Archive for October, 2010

FDA Recalls Hyland's Teething Tablets!

Most of my readers and patients know that I have never recommended Hyland’s Teething Tablets, so it is no surprise to me that the FDA has declared a recall on this product. Because the tablets are homeopathic, the FDA has not been required to assess them for safety or therapeutic benefit. (A convenient loop hole […]

Baby 411 series now available as Nook ebook!

Got a Nook, the e-reader from Barnes & Noble? Good news! Now, the entire Baby 411 series is available as ebooks on the Nook! For Baby 411, click here. For Toddler 411, click here. For Expecting 411, click here. Now the Baby 411 series is available in three ebook flavors: Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iBook and […]

Whooping cough again: Baby #10 dies

Whooping cough made the news again today as it took the life of another baby in California. The state has had nearly 6000 confirmed cases (and probably many more unconfirmed). Tragically, 10 infants have now died in the state. All of the babies were under 3 months of age, and 9 of the 10 babies […]

Sore throat 411

Strep Throat: See the little red dots on the roof of the mouth? That’s a classic sign of it! Mom, my throat hurts…heard this one recently? It’s that time again for my “Bug O’ the Week” blog. My “busy season” in the office is October to April.  So, I’ll be giving you the periodic run-down […]

Miley: Goodbye to the girl next door

Full disclosure: In November 2007, my then 8 year old daughter and I went to see Miley Cyrus in concert and we both loved it. I was impressed with this nearly-14 year old who was so poised and truly entertaining on stage. And, looking around at the other smiling moms and daughters in the crowd, […]

Does newborn jaundice lead to autism?

A study published in this month’s journal, Pediatrics, has found an association between newborn jaundice and autism. Researchers looked at the Denmark birth registry of all babies born over a period of 10 years (1994-2004), which totaled about 733,000 children. The full term babies who were diagnosed with jaundice (yellowing of the skin which I […]

Baby Iron 411

Iron is the big news coming out of the American Academy of Pediatrics national convention this week. We know that iron is a necessary nutrient for brain development. And iron deficiency in childhood can have lifelong, irreversible effects (kinda scary, huh?) Thus, the Academy’s nutrition committee is recommending iron supplementation for babies who are born […]

Does your child have NDD? That wasn't a typo

NDD stands for Nature Deficit Disorder and it's on the rise in American kids who are glued to screens of all kinds. Remember the good old days when our parents told us to "go play outside" and we didn't see them until dinner was on the table? What happened? Are we so afraid of stranger […]