Parenting News: Medicating Kids, Asthma, Gender, iPads and Smartphones, Reading, Kids on Facebook

Little People, Lots of Pills: Experts Debate Medicating Kids: The most common reasons for use of antipsychotics by children are intellectual disability, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and disruptive behavior disorder. But children’s conditions could be misdiagnosed and drugs prescribed for minor symptoms, experts say. Putting kids on multiple drugs could put them at risk for drug interactions and side effects, they say. (CNN.com)

Too Many Kids Getting Antibiotics for Asthma: Although guidelines don’t recommend antibiotics for asthma, almost 1 million children with the respiratory condition are prescribed the medications each year in the United States, a new study finds. (HealthDay)

Gender-Free Baby: Is it O.K. for Parents to Keep Their Child’s Sex a Secret?: A lengthy feature last week in the Toronto Star profiled the family and their quest to raise their baby unfettered by the rules of pinks and blues. The couple began by sending out an email after Storm’s birth: “We’ve decided not to share Storm’s sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm’s lifetime (a more progressive place? …).” (Time.com)

Parent Debate: Do iPads and Smartphones Really Teach Toddlers to Read?: And now an interesting trend has emerged where App makers are marketing directly to parents who are looking to help their children as young as 4 months old get a head start on learning. (ABC News)

Should Kids Under 13 Be on Facebook?: In a perfect, law-abiding world, no child under 13 has a Facebook account. But this world is pretty far from ideal, if the 7.5 million tweens — and younger kids — trolling the social-media behemoth are any gauge. Now, if Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gets his way, that already impressive number will explode. (Time.com)