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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, February 24th, 2012

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Sudden OCD in Kids? Culprit May Be Strep Throat, Other Infections
Brendan Wooldridge, 10, of St. Louis, was diagnosed with PANDAS nearly a year ago after suffering with OCD and other disorders linked to strep throat infections he had as a toddler.

Trying to Find a Cry of Desperation Amid the Facebook Drama
Mental health experts say that dark postings by adolescents should not be hastily dismissed because they can serve as an early warning system for timely intervention.

Over-Reactive Parenting Linked to Negative Emotions and Problem Behavior in Toddlers
Researchers have found that parents who anger easily and over-react are more likely to have toddlers who act out and become upset easily.

Seattle Boy Who Accidentally Shot Third-Grade Classmate Charged, Judge to Decide Whether Case Proceeds
Preliminary charges have been filed against the third-grade boy accused of accidentally shooting his 8-year-old classmate in their Seattle-area school.

Colleges Worry That Court Could Make Diversity Harder to Maintain
The Supreme Court’s reconsideration of race as a factor in college admissions comes only nine years after a case that upheld the practice.

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupUnder Pressure, Firm Shutters Line That Made Tainted Wipes
A Wisconsin medical supplier that made millions of recalled alcohol prep products now blamed for serious infections and at least one death is shutting down the line that produces the wipes — at least for now. But the parents of two children harmed by infections blamed on contaminated Triad products said the move is too little, too late, and raises more questions about why government regulators haven’t taken stronger action against the firm. [MSNBC]

Coffee May Reduce Stroke Risk
Women in the study who drank more than a cup of coffee a day had a 22% to 25% lower risk of stroke than those who drank less, according to findings reported Thursday in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the USA, behind heart disease and cancer. The findings add to the growing body of research showing coffee appears to have hidden health perks. A study done by Larsson in 2008 on men who drank coffee or tea had similar results. One of the most popular drinks in the world, coffee contains large amounts of antioxidants that improve health. Other research has suggested coffee can help prevent cognitive decline and can boost vision and heart health. It is also associated with a reduced risk of liver cancer. [USA Today]

Dog Kisses: Is  It Safe to Smooch with a Pet?
According to an article in WebMd, not even doctors and veterinarians agree about kissing a dog on the lips or vice versa. Thinking that dog’s tongue is clean is off base, says veterinarian William Craig, but don’t stop there. “Dog spit isn’t chemically cleansing. It turns out that it’s the dog’s rough tongue that helps to physically remove contaminants from an open wound” and likely the reason why many wounds do not get infected,” he told Pawnation. Craig adds “people tend to brush their teeth regularly and rinse with mouthwash. Dogs tend to lick themselves and eat things off the ground.” “Humans and dogs have different bacteria in their mouths,” explains Nelle Wyatt, a veterinary technician at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center. “Not all of the bacteria are capable of causing disease in the other species.” [USA Today]

Boy Toddlers Need Extra Help Dealing With Negative Emotions, Experts Urge
The way you react to your two-year-old’s temper tantrums or clinginess may lead to anxiety, withdrawal and behavior problems down the road, and the effect is more pronounced if the child is a boy who often displays such negative emotions as anger and social fearfulness, reports a new University of Illinois study. [Science Daily]

Passive Smoking Increases Risk of Stillbirth and Birth Defects, Study Suggests
Pregnant non-smokers who breathe in the second-hand smoke of other people are at an increased risk of delivering stillborn babies or babies with defects, a study led by researchers at The University of Nottingham has found. [Science Daily]

Teacher Who Twice Threw a Chair at 7th-Grader Tries to Clear Her Name
A longtime teacher at a Joliet junior high who last year “snapped” and twice threw a chair at a seventh-grade boy, striking him once in the head, is trying to clear her record so she can teach again. After Filak tried to get the boy to do his work, he instead told her to “leave me alone, fool,” witnesses said, according to a judge’s ruling that found the chair-throwing incident was child abuse. [Chicago Tribune]

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Poll: Should Toddlers Be Sued?

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

After an elderly woman sued two bicycle-riding toddlers for crashing into her on a New York City sidewalk, a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled that toddlers can be sued for negligence.

Even though the toddlers’ parents argued their kids were too young to be held accountable for negligence, the judge maintained their age (4-years-old) was enough to prove they were mentally developed and mature.  The judge also dismissed adult supervision as a weak reason against negligence: “A parent’s presence alone does not give a reasonable child carte blanche to engage in risky behavior such as running across a street.” (NYTimes.com)

After reading the full story at NYTimes.com, take our poll and share your opinion in the Comments section below.

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Are the ‘Terrible Twos’ Becoming the ‘Terrible Ones’?

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

terrible-twosParents all dread the “terrible twos”—an age when sweet infants suddenly morph into tantrum-throwing toddlers overnight.

Recent research from toddler specialist Dr. Frans Plooij, author of “The Wonder Weeks,” reveals that aggression, manipulation, yelling, disruptive behavior, and a propensity to say “NO!” may actually start right after a toddler turns one.  A baby’s brain rapidly increases in mental capacity after 15 months, thus leaving babyhood behind and entering toddlerhood.  According to Dr. Plooij, a child starts learning “how to assert himself and separate himself from everyone around him.  For the first time, a child understands he is a different person than mommy and his family is a different family than another family…At this age in development, the now-toddler has figured out how to push the right buttons until he gets what he wants” (SFGate.com).

Coining the term “teenaging toddler,” Dr. Plooij sees the early development of the “terrible twos” as a positive—it’s a prime time for parents to teach their kids certain goals, morals, values, and socialization skills.  Good life lessons will lay the groundwork for well-adjusted kids as they grow up and eventually become teens and adults.

See more Parents.com resources on the “terrible twos”:

Has your toddler reached the “terrible twos” yet?  How are you dealing?  What values and life lessons are you teaching?

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