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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

CDC: Kids’ Accidental Deaths Down 30 Percent
The number of children and teens who die from any kind of accidents has dropped nearly 30% from 2000 to 2009, mostly because of a decline in traffic deaths, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Born to American Mom, In-Vitro Twins Denied Citizenship
The twin babies of an American woman, born abroad through in-vitro fertilization, are being denied U.S. citizenship because there is no proof that either the egg donor or sperm donor is American.

A Blood Test for Depression? New Research Points the Way
A simple blood test may one day be all that’s needed to help parents figure out whether a child is suffering from clinical depression or normal teenage angst, a new study suggests.

Never Wake a Sleeping Baby? Why Depressed Moms Don’t Follow that Advice
Researchers at Penn State found that depressed and worried moms were far more likely than other moms to rouse their babies unnecessarily in the middle of the night. Are they seeking emotional comfort?

5-Year-Old Colorado Girl Dies of Cough Medicine Overdose
A Colorado girl is dead after taking a lethal combination of two common cold and allergy medicines, and Colorado authorities are investigating her grandmother, who was looking after the tiny 5-year-old.

Autistic Boy’s Older Brother Designs iPad App that Builds Language Skills
An autistic boy’s older brother created a new app for the iPad that helps promote functional and social skills.

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Over-the-Counter Medicine Not Safe for Kids Under 2

Monday, February 21st, 2011

cough-medicineIf you have a child who’s 2-years-old, hold off on that spoonful of medicine.  In 2008, a research study linked over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to poisoning and deaths in kids 2-years-old and younger.  The research also showed the medicines didn’t alleviate symptoms of illness.

Based on the research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) warned parents against giving OTC  medication to kids of that age range.  Despite the warning, a national poll conducted with 300 parents revealed that 61% were still giving OTC medicine to kids 6 months to 2-years-old.  More than half of the parents also revealed their doctors saying the medicines were safe and effective for younger kids.

While the expertise of a medical professional is important, pediatricians and parents should take heed that OTC medication can be dangerous for younger kids.  To medicate your child safely, always consult USDA guidelines or ask for prescribed medicine that’s not purchased over the counter. 

 

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