…ey are allergic to pig gelatin. Mercury Allergies Mercury (thimerosal) is an ingredient in several vaccines — included in order to kill any live contaminants. It is most likely to be used for a vaccine stored in a multi-dose vial. In rare instances, this causes allergic reactions. At much higher doses, mercury is a known cause of irreversible nerve and brain damage, especially before birth and in the first 6 months of life. Mercury was resp…

…r findings in The Lancet. They wanted to evaluate a baby’s immune response after the standard 2 month-old immunizations. Researchers sorted babies into two groups, one in which the babies received the 2 month shots, and another in which the babies received the 2 month shots and then received Tylenol every 6-8 hours afterward for 24 hours. They looked at the outcomes of fever in both groups and observed the desired immune response (blood tes…

…dren. By 1996, the immunization rate had risen to an impressive 97.6%, and they had only 2 cases of measles — the last two they have had — even though other countries in the region (Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and last week Costa Rica) continue to have measles epidemics. Mexican resolve has resulted in similar dramatic success with other important immunizations. I’m all for yearly re-evaluation of whether or not the benefits of e…

…project, put together two identical photo albums. You can each contribute to these unique family heirlooms — your child can draw pictures, you or your spouse can write down some information about each shot (date, age of your child, etc.), and you can all add stickers or other decorations to make the albums special. When Mom or Dad has to leave, he or she can take one of the photo albums along. During future phone calls, they can turn to a…

…or a farmers’ market. I love avocados, sweet potatoes (cooked until soft), or bananas as a first bite — mashed with a fork with some of the breast milk or formula they’ve already been getting. Will my baby get enough iron? Babies need plenty of iron for their growing bodies and brains. Is breast milk inadequate? It appears that babies are designed to get iron from both breast milk and directly from their mothers at birth. Unfort…

…st of action steps to help you get started. GirlsHealth.Gov for Parents: An extension of WomensHealth.gov, this page contains additional suggestions for setting an example. American Psychological Association’s Report on the Sexualization of Girls: Provides helpful background on the power of media in girls’ lives.  h KidsHealth.org from Nemours – Eating Disorders Page: A youth-focused overview of eating disorder causes, effects, warning signs, and…

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…wants it bad. So bad that the other night I came home to the note pictured below. (Natasha’s treatise, page 1) Her three older siblings got cell phones in middle school, when they began to routinely go places without us. But Natasha (who just finished 4th grade) wants one now. So she put together a treatise (you can’t tell from the picture, but it was on really big paper) about why she needs one. The truth is, she doesn’t need one. She i…

…s, cough, cold and allergy management. Using these medicines in combination can lead to accidental overdose — even when parent think they are within the correct limits. Tylenol for Fever in Babies & Toddlers At the 2011 joint FDA meeting, they discussed acetaminophen to reduce fever in babies and toddlers. On page 6 of the minutes of the FDA Advisory Committees, it says that the committees agree that acetaminophen is effective at reduci…

…lers happily playing with a smartphone or tablet computer. With complete ease, they tap on icons, flip from one page to the next, and interact with characters on the screen. Plenty of parents suspect their 2-year-old is better at using technology than they are. In part because electronic devices are so easy to use, and in part because kids love bright-and-shiny tech toys, kids are starting the pleas for gadgets of their own at younger and younger…

…project, put together two identical photo albums. You can each contribute to these unique family heirlooms — your son can draw pictures, you or your husband can write down some information about each shot (date, age of your son, etc.), and you can all add stickers or other decorations to make the albums special. When Dad has to leave, he can take one of the photo albums with him. During future phone calls he can turn to a page and ask your…

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…do so and your child will pick the signs up quickly. 3. Make it fun. If your toddler wants to flip through the pages quickly to find their favorite page, go ahead and spend time talking about what interests them most. Try signing when you’re laughing and playing, your baby takes note of what you’re doing and is encouraged to chime in. 4. Encourage participation. Pointing, page turning, and talking about the book, not just the written words are a…

…s week’s paper included a full-color, “T Magazine,” the Women’s Fashion Spring 2009 section. As I perused `each page, wondering who this spring will spend their scarce dollars on such frippery, a most welcome and knowing full-page ad allowed me to exhale before I moved the magazine to the recycle pile: it was from my beloved clothing brand, Eileen Fisher. I wear this clothing brand as part of my daily healthy lifestyle. If you doubt my sincerity,…

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…ed. Currently, most adults and teens are susceptible because the protective effect of their childhood pertussis immunizations has waned. To address this problem, it is now recommended that all teens receive a booster vaccine at 11-18 years of age (preferably between 11-12 years). Between 60 and 80 percent of infants are protected after the first 3 doses of vaccine, but this protection begins to disappear when they are toddlers. After the 4th immu…

…r in a prone position. The rate of SIDS is higher in those babies who do not receive timely well-child care and immunizations. Putting children to sleep on their backs lowers the risk of SIDS by about three times. Use firm bedding in a slightly cool room. Breastfeeding may also reduce the risk of SIDS, but the studies remain inconclusive. The SIDS rate has dropped by more than half in the last few years to 0.7 per one thousand live births in the…

…waiting at least a bit for ear piercing. My reason? Tetanus. Even though tetanus is not very common (thanks to immunizations), the tetanus bacteria is everywhere. It usually enters the body through puncture wounds. For this reason, it is better for a baby to have at least one (better two) tetanus shots behind her before her big day . Two shots would put the event at 3-5 months old for most kids. Also, once babies are 3 months old, they are bette…

…infectious diseases have plagued the population year after year, causing measureless misery and death. This rampage had been virtually unchecked until the second half of the twentieth century, when a new process called immunization was introduced on a wide scale. This led to the global eradication of smallpox, the elimination of poliomyelitis from the Americas, and has almost eliminated tetanus, diphtheria, mumps, and the horrible congenital rub…

…h of any infant or young child. According to the CDC, SIDS is the leading cause of death among babies from 1 to 12 months of age. It is the third leading cause of overall infant mortality in the United States. Who gets SIDS? The peak period for SIDS is between two and four months old. It is very rare before one month of age, and at least 95 percent of all the cases have occurred before children reach six months old. SIDS is rare in babies who sle…