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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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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Jan
5

Investigating side effects from the MMR and MMR plus varicella vaccines

written by Tara Haelle

Of all the childhood vaccines on the CDC’s recommended schedule, the MMR is one of the oldest, the most effective… and the most feared. That is, I hear more parents express concerns about the MMR, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, than any other childhood vaccine, and it’s the vaccine once maligned by debunked […]

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Nov
20

Pretty poison pods pose pediatric problems

written by Tara Haelle

Okay, so I admit I had a little fun with the headline, but that’s about all the fun I can have with this issue since the study I’m writing about is far from amusing. Research in Pediatrics last week investigated poisonings involving laundry detergent pods, and the numbers are a bit staggering, even to me. […]

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Oct
30

Halloween: The Scary Thing You Actually Need to Worry About

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s guest post for Halloween is from Rachel Drake, a community manager at Obrello, an insurance company. The inclusion of this guest post does not mean that I endorse the services of Obrello. I think the information is important, and it is evidence-based, so I am hosting the guest post. Sure, Halloween is frightfully full […]

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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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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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