Meningitis Vaccine Update
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to immediately stop using benzocaine-containing over-the-counter drug products, including those used to treat teething pain, in infants and children under 2 years of age as they can pose a "serious risk."
The Drug Safety Communication issued today builds on prior warnings from the agency regarding the risk for methemoglobinemia associated with benzocaine-containing products. "This dangerous condition is the result of elevated levels of methemoglobin in the blood and it can lead to death. It causes the amount of oxygen carried through the blood to be greatly reduced," the agency said in a news release.
Asthma Management in your home
All to often we do not emphasize the important "air quality" issues in the prevention and management of children with Asthma ( also called " Reactive Airway Disease"). The focus tends to be on medicatio and treatment but should include vigorous efforts at prevention. Please read the article: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/138/5/e20162589 and implement as many measures as possible even though they may not be obvious present problems...they certainly can become problems that could have been prevented.
The new guidelines, especially for very young children, shift the focus from WHAT is on the screen to WHO else is in the room. And in doing so, they raise some intriguing points about the future of learning from media. Read Full Story>>
On front page of the Washington Post 11/ 24/2017"
INFLUENZA ( "Flu") Vaccine
For the second time, a journal has quickly retracted a study that suggested vaccines raise the risk of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Updated: Vaccine-autism study retracted — again
These inhalers may not function properly. Call: 1-888-825-5249 or your pharmacy.<<Read Full Story>>
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AAP Policy Statement
Problems begin when media use displaces physical activity, hands-on exploration and face-to-face social interaction in the real world, which is critical to learning. Too much screen time can also harm the amount and quality of sleep. Organizations like Common Sense Media can help parents evaluate media content and make decisions about what is appropriate for their family.
Among the AAP recommendations:
For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they're seeing.
For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.
Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.
Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.
"Dr. Rees defends reauthorization of the Child Health Insurance Program ( CHIP)
GalaxoSmithKline has recalled 3 lots of Ventolin ( brand) albuterol metered dose (MDIs) inhalers for the treatment of wheezing and asthma. Lot numbers are: 6ZP0003, 6ZP9944, and 6ZP9848 .
With the recent introduction of HPV 9 vaccine ( added 5 components to HPV) it is our recommendation that anyone who received 3 doses of HPV ( initial recommended series) receive and additional 2 doses of HPV 9. This will decrease the risk of female reproductive cancer from 75% to 90...READ FULL STORY
"Screen Time" Policy Statement
How do online symptom checkers compare to a doctor's diagnosis?
Spring 2016 News
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting parents and caregivers not use Balguti Kesaria Ayurvedic Medicine due to the risk of lead poisoning.
Balguti Kesaria (or Kesaria Balguti) Ayurvedic Medicine is an herbal remedy marketed for use in infants and children for various conditions such as rickets, cough and cold, worms, and teething. According to the product packaging, the product claims to help with digestion and bowel movement and improve the immune system.The risk of lead poisoning was initially communicated by the North Carolina Division of Public Health who tested the product and found high levels of lead. In addition, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services notified the FDA that two children were found to have high levels of lead associated with the use of this product. The families of the children affected stated that they had the product mailed to them from India. At this time, the FDA has received one report of developmental delays in a child who was administered this product.
CDC recommends only two HPV shots for younger adolescents
The labels said ‘organic.’ But these massive imports of corn and soybeans weren’t.
Cervical Cancer Screening Can Start Later, Be Less Frequent in HPV-Vaccinated Women
HPV 9 vaccine: new recommendations
Nearly six in ten children in the U.S. will have obesity in adulthood if current trends continue, a new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has found.
Eczema Update: Treatment New therapy
FDA has approved "Eucrisa" (Crisaborole Ointment2%) for children over 2yo.HPV 9 vaccine: new recommendations
Arsenic in Rice Cereal
"ORGANIC FOOD" Fraud
This is important to those families who have chosen not to immunize their children because people from these countries
come to the Washington,DC area daily and mix with the local residents in many ways and thus potentially spreading it to unimmunized persons..
World Health Organization reports " Polio is still epidemic in the following countries:The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan, and particularly Syria have ongoing outbreaks of type 2 circulating vaccine-derived polio virus. The WHO says this "demonstrates significant gaps in population immunity at a critical time in the polio endgame."
FDA: Herbal Remedy Linked to High Lead Levels, Developmental Delay in Child