Archive for September, 2008

Nickie's helmet question

Reader Nickie writes in today: Wondering if you can clear up the questions over helmeting? Why is helmeting only reccommended for severe plagiocephaly? Does mild or moderate plagiocephaly correct itself as a child approaches adulthood? Please clarify this!! There is such different advice from doctors vs. the internet. More and more babies have flat heads […]

Blog revival

Thanks for everyone's feedback. I will definitely try to increase the number and frequency of posts to the blog. We'll continue to send out periodic enewsletters for breaking news items. As I up the amount of blogging, here are few thoughts: 1. I can't get to the blog everyday, so don't please post any urgent […]

Good Morning America: autism special

Hey everyone, Just wanted to give you a head's up that I will be appearing on Good Morning America Now on Monday morning. "GMA Now" is the third hour of the show. It airs in some television markets across the country and is online everywhere at It's a special one hour show hosted by […]

NIH vs. FDA. BPA debate. Too many letters.

We continue to follow the BPA controversy for you. To recap, the National Toxicology Program (of the NIH) released a report stating they had "some" concern for adverse health effects on fetuses and young children exposed to bisphenol-A (BPA). That report led to a frenzy in the baby bottle industry to create BPA-free versions of […]

Blog vs. Enews

Hey devoted readers,Our Enewsletters frequently end up in people's spam filters. And, information is a terrible thing to waste! So, we are taking an informal poll of how you would like to receive Baby 411 and Toddler 411 updates. Blog vs Enews: Would you prefer more frequent blog updates, an Enews alert of news that […]

Alternating Tylenol and Motrin for fever

Many parents ask whether it is okay to alternate Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin (ibuprofen) when their child has a fever. This concern usually stems from a parent who worries that the fever is dangerous. It's not. It's just the body's way of mounting an immune response. We promise your child will not self-destruct if he […]

America's kids get an A for getting their shots

The National Immunization Survey released their annual report card on how well the nation's kids are vaccinated. We get an A this year. That may be surprising to you, given how much media attention has been given to parents who choose to opt out or delay vaccinations. But, the truth is, 99% of America's kids […]

MMR studied again! No link to autism found.

Yes, we've heard this one before, but it's worth mentioning yet again for those who doubted all the studies that came before this one. Three separate research teams across the world set out to try to replicate the findings of a 10 year old discredited study on the combo MMR vaccine and concerns for it […]

Measles Outbreak 2008

The Centers for Disease Control reports the Measles Outbreak of 2008 is the highest number of cases of measles seen in a decade. The number is now at 131 cases. 91% of the children who contracted measles were unvaccinated by parent choice. Parents who opt out of vaccines make their choice, and their kids have […]

Chinese formula recall

The Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory today warning people to avoid using infant formula made in China. You won't find this formula at traditional grocery stores or at megamarts because it is illegal to sell it in the U.S. However, you might find a can or two at ethnic grocery stores. The concern? […]