Time to open your medicine cabinet, because there's a major recall in effect. Johnson & Johnson is recalling three lots of Motrin Infants' Drops Original Berry Flavor after finding tiny plastic particles in them. The recall, which affects 220,000 bottles of the popular baby pain reliever, was issued after the manufacturer found specs of PTFE — a plastic used in Teflon — in another product manufactured at the same facility. No children have been injured yet.
For the full list of affected products, and what the company is asking consumers to do, read the whole story on the SFGate.com.
In hopes of conquering a growing childhood obesity problem, schools in 19 states are weighing kids, measuring their body mass index, and sending notes home with students informing parents whether their kids are "healthy" or "overweight." But these "fat report cards" have created a firestorm among parents, who say such letters can harm kids' self-esteem and potentially trigger eating disorders, ABC News reports.
Officials say the measurements are useful in tackling the childhood obesity problem where kids spend 50 percent of their time — in school. BMI readings are "the best means we have to determine whether a child's weight is healthy or unhealthy," says Dr. Lanre Omojokun Falusi, a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics and a pediatrician.
Yet critics of the program say BMI readings are not always accurate, such as when a child has a lot of muscle mass, which increases their weight. Nor are BMI readings helpful, they say, when kids are entering adolescence, and receiving a number about weight can add to a child's stress.
"Their bodies are changing . . . And then they get this number that says, 'Oh, you know, you're not the right number.' It's just a horrible way to start womanhood," says Shannon Park, a mother of a 9-year-old and 13-year-old daughter. Many parents would like to see the weigh-ins, and subsequent report cards, banned from schools. But in the meantime, parents can notify their schools that they want to opt out of the weigh-ins. Does your child's school conduct weigh-ins — and do you find them appropriate?
There's a lot to consider when you care for your little one, including those precious pearly whites. From books about tooth brushing to washcloths and tooth gel, here are some baby products every new parent should know about before baby's first tooth erupts.
Michelle Walsh, who founded the company SafetyTat, says she created temporary tattoos and long-lasting write-on skin stickers after visiting an amusement park with her kids. In case her family got separated, she scrawled her phone number on her kids' arms with a ballpoint pen as a safety measure. That gave her the idea that a warning label on the body could be useful to other parents. Her sister-in-law's son, in fact, was prevented from eating a salad with peanut oil dressing after a server noticed the sticker on his arm warning of his severe peanut allergy.
Other companies have also developed safety tattoos, but not everyone is a fan of the temporary tats, noting that it could lead kids to feel marginalized. What do you think of the tattoos?
When a doctor warns a pregnant woman not to drink wine or coffee, eat sushi or deli meats, or gain too much weight, she can start to feel more like a child than a mom. But in her book Expecting Better, economist, mom, and University of Chicago associate professor Emily Oster says such pregnancy diet rules are unnecessary.
While Oster agrees with the medical community that heavy and binge drinking is dangerous to a developing child and pregnant mom, she says, "there are a large number of quite good studies with a lot of women that show having an occasional glass of wine does not seem to pose a problem, that children of pregnant women who drink occasionally have similar, or in some cases even better, outcomes than children of women who abstain" from drinking.
Oster started researching pregnancy fallacies when she was pregnant herself and dove into data covering everything including wine, weight gain, prenatal testing, and epidurals. Among her conclusions are that an occasional alcoholic drink is OK, bed rest is not advisable, gaining too much weight may be less risky than gaining too little weight, it's OK to eat sushi, and drinking coffee in moderation is fine.
At elementary schools all across the country, it's common to see parents walking their children to class. But in North Texas, parents will be banned from walking their children into school, CBS DFW reports. According to the Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB) Independent School District, the goal is to improve school security, an increasing concern, especially given yesterday's averted school shooting in Georgia. North Texas's ban will take effect once the first week of school has passed.
"It's very busy on a campus first thing in the morning, dropping off kids arriving for the day," says district spokeswoman Judy Everett Ramos. "So, being able to know who's in the building, who's in front, who's deeper into the building, is very important in keeping our kids safe."
Would you be OK with dropping your kids off at school at the door?
Similarly, Stacy S. says her 13-year-old daughter doesn't care if she takes a shower or not. "When I was her age, I was always taking showers, playing with makeup and clothes, and fixing my hair in different ways. But not her. I have to make her take a shower and wash her hair, remind her every day to brush her teeth, hair and put deo[derant] on," she says.
And Crystal H. says she's fresh out of ideas on how to encourage her 12-year-old son to keep himself clean. "He would rather sleep longer than get up and shower. If I make him get up and do it, he often times is not using soap or shampoo. He's not taking the time to use mouthwash. He will wear the same pair of socks for a week, etc. He does care about his appearance … I don't think he is hearing me when I am telling him that he stinks!"
Clearly you're not alone if you're searching for ways to help your big kid exercise better hygiene. For tips, we turned to the experienced Circle of Moms community.
As you search for ways to help your child better maintain her appearance and level of cleanliness, it helps to remember that being unkempt is likely just a phase. "Almost every teenager/tween goes through this phase at some point," Tamara T. says.
Cella I.'s daughter, who falls in that age range, just started to take responsibility for her appearance within the past six weeks. "I think that it's just overwhelming for them, with all those changes to their bodies, to take on the responsibilities that come with a preteen body (like, in our case, daily showers)," she explains. "Just give it a little more time," and the disheveled and sometimes stinky phase will pass, Jennifer S. agrees.
The doc is in — and she may be visiting your hometown in the coming months! Disney Junior's runaway hit show Doc McStuffins is taking its show on the road with a multicity tour that kicks off in Boston this weekend. But rather than create an arena-style Disney production, the "Doc Mobile" is traveling the country to teach tots health and wellness lessons.
Part of the "So Much You Can Do…to Take Care of You!" initiative, the 27-foot Airstream trailer has been outfitted with images from the show — the No. 1-rated cable TV series for kids between 2 and 5 years old — and an area where kids can perform checkups on their own toys. Doc McStuffins will be in select cities to greet visitors as will doctors from the Artemis Medical Society, a group of female African-American physicians that came together after recognizing themselves in the cartoon character's mission.
Backpacks and lunchboxes aren't the only things kids need to get ready for the school year — safety tips for getting to and from school are imperative, too. From school bus danger zones to safe walking routes, here are some on-the-go safety tips to review with your child.
Did you know your child’s safety is most at risk when he’s getting on or off the bus, not while he’s in it? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encourages kids and parents to be aware of the school bus danger zone, the 10-foot perimeter on either side, in front of, and behind the school bus. That’s the space where school bus drivers aren’t able to see kids well, and it’s the zone where other cars approach the bus — and not all drivers are good about stopping for a school bus’s flashing red lights.
Your child needs to know not only to stay away from the danger zone, but also to wait until his school bus driver gives him the OK to get on or off the bus. Other school bus safety tips to pass on to your child include: