to learn pediatric ear assessment techniques.

Pediatric lead exposure

Lead has long been known to be a toxic agent. Recently, concern has been rising regarding lead exposure in children’s toys. Although lead in...
Pediatric pain management

Pediatric pain management

An individualized, multimodal, and interprofessional approach is key for success. Takeaways: Many pediatric patients experience unnecessary pain because of undertreatment and inadequate pain management after...

Pediatric stroke

Learn more about this rare but dangerous condition.

Pediatric tracheostomy care: What home care nurses need to know

Children with tracheostomy tubes can benefit from home care but require specialized nursing to prevent complications and emergencies. The artificial airway increases risk, especially...

Persevering against pediatric pulmonary hypertension

Despite recent gains in treating pulmonary arterial hypertension, a cure is a long way off. Diagnosis and therapy can be tricky, and prognosis remains poor. Still, there are ways nurses can help slow disease progression and improve quality of life for a child with this condition.

Pertussis resurgence continues unabated

American Nurse Today...Online reported on the nationwide pertussis, or whooping cough, outbreak in June. Unfortunately, four months later, the updated news is not good. In...

Pointers for pediatric respiratory assessment?

Even if you rarely care for children, make sure you know which respiratory assessment findings are red flags.

Precautionary approach guides ANA’s thimerosal policy

ANA's position statement on thimerosol-containing vaccines emphasizes a precautionary approach.

Pregestational diabetes associated with congenital anomalies

Pregestational diabetes is associated with congenital anomalies, but obesity alone is not, according to a study in the Obstetrics and Gynecology. However, obesity predisposes...

Promoting dietary wellness in toddlers: Helping caregivers overcome barriers

Nutrition can have a positive or negative impact on health throughout the entire lifespan. Proper diet and nutrition is always essential, but it is...

Protecting children by preventing falls

Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury to children outside hospitals and a considerable concern during hospitalization

Quiz Time

Which statement about breast-feeding and obesity is correct? a. Breast-feeding has no effect on the risk of obesity in children. b. Breast-feeding is associated with a...
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Ready, set, go! How to return to the nursing workforce

Are you an RN who has been out of the workforce? Your talents, experience and expertise are needed in all healthcare settings. While technology...

Recognizing and easing procedural pain

A procedure may be routine to you, but the pain it produces isn't routine to your patient.
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Recognizing croup and stridor in children

Enhance your understanding of these two conditions.

Recognizing depression in children

All kids can be moody and unpredictable. But for roughly 5% of children, behavioral changes reflect depression. Learn why depression holds added dangers for children - and how you can detect it.

Recovery lessons from the Sandy Hook trauma

Children are people with small hearts and big emotions that often come from the people around them, particularly family members. As a pediatric nurse...

Reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections in children

Affecting every patient population, central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) increase morbidity and mortality.  Although much has been published on adult CLABSIs, information on pediatric...

Resurgence of pertussis in infants and children

Learn more about this dangerous disease in children.

Should codeine be phased out?

An editorial in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association, raises concerns about a genetic variation and adverse effects from codeine and suggests...

Stroke in a child with sickle cell anemia

Adrienne Johnson, age 5, is admitted to the general pediatric unit. She has sickle cell anemia (hemoglobin SS subtype) and recently was discharged after...

Study concludes BMI is best for calculating expected body weight in adolescents with eating...

A study in Pediatrics recommends that for clinical and research purposes, BMI should be used for calculating expected body weight in adolescents with eating...

Study finds no difference in self-esteem among men and women during adolescence or young...

A longitudinal study in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that men and women’s self-esteem levels don’t differ during adolescence and young adulthood....

Study finds premature infants are less healthy and have more social struggles in adulthood

A long-running U.S. study of premature infants who are now 23 years old found that premature infants are less healthy, have more social and...

Study raises questions about accuracy of children’s hospitals rankings

A study in Pediatrics found that adjusted mortality rates used for rankings of children’s hospitals have "substantial amounts of statistical imprecision," limiting their usefulness...

Study suggests relationship between pediatric migraines and patent forman ovale

A study in The Journal of Pediatrics found that half of children (6 to 18 years old) who had migraines with aura also had...

Study: Benefits of animal therapy for children unknown

Researchers who reviewed studies looking at the impact of “animal interventions” in healthcare settings for children find that the evidence base for these interventions...

Study: Benefits of male circumcision far exceed risks

A study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings reports that the health benefits of male circumcision exceed the risks by more than 100 to 1. Overall...

Study: Decriminalization of marijuana increases pediatric ED admissions

A study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine found dramatic increases in children requiring medical intervention in states that decriminalized marijuana, although the overall...

Study: Effects of childhood bullying persist into adulthood

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry sheds light on the effects of childhood bullying in adults by assessing victims of bullying, those who...

Study: Fast foods not the major cause of rising childhood obesity

A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that children’s consumption of fast food is only a small part of a much...

Study: Nurse understaffing associated with infections in neonatal ICUs

A study in JAMA Pediatrics found that nurse understaffing was associated with an increased risk for nosocomial infections in very low birth weight infants...

Study: Use of antibiotics to prevent complications from respiratory infections in children isn’t supported

An analysis published in The Cochrane Report says current evidence doesn’t provide strong support for using antibiotics to prevent ear infections and pneumonia in...

Study: Well-child visits may increase risk for flu-like illness

Well-child appointments for annual exams and vaccinations are associated with an increased risk of flu-like illnesses in children and family members within two weeks...

Study: Women who are abused as children more likely to have autistic child

A study in JAMA Psychiatry found women who were abused as children had an increased risk to have a child with autism. Read more.

Supporting our children’s access to quality health care and our nurses

A Congresswoman who's also a nurse describes her efforts to improve children's access to healthcare coverage.

Take Note

2/11/10 Three steps to lower childhood obesity Preschool children who do one or more of the following have a lower risk for obesity, according to a...

Take Note – April 2007

A monthly round-up of clinical, practice, and career news, updates, and alerts.
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Take Note – December 2006

CDC recommends HIV screening for everyone New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call for routine human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening...
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Take Note – July 2008

Measles outbreak       Between January 1 and April 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received reports of 64 measles cases in nine states—the highest...
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Take Note – June 2008

Failure to rescue is most common safety mistake in hospitals       HealthGrades’ fifth annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study found that failure to rescue and...

Take Note – June 2009

A monthly round-up of clinicial and practice new and alerts.
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Take Note – March 2007

Previous hospital-room occupants may spread MRSA and VRE The risk of acquiring methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) infections increases if the prior...
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Take Note – May 2008

One in four U.S. teenage girls has an STD According to a recent federal study, one in four American teenage girls has a sexually transmitted...
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Take Note – November 2006

American Diabetes Association releases food guidelines for specific medical categories “When you’re talking about diabetes, there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet,” said Ann...
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Take Note – October 2006

CDC recommends annual flu shots for children ages 2 to 4 For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is endorsing...

Take Note – October 2008

Web Exclusive! A monthly round-up of clinical and practice news and alerts.

Take Note – Sept/Oct 2009

Patients lose when nurse staffing is insufficient Heavy workloads and insufficient staffing affect patient care, according to about 2,000 nurses surveyed worldwide by the International...

Teen suffer hearing losing

A study in the Aug. 18 issue of JAMA found the prevalence of slight hearing loss in teens from 12 to 19 years has...

Tending to all their needs: Advance care planning for pediatric patients

B is a 12 year old boy who suffers from cardiomyopathy following an acute viral illness. His condition is stable, but without a heart...

The Babies Doe: Finding middle ground

The author explores ethical questions about caring for a baby with profound birth defects and offers a nursing answer.

Topical corticosteroids in children with eczema don’t cause adverse side effects

A study in Pediatric Dermatology found that routine, long-term use of topical corticosteroids for treating children with eczema doesn’t cause any significant, negative side...

Touch of kindness

Helping a little victim of sexual assault brings a profound realization.

Troubling Imagery

Carolyn Jaramillo de Montoya, MSN, CPNP, may no longer be shocked, but she’s certainly exasperated by what she sees during well-child home visits: TVs...

Understanding seizures in children

Although seizures are scary for the child, parents, and bystanders, most pediatric seizures can be controlled or eliminated.

Underweight and overweight teens consume more illegal drugs than teens of normal weight

A study of 33,185 Italian teenagers (15 to 19 years) has found that illegal drug use was more common in overweight and underweight teens....

Unite to Fight the Flu – Influenza Season Update

There is a saying that if you’ve experienced one influenza season, you’ve experienced one influenza season. Influenza is a highly unpredictable virus, and the...
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Verifying NG feeding tube placement in pediatric patients

Nasogastric (NG) tubes are placed to administer enteral nutrition, medications, or fluids to children of all ages who are unable to ingest enough proper...

Victory on BPA ban in baby bottles, dishware

On March 3 the Washington State House overwhelmingly passed the “Safe Baby Bottle Act” (SSB 6248), a bill to eliminate the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles, sippy cups, and other children’s dishware, as well as from sports bottles.

What every nurse needs to know about the clinical aspects of child abuse

Child-abuse cases can be the mot difficult ones for nurses to cope with. But with the right knowledge and tools, you can care for abused children more effectively.

What Works: All in the family — How a family advisory council promotes family-centered...

The author describes how the council works and its benefits for patients and families.
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What you must know about minors and informed consent

Our expert, Mable H. Smith, PhD, JD, RN explains the subtleties of informed consent when your patient is a minor.

You can help stop the cycle of teen bullying

Bullying refers to repeated negative activity or aggression intended to harm or bother someone that the aggressor perceives as less powerful. In many cases,...

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