Study looks at factors affecting post-immunization sleep duration

A study in the journal Pediatrics showed that babies who received their immunizations after 1:30 p.m. and those who experienced increased temperature due to the vaccines had increased sleep duration in the first 24 hours following immunization. Researchers also reported slight increases in sleep duration in babies who were given acetaminophen at or after immunization.

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING IN KIDS, NEW GUIDELINES

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has endorsed new government-issued guidelines that suggest that the older protocol (screening only for high risk kids with family history of heart disease) misses too many children (from 30%-60%) and instead advocate universal screening. The new guidelines recommend that all children be screened for high cholesterol at least once between the ages of 9 and 11 years and again between ages 17 and 21 years. AAP NEWS, October, 2011

VARICELLA RELATED DEATHS IN U.S.

Just relating to my last week post: New study by CDC shows 97% reduction in Varicella deaths in children compared to pre-vaccine era. Before the vaccine was routinely recommended in U.S., about 4 million people would get Varicella each year, about 10,000 people were hospitalized, and 100-150 died as a result of the disease.
Vaccinate your child! AAP News, November, 2011

CHICKENPOX LOLLIPOPS

Two days ago I was interviewed by local TV for my opinion on CHICKENPOX LOLLIPOPS. According to media reports, parents who fear the chickenpox vaccine can try to infect their kids the “natural” way by sending off for lollipops licked by kids who have the disease.My answer was: 1. That "transported" lollipop may not contain Varicella virus, but may contain other germs; 2. Natural Varicella infection is a serious disease and may be complicated by pneumonia, encephalitis, e.t.c.

BABIES SLEEPING WITH ADULTS AT GREATER RISK OF DEATH

Making an immensely shocking discovery, a recent study, which was carried out from Coroners Unit, has claimed that infants who are made to sleep with adults, including parents (sofas, armchairs, beds, sleeping "on" parents), are highly susceptible to encounter terminal sleep accidents. Victoria study/Australia. Formula feeding, smoking environment, sleeping on a stomach, soft bedding and overheating are other risk factors for sudden death.

BULLING AMONG CHILDREN WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

Food allergic children experience bulling that is common, frequent, and repetitive and results in extra physical and emotional risks. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunolol. 2010;105.
We need to work to develop strategies to educate our kids, to prevent this from occurring.

ALLERGIES, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURES, NEW RESEARCH

The available evidence supports diet high in vitamins A, D, and E; zinc; fruits, vegetables for prevention of allergies. A Mediterranean diet also was found to be preventive. (J Allergy Clin Immunol, 2011;127).
Dog ownership before 1 year of age significantly reduces the risk of allergies among children. In contrast, cat ownership before 1yr of age significantly increases risk of allergies later in life. (J Pediatr. 2011;158)

REALLY TELL OBESE TEENS TO SLEEP MORE?

New study finds that lack of sleep can disrupt insulin secretion and glucose levels in obese teenagers. Research in adults has found similar relationship.
To keep glucose levels stable, the optimal amount of sleep for teenagers is 7.5 - 8.5 hours per night.
In addition, higher levels of growth hormone are documented during sleep. Contemporary Pediatrics, September, 2011

ALZHEIMER'S MAY BE PREVENTED. NEW RESEARCH

New study published in FASEB Journal suggests that pregnant women who exercise protect their offspring against long term neurodegenerative disease.
Another research published this month in BRAIN, BEHAVIOR AND IMMUNITY Journal showed that regular exercise could help prevent brain damage associated with Alzheimer's.

HIGHER VITAMIN D LEVELS DURING PREGNANCY - HEALTHIER BABIES

European researches found that low Vitamin D levels at birth are associated with severe and frequent respiratory infections in early infancy. Conclusion was that giving Vitamin D to pregnant women could be an easy and affordable way of prevention. AAP News / September 2011

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