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Leslie Waghorn

Leslie Waghorn is the mother of a very active preschooler and a fiercely independent toddler. She has worked in public health and digital media strategy for nearly a decade, having previously worked in media and politics. Previously based in Washington, DC, she's now based in Ottawa, Canada. Leslie holds an MA in health communication from George Mason University and has an honors BA with a double major in Political Science and History from Carleton University. By day she's a freelance health communication professional and by night she’s the founder and editor-in-chief of TheScientificParent.org.

Myth Busting | Can Vicks VapoRub on the Feet Shorten A Baby’s Cold?

By January 5, 2017 1 Comment
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My nine-month-old has her first cold and I can’t stand to see her like this! I asked my mom for advice and she told me to cover [my daughter’s] feet in Vicks VapoRub at night and then put socks on her. She said she used to do this with me and my cold would be […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Toddlers + Preschoolers


Shorties: Is Merck Testing the HPV Vaccine on Babies?

By December 5, 2016 1 Comment
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A store that I follow [on Facebook] just shared this article. [The article states that Merck — the company that manufactures Gardasil — will soon “push” all infants in the US to receive the HPV vaccine and is currently testing the vaccine on infants.] It seems highly unlikely to me that this is true, but […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting


How to Survive the Holidays Post Election

By and November 20, 2016 No Comments
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No matter who you voted for in this presidential election, we certainly witnessed history. Since the early morning hours of November 9, emotions have run high, and stayed high. The election rhetoric from President-Elect Donald Trump was divisive, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton herself is a polarizing figure, which has lead people to […]

Categories: Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


About Last Tuesday

By November 14, 2016 No Comments
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It’s been noticeably quiet over here at TheScientificParent.org since Wednesday morning. That wasn’t by design.  Our usual cadre of subject matter experts all declined to speak on the record about the results of last Tuesday’s presidential election and the resulting protests. The over arching concern from most was this: ‘emotions are so high right now, […]

Categories: Announcements, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


The FDA Answers Your Questions About Hyland’s Teething Tablet Advisory

By November 8, 2016 No Comments
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A little over a month ago the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory to parents to stop using and immediately dispose of any homeopathic teething aides or gels they may have in their homes or may be using.  The most popular of the brands that falls under this umbrella are Hylands […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Newborns + Infants, Toddlers + Preschoolers


Don’t Use Crib Bumpers, Says the Consumer Product Safety Commission

By November 4, 2016 No Comments
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This post is in response to a question from TheScientificParent.org reader, Dawn. If you have a question about a parenting issue, you can send it to contact (at) TheScientificParent.org Last week the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their Safe Sleep Policy, which again cautioned parents against the use of bedding and bumpers in cribs. […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Newborns + Infants