Daily News Roundup

New advice:  Tots safest in rear facing car seats until age 2
Based on evidence from crashes older, children who’ve outgrown front-facing car seats should ride in booster seats until the lap-shoulder belt fits them. Booster seats help position adult seat belts properly on children’s smaller frames. Children usually can graduate from a booster seat when their height reaches 4 feet 9 inches. (MSNBC)

Optometrists: Nintendo 3Ds could ID vision issues
Optometrists are saying it’s a good idea to get kids to try the 3-D screen of Nintendo’s new device, especially if they’re younger than 6, dismissing the manufacturer’s warnings that children 6 or younger shouldn’t use the 3-D screen because it may harm their immature vision. It won’t do any harm, they say, and it could help catch vision disorders that have to be caught early to be fixed. (MSNBC)

Scientists Recreate Autism With One Gene
Researchers, used a known gene mutation associated with autism — called the SHANK3 gene mutation — to replicate a wider range of behaviors that include impaired social interaction and repetitive behaviors.  Scientists have struggled for years to find effective medical treatments for autism, mainly because they have been unable to understand the pathways in the brain that cause the disorder. (ABC)

New Research Continues to Give Hope for Outgrowing Milk Allergy
Milk allergy is the most common childhood food allergy affecting 2.5% of children younger than 3 years of age.  According to research one-third of participating children had resolved their milk allergy by 30 months of follow up. The study authors also found several baseline factors were found to be associated with resolution of milk allergy. These were lower milk IgE, a smaller wheal from the prick skin test and mild-none versus moderate-severe atopic dermatitis.(Medical News Today)

Firstborn Kids Seem to Have More Food Allergies, Hay Fever
Investigators found that the prevalence of food allergy was 4 percent in firstborn children, 3.5 percent in second-born children and 2.6 percent for children born later.  Firstborn children were more likely to have hay fever, pink eye due to allergy and food allergy  (Health Day)

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