Pediatric Health

Decongestants & Birth Defects

April 8, 2014
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A study looking at decongestants and birth defects found that one of the most common ingredients,  phenylephrine, is associated with a specific birth defect. Researchers found “accumulating evidence supports associations between first-trimester use of specific oral and possibly intranasal decongestants and the risk of some infrequent specific birth defects.” Specifically, when taken during the...
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Honey for Night-Time Coughs

March 13, 2014
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A study looking at cough suppression for children with upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) found that honey was an effective choice. The parents gave their children honey in the evening just before bed time. Researchers found that “parents rated the honey products higher than the silan date extract (placebo) for symptomatic relief of their...
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Advil Not for Athletes

February 18, 2014
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Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) is often used to address minor pain. Sold over-the-counter, it is considered by many to be a “safe” drug. Yet, it is widely known that all drugs have side effects, some of which are not readily known for decades (ibuprofen was patented in 1961. A recent study found that use...
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Violent-Video-Game Aggression

February 13, 2014
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There is already evidence that playing violent video games increases a person’s aggressive behavior. This study examined if the level of aggression would increase with consecutive days of playing violent video games. Not surprisingly, “aggressive behavior and hostile expectations increased over days for violent game players, but not for nonviolent video game players.” Given...
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Vitamin D Over Amoxicillin

February 11, 2014
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Two studies looking at respiratory tract infections give credence to Vitamin D over amoxicillin. The first study found that for patients where pneumonia is not suspected, “amoxicillin provides little benefit for acute lower-respiratory-tract infection in primary care both overall and in patients aged 60 years or more, and causes slight harms.” The second study...
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Household Product Allergies in Children

February 4, 2014
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Household Product Allergies in Children There are any number of household products that can trigger allergic reactions in children. One that has been recently identified is triclosan. It is used in toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, soap and elsewhere. A study of 10-year old children found that “triclosan concentrations were associated with allergic sensitization, especially inhalant...
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Acetaminophen and Early Childhood Asthma

January 7, 2014
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Previous studies have shown an association between Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol, etc.) and asthma symptoms in children. A more recent study looked at how giving acetaminophen to an infant could increase their risk of childhood asthma. The researchers found that “acetaminophen in infancy is associated with early childhood asthma.” While the asthma symptoms appear to...
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A Baby’s Best Friend

December 31, 2013
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Having a dog in your house can have surprising benefits for your baby. Consider what one study discovered about babies who interact with pets at an early age: “children having dogs at home were healthier (ie, had fewer respiratory tract symptoms or infections) than children with no dog contacts” “children having dog contacts at...
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Helmetless Cycling Increases Death Risk

November 21, 2013
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Ever wonder how important it is for you or your children to wear a helmet while riding on your bicycle? According to recent research “not wearing a helmet while cycling is associated with an increased risk of sustaining a fatal head injury.” How much of an increase? People who don’t wear their helmet are...
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Concerns About Organic Brown Rice Syrup

October 29, 2013
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Organic brown rice syrup (OBRS) is used as a sweetener in organic food products instead of high-fructose corn syrup. Unfortunately, rice and rice products are known to contain arsenic (As). This can be an issue in the case of infant products like rice cereal and rice milk. A study of products containing organic brown...
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