Parents and Kids

Here I am, 30 weeks into my pregnancy and feeling mighty darn good about my bump. After all, just last week a stranger — who also happens to be an OB — had validated my confidence by guessing exactly how far along I was just by looking at me.  Well, thanks lady! It made my day that she thought I looked exactly like what I needed to look like at 29 weeks along. 

And then there are the brave ones: the ones who don't think before they speak; the ones who may or may not think they're being funny; and the ones who really are oblivious as to what a woman's body goes through during pregnancy. Let's face it: so many things are shaping and re-shaping on a woman's body during pregnancy, and the last thing she needs is for someone to crack a joke about her weight and appearance....

The equation for the latest way to protect newborns from sudden infant death goes as follows:

Technology + Smart, Practical Thinking = Greater Safety

Credit doctors and nurses from three university medical schools for developing an ingeniously straightforward method that reinforces essential child care methods for sleep-deprived parents – at a time when they're most prone to overlook them. Specifically, these professionals determined, as stated in a news release announcing the findings, that a "series of educational videos delivered by text or email successfully encouraged new mothers to use safe sleep practices for their babies, reducing the risk of sudden infant death," otherwise known as SIDS.

Timely reminders arriving via smartphone. In the middle of the night...

Teenage athletes who specialize in a single sport have a much greater chance of suffering injuries to their knees, ankles and portions of their upper legs as compared to athletes who play multiple sports, according to a new study presented yesterday at a medical conference in Canada.

Athletes classified as "moderately specialized" were found to be at a 50 percent greater risk, while those "who had a high specialization classification had an 85% higher incidence of LEI," or lower extremity injuries.

Those were the primary findings delivered by the study's lead researcher, Timothy A. McGuine, PhD, ATC from the University of Wisconsin, at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in Toronto.

"Sport specialization appears to be an...

The Glucose Screening Test is performed between weeks 26 and 28. Pregnant women are tested to see how their body is able to absorb high levels of glucose. The catch? Drinking 10 ounces of a nasty juice before the blood is drawn — find out if Ana Dolaskie passed!

It's one of parents' least favorite activities — rearranging work/life schedules because one has to stay home with a sick child. Even just a cold requires some supervision and TLC. Wouldn’t it be great if just feeding your kid some vitamin D could help prevent such occurrences? Unfortunately, a new study just published in JAMA doesn't lend any hope that extra vitamin D can help.

The authors of the report, led by Mary Aglipay from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, wanted to know if high doses of vitamin D (2000 IU/day) would help children avoid upper respiratory infections compared to a usual supplemental dose of 400 IU/day.

To investigate this question, they randomly assigned 700...

Even though his original article on the supposed connection between the MMR vaccine and autism has been retracted, and Andrew Wakefield has lost his medical license for his fraudulent data, he continues to spread his poisonous opinions about the supposed dangers of vaccines. And an object lesson about the dangers of listening to such messages is the new outbreak of measles among a Somali community in Minnesota — this follows an earlier one which we wrote about 6 years ago.

Wakefield and other anti-vaccine activists have visited the community, and he has met with the parents of autistic children at least 3 times, according to a recent...

Of all the fads to cling to, let's not jump on the bandwagon of this one, okay? Especially when scientific bodies and a government agency like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns you not to

The warning comes after the extensive investigation of an Oregon baby that suffered a severe bacterial infection — which causes problems like sepsis, pneumonia, and meningitis — and spent time in a neonatal intensive care unit. The cause was eventually traced back to his mother's placenta pills, which were contaminated due to improper sterilization.

"In this case, heating for sufficient time to a temperature adequate to decrease GBS (group B Streptococcus agalactiae) bacterial counts might not...

Katherine Fowler and her co-authors recently reported in Pediatrics on Childhood Firearm Injuries in the United States this week. They joined data from the National Injury Surveillance System and the National Violent Death Reporting System to find:

  • 1297 children (individuals under age 18) died annually in firearm related injury, 53% homicides, 38% suicides and 6% unintentional firearm deaths
  • 5790 children were injured in the same time interval.
  • Boys were involved more than girls, older children (aged 13 to 17) more than younger children.
  • African American children had the highest overall mortality because of homicides. Their rate of 3.5 children/100,000 was...

You may have witnessed someone acting this way, and if you did – statistically speaking – it was a rare encounter. Aside from that, it'd be unforgettable in its own right given the stark contrast in behavior as compared to most everyone else you know.

This person clearly captured your attention. It was plain to see that s/he was friendly – very friendly, in fact – solicitous of you and curious about many aspects of your life. Questions tumbled forward, and the conversation turned personal. There were displays of affection, verbal and possibly physical; maybe some light touching or a hug. Probably not threatening – but certainly it was not what we consider normal social interaction for someone we haven't met before. 

So who was this – and what was going on?

What...

Pregnancy is an exciting time for parents-to-be. Pregnancy also means letting go of some of your favorite things. The nine month journey can be quite limiting, and the following piece is not about sunshine and roses; the next few paragraphs are all about my whining, so if you aren't in the mood, I suggest you stop reading now. This piece is all about the fun I am missing out on, while waiting on the most precious little nugget to arrive. I'm sure most expectant mothers would say they miss a  good night's sleep (meh), a rigorous workout (LOL), or caffeine at will (doesn't bother me). Not me. Nope. Here's what tops my list:

1. Alcohol

I miss alcohol.

That is the honest truth. I am not above admitting that alcohol was...