The Amazing Story of Anastasha – Part 4

Bioethics, Children's Health, Parenting
I don't have any medical updates this week from Craig and Tonya DeLisi about their unborn child Anastasha. Those of you following their journey know that Anastasha has been diagnosed, via ultrasound, with anencephaly. There is no cure or treatment for anencephaly. Most anencephalic children do not survive birth. If the infant is not stillborn, then she will usually pass on within a few hours or days after birth. In the first three parts of this amazing story, Dr. DeLisi bravely shared with us how he and his family are wrestling with this tragic news. Their faith has shone through his writings. Now he writes: This song was written by one of the singers from Selah, a contemporary Christian group.  A few years ago she (the writer and singer of the…
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Kitchen Spoons Dole Out Dangerous Overdoses to Kids

Children's Health, Parenting
For years I've told parents in my practice that kitchen teaspoons and tablespoons are highly inaccurate in dispensing medicine to kids. I have always recommended using an inexpensive oral syringe for dosing pediatric medications. Now comes study warning that using these kitchen spoons to dispense medicine to children can cause dangerous overdoses. Researchers from Greece and Boston examined 71 teaspoons and 49 tablespoons that they collected from households in the Attica region of Greece, which includes Athens, and found that the capacities of the spoons varied widely. Here are the details from a report from Web MD: The variation in Teaspoon capacity ranged from 0.08 to 0.25 of an ounce, with an average volume of 0.15 of an ounce. The capacity of tablespoons ranged from 0.23 to 0.45 of an…
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