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What is Your Pediatrician Reading?
Medscape Pediatrics, a leading source of medical information for physicians (if not the leading source of info for physicians), has released the Medscape Top 10 for in 2011 – this year’s 10 most important articles, chosen by being the most read articles of the year. ***Spoiler Alert*** This is tremendous news for WhiteOut, our campaign [...]Read full story
Starting Solids: An Exciting Reason to Be Thankful
Last Thanksgiving I announced a bold campaign, spearheaded by an amazing band of volunteers, to upgrade babies’ first foods to real foods – and babies’ first grains to whole grains – and to do this in 2011.Read full story
Pediatricians’ Trick-or-Treat Bags
Each year thousands of pediatricians gather for a national conference to catch up on the latest science and with each other. There’s also a huge exhibit hall, as in so many professional and trade conferences, where the latest products are displayed. At our meeting, vendors pass out logo bags that pediatricians can use going up [...]Read full story
Food Day: A Great New Holiday
Food Day, my favorite new holiday, is a simple but profound celebration of something all humans share – we become the food we eat. The first annual Food Day (foodday.org), debuts October 24, sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the nonprofit group that has led successful fights for food labeling, better [...]Read full story
Stress and Environmental Toxins
Of course reducing toxic exposures is an important way to reduce risks from unhealthy chemicals, but a growing body of research suggests paying attention to positive habits – such as good food, healthy sleep and active play can often reduce or even eliminate harm when exposed. An update on this emerging field of research appeared [...]Read full story
Which Diapers Are Better for the Planet?
As a father and pediatrician, I’ve changed many diapers — enough to teach me that diapers are a daily reminder that as humans we deplete resources as we consume, and we make messes with our waste. Those landfill diapers that are so easily tossed into the trash are clearly a major ecological issue. But what [...]Read full story
The Price of Health
How much does it cost to start a baby on better food? In my local Safeway this summer I found the most popular white rice (white flour) cereal available at 29.4c per serving, or $8.23 if fed twice a day for two weeks (as is often the case for those first weeks of solids). The [...]Read full story
Your Baby Knows What You’re Eating … Even Before Birth
Babies have more taste buds before birth than at any later time. Why would they be designed to form extra taste buds only for them to disappear before they are even born? Most parents think that before birth, babies get all of their nutrition through the umbilical cord. They don’t realize that babies also drink [...]Read full story
Breast Milk’s Subtle Flavor Magic
Interestingly, babies tend to suck more vigorously when a new flavor is introduced into their mothers’ diet (even if the mothers don’t notice the change in nursing, researchers can measure it). The babies’ bodies seem eager to learn new flavors. When that flavor has been repeated a few times, nursing returns to normal, suggesting that [...]Read full story
When Does the Flavor Hit Breast Milk?
As you might expect, different flavors appear to take a different amount of time to enter breast milk. In one recent study, researchers gave breastfeeding mothers capsules of banana, caraway seed, licorice, or menthol flavors, and tested their breast milk to see when the flavors arrived and when they left. Banana peaked and was gone [...]Read full story