Parents and Kids

The FDA has been busy lately, from protecting children from fake autism treatments to putting enough pressure on the makers of homeopathic teething remedies to result in a recall of the products.

But the agency does not intend to stop there. It is now cracking down on the use of opioid-containing drugs for children. But, is this an overreaction? Maybe.

The FDA has restricted the use of prescription pain and cough medicines with codeine or tramadol (for pain) for children and breastfeeding mothers. They want to remind health care professionals that tramadol (1)...

You've heard of being in a fog while pregnant, but is there science to back this up? A little bit. Watch our video to find out.

Plus, a bonus announcement from Ana Dolaskie.

Fourteen is a big year of transition in many kids' lives... Whether it's the start of dating, getting their own phone, or learning how to drive, it is a time when they can start to do more on their own. That includes, according to new research.... crossing the street safely? 

It seems so, at least in simulations. A new study from the University of Iowa shows that, before their teen years, children do not have the perceptual judgment to cross a road with traffic safely. This affirms common wisdom. It's why we have school crossing guards for small children.

In order to test their perceptual ability, children ages 6 to 14 years old tried to cross a video-simulated road with traffic. Each child, in...

We want to hear what kids around the nation (and globe!) want to know about science and health. Kicking off our new segment, #KuriousKiddos, are Isaiah and Gabriel who ask us this: Our mom dilutes our juice with water because she says too much sugar is bad for us. Is it healthier to drink diluted juice or the real deal?

Watch the video to hear our answer!

If you'd like to submit a question to #KuriousKiddos, please e-mail us at: simovskaa@acsh.org

 

 

When did school lunches become so contentious that law suits are filed over the processes used in their ingredients? True - they have never had fresh sushi or hand-crafted ravioli, but at a cost of about $2.50, what can we expect? 

Children are eating in the middle of their school day, which is important to sustain learning - despite what Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) says. Most importantly, for some children, that tray contains the only healthy, nutritious meal that is ever routinely put in front of them.

However, some groups disagree that regular school lunches are healthy at all. For example, the ...

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its 'consumer update' this month, which happens to be Autism Awareness month, to bring attention to the useless autism treatments that are targeted towards parents looking to help their children.

First, the FDA is clear in stating that there is NO CURE for autism which makes any treatment claiming to be a cure one thing - a lie.  

Next, they provide sound advice to help people have a more skeptical eye when considering one of these treatments. 

Their tips for determining treatments to avoid are: 

  • Be suspicious of products that claim to treat a wide range of diseases.
  • Personal testimonials are no...

Babies are a little safer today as Hyland's homeopathic teething tablets have finally been recalled by their manufacturer, Standard Homeopathic Company (1). 

It has been a long road to get to this point, with pressure for the recall coming primarily, from the FDA.

Last September, the FDA issued a news release cautioning that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may be harmful to babies and children, and issued a strong recommendation to not use them. This action was taken in response to reports of the teething products causing the illnesses of hundreds of infants and deaths of approximately ten babies. The move prompted some pharmacies to remove them from their shelves...

Easter — spring is on the horizon as are family dinners and for the young ones, Easter egg dyeing and Easter egg hunts. The question then arises, once the kids have found the eggs that you've so carefully un-hidden, can you eat them?

That's really an easy one — sure. A hard boiled egg is a safe egg since the cooking process would kill any bacteria that might be present (which is  a very rare occurrence). And there's no problem with the dyes in those kits you buy. First, there's no problem because they're a safe, food-grade dye, and second there's no problem because you're not going to eat the shells, which is the part that's dyed.

What you want to be careful about is cracked eggs — especially if the eggs have been lying around outdoors for hours and the weather is warm....

Several years ago, a school bus full of elementary students in Massachusetts was evacuated. A potentially deadly item was found on the floor. Was it a gun? A bomb? A blood-contaminated hypodermic needle?

No, it was a peanut.

Over-the-top responses to peanuts aren't uncommon. People are under the impression that the mere whiff of a peanut is enough to send some kids to the emergency room. But, that's simply not true. The molecules in peanuts that are responsible for aroma are not the same as the ones that trigger allergies. Also, an allergic reaction only occurs if...

Every semester, I would start my lecture on Bordetella pertussis by playing the sound of a baby with whooping cough - loudly and for a long enough time that my students almost couldn't bear to listen to it anymore.

The sound of a baby that cannot breathe is one of the most upsetting sounds imaginable and I hope that, by listening to it, they gained an appreciation of how horrific whooping cough can be. Of course, we then would shut the sound off and go on with our lecture - something that a parent of an infant with whooping cough cannot do.

If you want to listen to it, and I encourage you to, click here. If you want to fully understand what whooping cough does to infants, watch...