Parents and Kids

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...

In the interests of dental health, everyone knows it's important to brush, brush, brush — preferably with a fluoride-containing toothpaste — twice a day. And children should be taught to do so as well, even before their permanent teeth erupt. Flossing too (as an example of interdental cleaning), while its efficacy has been questioned of late, is still advised by the American Dental Association (ADA). Of course such interventions are aimed at reducing the risk of dental caries and gingival (gum) disease, as is advice to minimize consumption of sugary, sticky foods. A...

The 'conscious uncoupling' of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, the Apple watch, the ice-bucket challenge, John Travolta's inability to say a name correctly - these are all events that occurred two years ago - in 2014. 

If you think back, you may also remember that a mysterious illness made headlines that summer - a previously unknown disease that looked a lot like polio left children paralyzed. And, as the case numbers grew (there were 120 cases between August and December that year) and people became more frightened - scientists grew more baffled. 

Now, we know a bit more about what happened in 2014 - although still not much. The illness that was making headlines is called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM.)  The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been...

"Breast is best" is a common phrase heard on the maternity floors of hospitals. Although breastfeeding is recommended by the American Association of Pediatrics, the campaign to promote breastfeeding can put unnecessary pressure on new mothers.

Breast milk has health benefits that are not found in formula, such as antibodies that ward off infection. However, we at the Council respect that breastfeeding (or pumping breast milk) may not be the best choice for a new mother and support the idea that every parent should choose what works best for their family, without judgment or guilt. 

A new non-profit group, "The Fed is...