Parents and Kids

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...

As compared to the prehistoric days of menu choices at ballpark concession stands, the food served today at most stadiums and arenas around the country unquestionably constitutes a major upgrade. At professional sporting events, for instance, the offerings are now more voluminous, tastier and healthier. (And yes, in many cases, more expensive. But at least they're an available alternative.) 

That menu transformation, as a result, has shown us that when healthier food choices are offered, games do not have to be the exclusive domain of burgers, fries and ice cream – that there is a desire for healthier fare. And that idea – based on findings from a limited study by researchers from Cornell University and the University of Iowa – appears to extend to high school crowds, as well....

When I first heard about Ellie, I rolled my eyes and immediately placed it into the growing list of unnecessary products marketed to new parents. Found on 'Indiegogo,' the Ellie is the "first ever digital UV sterilizing pod."

The startup campaign has raised $118,061 to date (their original goal was $40K) with five days left in the fundraising effort. Suffice it to say; the Ellie is in a market ripe for the picking. New parents win the "quickest credit card swipe" contest when buying products for their little one.

It is not what the Ellie does that is bothersome. Do you need to wash and sterilize baby bottles? Yes - of course, you do. Drinking milk from...

An infant in France died after being given Vitamin D by his parents. Clearly, this is a tragedy. Yet how journalists are spinning this is a tragedy too. 

AOL leads with “French baby dies after taking product to treat Vitamin D deficiency” and their quote, "Investigations are under way to establish the precise cause of death and to see if it could be linked to Uvesterol D," said the French medical safety watchdog in a statement.” 

The BBC tells us “French baby death linked to vitamin dose” and from the headline you would think that the vitamin treatment was responsible. The...

Children make you lose your mind, at least that's what a first-of-its-kind study says. But worry not, mothers-to-be, because according to researchers, that's probably good thing!

The study  — published in Nature Neuroscience — explains that while we've known the radical hormone changes and biological adaptations that come with bearing a child, psychological changes have remained unknown, perhaps until now. The prospective study, including both first-time mothers and fathers, shows that pregnancy effected changes in brain structure, specifically in loss of gray matter (GM) in regions responsible for...

'Do as I say, not as I do,' said every plugged-in parent ever.

Mom and dad are just as guilty — if not more — of soaking up screen time than their offspring, a new study found. A national report from the Common Sense Census analyzed how parents manage their kids' — and their own — media use. Surveys from more than 1,700 parents of children between the ages of 8 and 18 showed that while parents actively limit the use of their tweens and teens media time, parents themselves rack up more than nine hours per day with computers, e-readers, smartphones, and other devices. And, 82 percent of the time the screen is...

It seems like every time I open up my computer, another children's homeopathic product is getting recalled. This time, the products are from the company Raritan. The recall notice states that

  • "The U.S. FDA has tested some products and recovered varying levels of belladonna extract content from what is declared on the label." 

Varying levels.... but no information as to how much or little was in the product. Enough to kill an infant... who knows? 

The products affected are 

  • CVS Homeopathic Infants' Teething Tablet 135 tablets
  • CVS Homeopathic Kids' Ear Relief Liquid 0.85 fl. oz.
  • Kids Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Oral Liquid 0.85 fl. oz. 
...

Andrew Wakefield, Jenny McCarthy and their anti-vaccination groupies are making less and less of an impact, according to a new report released by the CDC that analyzes vaccination data on Kindergartners.  

The CDC collected vaccination data from the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, and the results look like a win for medicine. The data collected looked at the rates of vaccination for three vaccines - the first two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, the diptheria, tetanus and pertussis (whopping cough) (DTaP) vaccine and the two doses of the varicella zoster (chicken pox) vaccine (for the 42 states that require it.)

For each vaccine, the percentage of vaccinated...

For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the National Institutes of Health, and Health Canada have recommended that young (over 2 years old) children be given low-fat milk* — ostensibly to help fend off the development of overweight and obesity.

But a new report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition presents data that just may make these organizations think again.

In addition to providing protein, dairy milk is also the source of much of the vitamin D in young children's diets. A group of Canadian researchers wished to investigate whether consumption of whole versus low or reduced- fat milk seemed to affect the...