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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? […]

New Cholesterol Screening Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its policy regarding cholesterol screening in kids in the July issue of Pediatrics. Unfortunately, many media outlets chose to highlight only the discussion of using lipid lowering medications for kids and basically missed the boat on what the new policy was really saying. Since we took the time to […]

Congress moves to ban phthalates

First, it was bisphenol. Now, it’s phthalates turn. The Washington Post reports today that the Congress has passed a ban on phthalates in children’s products. This follows a similar move by European safety regulators in 1999 and state bans in California, Vermont and Washington State. Phthalates make plastics softer—they are often found in teethers, rubber […]