Parents and Kids

A baby will typically end their first year of life two and a half to three times heavier than its original birthweight. During that time, they will go through an estimated 2500 - 3000 diapers.  

Diapers are designed with this dramatic growth in mind and companies sell multiple different sizes for the quickly growing baby. Diapers have traditionally started at the ‘newborn’ size which is designed for babies that weight less than 10 lbs (which likely fits the majority of newborns.) Some diaper companies make a ‘preemie’ size that is for babies weighing less than six pounds - a necessary category as roughly 10% of babies are born prematurely (before 37 weeks) in the United States. 

But, what happens when your baby arrives early (really early), weighs one or two...

A study is making headlines that suggests that older mothers are better mothers. The study reports that children born to older mothers have fewer behavioral difficulties at ages 7 and 11 than those born to mothers who are younger. 

Although this is an interesting headline, and relevant as the age of childbearing is steadily increasing in developed countries, saying that older mothers are better is just too big a generalization to make for this scientist (and mother.) Also, on another note, this study was a real win-win for me as I had my third child a full nine years after my first, so, I fall into both categories (younger and older.) It is not everyday I stand to come out on the top of a study - no...

We've known for a long time that if a woman is obese during pregnancy she'll be more likely to experience problems such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and to have unusually large babies. But we're now learning more about the health consequences for the offspring. A recent review of studies in The Lancet/Diabetes Endocrinology found links between maternal obesity and negative effects on a child's health.

As part of a series in that journal, Drs Keith M. Godfrey and ...

Every year, the recommended childhood and adolescent vaccine schedules are reviewed, adjusted and approved by the following governing bodies:  American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),  and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

The 2017 revisions are now published for those 0 to 18 years of age with some of the recent changes listed here—see “notes” section for accessing complete information:

Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine

This vaccine protects against certain strains of the...

One of the biggest health threats that young soccer players face are injuries to their knee ligaments. These are painful, and they can also be a harbinger of continued problems for years to come.

But results of a new study may have identified a new way to protect players better, by getting information about proper preventative care to coaches – the adults on the field closest to the youngsters. And that crucial information can be delivered to coaches in just 90 minutes.

Researchers, teaming up from three colleges and universities, determined that "when coaches receive even a small amount of education about preventive training, they can be as effective as professional athletic trainers at mitigating poor movement behavior and preventing injury in young soccer athletes."...

ACSH's "on-site mother" Marge Bloom turns 90 on Saturday, February 4th, 2017. We get to see plenty of her, but the rest of you have not been so fortunate. Until now. Happy Birthday Marge!

                      

 

                     

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The case that links homeopathic teething remedies to the deaths of 10 infants got a little stronger last week when The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new information from their ongoing investigation. 

The FDA confirmed, through its analysis, the presence of the poisonous substance belladonna in the teething remedies. More importantly, their analysis detected amounts that were inconsistent between samples, and some of the levels were much higher than that indicated on the labeling of the product. 

Although the FDA has been warning for years to stay away from these teething remedies, the...

It’s official! Word just came in from Punxsutawney Phil as his 2017 prediction scroll—translated from Groundhogese— proclaims:

At Gobbler’s Knob on Groundhog Day ~ We celebrate a world-wide Holiday ~ It’s mighty cold weather, you’ve been braving ~ Is it more winter or is it spring that you’re craving? ~ Since you’ve been up all night and starting to tottle ~ I, Punxsutawney Phil, shall not dawdle ~ My faithful followers, I could clearly see ~ A beautiful, perfect shadow of me ~ Six more Weeks of Winter, it shall be!

Accurate or not, the conclusion made by this tradition of weather forecasting often seems on par with the many other more conventional forms of prognosticating. Groundhog Day is a long...

Good news. Important information on vaccines is getting through to Americans – and that's a big win for science and public health in the United States.

New data released today shows that more than eight in ten "support requiring all healthy schoolchildren to be vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella." In addition, an overwhelming number of adults – 88 percent – "believe that the benefits of these inoculations outweigh the risks."

Results of a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center before the November elections show that 82 percent of Americans believe in the benefits of childhood vaccinations. Additionally, the survey revealed that...

With parents' safety concerns growing about their own kids playing football – and concussions, fairly or not, becoming synonymous with the game – over the last few years the drumbeat for change has gotten increasingly louder. And as a result, the governing body of youth football in the United States will fundamentally alter how the game is played and taught – before it seems there's no one left to teach it to.

Legions of parents are increasingly concerned because a growing body of scientific evidence connects repeated head blows to serious, future health problems – a stunning example of which recently aired on HBO's magazine show, Real...