Health and Science News for Parents
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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Aug
7

Catching Up and Friday Video: “All About That Vax”

written by Tara Haelle

You’ve probably noticed the blog has been a bit thin of late. I have a long list of backlogged pieces to write, but the past seven weeks have been nonstop illnesses in our home — including ER visits, too many doctor visits to count, and even two hospital admissions and stays — so I’ve fallen […]

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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
2

New insights into the secrets of SIDS

written by Tara Haelle

It’s a bit ironic that since I began researching and writing the chapter section of our book on SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and on bedsharing, I’ve been assigned two articles related to infant sleep deaths and then saw a study last week about a new discovery related to SIDS. It’s an area I’m particularly […]

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Jul
16

What the newest bedsharing study can and cannot tell us

written by Tara Haelle

I have written before about how the infant sleep recommendations of the AAP and the US public health community in general are unrealistic and even potentially dangerous in their effects, regardless of their intentions. A new study in Pediatrics explores the contribution of different risk factors to sleep-related infant deaths, offering findings which are certainly […]

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Mar
12

Hey parents – crank down the volume on those sound machines

written by Tara Haelle

I’m counting down the last few weeks until my baby arrives, and as I went through and deleted old apps I’m no longer using in my phone and iPad, I made sure NOT to delete Simply Noise, my favorite of the white noise apps I used when my preschooler was a baby. Oh how that […]

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Aug
2

Could camping be the cure to all your sleep woes?

written by Tara Haelle

I’m back! My apologies for the long absence — the summer time travel schedule becomes quite hectic, especially when combined with work deadlines. In addition, our family also took a one-week vacation to Costa Rica the week before last, during which I outlawed myself from the Internet (unless needed for hotel bookings or travel-related utility), including […]

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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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May
20

Another study supports the public health community’s blind spot on cosleeping and bedsharing

written by Tara Haelle

Another cosleeping/bedsharing* study came out today, and I expect to see this one getting lots of press, as it well should. It pulls together data from five previous studies, making it the largest study to date on this issue. It clearly lays out the risks for SIDS for babies who share a bed with parents, […]

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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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