March 14, 2008

Do You Always Have To Do What The Pediatrician Says?

In many ways, pediatricians do know more than parents. When your doctor says your newborn needs to ride in a rear-facing car seat, don’t argue. When he says your 2-month-old with a 105-degree fever needs to get to the doctor’s office — and fast — you’d better listen.

But there are far more areas that are gray and have no science, or not very good science, to back them up, says our panel of pediatric experts. They say that sometimes, this means your pediatrician is giving you his or her opinion, not medical fact.

Full story: When it’s OK to question your pediatrician’s advice

March 2, 2008

Be Thankful For Your Healthy Children: Tear-Jerker Alert

Oh What A Beautiful Baby!

Make sure you keep a box of tissues handy. Because I cried when I watched this.

I kept thinking, “Oh God, please let this be a happy ending…”.

Before you whine one more time about your kids not listening to you, watch this video.

And then share the link to this page with your friends.

February 18, 2008

Cranky Babies Becoming Stars in First Grade?

Parents of cranky babies take comfort: they can turn out to be star students in Grade 1 if they have a healthy dose of good care, according to new research.

Professors at two U.S. universities analysed data involving 1,364 children, starting at six months, and concluded that infants who cry more, are hard to settle down and do not respond well to new people and situations can develop stronger academic and social skills than babies who are easy to get along with from the start.

“Parents who have these babies who are hard to deal with can become very discouraged,” said lead researcher Anne Dopkins Stright, a psychologist at the University of Indiana.

“The results of this study suggest they should not give up, they should stick with it and their child can do very, very well, in fact better than those easy babies that they probably wish they had.”

Read full story: How good parents can turn cranky babies sweet

January 23, 2008

OTC Cough And Cold Medicines Not Recommended For Infants Says FDA

Over the counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines could have possible life-threatening side effects on infants.

Here are some links to this important news:

FDA Confirms Infant-Meds Recall

Warning on kids’ OTC cold products

Stores stop selling cough, cold medicines for infants

May 31, 2007

Unborn Babies feel mothers’ anxiety at only 4 months

…. Stress levels in foetuses only four months old — about the time the pregnancy starts to show — rise and fall in line with those of their mothers’.

The findings prompted calls for employers, family and friends to be aware of the risks and offer more help to moth-ers-to-be.

“For the first time, there’s solid evidence to show that an unborn child may be exposed to maternal stress as early as 17 weeks in development,” said Claire Friars, a midwife for Tommy’s, the baby charity.

Full story: Babies in womb feel mothers’ anxiety at only four months