Parents and Kids

If there is any group that could take the fun out of Halloween, it's chiropractors.*

Just when you thought that chiropractors focus on back pain, think again! Didn't you know that their degree makes them experts on everything - even nutrition AND vaccinations?!?! 

Just check out the Halloween tips from the "Lakeland Chiropratic" office in Michigan.  Then in bullet points are the evidence-based reality.

 - Keeping your kids safe from the sugar goblins is no easy task!

  • I want to let you in on a little secret - the scare over the amount of sugar in a few pieces of Halloween candy is, like goblins, not real. 

 - Discuss the...

Trouble with math

As a nation, we have made progress in the medical and legal professions over the years in closing the occupational gender gap. Today, close to half of all med school graduates are women. Meanwhile, in the aggregate, law offices have a similar ratio, according to the American Bar Association, and it's been that way for more than a generation. (All this pertains to employment, just to be clear. The salary gender gap is a whole other matter, for another time.)

However, gender equality does not exist in professions requiring foundations in science and math, as women make up less than one-fifth of college graduates holding a degree in engineering and computer science. And why is that?

Here's why, at least partly. Once again, we're learning that a major factor for this...

Yesterday, we wrote about the new SIDS recommendations - along with every other new organization in the country - that were released by the American Academy of Pediatrics earlier this week.

But, as I was working through the information, I couldn't help but be shocked by the coverage of this important health news. I noticed, with each new story that I read, how prevalent two recurring issues were regarding the media's presentation of the information. 

First of all, the majority of news organizations led with a new recommendation that infants...

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) falls into a larger category of "sudden uncategorized infant deaths" (SUID) alongside 'accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed' and those of 'unknown cause.'

These deaths are defined as the sudden death of an infant less than one year of age that have no immediately obvious cause and can be caused by suffocation, asphyxia, entrapment, infection, ingestions, metabolic disease, congenital heart conditions and trauma (either intentional or unintentional.) 

Although SIDS remains a black box in many ways, there is a model that explains, in part, how it happens and how risk can be minimized. The recommendations behind preventing SIDS take into account three different...

Some clear thinking and sound guidance from one of the nation's leading medical associations on the issue of screen time is giving both parents and their technology-laden children reason to text thumbs-up emojis to one another.

This is welcome news, as the assistance provides a roadmap for navigating the often-perilous topic of determining the right amount of time that kids and teens can spend staring at computers, smartphones and TV screens. 

Recognizing the rapid rate of technological change in U.S. households, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced Friday the creation of...

Did the sea part?  The Earth spin off its axis?  

Or, am I just dreaming that the rebirth of joy and humor and common sense and reasonableness could be the latest trend in parenting?  Pinch me, please.  

What’s next?  Strangers will start to assume I actually look like a doctor?!  Well, a girl can dream.  But, I digress.

After more than a decade of practicing pediatric medicine in Manhattan, I can speak ad nauseam to the generalized anxiety many new mothers suffer due to the constant and endless barrage of scaremongering messages leveled at them.  

It’s like daily, even hourly, dodgeball today.  With no recess!  No free play.  

Luckily, some groups are standing up to the non-stop panic produced by companies selling products, or groups selling beliefs...

Last month, we reported on the FDA's recommendations to stay away from homeopathic teething remedies. Now, it seems that those warnings have helped move the needle in the direction of protecting children's health.

Less than a month later, one of the companies named in the FDA press release, Hyland's, announced that they are ceasing production of their homeopathic teething remedies. 

In an open letter on their website, Hyland's state that, 

  • "It is therefore with much sadness that we share with you that we have chosen to discontinue the...
Cow's milk allergies

Allergy to cow's milk is not well understood*. It is known that the phenomenon is more common in children than adults and that it generally goes away as a child grows up. As one might suspect in our age of hypochondria, parents who think their child has a milk allergy are far more common than parents who have a child with an actual milk allergy.

In an effort to understand how cow's milk allergies (CMA) form, an interdisciplinary team of scientists investigated if there is a link between certain kinds of sugars found in a mother's breast milk and the presence of CMA in her...

Breakfast cereal

Amid all the sobering reports, and studies, and analyses released each week about health and nutrition, every now and then it's nice to come across a story that's just light-hearted and fun. That's the case with a recent article focusing on the popularity ... of all things ... breakfast cereal.

Fortified with breezy consumer-choice data and chock-filled with nostalgia, "The best cereals of all time, ranked" by Vox's Zachary Crockett is an enjoyable read that takes a look at cereal consumption over the 20th century while revealing the brands that have been the most beloved.

Yet despite learning that more than a half-million people narrowly determined Quisp (remember that one?) to be the best...

People often tell new parents to avoid sing-song “baby talk” with their new addition to the family because it will slow the child’s language development.

But evidence shows it does the opposite; baby talk plays an important role in development and babies prefer it to other types of speech.

Who uses baby talk?

Scientists used to call baby talk “motherese”. Now it’s referred to as infant-directed speech because not only mothers, but fathers, strangers and even...