"As a measles outbreak linked to Disneyland continues to spread, a backlash against parents who refuse or delay vaccination for their children has risen to a fever pitch."
This topic spurred some heated discussion over on our Facebook page , and certainly elsewhere in the media. This article explores both sides of the vaccine argument and has some good expert commentary.
I found it especially interesting to hear from the family who switched sides -- can any of you relate?
Where do stand on this debate? Do you believe in vaccines? Why or why not?View Thread
"Girls who consume a lot of sugary drinks may enter puberty earlier than girls who don't, Harvard researchers report.
Among nearly 5,600 girls aged 9 to 14 who were followed between 1996 and 2001, the researchers found that those who drank more than 1.5 servings of sugary drinks a day had their first period 2.7 months earlier than those who drank two or fewer of these drinks a week."
Why does this matter? The study identifies early periods as a risk factor for depression in adolescence and breast cancer in adulthood.
Are you the parent of a young girl? Do you allow a lot of sugary drinks in your home?View Thread
THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research shows that the brains of some football players who had the usual head hits associated with the sport, but no concussions , still had signs of mild brain injury six months after the season ended.
Click on the link above to read more about the long-lasting effects of head hits in football.
Has your child suffered a head injury while playing football or another sport? View Thread
SATURDAY, Feb. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young children will better learn to recognize when they're full if they serve themselves instead of being given a plate with food already on it, a new study reveals.
Click on the link above to learn more.
How do mealtimes work at your house? Does (or did) your preschooler fill his/her own plate?View Thread
my little girl has (HVS) (SHE GOT IT WHEN WE WERE ON VACATION FROM A CHANG TABLE. I DID NOT GO TO THE CAR FOR A CHANGING PAD FROM THE DIAPER BAG. I DID NOT KNOW THIS MOMENT WOULD CHANGE MY LIFE OR MY CHILDS. WE CAME HOME FROM VACATION EVERY THING WAS FINE, THEN TWO WEEKS LATER MY DAUGHTER HAD A SMALL RASH, THE NEXT DAY HER BUT WAS BLEEDING AND HER DIAPER WAS FULL OF BLOOD I FREAKED AND TOOK HER TO THE ER.THEY TOOK SOME COULTERS AND GAVE US TRIPLE PAST.AND SENT US HOME. TWO WEEKS LATER IT HAPPENED AGAIN I TOOK HER RIGHT BACK TO THE ER. AT THIS TIME I WAS GIVEN THE BAD NEWS MY LITTLE GIRL HAS GRNATLE HERPES AND WILL HAVE FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE.) NOW I CANT WORK DAY CARE WILL NOT WATCH HER DUE TO THE FEAR OF THE OTHER KIDS MIGHT GET IT. THERE IS NO SUPPORT FOR PARENTS TO DEAL WITH THIS . MY CHILD HAS AN OUTBREAK TWICE A MONTH.I HAVE FOUND ABREVA/ OTHER ORAL HERPES MEDS HELP TO MAKE THE OUTBREAK END QUICKER AND HELPS WITH THE PAIN SHE GOES THROW DURING THIS TIME. I TALK TO HER PEDIATRICIAN WHEN I TRY NEW THINGS. BUT MY CHILD IS THE ONLY KID AT THIS OFFICE THAT HAS (HVS). YES I LET THE NURSES KNOW SHE HAS IT SO THEY MAY WHERE GLOVES WHEN TOUCHING HER. now i am out of work no one will watch her. and people look at us like we are dirty, or have problems like why does a baby that is 1 1/2 years old have an (STD). no i do not have herpes or my other daughter. i am a single mom so it makes things a little more harder. I have looked for help and support i have not found any yet. I WOULD LIKE TO START A SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS AND KIDS DEALING WITH (HVS)
MY NAME IS JENNIFER MY EMAIL IS JENNIFERMCAFEE20011@GMAIL.COM IF YOU NEED TO TALK. AND HOPEFULLY WE GET ENUFF PARENTS THAT WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR EACH OTHER AND OUR KIDS.View Thread
The social security admin keeps track of names, and has a cool searchable database. This year's faves are Sophia and Jacob. Take a look at any year's top names, or look up a name to see how it has trended. Hint: Roy really hasn't been doing very well...View Thread
The FDA is taking steps to remove many unapproved prescription medicines from the market. These are mostly medications that claim to treat "cold and cough" symptoms, with no evidence that they're safe or effective. View the complete list through the link above.
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