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Weekly Highlights (1/9/2011)

We hope you had a wonderful weekend! To catch up for missing last week, you’ll see a little more in this weeks highlights, our weekly post that recaps important child health and safety news, research, and recalls from the previous week and other great finds we’ve come across in our internet travels.

In the News:

Agencies: No Need for Baby Formula Recall - Test results are in on the Enfamil formula recall, and all tests of factory-sealed containers found no bacteria. However, the bacteria was found in an open bottle of water and prepared formula of the child who died in Missouri and authorities are unsure how it got there, which stresses the importance of safely preparing infant formula.

Get the Lead Out: Panel Wants Kids’ Limits HalvedAn advisory panel to the CDC is recommending that the current threshold for child lead poisoning be cut in half based on new research that children could be harmed from levels far lower than the current standard. They also recommend a prevention policy that includes removing children from buildings with lead-based paint hazards. The CDC has yet to approve the change in threshold, and a decision to ramp up prevention will take significantly more time and resources.

Widowed Teen Mom Kills Intruder to Protect Baby - An 18 year old teen mom shoots and kills an intruder in her home just one week after losing her husband to cancer on Christmas Day. What a tragic week for such a young girl. Video coverage of her ordeal and amazingly calm and collected 911 call below.

Oops…Company Publishes X-Rated Children’s Clothing Ad - French clothing company, La Redoute, apologizes for somehow missing the naked man wandering around in the background of their latest photo shoot after it appeared online.

‘National Opt Out Day’ Rejects Standardized Tests - On the 10th Anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act, United Opt Out National is encouraging parents to opt out of standardized testing this spring citing limited benefits from the high-stakes testing brought on by the Act. Personally, I worry that teaching to a test is stifling our children’s creativity.

First Grader Dies After Allergic Reaction at School - Ammaria Johnson, 7, died at her elementary school after suffering from an allergic reaction to peanuts. The girl’s death has sparked conversation about schools’ ability to handle allergic reactions and proposed legislation that would allow schools to have non-prescription epi-pens available.

Passersby Rescue Kids in Icy River Crash - An amazing tale of heroism. Talk about right place, right time. Thank goodness for those men.

New Research:

Poor Kids Miss Out on Playtime
A new report from the American Academy of Pediatricians indicates that poor children are lacking unstructured, free playtime because of a lack of safe places to play, parents who are busy trying to make ends meet, and schools cutting out recess and phys ed in order to focus more on academics. The article suggests that schools should be encouraged to keep recess and cities should aim to provide safe places to play - much easier said than done for sure.

The Hormone Surge of Middle Childhood
Middle childhood, the age between about 5 or 6 and the teenage years, is a busy time for a child’s brain.  It is the time when a child’s brain has reached its adult size and now focuses on forging connections. It’s a time of great creativity and a time where children begin to gain the ability to control impulses, to reason, to focus, and to understand and accept mortality and plan for the future. And it’s apparently an age that has been very much overlooked until lately.

Fantastic Finds:

Don’t Carpe Diem from Momastery.com - Parenthood is hard. We don’t always want to seize every moment. But there is Kairos - God’s time - those metaphysical moments when time stands still and you look at your child with wonderment, awe, and unconditional love. Cherish Kairos. I love this post!

10 Illegal Baby Names from Yahoo LifeStyle UK - Absurd baby names and international baby naming laws. Who knew?

Recalls, December 27 – January 9:

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!

XOXO,

Jasmine & Heather

Weekly Highlights (11/8/2011)

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:

Cell Towers Going up in School District Despite Parent Objections - Is this the beginning of a new trend? School districts in the market for new sources of revenue signing contracts with cellphone businesses to put up towers on school campuses. Is this really a good idea?

Group Urges Johnson & Johnson Boycott Over Baby Shampoo Chemicals - The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has been campaigning J&J for over 2 years now to remove two controversial chemicals from its baby shampoo formulation – Quaternium-15, a formaldehyde-releasing preservative, and 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a process for making chemicals more soluble and gentler on the skin. J&J already makes a safer alternative for other countries, so why the double standard for the U.S.? Time to ratchet up the pressure.

Parents Order Chicken Pox Lollipops Over the InternetWell, “pox parties” are out, and now “pox pops” are in? Moms in a Facebook group have been found offering to send lollipops that have been infected with chicken pox by mail. Aside from being illegal, doctors say it’s not likely to work as the virus would not survive; however, other more dangerous disease germs just might. And requests were also found on the FB page for measles, mumps, or rubella. Really??

New Research:

The Prevalence Puzzle: Autism Counts
Are increasing rates of autism due to increased awareness and shifting diagnoses or increasing exposure to toxins and genetic factors? This article provides an excellent summation of some of the key research addressing this question and the direction that autism research is moving.

Second Thoughts on Medicines for Babies Who Spit Up
Prescriptions for acid reflux medications are on the rise, with 11- and 16- fold increases documented in some medications. Dr. Hassall, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation in San Francisco, is concerned that these medications are being over-prescribed. Some studies have shown that these medications work no better than placebos in treating infants with reflux because many of these children don’t truly have reflux. In many cases, the symptoms may just be part of normal infant development. Before attempting prescription drugs, he suggests changes in maternal diet for breastfeeding mothers, namely elimination of dairy, soy, and/or wheat, or hypoallergenic formulas for bottle-fed infants.

Good Reads:

Top Doc Reveals 8 Fertility Misconceptions from CNN Health - Some of the more common mistakes and misconceptions couples may have about fertility. I learned a few things about IVF and infertility I hadn’t known before.

Recalls, November 1 – November 7:

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!

XOXO,
Jasmine & Heather

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!

XOXO,

Jasmine & Heather




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