Free Folic Acid For Pregnant Women

Free Folic Acid For Pregnant Women An estimated 1,500 babies are born each year with neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spinal cord… To educate women about the importance of folic acid, March of Dimes corporate partner, Kmart, is giving pregnant women a one-month supply of free (yes, free!) folic acid.. There […]

Internet child health advice ‘wrong’

Internet child health advice ‘wrong’ Typing your child’s medical problem into Google is unlikely to deliver much in the way of good advice, UK researchers have said. Here’s the study: Scullard P, Peacock C, Davies P. Googling children’s health: reliability of medical advice on the internet. Arch Dis Child. 2010 Apr 6.

From AOL News: Pediatricians Need to Get With the Breastfeeding Program

Opinion: Pediatricians Need to Get With the Breastfeeding Program Given my own experience, I naturally assumed that every pediatrician was trained to help babies and mothers succeed at nursing — guiding them through the difficulties and answering questions. But many aren’t, and as we learned this week, the cost in health and dollars is significant.

Research: Human milk-based fortifier for preemies = less NEC

In this study, the researchers compared extremely premature babies receiving human milk fortified with either a human-milk-based or a cow’s-milk-based fortifier. The babies who received no cow’s milk-based products had lower rates of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Sullivan S, et. al. An Exclusively Human Milk-Based Diet Is Associated with a Lower Rate of Necrotizing Enterocolitis than […]

Is my baby lactose intolerant? :: Is my baby lactose intolerant? If your baby is sensitive to dairy products it is highly unlikely that the problem is lactose intolerance, although many people may tell you so. There are three types of lactose intolerance…

Risks of powdered infant formula

Be careful when using powdered formulas, as there is always a risk of contamination since they are not sterile. Researchers find botulism-causing spores in US infant formula In a newly published study, researchers in the U.S. have identified botulinum spores in multiple containers of commercial infant formula. Here are some guidelines for avoiding the […]

Gap in health care law’s protection for children

The Associated Press: Gap in health care law’s protection for children WASHINGTON — Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children.

What can happen if someone else’s breast milk is given to another child?

From the US Centers for Disease Control: “What can happen if someone else’s breast milk is given to another child?” HIV and other serious infectious diseases can be transmitted through breast milk. However, the risk of infection from a single bottle of breast milk, even if the mother is HIV positive, is extremely small. […]

Soy formula & fibroids

Soy formula associated with higher risk of fibroids in women. — Environmental Health News Women who were fed infant formula containing soy as babies are 25% more likely to develop uterine fibroids than those who were breastfed or given milk-based formula.