…Vaccines in multi-dose vials are more likely to contain thimerosal as a preservative. Immunizations save lives Immunizations remain one of the greatest discoveries in human history, having saved innumerable lives and prevented measureless suffering. Available vaccines continue to be improved, and vaccine schedules continue to be refined. I strongly support the immunization of children and I agree with US Surgeon General David Satcher’s Jul…

…rate the immunization given is working! So what if giving Tylenol (a fever-reducer) reduces the immune system’s response? Some Czech Republic doctors wanted to find out. They published their 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 r…

…killed over 6,000 children. 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 o…

…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 p…

…champions, starting before launch. And the circle continues to grow. Who is the White Out movement? You. Let’s make history together. What can you do to get involved? The first step is to go to http://Ez.com/WhiteOut and “like” the page.  That’s a start. Then tell two friends about the campaign and ask them to “like” the page and tell two other friends. Every individual makes a difference. Together we can change 50 years of tradition in ju…

…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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…cell phone. She 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…

…and professionals alike that the analgesic effects of acetaminophen in younger children have not been shown.” (page 106) But despite their strong decision, it was never made extremely clear to the public or to professionals that pain relief for younger children had not been shown. (Though this little post has certainly been passed around recently!) At the FDA meeting, the experts on the panel pointed out that we get it wrong about 20% of the tim…

…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…

…y 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 you…

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…parantese with babies (the high pitched sing song repetition of words caregivers use when speaking to babies). 2. Establish a routine. Reading a book before bed or naptime is a great way for a baby to wind down. Once you’ve begun signing in the context of reading books, or any other situation, continue to 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 fav…

…of Tea’s kiwi pear green tea. This 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 life…

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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…

…gs of abuse such as cocaine or heroin increase the risk by as many as thirty times. The media often focus on “crack babies,” but tobacco use continues in approximately 25% of all pregnancies in the United States (J Pharmacol Exp Ther, Jun 1998). Nicotine exposure is responsible for many more SIDS deaths than any other drug of abuse, including cocaine. Stopping smoking during pregnancy is the most immediate step we can take to save inf…

…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…

Dr.Greene’s Answer: A beautiful little girl was perfectly healthy until 3 days following her DPT injection when she developed a high fever, screaming, and convulsions. After the episode subsided, this little girl was left with permanent brain damage. Television specials featuring the tragic story of a child with severe neurologic damage following a DPT injection are a vivid warning to take new medical technologies seriously. However, these…

…smoke, and even anything that smells like cigarette smoke. Take your baby in for regular well-child visits and immunizations. Breastfeeding may also reduce the risk of SIDS, but the studies remain inconclusive. The media often focus on “crack babies,” but tobacco use continues in approximately 25% percent of all pregnancies in the United States. Nicotine exposure is responsible for many more SIDS deaths than any other drug of abuse,…