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Spankin’ New Headlines

Friday, March 26th, 2010

News Image NEWHow germs may develop your baby’s immune system. Slate

Telepsychiatry helps child mental health specialists reach patients. Time

As the c-section rate climbs to its highest point ever—32 percent—doctors worry that too many women are getting this surgery. The New York Times

Does your baby take a vitamin D supplement? Most should, according to a new study. USA Today

Why kids may need more time in school—not less, as many districts shift to a 4-day week. The Wall Street Journal

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Friday, March 19th, 2010

News Image NEWWhy your food labels may be lying to you. HealthDay

Fairness doesn’t come naturally—it’s learned behavior, according to new research. USA Today

More kids may be obese than experts had thought, finds a new study. Reuters

Depressed? How to lessen the effect it has on your kids. Los Angeles Times

More Americans are now living in multi-generational households, according to a new report. New York Times

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Baby Sling Warning

Friday, March 12th, 2010

slingsIf you carry your baby in an infant sling, read this. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just issued a warning advising parents to be careful with slings if their infant is younger than four months of age. The CPSC is investigating 14 sling-related deaths over the past 20 years, including three that occurred last year.  According to the CPSC, slings can pose two different hazards to a baby:

1) Because an infant has weak neck muscles and can’t control her head, the sling’s fabric can press against her nose and mouth, suffocating her in a minute or two.

2) Additionally. the sling keeps the infant in a curled position with her chin bent toward her chest, which can restrict her airways, limit oxygen supply, and suffocate her slowly.

The CPSC recommends that parents whose babies are preemies, twins, in fragile health, or who have low weight be extra cautious and consult their pediatricians about using a sling. If you do use a sling, follow these safety tips:

1) Make sure your baby’s face isn’t covered by the fabric—you should be able to see her at all times.

2) If you’re nursing your baby in a sling, change his position after feeding so his head is facing up and clear of both the sling and your body.

3) Frequently check to make sure your baby is okay.

Go to the CPSC’s warning page to see more images of unsafe sling use.

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Friday, March 12th, 2010

News Image NEWShould kids get a three-day weekend? Some school districts are shifting to a four-day school week to deal with budget challenges. Wall Street Journal

Vaccinating kids—and only kids—against the flu can protect an entire community, finds a new study. New York Times

Ways to keep your child from becoming obese—even before she’s born. Los Angeles Times

Women who’ve previously delivered via c-section should be allowed to attempt vaginal birth, rules a new government report. Yahoo! News

Scary fact: Preventable pregnancy-related deaths appear to be on the rise in the U.S., according to new research. USA Today

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Friday, March 5th, 2010

News Image NEWWatching special videos isn’t likely to help your baby acquire language—and it may, in fact, hamper her efforts.  HealthDay

What it’s like to be a child with sensory processing disorder. Boston Globe

Are American kids little more than models for their parents’ digital photo library? New York Times

Sign your kids up for music lessons! Playing an instrument may boost their smarts, according to recent research. Los Angeles Times

Haiti quake brings international adoption into the spotlight: an adoptee argues its merits. Newsweek

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Friday, February 26th, 2010

News Image NEWWhen divorced parents are split on religion. Newsweek

Does your child see a handwriting coach? Why some parents are hiring occupational therapists for their kids. New York Times

Health check: Twenty percent of U.S. children don’t see a dentist each year. USA Today

Pregnant and depressed? A new study finds that acupuncture may help. Wall Street Journal

Naptime isn’t just a much-needed break for you; it can help your baby remember what she just learned, according to new research. HealthDay

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Choking Hazards Refresher

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

ss_100820010A grape, hot dog, gumball, raw carrot—what do all these seemingly innocuous foods have in common?  They’re just the right size to block a young child’s airway and choke her. Hot dogs cause the highest number of choking deaths of any food because the rubbery consistency helps them make an airtight seal. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just released new recommendations for preventing choking injuries and deaths in kids, and is focusing on food risks. The AAP is calling for the FDA to create new regulations like warning labels on foods that pose a high choking risk and recalls of foods that are significant choking hazards. And they’re also suggesting that manufacturers redesign food products to eliminate choking risks. But there are steps you can take at home:

-Keep round or cylindrical foods away from kids under 4. They shouldn’t eat hard candy, nuts, popcorn, marshmallows, sausages, seeds, apples, or raw carrots.

-Cut hot dogs lengthwise before serving them and cut grapes into quarters.

-Don’t let kids run, play or lie down while they’re eating. Eating quickly and laughing can also cause a kid to choke.

-Don’t let your child throw food in the air and catch it in his mouth.

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Friday, February 19th, 2010

News Image NEWExpecting and willing to donate your time to science? How a potentially groundbreaking study of children goes about seeking pregnant volunteers. New York Times

The FDA issues a new warning on common asthma medications. USA Today

More than 25 percent of kids have chronic health conditions, a rate that’s ballooned in the past few decades. Los Angeles Times

Hold the antibiotics: Why your child’s doc might wait to treat her ear infection. Wall Street Journal

The first signs of autism may show up by a child’s first birthday, according to a new study. Health Day

Babies might start to become bilingual in the womb, suggests new research. Yahoo! News

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