Health and Science News for Parents
Dec
27

Did someone get a gun for Christmas? Take these steps for safety

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s post is a guest post from Jeffrey Nelson, who designed the excellent infographic below with a lot of sobering evidence-based information. The issue of firearm safety and children is a big one for me, and I say that as someone who grew up in a house with guns, who shot my first gun well before I […]

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Mar
11

Preparing for the Worst Day of the Year: Daylight Saving Spring Forward

written by Tara Haelle

The worst day of the year is upon us: this weekend, we “spring forward” for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, March 13. It’s a double whammy because we lose an hour of sleep AND still must deal with the havoc that one hour of sleep shift creates for our kids. (I regard autumn’s “fall back” […]

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Sep
4

Handy chart for well-child visits and vaccinations

written by Tara Haelle

During National Immunization Month in August, various public health organizations created a wealth of resources for parents that relate to vaccines. One of those is elegantly simple and shared here. The Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences created a handy graphic that outlines all the ages when children get their well-child visits and what […]

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May
6

Is your child with ADHD getting the treatment he or she needs?

written by Tara Haelle

The first comprehensive, nationally representative study on what treatments children are receiving for ADHD was published a few weeks ago. The findings are especially important because they are based on data collected in 2009-2010, the year before the AAP published its policy statement on ADHD treatment, so we have an excellent baseline to compare against […]

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Feb
17

To sleep, perchance to dream: When kids outgrow naps, don’t push sleep anyway

written by Tara Haelle

No naps. Period. No matter what. Not even for 15 minutes. That was the guideline we conveyed to my son’s childcare center starting sometime around his second birthday. It had nothing to do with any research we had read. In fact, we didn’t know much at all about children’s naps at all. All we knew […]

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Dec
11

A round-up: A new 9-strain HPV vaccine! The effects of debunking vaccine myths! News on phthalates, toys, IUDs, juice and breastfeeding!

written by Tara Haelle

I’ve been pretty busy the past several weeks with my HealthDay stories, my Forbes blog and my book, so I’ve neglected this blog more than I planned. However, I’d love to highlight the worthwhile studies and the stories I’ve covered elsewhere, so here’s a quick round-up of the past two weeks of my work in […]

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Apr
21

New evidence out for the flu vaccine in children, especially infants and toddlers

written by Tara Haelle

It’s been well established that the flu vaccine is one of our least effective vaccines, if not the least effective. As I’ve noted before, that low level of effectiveness is not a reason to skip getting the vaccine since some protection is better than none, and some seasons the flu vaccine’s protection is upwards of […]

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Oct
25

Spanking: Considering another piece of the puzzle in its long-term effect

written by Tara Haelle

Although it’s not in the limelight as often as various other hot-button “mommy wars” issues, the use of spanking as a disciplinary method is still a controversial – and common – practice. It is also incredibly difficult to study, so before I get to discussing the study published in Pediatrics this week about the possible effects of […]

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Jun
2

Last Week’s Round-Up: ADHD and obesity, pertussis shots, coping with natural disasters and tons more

written by Tara Haelle

Another week, another round-up of the health and science stories you might have missed… Before I launch into the different topics, I want to draw attention to this short but worthy piece on the ways numbers can deceive when we rely too much on the “averages.” It’s a great piece for educating yourself about critically […]

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Apr
16

Exploring the big-picture factors contributing to child obesity

written by Tara Haelle

Childhood obesity is one of those issues that isn’t going away any time soon, even if it seems as though we’ve already been hearing too much about it. Rates continue to climb throughout most of the US, with some notable exceptions, and public health officials, doctors, parents and schools continue to scramble to find causes […]

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