Thursday, February 25, 2010

Photo update - Hospital - CNY - Birthday

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Choking - Danger for your kids!

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement on choking as choking is the leading cause of injury and death amongst children, most likely if they are 4 years and younger!

Facts about choking
  • Food, coins and toys cause the most choking related incidents
  • In the USA every five days a child will die from choking on food
  • Only toys are regulated to have warning labels because of choking hazards - no regulations for high risk foods
  • Many "kid friendly" foods like pop corn, grapes and nuts are potentially dangerous!
  • Greatest risk comes from Hot dogs as they can block exactly the airway of little children
Preventing your kids from choking
  • Do not give children younger than 4 any round, firm foods unless they have been cut into very small pieces.
  • Cut hot dogs lengthwise and cut grapes into quarters. This changes the dangerous round shape that can block a young child’s throat.
  • Do not give toddlers other high risk foods, such as hard candy, nuts, seeds and raw carrots.
  • Never let small children run, play or lie down while eating.
  • Keep coins and other small items out of reach of young children at all times.
  • Carefully read warning labels on toys before giving them to young children.
  • To check if a part of a toy is too small, use a small parts test device, which is available at many toy stores.
  • Additionally, parents and caregivers should learn first aid for choking and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event a choking episode occurs.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Take care of sugary soft drinks!

A new study claims that drinking sugary soft drinks 2 times and more a week don't only lead to dental problems but can even lead to pancreas cancer!

The risk of regular soda drinke
rs is 87 % higher than persons who drinks instead fruit juices.
The theory behind this new finding is that sugar may give the fuel for the growth of cancerous cells in the usually insulin producing pancreas.

Study links sugary soft drinks to pancreas cancer | Reuters

Monday, February 8, 2010

Autism risk: Age of mother & father could make a difference

I guess everyone knows about the risks of a late-in-life pregnancy. Now with a new study published it gets more and more into a direction that
  1. the age of mother and father and
  2. even a certain age difference between mother and father
can lead to risk not only the Down-Syndrome in a newborn child but also an autistic child in the future.

The older a mother gives birth to a baby, the more likely it will develop autistic characters. A 40 year old mother has a 50% greater chance of having an autistic child than a mother in the age of 25 - 29 years.

The risk of fathers which are older than 40 years is only significant higher if the mother is younger than 30 years. The risk is twice as likely that the kid will develop autism signs than if the father would be 25 - 29 years young.

Read more about it on: Reuters - Age of mother affects child's autism risk: study

Sunday, February 7, 2010

MM: I'm a little Tea Pot - Nursery Rhyme

The next Nursery Song for this Music Monday is I'm a little Tea Pot.

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