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More Car Seat Recalls
Baby Trend, Inc., in collaboration and cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, is recalling about 16,655 of their  3-in-1 child restraints because, because like a recent Graco car seat recall, "it may be difficult to remove the child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of an emergency in which a prompt exit from the vehicle is required." Included in this car seat recall, are the 2011 and 2012 TrendZ Fastback 3-in-1 child restraints, including:...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - April 16, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Anti-Vaccine Myths and Misinformation
Of course, the great majority of parents vaccinate their kids and get them fully protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. And with the rise in these diseases, including mumps, measles, and pertussis, ...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - April 16, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Mumps Outbreak in Ohio
In addition to the ongoing measles outbreaks across the country, there is currently a large mumps outbreak in central Ohio. Although not getting as much attention, the mumps outbreak, which began ...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - April 16, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Walking to School Safely
People often bemoan the fact that it doesn't seem like as many kids walk to school like they used to in the 'good old days.' It would certainly be good if they did. Most kids need more physical activity, especially those who aren't involved in youth sports....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - April 7, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013
The Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013 (S. 1700) was introduced in the United States Senate and in the House as HR. 3481 last November. The bill "amends the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 to extend, enhance, and revise the provisions relating to collection, use, and disclosure of personal information of children, to establish certain other protections for personal information of children and minors, and for other purposes."...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - April 7, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

World Health Day 2014
It's World Health Day and the focus this year is on vector-borne diseases, or diseases that can be transmitted by the bite of mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and water snails. Unfortunately, while the CDC states that "vector-borne diseases account for 17% of the estimated global burden of all infectious diseases," it is important to remember that there are no vaccines to help prevent most of them. These diseases include dengue, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Chagas disease, and malaria, which remains "one of the most severe public health problems world...
Source: About.com Pediatrics - April 7, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Update on New Meningitis Vaccines
While there are more than a few meningitis vaccines already available, some recent outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis and meningococcemia highlight the fact that at least one is sorely missing. In addition to many sporadic cases, last year, eight students and one prospective student at Princeton University developed meningococcal disease in an outbreak that began in March 2013. At University of California, Santa Barbara, there were four confirmed cases in November 2013, including one student who became so sick that he had to have both of his feet amputated. Both outbreaks were caused by different strains of the serogro...
Source: About.com Pediatrics - April 7, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Autism Group Awareness
This year, for Autism Awareness Month, how about being a little more aware of the differences in all of the autism organizations out there. The very recent Chili's public relations blunder, in which they are planning to donate 10% of sales on April 7 to the National Autism Association, an anti-vaccine autism organization, highlights how important it is to know the organization you are supporting and or visiting information and advice....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - April 3, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Measles Count Up To 108 Cases
The CDC has released the latest measles case count for the United States. We are now up to 108 cases. While that still may not seem like a lot to some people, ...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - April 2, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Update on the Measles Outbreaks of 2014
Not expectantly, the measles outbreaks of 2014 continue to grow larger. We now have at least 89 cases in the United States, including: at least 25 cases of measles in New York City, including 13 adults and 12 children, with 6 requiring hospitalization....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 27, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Responses to the latest CDC report on Autism Prevalence
When commenting on the 2012 CDC report on autism prevalence, I included the quote that autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) continue "to be an important public health concern" and we need a "coordinated response to identify risk factors for ASDs and meet the needs of persons with ASDs and their families."...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 26, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Walmart Doll Recall
The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. are recalling about 170,000 dolls because "the circuit board in the chest of the doll can overheat, causing the surface of the doll to get hot, posing a burn hazard to the consumer."...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 19, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Measles Outbreak in NYC - Who do we blame?
A new article in The New York Times, "Measles Outbreak May Have Spread in Medical Facilities, a City Official Says," seems to imply that doctors and hospitals were to blame ...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 18, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Not Vaccinating Your Kids? Who Are You Putting At Risk?
One of the classic myths or misconceptions that anti-vaccine folks use when they don't immunize their children is saying that their intentionally unvaccinated kids pose no risk to the rest of us, because we have all had our vaccines....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 18, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Safety Roundup
In this week's Safety Roundup, stories of: a 3-year-old in Eureka, Texas who died after he was shot in the head at close range with a 20-gauge shotgun in a shed next to his home. It seems likely that his 8-year-old cousin unintentionally shot the toddler. a 2-year-old in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma who dies after he unintentionally shot himself with a handgun....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 12, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

New York City Measles Update
Not surprisingly, the measles outbreak in New York City is already growing, bringing the total case count to 19....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 12, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Meningococcal Disease Update - Drexel University Student Dies
Many people will remember last year's outbreaks of meningococcal disease at Princeton University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Both were linked to the serogroup B meningococcal bacteria, a strain of bacteria that is not included in the currently approved meningococcal vaccines....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 12, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Show your Support for Home Visiting Programs
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of Maternal and Child Programs (AMCHP), and other maternal and child health advocates are working hard today to urge members of Congress to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 12, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Parents and Cell Phones
Parents often complain about their kids spending too much time playing games on their iPads and texting with their cell phones. Are parents using them too much too? A new study that will be published in the April issue of Pediatrics, "Patterns of Mobile Device Use by Caregivers and Children During Meals in Fast Food Restaurants," observed caregivers eating with their children and found "a large proportion of caregivers who were highly absorbed with their hand-held devices."...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 10, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Flu Vaccines in Day Care
Yearly flu vaccines were once recommended only for high risk children. It wasn't until the 2002-03 flu season that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices begin encouraging vaccination of healthy children between the ages of 6 and 23 months when feasible....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 10, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Are Measles Outbreaks Getting Out of Control?
Many people likely thought measles was getting into out of control territory when we continued to hit new records in the last few years, including: 220 measles cases in 2011 - a 15 year record and the highest number of cases since 1996 58 cases in the 2013 New York City measles outbreak - the largest outbreak since the endemic spread of measles was eliminated in the United States local and state public health departments spending from $2.7 million to $5.3 million US dollars to contain just half of the measles outbreaks in 2011...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 5, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Update on the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012
Most people welcomed the passage of the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012. Continued reports of deaths from child abuse and neglect led to many to realize that an "increased understanding of deaths from child abuse and neglect can lead to improvement in agency systems and practices to protect children and prevent child abuse and neglect."...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 4, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Vaccines Save Lives and Money
That vaccines save lives and money is something that most health experts know well. Another vaccine study that will be published in the April issue of Pediatrics, "Economic Evaluation of the Routine Childhood Immunization Program in the United States, 2009," simply confirms it....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 3, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Safety Roundup
In this week's Safety Roundup, stories of: a 5-year-old from Amarillo, Texas who unintentionally shot himself and his father at the Bass Pro Shops in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma after he got a hold of his father's gun while they were in the store's dressing room. a 9-year-old in Dallas, Texas who is in critical condition after she was unintentionally shot in the head in her home by a neighbor doing target practice in  his back yard. a 12-year-old in Orlando, Florida who was unintentionally shot in the arm while she was a passenger in a car driving by a house where a man accidentally fired his .380-caliber handgun whi...
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 3, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Infant Sleep Machines Could Damage your Baby's Hearing
When did your baby start sleeping through the night? Of all of the milestones, the time when their baby sleeps through the night is one that many parents look forward to the most. That is especially true if their baby is still waking up two or three times a night when they are five or six months old....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - March 3, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Women's History Month - Women in Pediatrics
Recognizing that "throughout our Nation's history, American women have led movements for social and economic justice, made groundbreaking scientific discoveries, enriched our culture with stunning works of art and literature, and charted bold directions in our foreign policy," President Obama has proclaimed March 2014 as Women's History Month....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 28, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Rare Disease Day 2014
Rare Disease Day was first established in 2008 to help raise awareness of the nearly 7,000 rare diseases that affect millions of people, but don't get the attention or resources of more well-known diseases. ...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 27, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Arizona Pediatricians Against SB 1062 Too
Even if you don't live in Arizona, you have likely heard of SB 1062 by now. The bill, which is also called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, could allow retailers to refuse service to customers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender based on the religious convictions of the owner. Not surprisingly, many business groups, including the state Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and Arizona's Super Bowl Host Committee, etc., are lining up against the bill on economic grounds....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 26, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013
The Do Not Track Kids Act Act of 2013 (S. 1700) was introduced in the United States Senate and in the House as HR. 3481 last November. The bill "amends the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 to extend, enhance, and revise the provisions relating to collection, use, and disclosure of personal information of children, to establish certain other protections for personal information of children and minors, and for other purposes."...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 26, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

New Food Labels from the FDA
It seems hard to believe that nutrition labels haven't been really updated in over 20 years, when the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 created "the food label to list the most important nutrients in an easy-to-follow format."...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 26, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Latest Listeria Outbreak Linked to Eating Cheese
Although not as well known as Salmonella and E. coli, the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can also cause food poisoning. The latest outbreak of listeriosis has been linked to multiple brands of cheese from Roos Foods and has already caused eight infections in two states (California and Maryland)....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 26, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Polio-like illness in California - Hype or Hazard?
A lot is being made in the media about kids with a "polio-like syndrome" in California. Did this follow some new warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, or California Department of Public Health?...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 24, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Safety Roundup
In this week's Safety Roundup, stories of: a 9-year-old in Magnolia, Arkansas who was found dead in the woods after an extended all night search as a result of a hunting accident. He unintentionally shot himself near his family's deer camp while squirrel hunting. a 9-year-old in Guyton, Georgia who died after he was unintentionally shot in the head with a .22 rifle that he and his 11-year-old neighbor had been handling in his backyard. The rifle had been stored in his shed. a 12-year-old in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who was unintentionally shot in the leg by a family friend who was cleaning his rifle. a 5-month-old in...
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 22, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Off-Label Drug Use for Kids
In a 1996 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics on "unapproved uses of approved drugs," off-label drug use was described as being "extremely prevalent among physicians who care for children."...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 22, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

World Encephalitis Day 2014
Most people are familiar with meningitis - inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Fewer know about encephalitis - inflammation of the brain itself. World Encephalitis Day is a great time to learn more about this potentially devastating condition....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 22, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Measles on a Bus
We used to say that measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases were just a plane ride away, as most were still common in other countries outside of the United States. Now, you might be able to get measles by hopping on a bus....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 20, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Update on Flu Season and Flu Vaccine Effectiveness
Each year, after getting our flu shot, we wait and hope that it is a good match for the flu virus strains that are going around. Will our flu vaccine work? In a new report, "Interim Estimates of 2013-14 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness -- United States, February 2014," the CDC has estimated the effectiveness of this year's seasonal flu vaccine to prevent "influenza-associated, medically attended acute respiratory illness" at about 67% in children between the ages of 6 months and 17 years....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 18, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Safety Roundup
In this week's Safety Roundup, stories of: a 15-year-old in Alakanuk, Alaska who unintentionally shot himself in the leg in a hunting accident. a 3-year-old in Lake Worth, Florida who died after she was unintentionally shot by unsecured gun inside her home. an 18-year-old in Cocoa, Florida who died after he was unintentionally shot in the chest by a friend who was repairing his AR-15....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 16, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Getting Teens to Use Sunscreen
From exercising each day to drinking more milk, it can often be hard to get teens to do things that you know are good for them. A new study that was published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, "Effect of appearance-based education compared with health-based education on sunscreen use and knowledge: A randomized controlled trial," offers an approach that might be more helpful, at least for getting teens to use sunscreen....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 16, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

SAFE in Our Schools Act
The "Secure America for Education in Our Schools Act" or "S.A.F.E. in Our Schools Act" would "require that each state include in its application for funds under the Homeland Security Grant Program a certification that the state requires each institution of education for kindergarten through 12th grade to develop an emergency response plan that includes provisions for evacuation relocation, family-child reunification, children with special needs, and addressing multiple disasters."...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 16, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Valentine's Day Tips from the AAP
Each year, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers parents help to show love for their kids. Some of my favorite are that you: Use plenty of positive and encouraging words with your child. Try to avoid using sarcasm or mockery and get rid of put-downs from the words you use as a parent. Children often don't understand your purpose, and if they do, these messages can create negative ways of talking and connecting with each other. Make an extra effort to set a good example about how to connect and talk with other people at home and in public. Use words like "I'm sorry," "please,&quo...
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 14, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Measles Outbreaks in Dallas, California, and Hawaii
If it seems like you have been hearing a lot about measles outbreaks already this year, that's because there have been a lot of measles outbreaks this year. The CDC reports ...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 14, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Graco Car Seat Recall
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Graco Children's Products, Inc. have announced a recall of almost 3.8 million Graco car seats because their harness buckles can be difficult to unlatch....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 10, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

CHIPRA Turns Five
The Children's Health Insurance Program was first enacted in 1997 by President Bill Clinton. Introduced by Senator Edward Kennedy, CHIP had bipartisan support to deal with a growing problem - 10 million uninsured children in the United States. It was reauthorized by President George Bush in 2007....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 9, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

More Measles in New York
Following three recent reports of measles outbreaks in Rockland County, Albany County, and Rensselaer County, there is yet another report of a measles outbreak in New York State, a student ...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 9, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Boston Buying Back Guns After Boy Kills His Brother
Boston is initiating a gun buyback program and it will almost certainly be met with very typical reactions. On the one hand, gun safety advocates will likely be happy that something is being done somewhere that might help to reduce gun violence. And if nothing else, all of the attention that a gun buyback program gets can serve as a good reminder that the community needs to do more about gun safety and reducing gun violence....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 9, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 17-month-old in Patterson Springs, North Carolina who was hospitalized after she was unintentionally shot by her 3-year-old brother with their father's 9 mm handgun that he found on top of a dresser. a 9-year-old in Boston, Massachusetts who died after he was shot by his 14-year-old brother who was handling a firearm recklessly when it fired, hitting his younger brother in the chest. a 13-year-old in Puyallup, Washington who died after he was unintentionally shot in the chest by his 13-year-old best friend while they were playing with a shotgun after school. two y...
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 8, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Multiple Measles Outbreaks in the US
After a report from the CDC  showed worldwide declines in measles cases and that "an estimated 13.8 million deaths were prevented by measles vaccination during 2000-2012," we are continuing to see measles outbreaks in the United States....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 8, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Flu Season Update - Has Flu Season Peaked?
Although the latest flu report from the CDC states that flu activity "remains elevated nationally," there is certainly signs that we may have already have seen the peak of this year's flu season, including that:...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 7, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 7th is 14th annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, "an HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to increase the awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment among Blacks in the United States and across the Diaspora."...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - February 6, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news