February 14, 2007

Breastfeeding can lead to your child being successful

“Babies who are breastfed are more likely to move up the social ladder as adults, a study has suggested.

The University of Bristol team looked at 1,400 babies born from 1937-1939 and followed their progress for 60 years.

Those who were breastfed were 41% more likely to move up in class than those who were bottle-fed.”

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February 8, 2007

When Bad Things Happen to Sick Children Who Are Ignored by Their Doctors

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) February 6, 2007 — The medical profession is considered a helping profession but what happens when your child’s doctor or medical group fails to follow through on a diagnosis or simply tells parents that the child is acting out and to ignore the problem and it will go away?

Because Michael* suffered from childhood asthma, he was under the medical care of a primary pediatric clinic since the age of 10. At age 12 he began to complain of severe headaches. Because of his condition he went regularly for checkups and his mother complained about his lack of sexual development at age 14 and 16 as compared to his older brother. Her complaints fell on deaf ears. During this time Michael also had some loss of vision and more headaches.

It was not until at 19, Michael went for a physical exam for work and was told that there was a serious problem. He returned to the pediatric clinic and was immediately scheduled for an endocrinology evaluation because the lack of development of sexual characteristics is likely due to pituitary impairment, which can be due to a brain tumor. When he was given an MRI, a brain tumor was revealed. He underwent brain surgery and developed severe metabolic problems including severe diabetes, explosive weight gain, and significant loss of vision.

In another case, 7-year-old Ed* was running with a curtain rod, he fell, and the rod entered the right side of his nose. The rod was lodged several inches into his nose and sinus cavity. He was rushed to the emergency room and was given an x-ray of his skull, but was not given a CT scan since that technology was not available during the 1970s. He had extensive damage to his nose and underwent plastic surgery. After the surgeries his nose always would run clear fluid.

For years afterwards into his teen years, his parents repeatedly brought the clear nasal fluid problem to the attention of his pediatricians and surgeon. Ed was never examined further and they were told it was due to the damage to his nose. At age 16, Ed was diagnosed with meningitis and treated with antibiotics; he made a full recovery. No reason was given for why he suffered meningitis. At 17, he again developed more serious meningitis, which subsequently caused moderate brain damage from the infection.

It was only after the second bout of meningitis that one doctor took a sample of the fluid still coming out of his nose and discovered that it was cerebral spinal fluid. The curtain rod had caused a fracture of the cribiform plate separating his sinuses from the brain cavity and he had been leaking cerebral spinal fluid for all of those years.

Lastly, a mother reported that her 3 1/2 year old daughter had a problem urinating. Rather than examine Rachel* the doctor said to just bring her in for a urine analysis. The mother complied; the sample was given, analyzed, and reported as not a urinary tract infection. The mother called repeatedly over a period of several weeks but was never given an appointment. She was told it was merely a behavioral problem; that little girls often do that, and there was nothing to worry about.

When Rachel began crying while urinating, the mother took her to the ER and was referred to a pediatric urologist. A MRI was done and the tumor in the bladder diagnosed. The malignant tumor, called a rhabdomyosrcoma, was growing slowly each day inside the toddler’s bladder.

The treatment required chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and radiation therapy as well. Despite this aggressive therapy, the tumor could not be eliminated and the entire bladder had to be surgically removed. Rachel is cured of the cancer, but now must catheterize herself through a hole in her belly button six times a day to remove the urine from her body.

What could these parents have done differently?

They were definitely concerned and well meaning but what else could they do to champion their children’s medical rights?

Unfortunately the effects of managed care have done nothing to improve the relationship between the doctor and patient or parents of the patient. Nevertheless, doctors have a responsibility to patients of all ages and parents also have a responsibility to be alert, informed, and persistent.

Parents know their children better than anyone. Parents must demand a second opinion. Many healthcare plans do not allow for that contingency but parents must demand it anyway. Don’t take no or no response for an answer. Don’t let all the framed certificates in the doctor’s office deter you from your gut instincts.

Parents should keep thorough records of their children’s healthcare and take notes, bring a friend or relative when your child goes to the doctor, and/or tape record what goes on during the examination. Parents need to do their own research online from reputable websites or confer with a librarian to point you in the right direction for further research. Parents should give the doctor a list of questions and not leave the exam room until they are answered. Do not be intimidated by medical or technical jargon. Ask for an easy to understand explanation. Doctors went to medical school; you did not; don’t be embarrassed.

Put your unanswered questions and complaints in writing and file complaints with the clinic or healthcare plan.

If your child suffers from ongoing vomiting, dehydration, fever, breathing problems, sleepiness, lethargy, stomach pain, distended belly, bloody stool, limping, weight loss (or failure to gain weight at a normal rate), excessive weight gain, vision problems; these symptoms could be signs of serious health issues. (The above statement should not be considered medical advice, but simply things parents should be on the lookout for and should discuss with their child’s medical professionals.)

These are just three examples of pediatric medical malpractice; there are hundreds, if not thousands, of similarly sad experiences that could have been avoided if doctors had taken the time to listen to parents, and parents were more prepared in dealing with these obstacles.

*The names have been changed for confidentiality purposes.

For more information, visit Anapol Schwartz

Parents whose children are victims of medical malpractice should contact Anapol Schwartz by calling toll-free (866) 735-2792 or emailing.

February 7, 2007

Parenting is a lifetime job, but offering advice can be delicate

A 27-year-old newly divorced daughter tells her mother that her boyfriend of two months is moving in with her. A grown son is stressing out over the bills his wife keeps piling up on her shopping sprees.

Even after children are grown and gone from the nest, it seems that isn’t the end of the job of parenting. Once a child is born it’s the start of a job that lasts a lifetime.

Children might look like adults, and even have children of their own, but it’s obvious to most parents that even adult children still need help working out the kinks in their lives.

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February 5, 2007

Parenting Skills More Scary Than Mental Health Issues

Parenting Skills Should Trump Mental Health Screening:

Mental health screening of all children is the goal of legislation introduced into many state legislatures this year. Typical of these controversial bills is the Missouri bill that would require every Missouri school district, in collaboration with “the office of comprehensive child mental health,” to develop “a policy of incorporating social and emotional development into the district’s educational program.”

The Missouri bill requires schools to “address teaching and assessing social and emotional skills and protocols for responding to children with social, emotional or mental health problems.” The bill also requires the Missouri State Board of Education to set “social and emotional development standards.”

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January 30, 2007

Nine-Year-Old Boy Escapes Abductor Thanks to Yello Dyno

Austin, TX (PRWeb) December 4, 2006 — Yello Dyno child safety lessons are credited with foiling a recent attempt at child abduction in Lubbock, Texas.

A Hispanic man tried to force a nine-year-old boy into his car, but he broke free and ran home. The boy was unharmed and police now have a composite sketch of the suspect, described as 5’7, 130 pounds with a bald or shaved head. A witness, who heard the boy’s story came back to the area and found a person matching the description, but he fled in a 90s-style sedan, similar to a Chevy Lumina. The boy told police he learned how to get away because of the Yello Dyno Program at his school.

“It is a fact that one in five children you know will encounter a child predator. Research shows that safety knowledge cannot be taught the same way you teach English or math,” explains Jan Wagner, founder of Yello Dyno. “The knowledge has to be stored in the part of the brain that takes charge when a child is fearful or anxious. The Yello Dyno Methodâ„¢ ensures that children automatically recall right action and act on it in a crisis.”

The Yello Dyno Methodâ„¢ is based on the research of Nobel Prize winner Dr. Roger Sperry, and the internationally recognized research on children in crisis of Dr. Bruce Perry.

According to Sara Wilson, Safe and Drug Free Specialist for the Lubbock ISD, “It’s a blessing to hear how the Yello Dyno program saved this child from the unthinkable. We make sure children have the patterns to respond correctly if they are ever in danger. You certainly don’t want to leave that to chance.”

Yello Dyno, an award-winning, non-fearful, musically-based program, arms parents and educators with curricula and materials needed to teach children how to protect themselves from child predators: sexual predators, abusers, abductors, bullies, violent kids, drug pushers, and Internet stalkers.

For information, visit http://www.yellodyno.com/lubbock_attempted_abduction.html