Health and Science News for Parents
Dec
5

Are you ready for flu and cold season?

written by Tara Haelle

Regular readers of this blog know that I frequently write about vaccines and am particularly known for addressing misinformation about the flu vaccine. While the flu vaccine can reduce the risk of catching the flu, it cannot eliminate your risk, and it does nothing to prevent colds and most other viruses. Practicing good hygiene – […]

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Feb
24

What’s the deal with Tylenol during pregnancy and ADHD?

written by Tara Haelle

Most likely, you’ll be seeing a lot of headlines today trumpeting the findings of a new study in JAMA Pediatrics about links between acetaminophen (Tylenol, paracetamol) use during pregnancy and later risk of ADHD or hyperkinetic disorders in children. But before you withhold Tylenol from your screaming teething baby or suffer through a horrendous headache […]

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Jan
9

Afternoon vaccination appear to mean babies sleep longer after their shots

written by Tara Haelle

Sleep is an important part of the immune system’s effective response to vaccinations, so sleeping longer after getting their shots is a good thing for kids. A study published in November has shown that infants getting their first round of immunizations slept longer over the next 24 hours if they had their shots later in […]

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Jan
1

FDA Alert: Changes to acetaminophen labels – Read dosages carefully!

written by Tara Haelle

It’s obviously always wise to double-check dosing when giving your child medications, but it’s even more important when there have been recent changes to the dosing for commonly used medications. Several manufacturers, including PediaCare and Little Remedies, have converted to less concentrated liquid acetaminophen over the past year, so during this transitional period, you’ll want […]

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Dec
27

Strong Evidence Building for Link Between Acetaminophen and Asthma Incidence

written by Tara Haelle

I was disheartened to read this story in the New York Times about the growing body of evidence linking acetaminophen (Tylenol) to the development of asthma. Rates of asthma have been increasing over the past three decades, stumping researchers and medical professionals. Some continue to perpetuate the myth that vaccines can cause asthma despite tons […]

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