Sunday, October 12, 2008

NY Times Health Update Links

I receive the weekly Health Update e-newsletter from the New York Times. There have been several interesting articles lately:

Fan in Room Seems to Cut Infants' Cut Infants Risk of Crib Death (SIDS)
"Dr. Li said the use of fans should not replace other sleeping strategies for lowering SIDS, like removing soft bedding and putting babies on their back. He noted that the gains shown in the study were an average for the whole group, including for babies whose care did not meet the guidelines. Still, even if a baby had a safe sleeping environment, the risk of SIDS was lowered by about 16 percent for those who had a fan in the room, although the trend was not statistically significant.

“If parents wanted to do more to reduce the baby’s SIDS risk,” he said, “they can add a fan.”"

More links to safe sleeping information and SIDS prevention:

An interesting article on SIDS and bed-sharing and breastfeeding.

Dr. James McKenna offers a complete guide to bed-sharing on the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame website, including sections on guidelines, advantages, long-term effects

Safe Sleeping with Your Baby provides recent information on sleep-sharing from attachment parenting gurus, the Drs. Sears.

Safe Sleeping tips from Drs. Sears for all babies, those co-sleeping or sleeping in a crib.

Advances in Testing for Down Syndrome Rely on Mother's Blood
"For three decades, scientists have been trying to develop a noninvasive prenatal test for Down syndrome that would replace amniocentesis, which can cause miscarriages.

Now, scientists using powerful genetic techniques are closing in on that goal with tests that require only a blood sample from the pregnant woman."

Acetaminophen in Babies Tied to Asthma Risk
"The use of acetaminophen in the first year of life is associated with an increased risk for asthma, eczema and allergic runny nose later in childhood, a New Zealand study reports. Acetaminophen is sold in the United States under the brand name Tylenol and as an ingredient in many other pain relievers."

Ack!!!!!!!!! Not that I medicated my kids all the time, but they were both intense teethers - swollen bloody gums, lots of crying, at night especially... I guess a lot of that was after 12 months, but my daughter started teething at 4 months, so I know she got some.

And from last week: You're Sick. Now What? Knowledge is Power. Not all of this applies, certainly, because pregnancy and birth are not illnesses. An interesting perspective. Here's an excerpt:
"“I don’t think people have a choice — it’s mandatory,” said Dr. Marisa Weiss, a breast oncologist in Pennsylvania who founded the Web site “The time you have with your doctor is getting progressively shorter, yet there’s so much more to talk about. You have to prepare for this important meeting.”"

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Christina @ Birthing Your Baby
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