Parents and Kids

When trying to identify why many children gain weight at an early age, the conversation always seems to include the idea that schools, with their scheduling constraints and ever-tightening budgets, find it increasingly difficult to fund or create periods of physical activity, like gym classes or field trips. And even if they are allocated periods outside of the classroom, technology is eating up more and more of their free time.

And then there are the school cafeterias. They tend to be a favorite target of critics, who contend that lunches being served are neither nutritious or appealing enough. And with all that, we collectively shrug.

But a new, large study of young children indicates that schools...

Aren't spa treatments great? Don't those women seem to be having a lot of fun?

Indeed, as wonderful as a day at the spa may be, we need to keep the benefits of a little pampering in check. 

The founder of the English company spabreaks.com, Abi Wright, should be first in line for the lesson on what a day at the spa can do (relaxation) and cannot do (cure mental illness) as she promotes the benefits of spa services for the treatment of postpartum depression. 

It must be made clear to her (and everyone) that postpartum depression, which affects up to one in every seven new mothers, is very different from what is referred to as the "baby blues." Baby blues are common, with up to 80% of new mothers reporting feelings of stress, sadness, anxiety, loneliness, exhaustion ...

The decision of what to feed a newborn can be fraught with anxiety — is breast milk the only way to go? If I choose formula am I somehow cheating my baby?

Well, there are literally millions of healthy Americans who were raised on formula — imperfect as these older versions may have been. And formula manufacturers are constantly updating their products, trying to make them more and more like the gold standard — human breast milk. The latest advance is the addition of a new ingredient class — certain complex carbohydrates called oligosaccharides.

Various members of this class of carbohydrates are known to be present in human milk, and different women produce different types. They are important in the...

The child who was never born - by Martin Hudacek

The emotional agony of losing a baby in utero can only be understood by the people that have experienced it. To the rest of us, it is unimaginable. 

But, what I can imagine, after that kind of tragedy, is wanting to know what happened - to have a reason. 

Unfortunately, more times than not, a reason is not provided after a stillbirth. A new study delved into a massive amount of data surrounding a large number of stillbirths in order to learn more about the methods that are used to determine their causes of death.  A team from The Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, England published a series of six papers in a single journal of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and...

If there is any group that could take the fun out of Halloween, it's chiropractors.*

Just when you thought that chiropractors focus on back pain, think again! Didn't you know that their degree makes them experts on everything - even nutrition AND vaccinations?!?! 

Just check out the Halloween tips from the "Lakeland Chiropratic" office in Michigan.  Then in bullet points are the evidence-based reality.

 - Keeping your kids safe from the sugar goblins is no easy task!

  • I want to let you in on a little secret - the scare over the amount of sugar in a few pieces of Halloween candy is, like goblins, not real. 

 - Discuss the...

Trouble with math

As a nation, we have made progress in the medical and legal professions over the years in closing the occupational gender gap. Today, close to half of all med school graduates are women. Meanwhile, in the aggregate, law offices have a similar ratio, according to the American Bar Association, and it's been that way for more than a generation. (All this pertains to employment, just to be clear. The salary gender gap is a whole other matter, for another time.)

However, gender equality does not exist in professions requiring foundations in science and math, as women make up less than one-fifth of college graduates holding a degree in engineering and computer science. And why is that?

Here's why, at least partly. Once again, we're learning that a major factor for this...

Yesterday, we wrote about the new SIDS recommendations - along with every other new organization in the country - that were released by the American Academy of Pediatrics earlier this week.

But, as I was working through the information, I couldn't help but be shocked by the coverage of this important health news. I noticed, with each new story that I read, how prevalent two recurring issues were regarding the media's presentation of the information. 

First of all, the majority of news organizations led with a new recommendation that infants...

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) falls into a larger category of "sudden uncategorized infant deaths" (SUID) alongside 'accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed' and those of 'unknown cause.'

These deaths are defined as the sudden death of an infant less than one year of age that have no immediately obvious cause and can be caused by suffocation, asphyxia, entrapment, infection, ingestions, metabolic disease, congenital heart conditions and trauma (either intentional or unintentional.) 

Although SIDS remains a black box in many ways, there is a model that explains, in part, how it happens and how risk can be minimized. The recommendations behind preventing SIDS take into account three different...

Some clear thinking and sound guidance from one of the nation's leading medical associations on the issue of screen time is giving both parents and their technology-laden children reason to text thumbs-up emojis to one another.

This is welcome news, as the assistance provides a roadmap for navigating the often-perilous topic of determining the right amount of time that kids and teens can spend staring at computers, smartphones and TV screens. 

Recognizing the rapid rate of technological change in U.S. households, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced Friday the creation of...

Did the sea part?  The Earth spin off its axis?  

Or, am I just dreaming that the rebirth of joy and humor and common sense and reasonableness could be the latest trend in parenting?  Pinch me, please.  

What’s next?  Strangers will start to assume I actually look like a doctor?!  Well, a girl can dream.  But, I digress.

After more than a decade of practicing pediatric medicine in Manhattan, I can speak ad nauseam to the generalized anxiety many new mothers suffer due to the constant and endless barrage of scaremongering messages leveled at them.  

It’s like daily, even hourly, dodgeball today.  With no recess!  No free play.  

Luckily, some groups are standing up to the non-stop panic produced by companies selling products, or groups selling beliefs...