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67 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

Jaundice and Cord Clamping

My sister was recently advised that a risk of leaving the cord to pulse is increasing the baby's blood volume to such an extent as to create an increased risk of jaundice that the baby won't be able to handle. is there any research to this effect? it seems to me to be an answer given off the cuff by a doctor not entirely willing to try something 'new'. Wondered if there is some info I'm not coming across.There has never been any randomised study evaluating the risks of severe jaundice in relation to the time of cord clamping. However, having a personal experience of... read more

Infants' and Children's Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec Recalled

May 02, 2010 McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, has recalled certain over-the-counter liquid medications for infants and children including Children's and Infants' Tylenol and Motrin, and Children's Benadryl and Zyrtec. According to the McNeil website these products "may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles." 1 Parents who have these products shoud stop using them and should report any... read more

A Child's Severe Reaction to a Vaccine Alters Life

By Sarah BridgesWeb Exclusive This is the lesson you don't get in the parenting books: Sometimes bad things happen from doing the right thing for your baby.   Porter's high-pitched scream woke us at midnight. When I ran to the nursery and picked him up, his sleeper was damp and his head flopped to the side. My husband grabbed the phone and punched in the number for the pediatrician.   "Hurry," I yelled, even though Brian was dialing as fast as he could. He reached for Porter, then handed me the phone. "It's the nurses' line," he said.   "What's the problem?" a... read more

Searching for Reasons Why: A Mother's Report on Autism

Issue 115, November - December 2002 Will was the perfect baby. He ate and slept well, played, walked, and talked, all by one year. Shortly after his first birthday, however, things changed dramatically. He developed multiple infections, including strep throat, rotavirus, and an upper respiratory infection, the latter requiring hospitalization. It was at this time that he began to regress. He lost speech, interaction, and eye contact. Although he was often in his own little world, he remained very affectionate and loving. Will was evaluated for his unexplained... read more

India Halts Use of Gardasil Vaccine After Four Deaths

April 17, 2010 The Indian Council of Medical Research has suspended the cervical cancer control vaccination program for girls in India. According to Mercola.com, the program is part of a two year study to look into the "utility of a vaccine in public health programs and acceptability of Gardasil, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine made by Merck [a US pharmaceutical company]." The suspension was made after four deaths and more than 120 complications were reported by young women who had received the Gardasil vaccine. 1Concerns have surrounded the use of Gardasil in... read more

Child Refuses 'Healthy' Food

Hello Naomi. My child (four years old) is living on raw yogurt, honey, raw milk, breaded chicken breasts, fish-fingers, ketchup, scrambled eggs, butter, non-white bread, juice, pickles, normal cheese, sometimes raw carrots and mango, pasta, rice, nuts and water. When we go out he is allowed a treat, such as ice-cream. He has several cavities in his molars. He used to eat plenty of other raw vegetables and fruit or whole-grain meals but stopped when he was three. I am a raw foodist, my husband is not. I am concerned about his cavities and health, but obviously can't make... read more

6 Food Mistakes Parents Make

A solid, useful piece in today's New York Times: “I think parents feel like it’s their job to just make their children eat something. But it’s really their job to serve a variety of healthy foods and get their children exposed to foods.” read more

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