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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!

December 10, 2015
Families with young children should make sure they are practicing proper car seat safety before traveling this holiday season.
December 9, 2015
Frustrated teen at school
Less than one-quarter of adults perceive lots of availability of behavioral/mental health care for teen boys, even fewer perceive lots of availability of addiction/recovery services.
December 3, 2015
Sick child and mom looking at a bottle of cough syrup
Despite warning labels on over-the-counter cough and cold medications, some parents continue to give these medications to their young children.
November 25, 2015
Sales of narcotic pain medicines in the U.S. have tripled in the past 20 years. More than half of people in the U.S. have a personal connection to prescription pain medicine abuse.
November 19, 2015
E-cigarettes
Teens and parents agree that e-cigarettes should be taxed, come with health warnings, be restricted in public.
November 12, 2015
E-Cigarettes
Upcoming NPCH Report: What do teens think about e-cigarettes? Do their parents agree?
November 11, 2015
Two children looking at the computer with their mother.
As the amount of Internet technology available to youth increases, many are concerned about children's safety and privacy online. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act has been updated in the past few years to reflect recent...
November 5, 2015
kids playing outside
Since 2008, childhood obesity has topped the list of the annual NPCH survey of top children’s health concerns. In this year’s NPCH Top 10 Report, 60% of adults said childhood obesity is a big problem.
November 4, 2015
Doctor walking with child patient
Nutrition and health go hand-in-hand. When children don’t have access to enough healthy foods, their health, behavior, emotions, and school performance can suffer.
October 29, 2015
toddler brushing teeth
Halloween is only two days away, and kids across the country are preparing to suit up, head out, and bring back a haul of sugary sweets. While Halloween can be a fun, exciting time for kids, it can also pose challenges for their dental...

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