Interestingly enough, Mieke’s caution about the safety of pediatric cough medicines is echoed in new guidelines released by the American College of Chest Physicians. Specifically, they’re concerned that the antihistamines present in many cough medicines may over-sedate children. (via Blogging Baby.) Technorati Tags: Health, Robitussin
The FDA is changing food labels so you’ll now know how much trans fat lurks in your kid’s food. Trans fat — the result of hydrogenating oil — typically shows up in packaged snacks such as cookies and crackers. Because it’s more shelf-stable than regular oil, however, manufacturers use it in all sorts of convenience […]
I read "The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children" (Wendy Mogel) a while ago, and was recently reminded by a friend how good it is. Mogel is a former child psychologist who now actively practices her Judaism, and it’s in this context that she forwards her thesis: that in […]
Many parents have strategies for cutting calories from their diets, but have no idea how to add calories to their kids’ diets. Why add calories when childhood obesity is such a national epidemic? To be sure, not all children need calorie-fortified diets. But, if your child is low on the growth curve, with an uneven […]
This from my bosom-buddy Alisa: after much trial-and-error (and much $ spent at Walgreen’s), she has determined that, of all the pediatric cough medicines, Robitussin works best. We concur, although we also swear by the hot salt water gargle. Technorati Tags: Health, Robitussin
If you’re facing a late-night run to the pharmacy for cough medicine, consider a detour to the kitchen first. In my experience, nothing stops coughing better than gargling with hot salt water, the hotter and saltier the better. If your little one can handle gargling and is willing to deal with the taste of salt […]
We keep Purell, or the generic equivalent, by the front door, in the car, and in the kitchen. If real, water-and-soap handwashing is either unavailable or inconvenient, we’re covered.