Typically developing children begin to focus on human faces within the first few hours of life, and they learn to pick up social cues by paying special attention to other people’s eyes.
Children with autism, however, do not exhibit this sort of interest in eye-looking. In fact, a lack of eye contact is one of the diagnostic features of the disorder.
The majority of plans offered on the new health insurance exchange do not cover care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
The reprieve comes just in time for Washington’s WIC Nutrition Program, which had only enough remaining funds to operate the program statewide until Oct. 9.
The new screening is recommended by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Yet more than a dozen states — including Washington — do not yet require it.
About half the births in the United States are paid for by Medicaid — a figure higher than previous estimates – and the numbers could increase as the state-federal health insurance program expands under the Affordable Care Act.
A state-led study into several cases of anencephaly, a rare birth defect, in Yakima, Benton, and Franklin counties has discovered no common exposures, conditions, or causes.
A new baby brings joy and excitement. But for some women, it can also bring on the start of serious depression. Known as postpartum depression, this condition often starts shortly after a woman gives birth, but it can also begin up to a year later.
Last year, nearly 5,000 people came down with whooping cough in Washington State. The epidemic hit vulnerable infants hardest, sending more than 370 to the hospital. See what you can do to protect them.
Tips from Public Health – Seattle & King County on how to protect yourself and loved ones against this week’s very hot temperatures.
Nationally, about 13,500 infants were born with drug withdrawal symptoms in 2009, about one baby each hour, according to a 2012 study from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Did You Know?
The majority of fire-related deaths happen at home.
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among people over 65
Nine out of every 10 childhood poison exposures happens at home . . .
If your child is taking more than one medication at the same time, there could be dangerous health consequences if those medicines have the same active ingredient, warns the US Food and Drug Administration.
The sequestration’s automatic cuts will make it more difficult for low-income Americans to get maternal and infant care, vaccinate their children, and receive treatment for mental illness.
Overall rates of C-sections vary from about 7 percent — to 70 percent across the nation’s hospitals. Even among women with lower-risk pregnancies, where rates varied from 2.4 to 36.5 percent.
For parents, the task of reinforcing healthy habits around the dinner table can cause a bit of apprehension. Mollie Grow, MD, MPH, with Seattle Children’s Hospital, warns the old adage “you are what you eat” is pretty spot-on – especially for babies and toddlers who need a variety of nutrients for their growing minds and bodies.