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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

J&J to Remove Harsh Chemicals from Baby Products
Johnson & Johnson plans to remove potentially cancer-causing and other dangerous chemicals from nearly all its adult toiletries and cosmetic products worldwide within 3 1/2 years. (via MSNBC)

Early Anesthesia Tied to Language Problems in Kids
Babies and toddlers who went under anesthesia during surgery ended up having slightly worse scores on language and reasoning tests as 10-year-olds, in a new study. (via Reuters)

Chickenpox Down 80 Percent Since 2000
Signaling the retreat of a childhood rite of passage, the incidence of chickenpox in the United States fell by 80 percent from 2000 to 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week. (via New York Times)

As Circumcision Rates Drop, Costs Increase: Study
As gaps in insurance coverage lead to fewer male babies being circumcised in the United States, related health costs could end up increasing by millions of dollars every year, a new study suggests. (via Reuters)

Cramming May Hurt Kids’ Grades, Study Suggests
High school students who choose to sacrifice their sleep to get extra studying time in may fare worse academically the next day compared with their well-rested peers, new research suggests. (via ABC)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Line Grows Long for Free Meals at U.S. Schools
Millions of students are receiving free or low-cost meals for the first time after their parents lost homes or jobs in the economic crisis.

Number of Kids with Health Insurance on Rise
Even with more children living in poverty because of the rough economy, the number of children without health insurance in the U.S. has dropped by 1 million in the past three years, according to a report released Tuesday by Georgetown University.

Pediatric Group Updates Meningococcal Vaccine Recommendation
The American Association of Pediatrics has updated vaccine policy recommendations for meningococcal vaccines, advising a booster dose be given three years later, to bolster immunity against meningococcal illness among teens and young adults.

Study: Kids’ Chickenpox Vaccine Helps Protect Babies Too
Not only is the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine safe and effective, but by protecting children who receive the vaccine, it also contributes to “herd immunity,” further safeguarding infants who are too young for the shot, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Larger Brains Linked with Regressive Autism
Autism symptoms can appear in babies, however some children with the disorder develop normally until about age 2 when they suddenly regress. A new study has linked this second type of autism — regressive autism — with larger brain size in boys.

Restaurant’s Baby Surcharge Dishes up Outrage
A restaurant near London is drawing mommy-boos for charging £3 for lap infants. Even though the babies were breast-fed, and weren’t taking up a seat, restaurant employees told two new moms that their infants were “taking up space” and thus they had to pony up the equivalent of $4.65 U.S.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

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National Study Finds Widespread Sexual Harassment of Students in Grades 7 to 12
Nearly half of 7th to 12th graders experienced sexual harassment in the last school year, according to a study scheduled for release on Monday, with 87 percent of those who have been harassed reporting negative effects such as absenteeism, poor sleep and stomachaches.

Mississippi voting on ‘Personhood’ Amendment
Mississippi voters are casting ballots Tuesday on an amendment to the state constitution that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception.

What Not To Buy Online: Lollipops Laced With Chickenpox
A woman in Nashville, Tenn., advertised lollipops contaminated with the varicella virus on Facebook. The tainted pops were intended for parents who want to expose their children to the disease.

Tantrum Tamer: New Ways Parents Can Stop Bad Behavior
Forget everything you may have read about coping with children’s temper tantrums. Time-outs, sticker charts, television denial—for many, none of these measures will actually result in long-term behavior change, according to researchers at two academic institutions.

When Dads Have Depression, Kids May Be at Risk, Too
Children of fathers who seem depressed are more likely to show signs of behavioral and emotional problems, although the nature of the link isn’t clear, researchers report.

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A Crazy Chickenpox Story

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Have you heard about the moms who are going online to buy lollipops that have supposedly been coated with the saliva of kids with chickenpox… and then having their own children suck on them? (You can see some of these parents in a news report here.) They’re doing it in hopes of infecting their little ones and obtaining “natural immunity” from the virus. They’re avoiding the varicella vaccine, which some parents believe is more dangerous than having chickenpox itself. As a mom who physically recoils when I see one of my children’s friends so much as cough near our toys, this is completely beyond my comprehension. Even if it was smart to expose your child to the virus this way (which it’s not) and even this method was effective (very unlikely), what on earth else might be on that lollipop that you’re serving up to your child? I’m shuddering.

I asked one of our advisors for her opinion. Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., is a pediatrician who has two young sons (and a fantastic blog called Seattle Mama Doc). “There’s nice data on how effective the vaccine is. But as pediatricians, we’re losing parents when explaining the benefits of the vaccine,” Dr. Swanson says. It’s not that your child can’t get chickenpox if he’s vaccinated, she explains: “But the illness will be much less severe and the likelihood of infecting other children is essentially zero. We’re giving the shot to prevent the serious, life-threatening complications that can come along with the virus, such as a brain infection or flesh-eating bacteria in the sores. We can’t tell which kids will have a run-of-the-mill, mild version of chickenpox, and which will go on to have the deadly secondary infections.” Dr. Swanson’s bottom line? “I gave this vaccine to my children without hesitation, as recommended by my pediatrician.”

If you’re still not convinced, talk to your own doctor.

Image: Lollypops isolated on white, via Shutterstock.

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, July 25th, 2011

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Kids With ADHD Less Adept at Crossing the Street: Study
Parents of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have one more worry to add to their list: Kids younger than 10 years old with ADHD may be unable to cross the street safely on their own.

Whole Kids Foundation™ to Support Childhood Health and Wellness
Whole Foods Market is pleased to announce the Whole Kids Foundation, a charitable organization that will provide children with access to healthy food choices through partnerships with schools, educators and organizations.

Sharp drop in U.S. chickenpox deaths with vaccine
Deaths from chickenpox, although rare, have dipped steeply after the U.S. began vaccinating against the virus in 1995, a new government report concludes.

Publicly Insured Kids May Get Less Comprehensive Care
A new study finds that U.S. children with publicly funded insurance get less comprehensive primary care than those who are privately insured.

To Reach Simple Life of Summer Camp, Lining Up for Private Jets
For decades, parents in the Northeast who sent their children to summer camp faced the same arduous logistics of traveling long distances to remote towns in Maine, New Hampshire and upstate New York to pick up their children or to attend parents’ visiting day. Now, even as the economy limps along, more of the nation’s wealthier families are cutting out the car ride and chartering planes to fly to summer camps.

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Survey Finds Much Victimization of Children Goes Unreported
Health Day News found that in the past year 60 percent of 10 to 17-year olds surveyed were victims of violence, abuse, or crime.  The survey also found that close to 46 percent of all incidents had been reported.  This is a great improvement since previous years, but still more than half of the victims are seeking emotional and physical help.  (Yahoo News)

Chickenpox Vaccine Cuts Hospitalization Rates: Study
In the past decade there has been increasingly less hospitalizations of children suffering from the chickenpox.  The newer two-dose vaccine released in 2006 is believed to offer better protection, according to the Center for Disease Control.  (Health

Visual Skills Required for Independence Are Impaired in Children With Autism Research Finds

According to the University of Bristol new research indicates that children with autism are unable to search effectively for objects in real-life situations, which is contrary to previous studies that show that children with Autism often demonstrate outstanding visual skills. (Science

Brain Scans Show Children with ADHD Have Faculty Off Switch for Mind-Wandering

Researchers from the Motivation, Inhibition and Development in ADHD Study (MIDAS) group at the University of Nottingham found evidence that children with ADHD require either much greater incentives — or their usual stimulant medication — to focus on a task.  (Science


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