3
Nov

Electronics and Sleep Problems

electronics-before-bed-sleep-problems-in-childrenChildren develop sleep problems when they use portable media devices, such as tablets or smartphones, before bed.  They have more difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, are more sleepy during the daytime, and are twice more likely to sleep less than children without access to their devices before bedtime.  A JAMA Pediatrics review (reut.rs/2fkjL1j) of 20 studies that involved children using these portable media devices. The review excluded their use of PCs and TVs before bed.  It included over 125,000 children between the ages of 6 and 19 years old.
 
 Even more interesting, is the fact that sleep problems are also more likely in children who had their portable media device near them at bedtime, even if they didn’t use it before bedtime.  If they receive texts or use social media, then they are more likely to check their devices throughout the night.  Before you know it, after checking the texts, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat & other social media, several hours of precious  sleep may have been lost.
 
So many of us are guilty of using out smartphones in the middle of the night.  We’ve commonly woken up, after a deep sleep REM cycle, checked our smartphone, and interrupted our sleep.  A good amount of sleep for most children is 10 hours per night, for teens it lowers to 9 hours per night.  For a child, this has a huge impact on their education the next day as well.  If sleep problems exist, learning difficulties are more likely to occur when they are sleepy during the daytime. 
 
Next time you use your smartphone before bed, think about how it could negatively impact your own sleep.  Poor sleep is linked to many potential negative health consequences, including dementia.
 
Please consider protecting your child’s sleep by making sure they don’t use their smartphones or tablets before bedtime, turn them off or remove them from their bedroom at night.
15
Nov

Chicken Pox Lollipops | Unsafe & Illegal

 Chicken Pox Lollipops?

 

For many years, before the chicken pox vaccine was available, parents used to have "chicken pox parties." The idea was to get it over with,

Chicken Pox Lollipops

Chicken Pox Lollipops


as you knew it was only a matter of time before your children became infected with the chicken pox. Now, apparently, some parents are taking this to a new level. Chicken Pox Lollipops? There is a Facebook Page titled, "Find A Pox Party." This multi-state group of parents favors "natural immunity." In so going, they purchase and sell chicken pox laced lollipops. The concept is simple and dangerous. A child that is acutely infected with chicken pox licks a lollipop. You buy the lollipop. You give that lollipop to your child. Your
child gets infected with chicken pox. However, the consequences are not simple; in fact, they can be deadly.  
Pediatricians do not recommend these parties. And we definitely are against these chicken pox lollipops. We recommend disease prevention, period. Any intentional injury or disease is unacceptable.
 

Natural Immunity

 

Anyone who knowingly infects their child in the name of "natural immunity" while not being aware of the dangerous and deadly consequences, needs to become better informed. I hope that that the information in this blog post will educate many and thereby prevent disease. Parents may think, "What are the chances of that happening to my child? It almost never happens." Remember, it only takes one time, one disasterous infection, for a parent to live a live filled with regret.

 
First of all, it is important to know that prior to the vaccine, chicken pox used to kill 100 children in the U.S. every year. The chicken pox vaccine is the safest manner in which you can prevent your child from getting the disease.
 
 

Chicken Pox Infection Complications

 

Secondly, it is important to be educated regarding the possible complications that can arise from a chicken pox infection. Most people think it is only a simple skin infection that itches a whole lot; then goes away. Many complications can arise from chicken pox. Chicken pox can cause a myriad of complications, including, but not limited to shingles, cellulitis, osteomyelitis, seizures, cerebellar ataxia, meningitis, encephalitis, pneumonia, hepatitis, conjunctivitis, retinal vasculitis, secondary blindness, and a whole slew of secondary bacterial infections, including MRSA.

 
 

Sharing Chicken Pox Lollipops Equals Sharing Many Unknown Diseases

 
Another thing to consider is the chicken pox lollipop is carrying that infected child's medical history. That child could have had mono, AIDS, and many other diseases that are easily spread when there are open sores and/or saliva in their mouth. Simply put, the chicken pox lollipop is filled with the unknown and could be deadly.
 

Illegal - Federal Crime

 

Lastly, this news has gotten federal attention. Please be aware, that this is a federal crime on two counts. It is illegal to send any disease via U.S. mail or private mail. Also, it is illegal to alter or tamper with consumer products. Candy is a consumer product.
 
 

More Chicken Pox Disease & Vaccination Information

 
The American Academy of Pediatrics have in depth articles teaching more about the chicken pox disease and the chicken pox vaccine.
7
Nov

Asthma In Single Parent Family

Asthma Wrose in Single Parent Family Homes

Asthma Worse in Single Parent Family Homes

Single Parent Family Homes

Asthma is worse in single parent family homes.  This past Saturday, the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center presented a study that revealed that children in single parent families are 50% more likely to return for hospital care of their asthma than children in two parent homes.  The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) annual meeting in Boston had a presentation regarding tis finding. 

The study also revealed that children were more likely to return for hospital care for their asthma, if their family's annual income was less than $60,000 a year.

 

Children with Asthma Need Family Support

This study, presented at the ACAAI annual meeting, has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.  Therefore, this is a preliminary report.  However, pediatricians see this every day; there is a definite socioeconomic impact on childhood disease.  In general, single-parent families are more overwhelmed and have less of an income than two-parent families.  Who is there to take turns when it comes to missing work, administering medications, and catching up on much needed sleep when caring for a sick child?  This is yet another reminder that single parent families need more support.  Support can come from other family members, friends, and in some cases the employer.  Inevitably, where there is more parental support, the child with a chronic disease is healthier.

For more information, go to http://bit.ly/rF1NGI & on single-parent families, go to http://bit.ly/toBaiG.

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