Whether it is school lunch programs considering pizza to be a vegetable or meat made of “pink slime,” school lunches may not be the best alternative for children’s health. Government subsidized school lunches are great for low income families. It is also an easy alternative for a lot of time-strapped parents, who may still have to pay. But, are school (more…)
One of the most important factors in neonatal health is whether the infant is breastfed. Breastfeeding is associated with a laundry list of health benefits to both the baby and the mother. It is endorsed by prominent health organization in the United States and throughout the world. Yet, there are still negative stigmas associated with the practice.
Cultural competency is a set of beliefs, policies, systems, and practices that come together to make a health care organization effective in treating patients from any culture or background. On any given day, a health care facility may see patients who only speak Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, French, etc. These differences in language may reflect a background (more…)
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offers federal assistance to children less than five years of age, low-income pregnant women, and breastfeeding women. WIC is a healthcare and nutrition program of the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.
A group of physicians told (more…)
One of the more controversial topics in children’s healthcare is the issue of male circumcision. Steeped in tradition, circumcision is now a hot button debate topic with some referring to it as “genital mutilation.” Its proponents point to mild advantages, such as slowing the spread of AIDS, as far outweighing any rare downfalls. These debates make (more…)
The United States ranks 34th in the world in infant mortality rates among United Nations countries. It is estimated that 5.9 infants out of every 1,000 live births will die. While that is a vast improvement over fifty years ago, when the rates were five times higher, infant mortality is still a problem. The United States ranks last among industrialized (more…)
It is difficult to provide children with quality and comprehensive care. Adding to the difficulties is the fact that health care providers do not typically share information about patients they have in common. This lack of coordination can lead to wasted resources, diminished quality of care, and duplicated efforts.
Primary care providers are becoming (more…)
Patient safety is a new health care discipline that focuses on analysis, prevention, and reporting of medical errors. The extent of medical errors leading to adverse outcomes was not well known until the 1990s when countries began reporting on such errors. The World Health Organization called patient safety a major concern after discovering it affected (more…)
Since the 1980s, the rates of childhood obesity in the United States have more than tripled. A 2008 study found that the rate of obese and overweight children was at 32 percent. This rate even holds for infants nine months old to two years old. This infant weight status is strongly associated with preschool weight status and so on.
Childhood obesity, (more…)
Emergency rooms in the United States are incredibly busy. Last year, there were over 130 million emergency room visits. That means, on average, one out of every two American went to the emergency room. One-fifth of those ER visits were patients under the age of 18. As more people use ERs as their first choice in health care, ERs around the country are (more…)