Archive for September, 2006

Question of the day: Is Finger Sucking Bad for Baby?

Reader Charlotte S. writes today: Dear Dr. Brown and Denise: What are your thougths on finger sucking?  My 6.5 month-old son has been breastfeed since birth and continues to be breastfed in addtion to starting solids at 5.5 months.  I introduced a bottle when I went back to work when he was 9 weeks.  He’s […]


Update: E coli outbreak from spinach

As we have all heard in the news, some batches of fresh spinach have been contamininated with the bacteria, E coli 0157 H7, found in cow manure. This bacteria causes a form of food poisoning, resulting in bloody diarrhea. And, some really unlucky people can get a complication called Hemolytic Uremic Sydrome (HUS). HUS involves […]


New organic baby formula brands debut

Due to popular demand, Similac Advance is adding an organic baby formula to its product line. Although there is no proof that organic formula is any healthier than the regular stuff, Ross formula company is offering up a powdered formula that is USDA certified organic, that includes fatty acids, DHA and ARA. Walmart also has […]


Baby fat or fat babies?

A recent study published in the journal, Obesity, looked at the trends in infant and preschoolers’ body weights for the past 20 years. It appears that even babies may be following the same troubling obesity trends as the rest of us. So, what’s a parent to do? Send their baby to Weight Watchers? Nope. Kids […]


New Rotavirus vaccine debuts

Rotavirus is a horrible stomach virus that causes severe vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. Over 50,000 kids get hospitalized in the United States every year due to this bug. Almost all kids get this infection, but it is most severe in infants and children under age three. The rotavirus vaccine was approved by the Food and […]


Chickenpox booster shot

Because we’ve received some questions from our readers, we wanted to give you a little more info regarding the new chickenpox recommendations. The Centers for Disease Control and their advisory committee on immunization practices (ACIP) recommended on June 29, 2006 that the chickenpox vaccine should be a series of two doses instead of just one. […]


Welcome to the Baby 411 & Toddler 411 blog!

Hello and welcome to the blog for the Baby 411 & Toddler 411 books! Yes, we have joined the blogosphere. As the authors of Baby 411 & Toddler 411, we know you want to get the latest and most up to date info on your baby (and toddler’s) health. So we’ll use this blog to […]