Parents and Kids

Repetitive head injuries are par for the course for football players. And, more head injuries (with or without concussions) are associated with more long-term neurological damage.

What remains murky is how much is too much? Do factors such as the number of years played or the age when the athlete first started playing have long-term effects?

A new study from the Boston University School of Medicine (the leaders in this field of research) entitled "Age of first exposure to American football and long-term neuropsychiatric and cognitive outcomes" and published in Translational Psychiatry, suggest that when children start playing football, or their age of first exposure (AFE), is an important factor in long-term neurological health.

More specifically, the researchers ...

We‘ve written extensively about the move by some to avoid routine vaccinations of children on the totally unproven grounds that some vaccines contain mercury or might cause autism. The truth is, of course, that vaccination not only prevents disease in vaccine recipients but also via herd immunity, can protect those who can’t be vaccinated for medical or other reasons. Considering the coverage anti-vaxxers have garnered at times, one might fear that most children entering school are at risk of measles or chickenpox or other ills. However, some recent statistics from the CDC should help allay these concerns.

Writing in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Dr. Michael Underwood and colleagues...

When the Internet finds out a woman is pregnant, prospective moms can expect to be bombarded with countless email advertisements for everything baby.  That is because most businesses recognize that the pregnant woman is a proverbial cash cow.  Pregnant moms, who are already stressed about their developing fetus' vulnerability and want to do best by their children, become the perfect target for those seeking to capitalize on fear. 

One such example is cord blood banking.  What exactly is it?   During the 1980s, it was discovered that the umbilical cord was a rich supply of potentially life-saving hematopoietic stem cells. These cells are similar to those found in bone marrow and capable of differentiating into many different cell types.  The cells can be used in a number of...

The other night, I had dinner with one of my best childhood friends who became an OB/GYN. She has three amazing children and was pregnant with her fourth.

Trigger warning: She ordered a glass of wine. And drank it.

I warned her that there was a lunatic on Twitter with a master's degree in photojournalism who pretends to be a science journalist that would be publicly mommy-shaming her into submission. She shrugged. A little bit of alcohol isn't going to hurt.

Of course, she's right. But when it comes to alcohol, the United States is incredibly puritanical. Our society has promoted the view that even a single drop of alcohol is harmful to developing babies. However, the totality of evidence does...

It seems, per usual, some bad apples are ruining it for the bunch in a Western New York town. As a result, the North Tonawanda Common Council unanimously passed a law that went into effect October 1st in an effort to hold parents accountable for their minor child’s violations of city laws.

At most, parents can be fined $250 or sentenced to 15 days in prison, or both. The decision is at the judge’s discretion with the Mayor insisting a warning or small penalty could be applied instead of the maximum.

This parental liability law is in response to frustration over “juvenile violence” caused by some middle schoolers earlier in the year. Police Department Captain Karen Smith told ...

It is hard to know what gadgets for your new baby are useful, which are unnecessary and which are actually harmful. 

There are so many gizmos out there from diaper genies to video monitors to an endless list of things to attach to your stroller. But, perhaps the most tantalizing market for new parents is that of helping your baby sleep. 

Who doesn't want their baby (and themselves) to get a good night's sleep? And, who doesn't think that $39.99 is worth seven straight hours of shut eye? 

There are many products on the market to help make that happen but they are not all safe. Now, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on one of these sleeping products - the sleep positioner.

There are two commonly sold types of sleep...

Signing an agreement to vaccinate your kid and then reneging kinda takes the wind out of your religious objection sails but that hasn't stopped one Detroit mother. Rebecca Bredow, was just sentenced to seven days in jail for being in contempt of court when she failed to vaccinate her nine-year-old son as she had chosen to do per a joint custody agreement with her ex-spouse. 

I have several major problems with this case, primarily that it is receiving media attention for the wrong reason. This woman is not going to jail because Michigan law mandates vaccinations - maintenance of adherence with vaccinations are made at the state and local level as requirements for school.  She is going to jail because she flat out refused to obey a court order enforcing an agreement which she...

Most moms will tell you that the first and last months of pregnancy are the hardest. The first eight to 12 weeks can certainly present some debilitating symptoms: morning sickness and nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, and fatigue so strong it sentences you to the couch for days.

Challenging, no doubt. But all very survivable. Until the ninth month — when you reach the end of your rope. 

By the last month of pregnancy, you've gained anywhere between 25-35 pounds (or more, let's be honest).  Your baby is literally the size of a watermelon. And not even a watermelon you can eat, which makes you mad because you want to eat everything in sight, hungry or not. 

Sleep deprivation

Perhaps the thing you need most in the weeks leading up to...

A Colorado toddler required emergency medical intervention after ingesting 28 high-powered buckyball magnets. Foreign bodies are par for the course in the world of pediatrics since young children, in particular, are fascinated by scents, textures, sounds or tastes since they are easily stimulated by their environments. They stick things in any hole they can find when given the chance, as curiosity abounds.

This is why conversations are continuously held between pediatricians and families surrounding childproofing and adapting to an individual child's explosive journey through the developmental stages. Heck, it is why I wrote an entire series on...

A tragic death befell a toddler in Brooklyn, NY after reports claim "his father apparently attempted to cure his chronic cough with a home remedy that included leaving the baby alone in a steamy bathroom." As per the NY Daily News, sources insist police believe the father intended only to help the child and his bad cough.

The one-year old was found unresponsive and EMS services responded, but the child died in transit...