Monday, May 14th, 2012
Bottles, Binkies and Sippy Cups Can Hurt Kids, Study Finds
The seemingly innocuous ba-bas and binkies caused cuts, bruises and other injuries serious enough to send 45,398 children under age 3 to the nation’s emergency rooms between 1991 and 2010, according to the first large-scale analysis of the problem.
Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath?
Psychologists now believe fledgling psychopaths can be identified as early as kindergarten. The hope is to teach these children empathy before it’s too late.
More Batteries to Blame for Kids’ ER Visits
The number of kids treated in emergency rooms after swallowing batteries — or lodging them in their noses and ears — has almost doubled over the past 20 years, a new study suggests.
So Eager for Grandchildren, They’re Paying the Egg-Freezing Clinic
The practice of freezing eggs to enable a pregnancy later on is growing, doctors say, with parents lending emotional and financial support to adult daughters.
The List Is Out! Top Baby Names for 2011 Are…
The Social Security Administration released its top 1,000 baby name list for 2011 on Monday morning.
FDA Delays New Rules for Sunscreen
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Sunscreen confusion won’t be over before summer after all. The government is bowing to industry requests for more time to make clear how much protection their brands really offer against skin cancer.
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Monday, December 6th, 2010
As bullies go digital, parents play catch up
Parents not only have to be informed on what their child is saying online, but also on what others are saying about them. Cyber bullying is becoming more of a problem and presents challenges beyond the normal responses. In most cases it is an off campus matter in the eyes of schools, so it is important that parents know the appropriate measures to take. Most cases have to be handled by the police, if severe enough of an issue. (MSNBC)
Lithium Batteries Pose Deadly Threat to Kids
More than 35,000 reports of children swallowing button-sized batteries are recorded annually, and 13 cases have been the cause of death. Although all small objects should be kept out of the reach of children, these batteries should never be left out or unmonitored. (ABC News)
Miscarriage Linked to Broken Hearts
Repeated miscarriages have been linked to individuals who later suffer from high heart attack risk. The German Cancer Research Center found that women who incur 3 or miscarriages are five times more likely to suffer from heart attacks later in life. (ABC News)
Tocophobia, or Fear of Child Birth, on the Rise
Although there are no records in America, a British analysis showed that 1 in 6 women are overwhelmingly frightened to give birth. The fear may arise from adolescence or be secondary to a traumatic delivery, and can be a symptom of prenatal depression. The condition is more commonly linked to women with type-A personalities. (ABC News)
Labels, dosing devices on kids’ meds called confusing
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Researchers found that about half of adults give children the wrong dose of over the counter medicine. After, looking at the top 200 pediatric over-the-counter medicines sold in the US they found that over a quarter of the products did not include measuring devices, 99 percent had some sort of mismatch between the written dosing directions on the bottle or label and the dosing markings on the measuring device, according to the study. (Paging Dr. Gupta)