Newswise: Free Online Course Focuses on Pediatric RSV Care

Newswise: Free Online Course Focuses on Pediatric RSV Care. “A new online course from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) is available at no charge to help nurses and other clinicians care for the influx of pediatric patients with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza and other respiratory-related illnesses.”

People: More Than 1 Million Kids Were Infected with COVID Last Week

People: More Than 1 Million Kids Were Infected with COVID Last Week. “More than 1 million kids were infected with COVID-19 in the United States last week, the American Academy for Pediatrics reported Tuesday. In the week ending Jan. 20, just under 1,151,000 new pediatric cases were reported nationwide, a 17% increase from the week before, which had already been a record at more than 981,000.”

Mississippi Public Broadcasting: Pediatric coronavirus cases continue to rise in Mississippi

Mississippi Public Broadcasting: Pediatric coronavirus cases continue to rise in Mississippi. “Experts say kids are at risk for several severe symptoms of the highly transmissible omicron coronavirus variant, and only 6% of children between the ages of 5 and 11 in Mississippi are fully vaccinated. In the state’s only children’s hospital, nearly all coronavirus patients are unvaccinated, or are to young to be vaccinated at this time. Dr. Anita Henderson is President of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She says some parents are hesitant to get their children vaccinated because they may have had the coronavirus during the delta surge.”

The Reporter: Amid low COVID vaccine rates, more California children hospitalized in omicron surge

The Reporter: Amid low COVID vaccine rates, more California children hospitalized in omicron surge. “This peak in hospitalizations of kids across the state has surpassed records set during last winter’s surge, said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly last week. The state reached a high of 90 pediatric admissions in one day on Jan. 4, according to the California Department of Public Health. The previous high of 41 pediatric admissions in one day occurred in January 2021, a record surpassed earlier during the omicron surge on Dec. 29 with 50 admissions.”

KVUE: Dell Children’s sees unusual trend of kids infected with COVID-19, other viruses at the same time

KVUE: Dell Children’s sees unusual trend of kids infected with COVID-19, other viruses at the same time. “During this COVID-19 surge, pediatricians are seeing an unusual trend of patients being infected with COVID-19 and a typical winter virus like the flu at the same time. ‘In pediatrics, very rarely you have two or three illnesses happening at the same time,’ said Dell Children’s Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Meena Iyer.”

Stony Brook University: Study Shows Pandemic, Discrimination Contribute to Fewer Infant Vaccinations

Stony Brook University: Study Shows Pandemic, Discrimination Contribute to Fewer Infant Vaccinations. “A new study summarized in a research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics reveals that a number of factors, including negative impacts from the pandemic during pregnancy, healthcare experiences, and reports of discrimination, made it less likely that infants received their recommended vaccinations in the first months of their lives.”

ABC News: Front-line workers warn of significant increase in pediatric COVID patients

ABC News: Front-line workers warn of significant increase in pediatric COVID patients. “Since the onset of the pandemic, nearly 4.3 million children have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, with infection rates growing exponentially in recent weeks. In the last week, 94,000 new pediatric COVID-19 cases were reported, representing 15% of all reported new infections. Similarly, pediatric COVID-19-related hospital admissions are at their highest level since the onset of the pandemic.”

COVID and kids: Pediatricians in Palm Beach County seeing ‘alarming rise’ in children being hospitalized (Palm Beach Post)

Palm Beach Post: COVID and kids: Pediatricians in Palm Beach County seeing ‘alarming rise’ in children being hospitalized. “Pediatricians across Palm Beach County are taking on social media, television and email to warn of a surge in COVID-19 cases among children both locally and across the state. They are concerned not only about the growing number of cases among the young but also about the severity of illness they are witnessing.”

Tampa Bay Times: Florida leads the nation in kids hospitalized for COVID

Tampa Bay Times: Florida leads the nation in kids hospitalized for COVID. “Florida had 32 pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations per day between July 24 and 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adjusted for population, that’s 0.76 kids hospitalized per 100,000 residents, the highest rate in the country. The Florida Department of Health reported 10,785 new COVID-19 infections among children under 12 between July 23 and 29. That’s an average of 1,540 new cases per day.”

Healthcare Finance: Pediatric emergency visits, hospitalizations down sharply during pandemic

Healthcare Finance: Pediatric emergency visits, hospitalizations down sharply during pandemic. “Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, children’s hospitals across the U.S. have seen significant reductions in the number of children being treated for common pediatric illnesses like asthma and pneumonia, according to a new multicenter study led by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.”

CNBC: Researchers find neurological damage in four children with coronavirus inflammatory syndrome

CNBC: Researchers find neurological damage in four children with coronavirus inflammatory syndrome. “Children diagnosed with Covid-19 pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or PMIS, may develop new neurological problems without any of the respiratory issues commonly associated with the virus, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.”

TechRepublic: New database of pediatric COVID-19 patients hopes to protect vulnerable children with cancer

TechRepublic: New database of pediatric COVID-19 patients hopes to protect vulnerable children with cancer. “The Global COVID-19 Observatory and Resource Center for Childhood Cancer combines several COVID-19 resources for medical professionals specializing in treating pediatric cancer, including a resource library, a global registry of pediatric cancer patients infected with COVID-19, and a collaboration space for healthcare professionals.”