Looking back at a year of children’s health research: Part 2

Earlier this week, we shared part one of our two-part series looking back at some of the most popular NPCH Reports of 2013. You can see part one here. Here are a few more of our biggest reports from 2013:

Newborn baby with parentsProtecting newborns from whooping cough

The Centers for Disease Control report that rates of pertussis, also known as “whooping cough”, are at their highest level in 50 years. Pertussis can cause serious illness and even death in infants and young children. Effective vaccines against pertussis are available for all ages, including pregnant women. But 61% of adults across the country say they don’t know when they were last vaccinated against pertussis. Almost 3 out of 4 adults agree that parents have the right to insist visitors receive the pertussis vaccine before visiting a newborn baby in the hospital. Read the full report >>

Teens sharing pillsParents numb to misuse of narcotic pain medicines by youth?

Misuse of narcotic pain medicines among children and teens may be related to easy access. About one-third of parents report they’ve received at least one pain medicine prescription for their children in the last five years. Two-thirds of parents strongly support policies to require parents to show identification when picking up narcotic pain medicine. But nearly half of parents do not favor a requirement that they return any unused pain medicine to the doctor or pharmacy. Read the full report >>


SmokingTop child health concerns: Obesity, drug abuse and smoking

Each year, we ask adults to rate the children’s health issues that they see as big problems in their communities. Then we put our findings together into a list of the top 10 children’s health problems in the eyes of adults across the country. In this year’s top 10 report, childhood obesity, drug abuse, and smoking & tobacco use rank highest overall. But there are some key differences among adults from different races/ethnicities. Hispanic adults rate bullying as the #2 health concern for children in their communities and black adults rate school violence as the #3 health concern for kids. Hispanic adults also rate school violence in their top 10 lists. Read the full report >>

Top 10 children's health problems 2013
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Thanks for coming along on our look back at another year of child health research! What children’s health issues do you want to see the NPCH tackle in 2014?