children http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Wash Your Hands, People! http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wash-your-hands-people <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saint Louis County is seeing an unusual spike in a bacterial disease that affects children in daycare centers.</span></p><p>The county has received 71 reports of shigellosis since the start of 2014 ― that’s compared to only a couple of cases in the same time period last year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Faisal Khan, t</span>he St. Louis County Department of Health's director of communicable disease control, said the disease has obvious symptoms.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:04:34 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 36766 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wash Your Hands, People! Help Identify 'Playgrounds For Everyone' In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/help-identify-playgrounds-everyone-st-louis <p>NPR has&nbsp;<a href="http://apps.npr.org/playgrounds/">embarked on a project</a>&nbsp;to compile a database that doesn't exist yet - a list of all of the accessible playgrounds in the United States.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And they're looking for your help.</span></p><p>Playing on a playground seems like a common childhood activity where physical activity meets social interaction. But, for some children with disabilities, playing along with other kids on those playgrounds isn't easy, or even possible.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 14:16:02 +0000 Kelsey Proud 29459 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Help Identify 'Playgrounds For Everyone' In St. Louis CDC Report: Obesity Rates Down Slightly Among Low-Income Preschoolers In Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cdc-report-obesity-rates-down-slightly-among-low-income-preschoolers-missouri <p></p><p><em><strong>Updated at 5:30 p.m.&nbsp; to adjust y-axis units on graph and to add second map.</strong></em></p><p>It's not a big change, but it's at least in the right direction.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm62e0806a1.htm?s_cid=mm62e0806a1_w#Tab2">a new report</a> released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of obesity among low-income preschoolers (ages 2-4) declined by at least one percentage point over the period from 2008 to 20011 in 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:43:45 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 28906 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org CDC Report: Obesity Rates Down Slightly Among Low-Income Preschoolers In Missouri Nixon Signs Legislation Dealing With Children, Dismisses Call For Session On School Transfers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-signs-legislation-dealing-children-dismisses-call-session-school-transfers <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns, requiring screening for a heart defect and dealing with mandatory reporters of child abuse.</p><p>Nixon held a bill signing ceremony Tuesday at St. Louis Children's Hospital.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In front of dozens of doctors and child advocates, the Democratic governor signed a bill that he said will close a loophole for child abuse reporting.</span></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 18:29:30 +0000 Chris McDaniel & The Associated Press 28084 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Signs Legislation Dealing With Children, Dismisses Call For Session On School Transfers Acid reflux medication doesn't help kids with asthma, new study shows http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/acid-reflux-medication-doesnt-help-kids-asthma-new-study-shows <p>For years doctors have prescribed acid blockers to children with no symptoms of acid reflux to try to help control their asthma.</p><p>But a new study shows the anti-reflux medicine isn&#39;t helping.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 22:25:22 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2932 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Acid reflux medication doesn't help kids with asthma, new study shows St. Louis joins National Children's Study of health http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-joins-national-childrens-study-health <p>St. Louis is joining the <a href="http://www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov/Pages/default.aspx">National Children's Study</a>, the largest long-term study of child health ever conducted in the United States.</p><p>The study will follow 100,000 children nationwide from before birth to age 21.</p><p>Local study leader Louise Flick of <a href="http://www.slu.edu/publichealth.xml">Saint Louis University's School of Public Health</a> says more than 4,000 children from St. Louis City, Jefferson County, and southwestern Illinois will be asked to participate.</p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 23:21:35 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 98 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis joins National Children's Study of health Confusing labeling on liquid medications could put kids at risk http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/confusing-labeling-liquid-medications-could-put-kids-risk <p>Kids sick this season? Expect they will be? The medicine you might give them could be too much, or too little.</p> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 14:54:18 +0000 Véronique LaCapra & Kelsey Proud 44 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Confusing labeling on liquid medications could put kids at risk