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A Reminder to Double-Check Acetaminophen Dosages

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

You probably heard the news in May when major manufacturers of liquid acetaminophen, who previously made different strengths of the medicine, agreed to switch to production of a single concentration of 160 mg/5 mL in an effort to reduce dosing errors and prevent accidental poisonings in infants. But because this change to a less-concentrated version was voluntary, not all manufactures have made the change, leading to some justified confusion. Now, the FDA is reminding consumers to carefully read labels of liquid acetaminophen marketed for infants.

To avoid giving the wrong dose to your child, make sure you know whether you’re giving the less-concentrated liquid acetaminophen or the older, more-concentrated version, and follow these guidelines from the FDA:

-Read the Drug Facts label on the package very carefully to identify the concentration of the liquid acetaminophen, the correct dosage, and the directions for use.
-Do not depend on a banner proclaiming that the product is “new.” Some medicines with the old concentration also have this headline on their packaging.
-Use only the dosing device provided with the purchased product in order to correctly measure the right amount of liquid acetaminophen.
-Consult your pediatrician before giving this medication and make sure you’re both talking about the same concentration. (If your M.D. prescribes a 5mL dose of the less-concentrated liquid acetaminophen, but you give your child 5mL of the older, more-concentrated medicine, your child could have a potentially fatal overdose.)                                                                                                                                                                          -Check with your pediatrician for dosing instructions for children under 2 years.

 

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Feel-Good Gift Ideas

Monday, December 19th, 2011

For the person on your list who already has everything, why not give them a gift that gives back by donating to a charity on their behalf. Here are a few we love.

88Bikes donates bicycles to children around the world who face hardships such as poverty and war. For $88, you can donate a bike in a friend’s name and make a child immeasurably happy. Read our story on the organization to find out just how huge of an impact a bike can have on a child’s life.

DonorsChoose.org lets you give to classrooms in need, to help make sure that kids have the essentials they need to learn and teachers have the tools required for teaching.

Share Our Strength aims to end childhood hunger in American by 2015. Your contribution will help ensure that families have access to food that’s healthy and affordable. And if you give by December 31, your tax-deductible gift will be matched, dollar for dollar.

What’s your favorite organization or charity to give to?

 

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What Would Your Shirt Say?

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Last summer, Ellen Seidman, the blogger behind To The Max, wrote a popular post about shirts that speak louder than words. Frustrated by people staring at her son, who has cerebral palsy, she suggested that message tees (”Staring never helped a child. Just say, ‘Hi.’”) could be a helpful addition to her wardrobe. And she wasn’t the only mom ready to sport a tee with a message about kids with special needs. Her readers quickly weighed in with what they would want their shirt to say. (My favorite: “My kid has more chromosomes than yours does!”)

For an upcoming issue of Parents, we want to know: what would you want your shirt to read?

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Read All About It!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

When your preschooler asks you where babies come from, what do you say? If you’ve picked up the November issue of Parents, you may have seen our blurb on books that can help deal with this and other questions that make you say, “Uhhh…,” such as Who Has What? by Robie E. Harris, which gives kids the scoop on how boys and girls’ bodies are different. Librarians say that a kid-friendly story can make talking about hard-to-explain topics easier for both of you.

Have you ever used books to help answer your child’s tougher questions? Which are your favorite?

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I’m Bananas for This Snack!

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Summer is definitely over in New York. The chill in the air has everyone pulling out their jackets and packing away swimsuits and sundresses. But one of my summer faves that I’m not going to put into winter storage is the Yonanas maker. The device blends frozen bananas into an icy treat that has the consistency of soft serve ice cream. The mild taste of the bananas is a great base for your favorite toppings. I like adding a few pieces of mint chocolate to mine—when it’s all blended together it tastes just like mint chocolate chip ice cream. Or try adding berries for a healthy after-school snack that kids will love.

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Have You Heard of CMV?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

StopCMV_JanelleOne in 150 children in the United States are born with Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, a common virus that can cause permanent medical conditions, disabilities, and even death. What’s even scarier is that only 14 percent of women have heard of CMV—and I’ll be honest, I only recently learned about the virus, which can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus.

CMV, which is spread through bodily fluids like saliva, urine, tears, and blood, is usually harmless. Most people have been exposed to it without even realizing it, and it’s especially common among healthy kids ages 1 to 3. But if you’re infected during pregnancy, it can put your baby at risk of hearing, vision, neurological, and developmental problems.

The good news: there are prevention steps pregnant women and women trying to conceive can take to avoid exposure to CMV, especially if they’re often around young children. And just last week the Senate recommended that more effort be made to inform women of childbearing age about the virus. Let’s help get the word out about this health issue. Pass these prevention tips along to your friends, and find out more at stopcmv.org.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 15-20 seconds, especially after changing diapers, feeding a young child, wiping a young child’s nose or drool, and handling children’s toys.
  • Do not share food, drinks, or eating utensils used by young children.
  • Do not put a child’s pacifier in your mouth.
  • Do not share a toothbrush with a young child.
  • Avoid contact with saliva when kissing a child.
  • Clean toys, countertops, and other surfaces that come into contact with children’s urine or saliva.
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Could Your Baby Be the Next Gerber Model?

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

It’s photo contest season! If you haven’t already entered your cutie in our cover contest, don’t miss out on this chance to see your tot’s smiling face on newsstands across the country.

And while you’re at it, give your kid a shot at becoming the next Gerber model by entering the Gerber Generation Photo Search. “Like” the Gerber Facebook page and upload your favorite shot of your child for a chance to win the grand prize of a $50,000 scholarship and the opportunity to star in a Gerber Generation print ad. Submission period ends at the end of the month, so start sorting through those photos today!

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Want a New Ride?

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

GerberChrysler_banner300Who doesn’t! Gerber and Chrysler are teaming up to give one lucky Facebook fan a new set of wheels. Click here for a chance to win a 2011 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan. (All you have to do is “like” the Gerber and Chrysler Town & Country Facebook Fan pages, and then register on the Gerber Generation Ride in Style link.) Perfect for families, the car features a rear back-up camera,  dual DVD entertainment system, and Stow n’ Go seating and storage system. Goody luck!

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