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 Know – The 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?
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?
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.
Recalls, September 19 – September 27:
CPSC Child Product Recalls
Child Safety Seat Recalls
No child safety seat recall announcements this week.
- M & P Food Productions, Ltd. Issues Allergy Alert On Several Varieties Of Vareniki/ Dumplings Because Of Undeclared Milk And Wheat Allergens In Products
- Rich Products Corporation Announces Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Seapak Breaded Butterfly Shrimp, Net Wt. 22 Oz., Due To Undeclared Milk Ingredient (Whey)
- Carol’s Cuts recalls fresh cut cantaloupe and cut mixed fruit containing cantaloupe because of possible health risk Distributed in KS, Mo, and NE
- Smoked Spilt Herring Uneviscerated
- Pepperidge Farm Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity Of Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks
- California Firm Recalls Tongue and Blood Sausage Product Due To Mislabeling and Undeclared Allergen
- Wisconsin Firm Recalls Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Products That May Be Undercooked
- New York Firm Recalls Chicken, Beef, Veal and Pork Products Due to an Undeclared Allergen
- Texas Firm Recalls Ground Beef Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination
If there’s anything you see and think we should feature, please send it our way to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope your week is off to a great start!
Jasmine & Heather