Parents Daily News Roundup
Line Grows Long for Free Meals at U.S. Schools
Millions of students are receiving free or low-cost meals for the first time after their parents lost homes or jobs in the economic crisis.
Number of Kids with Health Insurance on Rise
Even with more children living in poverty because of the rough economy, the number of children without health insurance in the U.S. has dropped by 1 million in the past three years, according to a report released Tuesday by Georgetown University.
Pediatric Group Updates Meningococcal Vaccine Recommendation
The American Association of Pediatrics has updated vaccine policy recommendations for meningococcal vaccines, advising a booster dose be given three years later, to bolster immunity against meningococcal illness among teens and young adults.
Study: Kids’ Chickenpox Vaccine Helps Protect Babies Too
Not only is the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine safe and effective, but by protecting children who receive the vaccine, it also contributes to “herd immunity,” further safeguarding infants who are too young for the shot, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.
Larger Brains Linked with Regressive Autism
Autism symptoms can appear in babies, however some children with the disorder develop normally until about age 2 when they suddenly regress. A new study has linked this second type of autism — regressive autism — with larger brain size in boys.
Restaurant’s Baby Surcharge Dishes up Outrage
A restaurant near London is drawing mommy-boos for charging £3 for lap infants. Even though the babies were breast-fed, and weren’t taking up a seat, restaurant employees told two new moms that their infants were “taking up space” and thus they had to pony up the equivalent of $4.65 U.S.