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Recommendations on best practices for nasogastric tube placement and verification in pediatric patients have been developed. The best practice recommendations were published online Sept. 6 in Nutrition in Clinical Practice.

Recommendations Developed to Verify NGT Placement in Children

Recommendations include clinician education, use of gastric pH measurement, radiographs
A policy change to Massachusetts' shelter eligibility was tied to increased pediatric emergency department visits for homelessness and substantial health care costs

Change in Shelter Eligibility Policy Tied to More ED Visits

ED visits for homelessness at children's hospital increased 4.5 times after policy was enacted

Age, Sex Affect Extended Post-Concussion Symptoms in Children

Female sex, pre-injury mood problems, lower family income, family discord tied to ongoing symptoms
Children with past and current heart conditions have more special health care needs compared with children without heart conditions

CDC: Many Children With Heart Conditions Have Special Needs

One in 77 U.S. children reportedly had heart conditions in 2016, with special needs in 60 percent
Greater weight gain in early childhood often carries over to overweight and obesity in adolescence

Childhood Obesity Persists Into Adolescence

Among obese teens, most rapid weight gain happened in childhood between ages 2 and 6
Acetaminophen can reduce the risk for febrile seizure recurrence during the same fever episode among infants and children

Acetaminophen Can Reduce Recurrence of Febrile Seizures

For children, infants with febrile seizure, recurrence down with acetaminophen versus no antipyretic
More than 14 million additional 11- to 12-year-olds need to be vaccinated to reach the American Cancer Society goal of 80 percent of adolescents being up to date with the human papillomavirus vaccination by their 13th birthday by 2026

More Than 14 Million Preteens Need to Receive HPV Vaccine

>14 million need to receive two doses of vaccine to reach goal of 80 percent vaccination by 2026
Children with congenital heart disease (CHD) presenting to the emergency department have increased rates of inpatient admission and mortality and higher emergency department charges than those without CHD

Morbidity, Mortality Up for Youth With CHD Presenting to ED

Children with congenital heart disease presenting to ED at increased risk for morbidity, mortality
Meeting recommendations on adequate sleep time and physical activity and limiting recreational screen time are associated with superior global cognition among children

Global Cognition Up for Youth Meeting Movement Guidelines

Superior global cognition for children aged 8 to 11 years who meet screen time, sleep recommendations

September 2018 Briefing – Pediatrics

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Pediatrics for September 2018. This roundup includes the latest...