Will Getting Your Kids Outside Save Their Eyesight?

When her two elementary school-age boys were toddlers, New Jersey mom Ilana Friedman followed long-held conventional wisdom on children and outdoor time: the former should get lots of the latter.

“We always went for walks and went to the park–things like that,” she told BabyZone.

But with her youngest son, now 3, Friedman has even more reason to make sure he gets out of the house and into the sunlight.

“I don’t think many of us have been as aware as we have been in the last year or two about the increasing evidence showing that outdoor light is beneficial for children and visual development,” she said.

Friedman is a pediatric ophthalmologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

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New Study Suggests Fast Food Companies Should Limit Advertising to Children

Michelle McCaffrey says her two young boys, ages 1 and 3, don’t know what fast food is.

“They haven’t ever had it, and we stream shows (online instead of watching TV), so they haven’t ever seen a commercial either,” the Pennsylvania mom said.

McCaffrey’s kids may be in the minority.

Researchers at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity have found that on average, children between the ages of 2 and 5 see more than 1,000 advertisements for fast food each year.

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Early Warning Signs of Speech and Hearing Disorders

Two smiling parents gently encourage their little boy to speak. “Mama! Mama! Say, ‘Mama!'” they repeat to him over and over.

He talks back, but thanks to some special effects, it’s an answer only television viewers can hear: “I don’t know how to tell you this, but I’m almost 2 now and still not responding. That’s one sign of a communication disorder.”

The commercial, sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, started airing last month and is part of “Identify the Signs,” a new campaign targeting the parents of young children.

In a survey of nearly 6,000 audiologists and speech pathologists earlier this year, 64 percent said that the parents of young children are unaware of the early warning signs of speech disorders.

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What Will Surprise You About Infant and Toddler Cancers

Cancer doesn’t discriminate — it strikes the old and young…and sometimes, the very, very young. Former Big Brother star Britney Haynes recently revealed that her two-month-old daughter Tilly was diagnosed with cancer, according to published reports.

“Thank you for all of the thoughts, wishes, and prayers for my precious girl. She’s everything to me. #PrayforTilly,” Haynes said in a recent message from her Twitter account.

To commemorate National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, we asked children’s oncologist Dr. Maitland DeLand, the author of the children’s book “The Great Katie Kate Tackles Questions About Cancer,” to give us an overview of the disease and how kids and their families can fight it. Check out our Q&A below.

How often are children diagnosed with cancer?

Approximately 13,400 children from birth to age 19 are diagnosed per year, with the incidence of cancer in boys being slightly higher than girls.

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