The Amazing Story of Anastasha – Part 3

Bioethics, Children's Health, Parenting
Thanks to Dr. Steiner and Kate for thoughtful and encouraging comments on Part 2 of Anastasha's story. You can find their comments here. I'm hoping others of you will comment as Dr. DeLisi shares more in the future. I admire his courage in opening this painful door into his, Tonya's, and their children's lives. I hope you'll keep them in your prayers. Here is the latest I have from Craig who is asking each of us (and society) some very important questions: Viability. This week Anastasha is 24 weeks old in Tonya’s womb. This is (roughly) considered the time when a baby’s lungs are at the minimum maturity for her life to be sustained outside the womb. Anytime before 22/23 weeks is considered incompatible with survival if an infant is born.…
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Sugar Before Shots Reduces Discomfort for Infants

Children's Health, Parenting
A new review is reporting that fewer tears are shed by babies when they get a sweet solution before injections. A report in HealthDay News says, "A sugar solution appears to help babies tolerate immunizations and get through the pain, researchers have found." I've been doing this for years in my practice, but wanted to be sure that you knew of this new review. In fact, the approach works so well that the new report is recommending that doctors and nurses consider giving a sweet solution to all babies before immunization in children 1 month to 1 year old. Previous research has shown that a small amount of sucrose or glucose -- a few drops to half a teaspoon -- in a solution can reduce pain. In the new report, released in…
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Delaying childhood vaccinations offer no benefit to children, and may be harmful

Children's Health, Parenting
I’ve written in the past about the debate between doctors about delaying vaccines. This debate is based upon the fears among some parents that the current regimen of infant vaccinations involves too many vaccines too soon. Then, to add to these fears came Dr. Robert Sears, a pediatrician in Capistrano Beach, Calif., who in October 2007, published “The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child.” Included in Sears’ book was an alternative vaccine schedule that would allow parents to delay – and in some cases completely avoid – many vaccines for their children. In 2009, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued its updated childhood vaccination schedule, along with an article that deconstructs Sears’ popular and very controversial “delayed vaccine” schedule. Now to add to the AAP’s recommendations is…
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Several vaccines at once absolutely OK for kids’ brains: Study

Children's Health, Parenting
Reuters Health has a report saying, "Parents can rest assured that getting kids their vaccine shots on time will not hurt their mental skills later on." Here are more details from Reuters: "A lot of parents are concerned that children receive too many vaccines too soon," said Dr. Michael J. Smith, of the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky. Some parents skip recommended vaccines out of fear of autism, for instance, and some choose to space out shots Although there is no evidence that would be safer, Smith said, he wanted to study the issue to address parents' concerns. So he and a colleague tapped into data from more than 1,000 preteen kids who had undergone extensive psychological tests of IQ, memory, attention, and language. Then they divided the…
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