Skip the video games
Playing video games during the school year may hurt your child academically. A study by researchers at Denison University found that boys ages 6-9 who played video games showed significant delays in writing and reading compared with children who didn’t own a video game console.
Researchers at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey are continually studying the risk factors for SIDS. In one study, they found that of 244 deaths studied, 70 percent of the babies were sleeping on their bellies when they died, 60 percent of the parents smoked, 39 percent were sharing the bed with an adult and 32 percent were sleeping on couches or with pillows or blankets.
Ditch the glass thermometer
A 2009 study conducted at Children's Hospital Boston found that of patients treated for glass thermometer injuries, 84 percent had broken glass in their rectum or mouth, and 42 percent were exposed to mercury. Most of the patients were children younger than 4. Researchers recommend replacing your glass thermometer with a digital one.
Crank up the music
A study reported by the American Society of Hypertension found that listening to a half-hour of rhythmically homogeneous music daily — that is, anything with a steady beat — can help people with high blood pressure. So pop in your family’s favorite album and leave it on repeat for a stress-free day.
Stay away from goat’s milk
It may seem healthy, but goat’s milk has levels of protein and sodium that an infant’s body can’t handle. In fact, it could lead to seizures and brain damage, according to a recent study in the journal Pediatrics. Goat’s milk formula may not be good either, as the FDA hasn’t approved it.
You don’t hear much about single fathers, but there are 1.7 million living in the United States as of 2009, comprising 15 percent of all single parents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Eight percent of these single dads were raising three or more children younger than 18. Nearly half – or 47 percent – of those single dads were divorced, while 29 percent never married, 18 percent were separated and 5 percent were widowed.
All-terrain vehicles are fun, but ATV accidents have increased 240 percent since 1997 for children, and spinal injuries caused by the accidents have quadrupled, according to a study by the University of Tennessee in Memphis.
Get the records
Make sure you ask your pediatrician for a current copy of your child’s vaccination records. A study in Pediatrics finds that if you keep a list of the vaccines, you’ll be 62 percent more likely to be up-to-date on your child’s vaccinations.
You’re not the only one with the headaches. A study by researchers at George Washington University and Children’s National Medical Center found that 17 percent of children ages 4 and older have frequent bad headaches. Among the top five medical conditions affecting children are migraines, asthma, obesity and allergies. Next time your child is complaining of a headache, take him or her seriously.
Nine percent of children in the United States live in the same home as their grandparents, according to a 2009 study from the U.S. Census Bureau.