Archive for January, 2007

Cough and cold meds: BEWARE

The Centers for Disease Control is investigating the deaths of three babies under six months of age who died after taking cough and cold medication. According to the CDC, “because of the risks for toxicity, absence of dosing recommendations, and limited published evidence of effectiveness of these medications in children aged <2 years, parents and […]

Dental dilemmas: Too much or too little fluoride?

Fluoride has been a controversial subject ever since communities began adding fluoride to their water supplies (about 50 years ago). Advocates point to the benefits of fluoride in reducing cavities. Critics have concerns about bone cancer and enamel fluorosis (streaking of the enamel due to excessive fluoride intake). The latest fuel to the debate is […]

A cure for colic?

Another possible ‘cure’ for colic…probiotics. Probiotics are ‘good germs’ that can benefit people by improving intestinal function as explained by health web site PDRHealth. As most parents know, colic is excessive crying for about 3 hours a day, starting at 3 weeks of age and lasting until 3 months of life. (It’s also known to […]