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Keeping Baby Safe: Follow These Tips to Lower Sleep Risks

Keeping Baby Safe: Follow These Tips to Lower Sleep RisksTUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s always a good time to check your baby’s sleep space.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released its annual report on the topic, showing that risks associated with nursery products continue to be high. More than 160 babies die each year related to nursery products, including in unsafe sleep environments.But the CPSC offered some tips for infant sleep safety. Parents and caregivers should only put their babies to sleep in products meant for safe sleep, including bassinets, cribs and play yards. If a baby falls asleep in another place, move that baby to a crib, bassinet or play yard. Reduce suffocation hazards, such as soft bedding, including blankets, pillows and stuffed toys, the CPSC urges.“It is important for...

Playtime With Dad Brings Kids Better Grades at School

25 September 2023
Playtime With Dad Brings Kids Better Grades at SchoolMONDAY, Sept. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Most parents want to help their kids do well in school, and for dads the answer may be found in something simple and fun.A new study from the United Kingdom finds that kids do better in elementary school when their fathers regularly spend time interacting with them through reading, playing, telling stories, drawing or singing.Researchers at Leeds University Business School found that when dads regularly interacted with their 3-year-old children in these ways, the kids did better in school at age 5. When they were involved with their kids at age 5, those children had improved scores in key assessments at age 7.While dads had an impact on educational achievement, moms had more impact on kids’ emotional and social behaviors, the study...

Water Beads Can Expand Inside Body, Causing Kids Serious...

25 September 2023
Water Beads Can Expand Inside Body, Causing Kids Serious Harm. Should They Be Banned?MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Ashley Haugen’s 13-month-old daughter, Kipley, woke up projectile vomiting in their Texas home one morning in July 2017.The Haugens took her to the doctor after it became apparent she wasn’t keeping anything down. After not responding to medication, Kipley was whisked to a nearby children’s hospital for emergency surgery.“I remember [the surgeon] showing us the picture of the material that he pulled out of Kipley's small intestine,” Haugen recalls. “He was like, ‘I found this inside her small intestine, do you know what this is?’ And we recognized it immediately as the birthday gift that we had gotten for Abigail,” their 6-year-old daughter.The obstruction was a water bead — a tiny, super-absorbent pellet of gel that...

President Biden Gets COVID, Flu Shots

25 September 2023
President Biden Gets COVID, Flu ShotsMONDAY, Sept. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) – President Joe Biden has been freshly vaccinated for three major respiratory viruses that could spread widely this fall and winter.Biden got both the updated COVID booster and his annual flu shot on Friday, White House physician Kevin O’Connor wrote in a White House memo. The president received the new vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) several weeks ago. “As we enter the cold and flu season, the President encourages all Americans to follow his example and to check with their healthcare provider or pharmacist to assure that they are fully vaccinated,” O’Connor added.Biden, 80, had COVID in July 2022, which also included a rebound infection after taking the antiviral medication Paxlovid. First Lady Jill Biden had COVID more...

Unsafe Neighborhoods Have Higher Levels of Child Abuse

25 September 2023
Unsafe Neighborhoods Have Higher Levels of Child AbuseMONDAY, Sept. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Having safer neighborhoods, where families feel less stress, can help prevent child abuse, according to new research that supports this long-suspected theory.When parents feel higher levels of stress or hopelessness about their surroundings, they may have a harder time caring for their children, the study confirms.“To get the best outcomes for kids and to elicit the best parenting, families need a safe, stable, stimulating environment, both at home and in the surrounding community,” said study co-author Katherine Marcal, an assistant professor of social work at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.“But if you live in a neighborhood where you can’t go outside, can’t go to a park or can’t walk down the sidewalk because there are...

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