Weekly Highlights (9/27/2011)

Welcome to “Weekly Highlights”, our weekly post that recaps important child health and safety news, research, and recalls from the previous week and other great reads we’ve come across in our internet travels.

In the News:

How Safe is Your Indoor Swimming Pool? - Chlorine can mix with sweat, hair products, makeup, etc. to form byproducts that may be harmful to health. Scientists are researching the long-term effects, but meanwhile, a good shower with soap before entering the pool can go a long way.

Hospitals Ditch Free Formula in Record Numbers - The number of hospitals distributing free formula samples is decreasing as the U.S. Surgeon General, medical organizations, and health advocates call for more support for breastfeeding.

Play Yards: What Parents Should KnowThe CPSC issues a warning to parents about the dangers of play yards. Meanwhile, they are also pursuing safety standards for the equipment.

Blogger Living off His Wife’s Breast Milk - After his wife produced an abundance of excess breast milk, a man is attempting to live off of his wife’s breast milk and blogging about it. The couple argues that they were unable to donate the milk, yet many commenters on their blog are clammoring for it. Do you believe them?

New Research:

A Better Way to Treat Obsessive-Compulsive Kids 
A recent study highlighting the effectiveness of behavioral therapy to treat obsessive-compulsive disorders affirms earlier research and may lead to better coverage by insurance companies. Children who received medication and therapy compared with those who received only medication showed twice the improvement.

Premature Babies May Face Long-Term Health Problems
Researchers at Stanford followed over 600,000 individuals born in the 1970s into their 30s, 5% of whom were born preterm, and found that babies born premature had a higher risk of death up to age 5 that waned and then reappeared by young adulthood. The primary factor was heart defects, but respiratory and endocrine problems were also cited. The risk of mortality is still low, 1 in 1,000, but the takeaway is that individuals born preterm need to monitor their health more closely and avoid other risk factors like obesity and smoking.

Are Pediatrician’s Visits Too Short?
A third of parents surveyed in a study published in the journal Pediatrics say that their well-child visits last less than 10 minutes, and only about half of them included a developmental assessment. Another 47% reported that their visits lasted between 11 and 20 minutes, yet most parents report a high level of satisfaction with the short visits indicating that either a lot of ground is covered in a short amount of time are parents just don’t know what to expect. How do you feel about your visits?

Good Reads:

Why Toddlers Don’t Eat Vegetables from Mamapedia Voices - How we influence our children’s food choices.

Waking Up Full of Awesome from Pigtail Pals - Remember when you were 5 years old and you woke up full of awesome? It’s time to get it back. I love one of the commenter’s ideas – Frame a picture of your awesome 5 year old happy self to look at every day.

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes! from WendysLookBook - Makes me want to go out and stock up on scarves.

Recalls, September 19 – September 27:

CPSC Child Product Recalls

Child Safety Seat Recalls
No child safety seat recall announcements this week.

USDA/FDA Recalls

If there’s anything you see and think we should feature, please send it our way to jasmine@purebebe.com. We hope your week is off to a great start!


Jasmine & Heather

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2 Responses to “Weekly Highlights (9/27/2011)”

  • Hospitals Ditch Formula article: Personally, I found the free samples helpful, since I was one of those mothers who was unable to nurse. My sisters, who did nurse, never accepted the formula offers. I disagree with Merefield’s stance in the article. I don’t think that formula distributors are necessarily trying to undermind the mother who wants to breastfeed. Personally, it’s nice to have the formula available if you need it. If you don’t, then you don’t have to take it. Just my two cents.

    Pediatrician’s Visits Too Short article: Maybe it’s just my doctors, but they always patiently sit and answer any questions that I have. I don’t think that I’ve ever had a well visit under 30 minutes (start time is when you get back to the room).

    Blogger Living off Breast Milk article: I don’t believe them. They can donate the milk if they want to.

    25 Ways to Wear a Scarf: Now that little video was nothing short of inspiring. I typically do the european loop (didn’t realize that was the name), but so many of her ideas are so cool and worth a try. I think the key is the length of the scarf (hers looked more pashmina-like to me in length and width). Still, definitely worth 4.5 mins of my time. :)

    • I, too, used the samples the night my milk came in with a vengeance and my little one couldn’t nurse. Personally, I think the focus should be more on providing better lactation support and rooming in at the hospital.

      As for the pediatrician’s visit, I’ve had a few shorter visits, and while I would appreciate more time for more conversation, they have been helpful and still covered concerns in depth. So I just might be one of those parents who has had short visits but still considers themselves fairly satisfied.

      Yeah, I don’t believe the blogger either, and looks like his site has already come down. I’m sure he got an overwhelming response, not that he hadn’t already, after being featured in the Huffington Post.

      I agree – loved the video. And I have to say I was pretty amazed when I went to her blog and came across the behind the scenes for this video. Quite the talented little lady.

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