Category Archives: health

False positive?

High tech baby monitors are advertising as offering “peace of mind,” but for some parents, constant monitoring and falsse positives trigger worry.

Because the newest devices (wireless electronics in socks or onesies, motion sensors and light-shining pulse probes that measure blood-oxygen levels, etc.) aren’t defined as medical equipment, their accuracy and effectiveness is not regulated.

Before buying any vital signs monitor, get a recommendation from your pediatrician.

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Lead transparency?

Lead contamination in school drinking water continues to cause headaches for administrators this summer.

Although an increasing number of districts have done lead testing and starting remediation, some parents still aren’t been notified about progress in dealing with the problem.

In some schools, lack of routine testing means lead in water often isn’t discovered, or only discovered by chance.

Where’s the transparency?

CVS land grab

Have your kids missed the candy, yet?

Your CVS might be one of the locations that is substituting healthier food options for candy near the check-out counter.

The move is part of a bigger focus on wellness products, as the chain tries to position itself as a health retailer.

Several years ago, the CVS move to remove tobacco products earned them goodwill. Will repositioning the sweet stuff have a similar impact?

A snacky season

Are you prepared for the summer snacking season?

The lines between snacks and meals blur in June, July and August when kids are out of school. The challenge is to stock the pantry and frig with fresh, high quality, nutritious foods.

Young summer snackers want to eat immediately and continuously. Help kids avoid filling up with quick-grab processed favorites, by stopping frequently at the produce department and farmers markets.

Kid caffeine alert

Performance enhancing foods are helping to drive the sports nutrition market.

However, young players who reach for caffeinated snacks might respond with nervous jitters; caffeine acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system.

As seasonal sports gear up, stay alert for newly launched snacks and drinks that promise to “pack a punch” for your child.

Safe turf?

As we transition between spring and summer sports, parents are asking the annual sideline question: Is artificial turf safe for children?

Health concerns continue to be raised about artificial turf. The two major questions center around potential links to cancer and possible neurologic effects on kids.

Tires, which contain chemicals, are recycled into crumbs that support the plastic blades of the grass.

I share the frustration of parents who have spent several years waiting for answers.

One in 68

That title – one in 68 – is the number of American children diagnosed with autism.

Julia, a character who came to life as a Muppet last Monday, was introduced in a special episode on HBO and PBS Kids.

Designed to increase awareness and understanding of autism, Sesame Workshop consulted with more than 250 experts and organizations during the last five years before introducing Julia.