Nickel in electronic devices might cause a skin rash

July 14, 2014—Children who use electronic devices such as notebook computers, smartphones and tablet computers are exposed to the possibility of an allergic reaction such as a rash if such a device contains nickel, according to a report.

FTC suing Amazon for unauthorized in-app charges

July 10, 2014—Federal Trade Commission today filed a lawsuit against Amazon that says the company billed parents for millions of dollars in unauthorized charges that were the result of children using mobile applications that were downloaded or purchased from Amazon’s Appstore.

FDA: Don’t use teething medication on children

June 26, 2014—Parents shouldn’t rub medication on a baby’s gums to numb the pain of teething, because doing so can cause serious harm or even death, Food and Drug Administration says.

Teen driver tracking apps weigh cost against privacy

June 25, 2014—Allstate introduced a smartphone tool that monitors the driving habits of teenagers, but we couldn’t help but wonder whether the information that’s gleaned will be used to raise automobile-insurance rates for parents or for the teen when he/she gets his/her own policy.

Infants might benefit from allergen- and bacteria-rich homes

June 9, 2014—Babies who are exposed to cockroach droppings, household bacteria and pet dander in their first year of life are less likely to develop allergies and asthma, according to a study that Johns Hopkins Children’s Center conducted.

Trampolines sent 1 million to ER in 10-year span

May 9, 2014—Trampolines are all fun and games until someone gets hurt, and a study in Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics finds that trampolines accounted for at least 1 million emergency-room visits from 2002 to 2011.