Posts Tagged ‘asthma’

Parenting News: Breastfeeding, Stay at Home Dads, Pregnancy, Kids and Hospitals, Asthma, Medications

By Dad News Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Hospitals Fail in Support of Breastfeeding, CDC Says: Across the country, just 14 percent of these institutions have a model written breastfeeding policy in place, and the majority give infants food or drink other than breast milk when it’s not medically necessary, according to the agency’s August issue of Vital Signs. (ABC News)

A Stay-At-Home Dad Wonders Why He Gets the Hairy Eyeball on Playgrounds: “Of course, I’m a potential predator simply because I’m a guy. It must be inconceivable for a man to comfort his own child, so the obvious conclusion is I’m attempting to abduct a kid in broad daylight and pick up some half-price noodles and toothpaste at the same time. Slightly less offensive is the notion a woman can be automatically granted a free pass.” (

Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Lessen Infant Colds: Pregnant women who consume plenty of omega-3 fatty acids from supplements or natural sources such as salmon may be helping to fortify the immune system of their babies, a new study in the journal Pediatrics suggests. (

Study Finds Kids Want More Info About Their Hospital Care: The study authors interviewed 55 children and teens, aged 7 to 18, at three hospitals and found that the kids wanted to be included in discussions about their care and to have their views and concerns taken seriously. While some felt included in discussions, most reported difficulties. (HealthDay)

Indoor Mold Poses Key Asthma Risk for Babies: When infants are exposed to mold in thed home, their risk for developing asthma more than doubles, according to a study published Tuesday in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. The study doesn’t prove mold causes asthma, but it does suggest that exposure to mold during infancy is linked to the development of chronic inflammation of the lung airways, which causes wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. (

Many Kids Abuse Controlled Medications:
More than one in five teens who get strong painkillers, stimulants or other controlled medications from their doctor take too much of the substances, according to a new survey of Michigan students. (Reuters)

Parenting News: Medicating Kids, Asthma, Gender, iPads and Smartphones, Reading, Kids on Facebook

By Dad News Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Little People, Lots of Pills: Experts Debate Medicating Kids: The most common reasons for use of antipsychotics by children are intellectual disability, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and disruptive behavior disorder. But children’s conditions could be misdiagnosed and drugs prescribed for minor symptoms, experts say. Putting kids on multiple drugs could put them at risk for drug interactions and side effects, they say. (

Too Many Kids Getting Antibiotics for Asthma: Although guidelines don’t recommend antibiotics for asthma, almost 1 million children with the respiratory condition are prescribed the medications each year in the United States, a new study finds. (HealthDay)

Gender-Free Baby: Is it O.K. for Parents to Keep Their Child’s Sex a Secret?: A lengthy feature last week in the Toronto Star profiled the family and their quest to raise their baby unfettered by the rules of pinks and blues. The couple began by sending out an email after Storm’s birth: “We’ve decided not to share Storm’s sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm’s lifetime (a more progressive place? …).” (

Parent Debate: Do iPads and Smartphones Really Teach Toddlers to Read?: And now an interesting trend has emerged where App makers are marketing directly to parents who are looking to help their children as young as 4 months old get a head start on learning. (ABC News)

Should Kids Under 13 Be on Facebook?: In a perfect, law-abiding world, no child under 13 has a Facebook account. But this world is pretty far from ideal, if the 7.5 million tweens — and younger kids — trolling the social-media behemoth are any gauge. Now, if Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gets his way, that already impressive number will explode. (

Parenting News: Asthma, Stroller Recall, Kids and Running, Future Criminals, Birthday Parties

By Dad News Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Farm Living Could Arm Kids Against Asthma: Kids who grow up on traditional farms are 30% to 50% less likely than other children to develop asthma, a new study shows. But it’s not the fresh country air. It’s the germs. (USA Today)

BOB Strollers Recalled Over Strangulation Risk: More than 350,000 BOB strollers are being recalled across the U.S. and Canada over concerns a drawstring could strangle a child, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. (

Should Children Run Marathons?: With temperatures warming and the snows of 2011 finally dissolving into oatmeal slush, many people are feeling an insistent urge to get outside and run, perhaps even to start training for a spring marathon or other distance race. But for some of us, particularly those with young families, this laudatory goal can pose a problem. Should we take our kids with us? Can and should children, at any age, be runners? (New York Times) Read the rest of this entry »

Father News: Racist Kids, Bristol Palin, Asthma, and Declining Birth Rate

By Dad News Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Kids Say The Darndest Most Racist Things “Well, I thought to myself. That’s the last time we let our kids watch American History X before bed.” (Dadwagon)

Bristol Palin Calls Teen Motherhood ‘hard work’ What is the best kind of sex education? Abstinence only or comprehensive? (MSNBC)

On Sandlot Day, Children Call Their Own Shots “The idea is that adults should cede control of games to the players for one day this season.” (NYTimes)

Study Links Dogs, Not Cats, To Kids’ Asthma Risk “Having a dog around the house may increase the chances of developing the lung disease.” (Reuters)

U.S. Birth Rate Decline Linked To Recession Mental stress caused by recession has lead people to inadvertently give up sex. OR people are more responsible and choosing not to have kids when they don’t have the money to support them. (PEW)