Kids With Autism Tend to Be Less Active, Study Says

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism are more sedentary than those without the disorder, but they're fully capable of being more active, a small study suggests.

Preterm Birth, Pneumonia Leading Causes of Death for Children Under 5

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 2 million children younger than 5 died worldwide in 2013 of complications from premature birth and pneumonia, a new study shows.

Head Injuries May Raise Chances of Risky Behavior by Teens

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers who have experienced a traumatic brain injury are much more likely to engage in a wide range of risky behaviors, Canadian researchers report.

Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of a sibling could be at increased risk for autism, a new study suggests.

Health Tip: Curbing Nighttime Nursing

(HealthDay News) -- Older babies may be able to sleep through the night, but may still wake up to nurse.

Antibiotic Use Before Age 2 Might Raise Obesity Risk, Study Says

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are given broad-spectrum antibiotics before the age of 2 may face a slightly higher risk of becoming obese during childhood, new research suggests.

40 States, District of Columbia Reporting Respiratory Virus That Targets Kids

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Forty states and the District of Columbia now have a total of 277 confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, the severe respiratory illness that typically targets children, U.S. health officials are reporting.

ADHD Can Hamper School Performance as Early as 2nd Grade, Study Says

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can harm a child's academic performance and social skills as early as the second grade, a new Australian study contends.

After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular daily exercise appears to improve children's attention and multi-tasking skills, according to a new study.

Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set

(HealthDay News) -- If you're assembling a swing set, take steps to make sure it's properly assembled and safe for your child.