Never pick up your infant by the hands or wrists as this can put stress on the elbows. Lifting under the armpits is the safest way ||Don't allow your pet on the couch while you are holding baby. This makes dogs bigger and taller in relation to your infant and may encourage aggression. ||Don't let your baby nap in the car seat after you're home as a substitute for crib since it's harder for young babies to breathe in that position. ||Massaging infants' arms and hands can significantly reduce their pain from needle sticks ||If your child's scalp is very crusty, put some baby oil or olive oil on the scalp 1 hour before washing to soften the crust ||There are parenting mistakes that are harmless. When in doubt, ask your pediatrician ||When giving suspension or liquid medicines, use the dosage cup enclosed in the package or a syringe ||The sun is the most important source of Vit D ||For protecting young children during summer months, apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside ||Plan for regular family meals. Enjoy being together as a family and give a chance for everyone to decompress from the day ||
CDC Study Shows No Vaccine, Autism Link

 

Exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccines in infancy or in the womb is not associated with an increased risk for developing autism, according to a new study from the CDC (Sep 2010).

It shows kids who had been exposed as babies to high levels of the preservative -- through vaccines they received or their mothers received while pregnant -- were no more likely to develop autism, including two distinct subtypes of the condition. 

The study is the latest of almost 20 studies to find no link between childhood vaccinations and autism.

The CDC researchers used data for U.S. children born between 1994 and 1999, who were enrolled in one of three managed care organizations. They found 256 children with an autism spectrum disorder and compared them with 752 children who did not have the condition, but were matched for age and sex.

No matter when a child had been exposed to thimerosal -- before birth when the mother had a shot, or when the child itself was vaccinated as a baby or toddler -- there was no increase in the risk of any type of autism spectrum disorder. In fact, the analysis indicated that children with the greatest exposures had slightly lower rates of autism than those who received fewer thimerosal-containing vaccines or none at all.

Concerns about a link between vaccines and autism were first raised more than a decade ago by British physician Andrew Wakefield. One widespread worry has been that thimerosal might play a role in the development of autism.

The study is very reassuring as the data show that you could receive a thimerosal vaccine and not be concerned about it. In the matter of fact, autism rates have continued to rise, although thimerosal has been removed from all routine childhood vaccines, except flu shots.

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