…ost and storage capacity. 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…

…onths, for example), the lower antibody concentrations existed in the group that originally got the Tylenol for 3 different vaccines. Powerful stuff. The fact is, fever is a common and expected response after immunizations and shots. Tylenol will help prevent fever in some, but may also prevent the desired immune response. This study found that around 1/2 of all 2 month-old infants (42-66%) had temperature elevation in the first 24 hours. Most ba…

…ntinue 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 each vaccine outweigh the current risks. I’m all for reformulating vaccines to make them as safe as possible. But it is refreshing to set these questions against the backdrop of the immense boon immunizations have been, and continue to be, to c…

…d 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 thin…

…), the baby gets several tablespoons more blood, which could be enough iron to tide them over for an additional 3 months later on when they are starting solids. Thankfully, what the medical community calls “delayed” cord clamping is now becoming more common. To be sure your baby is getting enough iron you have several other options: Choose an iron-fortified whole grain baby cereal. Give supplemental iron drops. (It’s what&#8217…

…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…

…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…

…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 Dadd…

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…text 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 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, an…

…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…

…ten feel horribly responsible after SIDS, sometimes there is nothing they could have done to prevent it. Almost 35,000 healthy babies in Italy had EKGs performed in the first week of life. They were then followed for a year. Most of those who ended up dying of SIDS had an abnormality on their original EKGs (a prolonged QTc interval). Those with this abnormality were more than 40 times more likely than their peers to die from SIDS (New England Jou…

…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…

…a prone position. The rate of SIDS is also higher in those babies who do not receive timely well-child care and immunizations. Events that occur even before the baby is born affect the risk of SIDS. Anything that causes less oxygen to get to the baby in the uterus will increase his or her risk. On average, smoking during pregnancy doubles the chances, and the odds increase with each cigarette. Other drugs of abuse such as cocaine or heroin increa…