…forms from all vaccines. Allergic reactions to vaccine components are another important issue. According to the 2006 Red Book (Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 2006 AAP), allergic reactions to vaccine ingredients are rare. The most common difficulties are encountered with hypersensitivities to chicken or eggs, mercury, certain antibiotics, or to gelatin. Chicken and Egg Allergies The current measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) doe…

…ublished 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 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 respon…

…e 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…

…ad has to leave, he or she can take one of the photo albums along. During future phone calls, they can turn to a page and ask your child to look at the same page. Your spouse can use the picture to remind your child of the wonderful times they’ve had together. This will help him believe that you will all have more wonderful times together in the future. It will also be very comforting to your child to know that he is looking at the same thi…

…tory 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 just one year and change the trajectory of kids health for all future generations. Support real food for babies. Get an official…

…ist 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, an…

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…wrong, or there’s some sort of emergency, there are phones at the YMCA she can use. (Natasha’s treatise, page 2) This is what I told her the next morning, as she sat on the stool with her arms crossed, scowling at me. And then she burst into tears. “Do you know how hard it is,” she sniffled, “not to have one when all your friends do?” Of course. The real reason. Cell phones are cool. Tash is all about cool. According to a 2009 Kaiser Fami…

…g 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 fa…

…dlers 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 younge…

…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 son to look at the same page. Your husband can use the picture to remind his son of the wonderful times they’ve had together. This will help him believe that you will all have more wonderful times together in the future. It will also be very comforting to your son to know that he is looking at the same thing Dad…

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…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 lif…

…ren – but still can be a real nuisance. People with pertussis go through four stages: Incubation. For 5 to 21 days after exposure (usually 7 to 10 days) there are no symptoms at all while the bacteria multiply. Prodrome. For the next 1 to 2 weeks, pertussis is not unlike a cold. People have runny noses, sneezing, and perhaps a low-grade fever. A mild cough begins that gradually worsens. Paroxysms. The worst part of the illness lasts from 1…

SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is defined as the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of any infant or young child. SIDS accounts for about half of the deaths that occur between one month and one year of age. Genetics plays a large role. SIDS is more common in boys than in girls, and it is more common in some population groups (Black, Native American, Hawaiian, Filipino, Maori). Most of the affected infants have damaged or immature…

Many parents opt to wait on ear piercing until a child is able to make the decision for herself (or himself). Some parents find it desirable for their children to have pierced ears as babies. But how early is too early? I am a fan of 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….

…In the 1990s, diphtheria spread across the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union and killed 3% to 23% of those affected by the disease (Red Book, 2009). Diphtheria continues to affect populations in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East (www.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook). In large part due to routine vaccinations in the United States, there have been no cases of locally-acquired respiratory tract diphtheria in the United St…

…e 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,…

…a prone position. The rate of SIDS is also 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. Avoid cigarette smoke, and even anything that smells like cigarette smoke. Take your baby in for regular well-child visits and immunizations. There is some evidence to support that breastfeedin…