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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!

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.
March 24, 2017
This month’s Mott Poll report highlighted the experiences of parents with trying to get same-day care for their sick children, whether it be advice over phone or email or an office visit.
March 13, 2017
Preschool students listening to teacher
Whenever a preschool or child care center faces an emergency, it is essential that they are prepared to handle the situation, and that parents are aware of the emergency plan.
March 6, 2017
Kids with fast food and healthy food
This month’s Mott Poll report highlighted the struggles of encouraging healthy eating for children and some of the strategies parents use to promote healthy eating for their kids.
February 16, 2017
Child reaching for prescription bottle
To combat increasing rates of drug and opioid addiction, New Jersey has enacted a new law designed to influence the initial prescription of prescription pain medications.
January 24, 2017
Mom feeling sick daughter's forehead
This month’s Mott Poll report highlighted the struggle parents face when deciding what to do with their sick child. This report has generated a lot of discussion across regional and national media sources. Here’s a roundup of the...