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Here Comes the Sun

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Now that it feels like spring is really here (today’s yucky weather in NYC aside), it’s time to start talking about sun safety. In our June issue, we have a whole feature where we answer your most common sunscreen questions.

It’s important to remember that another smart way to protect our skin is to seek shade. Mona Gohara, M.D., a dermatologist, mom of two, and member of the Women’s Dermatologic Society, participated in a cool program last week called Play Safe in the Sun. She and her fellow WDS members “sunproofed” the Grace Church School in New York City by creating a safe, sun-shielded, shaded area in the playground, by integrating sun safety into the school’s curriculum, and by doing free skin checks on school families. (That’s Dr. Gohara in yellow, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the shade structure at the school, with all the hat-wearing students who’d be benefiting from it!) She shares these tips to help keep your family safe in the sun:

1. Go Green  Plant little trees with your family to add more shade in your backyard, this will help Mother Earth and your skin all in one shot! For those living in a city, choose a different tree to play under with each visit to a park, then go home and learn about it- a great way to promote environmental awareness!  Remember, children who play in the sun between 10 am and 4 pm are at a higher risk for skin cancer later in life.

2. Special Thoughts for Special Spots Use a SPF stick for your child’s eyelids (to avoid product running into the eyes) and lips. In general, remember to reapply a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher every 2 hours when outdoors or after excessive swimming/sweating.

3. Don’t Slip During That Trip Ultraviolet light easily shines through car windows (and home windows, for that matter!) so make sure to place UV-blocking shields on windows your children are exposed to. This will help them avoid passive, intense sun exposure that can lead to skin cancer later in life.

4. Channel Your Inner Politician: After teaching your older kids about the dangers of indoor tanning, think about ways to contact local politicians, or sign petitions to restrict tanning bed use. As of January 2012, kids under the age of 18 have been banned from indoor tanning in California, and New York State is requiring in-person signed parental consent for would-be tanners between the ages of 14 and 18. Raise public awareness together and save lives.

And here are more important tips from her fellow WDS members:

“Grandmothers can set a good example by providing cute sun protective hats and making a ritual of applying sunscreen before going out.”  —Janet Hickman, M.D., WDS President, retired Virginia dermatologist, mother of three sons and two young granddaughters

Chemical-free sunscreens are great to use on children’s faces to prevent burning eyes that often occur with more traditional chemical sunscreens.”  —Lauren C. Hughey, M.D., associate professor of dermatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham and mother of three young children

When protecting your family, be sure to protect with sunscreen these frequently missed spots: ears, behind the neck, tops of hands, wrists, feet and toes.”  —Latanya Benjamin, M.D., F.A.A.D., F.A.A.P., clinical assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics, interim director and service chief, pediatric dermatology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

“Once a month go on an outing and buy a different type of SPF…when you have that family outdoors activity you can share your favorite picks. SPF comes in liquid, spray, solid stick, lip balm and makeup so there is something for every member of the family.”—Wendy E. Roberts, M.D., F.A.A.D., Rancho Mirage, California, generational and cosmetic dermatologist

WDS holds free skin cancer screenings all over the country; click here to see if there’s one near you.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

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
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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Grooming Dad: Interview with the Co-Founder of Jack Black

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Grooming Dad Jack Black Moisturizer

This week, I had an interview with Curran Dandurand, one of the founders of Jack Black and her husband Jeff. Here’s what they had to say:

Q. What made you decide to found Jack Black?

A. “We saw that there was a big void in the market and an opportunity to cater to men. Men as a consumer group were really underserved when it came to high-quality, male-oriented personal-care products. Additionally, we saw that men were changing their attitudes and behaviors regarding skin care and taking care of their appearance. Men’s magazines have helped build awareness and educate guys about the importance of good skin care and grooming. Baby boomers wanted to fight the aging process and younger guys were very receptive to using all sorts of personal-care products to enhance their appearance.”

Q. Where is your company and family based?
A. “Our company is based in Carrollton, Texas, which is a suburb of Dallas. Our family lives in Plano, Texas.”

Q. How many kids do you have, and their ages?
A. “We have two kids: a son, age 20, and a daughter, age 17. Both grew up in the business and have seen what entrepreneurs have to do to build a successful company and the many sacrifices that have to be made. They’ve helped out in a number of ways–when they were 5 and 7 years old they would help with inspecting and sorting product. Now they work as summer interns in operations or marketing…wherever they are needed.”

Q. What type of guy are your products aiming for?
A. “Our products are designed for men that appreciate quality and want something that works extremely well and works fast. Jack Black customers span all age groups, geographic locations, and lifestyles. The common denominator is they want visible results without a lot of extra effort, complication, and fuss.”

Q. If you had to choose a product that dads shouldn’t live without, what would it be?
A. “I would say our Double Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 because the single most beneficial thing a guy can do for his skin is to protect it against the damaging rays of the sun on a daily basis. We’ve incorporated the sun protection into the daily moisturizer and after-shave products so we’re keeping his morning routine quick and simple. Eighty percent of what we see as visible “skin aging” is due to incidental sun exposure–the kind you get from just going about your daily activities, like driving to work, getting the mail in, driving your kids to basketball practice. UVA rays are the aging rays that cause wrinkles and discoloration, while UVB rays are the rays that burn the skin. So you need a daily sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection to shield both types of rays. By using a multi-purpose product that incorporates the broad spectrum SPF into a daily moisturizer/after-shave conditioner, a dad is doing a very important thing to preserve skin health and prevent premature aging–and it only adds a couple of seconds a day to his morning routine.”

Q. Are there any ingredients we should avoid in our skin care?
A. “I would suggest avoiding artificial colorants and heavy fragrances, as well as alcohol (appears on the label as SD Alcohol or Alcohol Denat) in facial skin-care products. These ingredients can be irritating when applied to the face and eye area.”

Q. How do you convince a man that skin care is important?
A. “I think that men understand that looking good can be a competitive advantage–both in their professional and personal lives. A better groomed guy is going to get the job or the promotion over an equally qualified but poorly groomed candidate. Taking good care of your skin is part of being on top of your game and presenting yourself in the best possible way. You can spend hundreds of dollars on a suit or shirt you wear for a year or two, but you have your face your entire life and people see it every day. It’s worth investing a little time and money to take care of something this important to your overall appearance. Plus, there is a real health benefit to protecting the skin from sun damage. A little extra effort to take care of your skin can yield significant appearance and health results.”

I also tried the Double Duty Face Moisturizer this week, and I’m impressed. I don’t like the smell of sunscreen, so moisturizers with it always make me nervous. Fortunately, this product didn’t have that beach smell at all, and it was surprisingly light. As you read, it’s very important to protect you face from the sun’s rays, and this moisturizer will do that and more. You can find it at Jack Black’s website for $27.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Brain Injuries in Childhood Have Lasting Effects on Learning
Brain injuries can lead to widespread deficits in a range of functions — from language to motor skills and cognition — and the effects may be longer-lasting than researchers thought, especially in young children who suffer traumatic blows to the head.

Should Parents Lose Custody of Super Obese Kids?
Should parents of extremely obese children lose custody for not controlling their kids’ weight? A provocative commentary in one of the nation’s most distinguished medical journals argues yes, and its authors are joining a quiet chorus of advocates who say the government should be allowed to intervene in extreme cases.

Anxiety, Other Disorders More Common in Autism
Autism tends to go hand in hand with a variety of other mental and behavioral conditions in kids, suggests a new study that highlights the fuzzy nature of autism diagnoses themselves.

Lots of Fun in the Sun, but Little Use of Sunscreen by Kids
The majority of pre-adolescents don’t regularly use sunscreen, according to a new study, despite the fact that many of them suffered sunburns at some point during their childhood, which increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life.

Tiny Baby Melinda Star Guido Heading Home
At birth, Melinda Star Guido weighed less than a can of soda – only 9 1/2 ounces. After spending close to the first five months of her life at the hospital, she’s headed home.

Girl Who Outsmarted Alleged Kidnapper: ‘I Got my Fight From Daddy’
A 9-year-old girl is getting credit for her quick thinking and for speaking up after managing to escape from her alleged kidnapper last week.

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Curbing Kids’ Screen Time is Hard: Study
Interventions designed to help kids lose weight by cutting back on the time they spend watching TV or playing video games are so far largely unsuccessful, according to a new report.

New Study Recommends “Obese-Proofing” Your Home
Whether or not your child becomes obese could greatly depend on parental behavior and the home environment, a new study reports.

Systematic Cheating is Found in Atlanta’s School System
A state investigation released Tuesday showed rampant, systematic cheating on test scores in this city’s long-troubled public schools, ending two years of increasing skepticism over remarkable improvements touted by school leaders.

Urban, Low-Income Kids More Likely to Walk or Bike to School
Children who live in low-income homes, with single parents and in cities are more likely than other children to walk or cycle to school, according to a new study.

Maryland Officials Scrap New Sunscreen Restrictions
Less than a day after dermatologists and parents said Maryland’s new policy on sunscreen at summer camps would make it far more likely that children would suffer skin damage, the state health department Saturday scrapped all of the restrictions it had imposed just three weeks ago.

As Budgets are Trimmed, Time in Class is Shortened
After several years of state and local budget cuts, thousands of school districts across the nation are gutting summer-school programs, cramming classes into four-day weeks or lopping days off the school year, even though virtually everyone involved in education agrees that American students need more instruction time.

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Ask Your Baby Skincare Questions Tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

ss_FAN2012898Yesterday my sister asked me what she should tell a friend who’s looking for a good sunscreen for her 8-month-old son. I gave her a few recommendations, but also suggested that her friend go to our Facebook page tomorrow–that’s when we’ll be hosting a live chat with dermatologist and mom Mona Gohara, M.D. From 12:15 p.m. EST to 1:45 p.m. EST, you can ask anything you want to know about protecting your child from the sun, just in time for the holiday weekend. Sun safety is one of Dr. Gohara’s passions; she created K&J Sunprotective Clothing, a line of cool t-shirts for babies and children that have a UPF rating of 50+. This means that only 1/50th of the sun’s ultraviolet rays will get through. (Most regular cotton shirts have a UPF rating of  5 or 10.)

So mark your calendars for tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. EST. Dr. Gohara will be standing by!

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

“Dirty Dozen” List of Produce
The “dirty dozen” list of the twelve fruits and vegetables with the highest amount of pesticide residue was released Monday by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). (Third Age.com)

FDA Bans ‘Waterproof,’ ‘Sweatproof’ Sunscreen Labels
Not all sunscreens are created equal, and indeed, searching for the perfect formulation—waterproof, sweatproof, sunblock or spray—can overwhelm even the most decisive shopper. But a new set of rules regulating sunscreen released by the Food & Drug Administration on Tuesday aims to take the guesswork out of finding effective sun protection for consumers. (Mainstreet.com)

Could Sleeping on Left Side Help Prevent Stillbirth?
For pregnant women, reducing the risk for stillbirth may be as simple as sleeping on their left side, New Zealand researchers suggest. (Health.com)

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National Sun Safety Week (June 5-11)

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

The weather is quickly heating up, so make sure to limit your child’s sun exposure and prevent skin cancer.   Be extra conscious of protecting your little one’s sensitive skin from UV rays during National Sun Safety Week.

Take a quiz to test your sun safety IQ and discover 11 facts about sun safety (i.e. toy sunglasses may be more dangerous than wearing no sunglasses).  Plus, learn the 5 steps to sun safety (i.e. limit outdoor playtime between 10 am to 4 pm) and see how these nine items will protect your baby from the sun.

For kids who love being outdoors, these smart ideas for seeking shade and these editor’s picks for sun protection will keep them cool.

Taking a trip to the beach? Get expert tips for a healthy day by the ocean and be sure to stock up on these seven sunscreens for ample protection.

Read more about sun safety on Parents.com

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