Monday, February 25th, 2013
Pediatricians Oppose School Suspension, Expulsion
A group representing pediatricians says disciplining students with out-of-school suspension or expulsion is counterproductive to school goals and should only be used on case by case basis. (via Reuters)
Do Antidepressants Hurt Babies? The Scary Thing Is, No One’s Sure
It’s a myth that pregnancy is usually one of the happiest times of a woman’s life. Sure, many are delighted to be pregnant; but at least 14 percent of pregnant women are depressed during pregnancy. Pregnancy, in fact, is now recognized as one of the highest risk periods for mental illness among women. (via Take Part)
Doctors Issue New Guidelines for Treating Kids’ Ear Infections
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is putting out new guidelines for pediatricians and parents to follow regarding ear infections. (via Fox News)
Fluoride: Necessary or Too Much of a Good Thing?
Community water fluoridation has been around for more than 65 years, and although proponents cite many benefits, the practice has come under fire recently as critics are questioning the amount our children are consuming – and if it’s even necessary. (via Fox News)
Don’t Tell Kids About Past Drug Use, Study Finds
A study, published in the journal Human Communication Research, found that children whose parents did not disclose drug use, but did deliver a strong antidrug message, were much more likely to develop anti-drug attitudes of their own. When parents did share their own experiences, even when they were very negative ones, the anti-drug message was blunted. (via Today)
Moms Go Topless to Save Kids’ School Bus
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When it comes to raising money to help overcome educational budget cuts, there are the old, reliable methods, like the silent auction or a fancy gala, and then there’s the racy route. (via Today)
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Friday, September 9th, 2011
Smokers’ kids have more ear infections
Kids whose parents smoke are more likely to get ear infections and have hearing problems, according to a new review paper.
Daycare owner accused of drugging milk
The owner of a Van Alstyne, Texas daycare has been accused of putting antihistamines in children’s food so they would fall asleep after lunch.
On the First Day of School, a Million Students Finding Their Seats
As 1.1 million students and 77,000 teachers returned to school in New York City on Thursday, Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott made the traditional five-borough tour, saying his “goal is to set a high bar for our parents, our teachers, to aspire to.”
Babies Distinguish Pain from Touch at 35-37 Weeks, Research Finds
Babies can distinguish painful stimuli as different from general touch from around 35-37 weeks gestation — just before an infant would normally be born — according to new research.
Pageant mom defends daughter’s hooker costume
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Wendy Dickey tells HLN’s Joy Behar why she dressed her 3-year-old like Julia Roberts’ hooker character in “Pretty Woman.”
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
News about whether antibiotics are effective in treating children with ear infections have been making the rounds again.
The New England Journal of Medicine recently reported a trial where children under the age of 2 were split into two groups. One group was given antibiotics while the other group was given placebos. The group that received antibiotics had reduced symptoms (though not by a significant amount) and were also less likely to have prolonged infection.
The trial confirmed that children under 2 should be treated with antibiotics immediately as long as there has been a definite diagnosis of ear infections (also know as acute otitis media). Guidelines for determining ear infections will be revised and updated.
Our own medical expert, Dr. Ari Brown, a prediatrician in Austin, Texas, recently shared her own recommendations for children with ear infections. For children under 2, she suggests treating them with antibiotics at once. For children over 2, she suggests a wait-and-see approach to determine if the children get better on their own before needing antibiotics.
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