ADHD, seizures and epilepsy appear linked

Even though an estimated 750,000 children are living with epilepsy in the USA, a far more common type of seizure is a febrile seizure, a convulsion caused by a fever. In fact, 2% to 5% of children will have a febrile seizure at some point in childhood, but previous research has shown no long-term problems Read more about ADHD, seizures and epilepsy appear linked[…]

How much do you know about gun violence statistics?

In our book, we include a substantial section on children and firearms. This topic isn’t typically covered in most parenting books. In fact, we aren’t aware of any books in our micro-genre that address the issue (though we likely missed some). We included it because there is enough research on the issue to draw very clear Read more about How much do you know about gun violence statistics?[…]

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“Stomach flu” linked to timing of daycare start

If it feels like your child gets sick a lot more often during their first year of daycare, it’s not your imagination. A recent study in Pediatrics analyzed gastrointestinal illness rates in 2,220 children involved in a study that ran from their birth until they were 6 years old. While the overall rate of acute Read more about “Stomach flu” linked to timing of daycare start[…]

Laundry Pods Are Serious Hidden Dangers for Children

In the course of 2013 and 2014, Poison Control centers across the U.S. 62, 254 reports about children’s exposure to laundry and dishwasher detergents, found a new study in Pediatrics. While keeping dishes and clothes clean certainly helps provide safe and healthy environments for children, the type of detergent products we use may pose serious Read more about Laundry Pods Are Serious Hidden Dangers for Children[…]

Maternal PPD

Around 40% of mothers are affects by maternal depression, but screenings by care providers are not being performed often enough, found a recent in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. The researchers found that less than half of pediatricians routinely screen mothers for postpartum depression. The study’s survey of 321 general practice pediatricians in 2013 did, Read more about Maternal PPD[…]

Hydrolyzed formula may not prevent allergies after all

Hydrolyzed formula contains proteins that have been broken down, or hydrolyzed, into smaller fragments. These specialized formulas, based on the milk proteins whey or casein, have been viewed as one way to ensure that babies at high risk for allergies get good nutrition without adding to their risk. Formulas can be partially or extensively hydrolyzed. Read more about Hydrolyzed formula may not prevent allergies after all[…]

Low Measles Vaccination Rates Contribute to Outbreaks

New research has pulled together more than a dozen studies on measles and pertussis outbreaks and offers further confirmation that lower vaccination rates contribute to these outbreaks. The study, appearing in JAMA, is a meta-analysis that involved examining 18 different studies’ results before drawing conclusions. One of those conclusions, as we discuss in our book, is that Read more about Low Measles Vaccination Rates Contribute to Outbreaks[…]

Migraines Could Indicate Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Having a severe headache during pregnancy may mean more than having to lie down and pop a few painkillers. Migraines have been linked to several pregnancy complications in a recent study, but the study is fairly small. The researchers examined 90 pregnant women who had migraines, nearly a third of whom had a migraine lasting Read more about Migraines Could Indicate Risk of Pregnancy Complications[…]