Adventures in Mommyhood

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My eldest daughter has decided to do the blogging thing! She has 2 pre-schoolers and her blog is called My Adventures in Mommyhood. You should visit it, as I know you will enjoy her postings about motherhood and children.

Leave her some comments as well.

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Sesame Street

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Food Recalls

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Regular visitors will have noted that I mention toy recalls. I have now added a special food recall section. Just click on the “Food Recalls” link in the title bar of this page.

Lead in Artificial Turf

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff today released its evaluation of various synthetic athletic fields. The evaluation concludes that young children are not at risk from exposure to lead in these fields.

CPSC staff evaluation showed that newer fields had no lead or generally had the lowest lead levels. Although small amounts of lead were detected on the surface of some older fields, none of these tested fields released amounts of lead that would be harmful to children.

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Childhood Obesity Testing

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Childhood obesity is considered to be an epidemic in the United States and a leading group of pediatricians is recommending that children as young as 8 years old be given cholesterol-lowering drugs in hopes of preventing heart problems later in life.

The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that children as young as 2 years old start having their cholesterol levels screened if they have a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol. Screening should start no later than 10, the academy said.

Children and the Chinese Earthquake

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Some sobbering news that makes the pain even worse for families who lost children in the recent earthquake …

  • the one child rule that affects Chinese families (although I have heard that couples who lost an only child will be allowed to conceive again if they so desire)
  • reports that shoddy workmanship led to many building collapses, and claims that much of the poor construction was aided by corrupt inspectors

Are You a Little Smarter than Average?

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Maybe it is because your mom breastfed you.

A new study shows that breastfed children are, on average, 3 to 5 IQ points smarter than children who are fed formula. More at As well, you may want to view the video I made about this fact.

Just a Spoonful of Honey …

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helps the medicine go down. (from the song!)

Effect of Honey, Dextromethorphan, and No Treatment on Nocturnal Cough and Sleep Quality for Coughing Children and Their Parents (that’s a mouthfull !)

Study Objectives: To compare the effects of a single nocturnal dose of buckwheat honey or honey-flavored dextromethorphan (DM) with no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep difficulty associated with childhood upper respiratory tract infections.

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Obesity in Children

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Two studies in the New England Journal of Medicine from the US and Denmark say that overweight children have more heart problems in later life and there will be more of them in the future.

The Danish study, which tracked more than 250,000 school children in Copenhagen from 1930 to 1976, found overweight boys in particular grew up to have more heart problems.

Childhood Obesity Will Lead to Earlier Deaths

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As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, a new study suggests that the current generation of children will have a shorten life span than their parents. The reason? Higher rates of obesity.

Worldwide, children are becoming overweight at progressively younger ages. In the United States, an estimated 19% of children 6 to 11 years of age are classified as overweight, with a body-mass index (BMI, the weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters) greater than the 95th percentile for their age and sex according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) growth charts. Thus, many children are at risk for weight-related orthopedic problems, social stigmatization, and endocrine abnormalities. The epidemic of childhood obesity is of great concern because, in addition to these concurrent effects of obesity, it is likely that excess weight in childhood will adversely affect health in adulthood.

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