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The Pulse

Welcome to The Pulse, the blog of the National Poll on Children’s Health! We keep our finger on the public’s pulse when it comes to perceptions and priorities about major health issues for children. The Pulse is a place where you can find information on important child health topics and issues in-between our monthly reports – for an even more up-to-date reflection on kids’ health today. We look forward to exploring children’s health and health policy with you!

July 21, 2017
Teen boy getting vaccine
This month’s Mott Poll report showed how parents’ lack of awareness about what vaccines their teens need may contribute to lower vaccination rates for adolescents.
July 13, 2017
Teen with pillow and alarm clock
In a 2015 Mott Poll, 88% of parents said their teens' schools start before 8:30 a.m. About half of those parents said they would support moving the start of the school day back to 8:30 or later.
June 27, 2017
Mom holding baby
This month’s Mott Poll report asked mothers of children 0-5 about their experiences with criticism about their parenting choices. Moms and media outlets across the country have been sharing their thoughts and stories. Here’s a roundup of...
June 8, 2017
Girl answering the door at home
This week's blog for National Safety Month looks at tweens staying home alone without adult supervision.
June 1, 2017
Boy at waterpark
In honor of National Safety Month, we’re highlighting some previous summer safety-themed Mott Poll Reports to help start a conversation about safety with parents and kids. This week we’re looking at water park safety.
May 19, 2017
Kids in the pool
This month’s Mott Poll report looked at parents’ reports about their child’s swimming ability and rules for water supervision. Here’s a recap of what media outlets across the country have been saying about this report.
May 2, 2017
Boy on playground
As bullying remains a major health concern, research suggests potential new avenues for anti-bullying intervention efforts—beginning at very young ages right on the school playground.
April 21, 2017
Woman trying to choose an allergy medicine
When it comes to treating allergy symptoms in kids, figuring out which medicine to choose and how much to give can be difficult for parents.
April 11, 2017
Upset teen girl looking at her phone
A recent tragic event involving cyberbullying has sparked a conversation about what exactly cyberbullying is, and how it should be punished, especially when the bullies are children themselves.
April 6, 2017
Mom taking photo of daughter with tablet
In the social media age, sharenting - parents sharing their parenting journey and information about their children online - has become common practice.