Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
French giraffe sinks teeth into US baby market
A cute toy called Sophie the Giraffe, chewed by French babies for decades to quell the pain of first teeth, is now taking a huge bite out of the US market for teething aids. (Yahoo News)
Trauma stalks children of Japan tsunami
The horror of Japan’s tsunami has raised concerns over the long-term impact on children, some of whom are already displaying signs of trauma, from screaming nightmares to silent withdrawal. According to the charity Save the Children, around 100,000 children were displaced by what has become Japan’s worst natural disaster since 1923, with nearly 20,000 people dead or missing. (Yahoo News)
Jewelry company to limit cadmium in kids’ trinkets
In the first settlement of its kind, national jewelry seller Tween Brands Inc. will effectively eliminate the toxic metal cadmium from the bracelets, necklaces and other items it sells. The agreement covers jewelry sold in California, but given the size of the state’s market, it becomes company policy nationally. It covers jewelry intended for children, teens and adults, expanding the age range from the preteen girls who had been the focus of concern after high levels of cadmium in jewelry surfaced over the past year. (MSNBC)
Obama: Rewrite No Child Left Behind before next school year
President Obama asked Congress on Monday to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law by fall, escalating the urgency of his campaign for an overhaul of public education. Speaking at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington County, Obama set his first public timetable for legislators to revise the nine-year-old law, which in recent years has lost much of its luster. (Washington Post)
Could a Type of Ear Infection Help Make Kids Obese?
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New research hints at a surprising culprit for excess weight gain in kids: a certain type of ear infection. The new study finds that chronic middle-ear infections with fluid are linked to alterations in children’s taste buds that change their sensitivity to certain foods. This, in turn, might cause kids to eat more of these foods and push them towards obesity, the Korean researchers speculate. (Yahoo News)
Friday, March 11th, 2011
The 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan and caused a tsunami calls to mind other large-scale natural disasters from past years, such as the Indian Ocean tsunami and earthquake in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the Haiti earthquake in 2010.
Oftentimes, talking about tragedies–whether worldwide or personal ones–can be difficult. It involves explaining how and why bad things can happen to good people in the world, cultivating your child’s empathy and compassion, and making sure your child understands serious events without being too upset, scared or traumatized.
In light of this recent event, here are some guidelines to help you explain natural disasters and catastrophes to kids.
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Friday, October 29th, 2010
The tricky business of Halloween Sunday: But this Sunday, Oct. 31, matters are not quite so simple. Across the country, people are monkeying with the optimal day to dress up. [New York Times]
Mohammed tops list of English baby names: Last year’s most popular name for baby boys in England has been knocked off — by Mohammed. [CNN]
Dealing with tricky halloween requests: Gone are the days of pumpkin and bee costumes. Now, the bloodier the disguise, the better. And your kids would much rather trick-or-treat sans parents. Manage your cool ghoul-without being a witch. [CNN]
Orphaned baby found alive in storm drain after Indonesia tsunami: Meanwhile, 800 miles away on Indonesia’s main island of Java, a volcano that killed 33 people this week erupted five more times Friday, sending searing clouds of ash cascading down its slopes. The baby plucked from a storm drain was among dozens of injured survivors languishing in one sorely strapped hospital. [MSNBC]
Costume mishaps put the ‘Ow!’ in Halloween: In the past five years, at least 226 people have suffered costume-related injuries, according to reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. At least five people died. [MSNBC]
Obese teens may be lacking in brain size, not willpower: A brain region in charge of controlling impulsively is smaller in obese teens than in lean ones, according to a new study.
First-time dads’ age tied to kids’ schizophrenia risk: Men who are relatively older at their first child’s birth may be more likely than younger first-time dads to have a child who eventually develops schizophrenia, hint results of a large Danish study. [Fox News]
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