Archive for September, 2011

Listeria laden cantalope risky-especially during pregnancy

Listeria made the news this week. While it sounds like some minty tasting mouthwash, it’s not. It’s a bacteria that can cause a pretty nasty infection–particularly in pregnant women. In fact, pregnant women are 20 times more likely to get Listeria infections than other healthy adults. How does one acquire a Listeria infection? It’s found […]


Torticollis: What is it and what to do about it.

If your baby’s doctor tells you that your baby has torticollis, you will, undoubtedly have many questions about it. First of all, what is it?? This term literally means “twisted neck.” It is caused by a tightening of a neck muscle on one side of the neck. This tightening occurs while the baby is still […]


Chicago becomes first city to ban crib bumpers amid safety concerns

Chicago became the first city in the country to ban the sale of crib bumpers, amid safety concerns that the bumpers contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Chicago city council took the action against bumpers after a series of articles in the Chicago Tribune questioned their safety. The Tribune’s […]


New guidelines for babies with bladder infections.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has new guidelines on the evaluation and treatment of children ages two to 24 months with bladder infections. Previously, all infants and toddlers with their first bladder infection were tested with a somewhat invasive radiologic procedure (VCUG) looking for an anatomic predisposition to bladder/kidney infections (vesicoureteral reflux or “VUR”) and […]


Dirty Dozen produce? Not so much.

As you may have seen in our books, the Environmental Working Group has a “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables most contaminated with pesticides. The EWG created this list based on tests done from 2000-2009 by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. The EWG combined several variables (like the percentage […]


Flu vaccine is here. Time to get yours!

As kids return to school and fall weather arrives (okay, it’s 90 F here today instead of 107 F—but it does feel cooler), medical offices and pharmacies across the country are starting to offer flu vaccine. The flu virus (influenza) usually shows up between October and April, so it’s good to get protected as soon […]


Flu vaccine is here. Time to get yours!

As kids return to school and fall weather arrives (okay, it’s 90 F here today instead of 107 F—but it does feel cooler), medical offices and pharmacies across the country are starting to offer flu vaccine. The flu virus (influenza) usually shows up between October and April, so it’s good to get protected as soon […]


Toddlers and Tiaras, and Tatas?

On the latest episode of Toddlers and Tiaras on TLC, a four year old contestant wore breast and buttocks enhancements in order to look like Dolly Parton. Is it just me or is this so wrong on so many levels?! Full disclosure: I find “reality” TV shows appalling. I guess they are popular because people […]