Safety Related Articles & Blog Posts
How People Got Pepsi to Change its Mind: A Recipe
The last chapter of this story starts with one 15-year-old girl named Sarah Kavanagh, a vegetarian who had gotten into the habit of reading foods labels to be sure there weren’t any hidden animal products. In Gatorade, one of her favorite drinks, she came across an ingredient she didn’t recognize – brominated vegetable oil, or [...]Read full story
Another Newtown is Not Inevitable
My heart goes out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this horrific tragedy. There are no words that can heal your pain. There is no action that can undo what has been wrongly done to you.Read full story
Is Codeine Safe for Children?
More than half a million tonsillectomies are performed each year on children in the U.S. More than sixty percent of those children report significant pain in the days that follow. Acetaminophen with codeine is in widespread use for post-operative pain, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now investigating the safety of codeine for [...]Read full story
My Take on Arsenic and Brown Rice
You may have seen headlines based on a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives about arsenic and organic brown rice syrup. Many of the headlines mention concern about the implications for some infant formula and food bars. Here’s my take:Read full story
Biking with kids: Terror and Triumph
Every Thursday, it’s bike-to-school day. Every Thursday, I’m terrified of what might happen. Every Thursday, we triumph upon arrival at our charter school, 2.5 miles from my house.Read full story
How young is too young for Facebook?
A law proposed in California would require that social networking sites like Facebook take down content from the profiles of children under 18 if their parents request it.Read full story
Should pre-teens have cell phones? My 10-year-old thinks so.
My 10-year-old daughter wants a cell phone. She wants it bad. So bad that the other night I came home to the note pictured below.Read full story
Got Metal Detector?
Dr Greene, My 33 month old swallowed a dime and a penny about 18 hours ago. He is eating and drinking fine and does not have tummy pain. He pooped this morning but there was no sign of the…Read full story
New: skin damage starts with your child’s first summer
It’s taken a long time for science to quantify what mothers have always known: the skin of babies and toddlers is very different from the skin of older children and adults. Babies’ skin is softer because the outermost protective layer, the stratum corneum, isn’t mature until at least age two.Read full story
Historic AAP Call for Chemical Change
Our primary federal law that governs chemicals in the US today is now as out of date and ridiculous as a 1970s polyester leisure suit. Most people assume that if a chemical is in a common product on the shelves of a local store – especially a product for children — someone has required that [...]Read full story