…cine (MMR) does not contain a significant amount of egg proteins (but two other vaccines do). As recently as 1994, the AAP recommended skin testing of all children with severe egg allergies before they received the MMR. This is no longer necessary. Even those with dramatic egg allergies are extremely unlikely to have an anaphylactic reaction to the MMR. The benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks. Most people don’t know that the infl…

…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…

…t push to immunize their children, resulting in a revolution in that nation’s health. In 1990, when only 40% of their children were immunized, there were over 68,000 cases of measles. That year, the disease 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, Arge…

…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…

…to 10 exposures in a positive environment for 85% of babies to imprint on a flavor and texture. If a baby gets 14 such exposures, it’s even morel likely. Since I was born, most American babies, myself included, have been given that many meals of just processed white flour before being exposed to any other food. This same flavor preference turns into unhealthy kids’s meals and junk food, including too many cupcakes, soft hamburger buns…

…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…

…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…

…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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…will be sharing with you each of the five days this week some thoughts on how we can advance health each day, 24×7, beyond consuming health ‘care.’ Today, my thoughts are on not vitamins or food or meditation or exercise, but on…clothing. Since it’s Monday, it means I spent a portion of yesterday doing one of my favorite things that enhances my health and wellbeing: reading the Sunday New York Times. And if it’s Sunday, I prefer the good ol…

…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…

…ad 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 Journal of Medicine, Jun 11, 1998). 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…

…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…

…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…

…ad 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 Journal of Medicine, Jun 11, 1998). These findings hold promise for future screening and prevention. There are already several important preventive measures available. Events that occur even before the baby is born affect the risk of SIDS. Anything that causes less oxyg…