Could your breastfed or premature infant be iron deficient?

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
Iron deficiency in babies and toddlers is getting increased attention. Studies have shown that up to 15 percent of babies and toddlers don't get enough iron. This can lead to long-term developmental problems, even in babies who aren't deficient enough to become anemic. New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend supplements for some babies, especially breastfed babies aged 4-6 months and preterm babies. When a supplement is needed, consider using a plain iron drop such as Fer-In-Sol or a combination product such as Poly Vi Sol with Iron for breastfed babies to provide both iron and vitamin D. Keep in mind that iron concentration can vary from product to product.
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New Practice Guideline Takes Aim at Pain of Childhood Immunizations

Children's Health, Parenting
Pain surrounding childhood immunizations can have long-term consequences, including preprocedural anxiety and needle fears in both the child and parent. Worse yet, these consequences can lead to avoiding immunizations altogether. As a result, Dr. Anna Taddio, of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and the "Help Eliminate Pain in Kids" panel (the HELPinKIDS panel), an interdisciplinary panel of experts from Canada, have developed an evidence-based clinical practice guideline for reducing pain associated with childhood immunizations. The panel believes that minimizing pain during childhood vaccination is important to help prevent these issues and there's a need for clear guidance to address this "important public health issue." So, they have published a summary of their guidelines in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). Here are the details from Reuters Health: The HELPinKIDS…
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Untreated teens with ADHD at risk behind the wheel

Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting
Teenaged boys are more likely than any other drivers to have car accidents, and a diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increases their risk even further, a new study finds. Looking at more than 3,000 teenaged boys who had been in car accidents, a group of Canadian researchers found those who had been diagnosed with various forms of ADHD were more than a third likelier to be involved in a car accident than teenaged boys without ADHD. In my book, Why ADHD Doesn't Mean Disaster, I discuss how teens with ADHD who are not treated are far more likely to be involved in risky behavior than teens without ADHD. Signed copies of the book are on clearance sale now and are available in softcover and hardcover versions. Here are the details on…
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