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Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse

These posts address accidents and injuries, and accident and injury prevention, and a spectrum of abuse topics.

FDA Warns Parents Against Using Homeopathic Products with Belladonna

By February 2, 2017 2 Comments

Last Friday the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised parents to stop using oral teething tablets that include belladonna as an ingredient. These tablets are marketed under a variety of names, however, the brand name the FDA specifically investigated were the popular Hyland’s Teething Tablets. The FDA found that the amount of belladonna […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

How to Prevent Bullying: Create Stronger Allies

By November 30, 2016 No Comments

As the mother of ten and seven year old boys, I’ve learned to live with a lot of noise. Sometimes it’s the sound of a loud toy, or the latest Pokémon episode streaming on Netflix, or footsteps careening down hallways and stairs.   More often than not it’s from brotherly squabbles over who gets to play […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children, Tweens + Teens

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

By November 8, 2016 No Comments

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

This post is in response to a question from reader, Dawn. If you have a question about a parenting issue, you can send it to contact (at) 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

Shorties: Room Sharing for Safe Sleep

By November 2, 2016 1 Comment

Can you provide more feedback on the 6-12 month change for room sharing with the child [as advised in the 2016 update to the AAP’s Safe Sleep Policy]? That seems like an incredible step higher than what was previously advised (though not official recommended). Keeping your child in the room with you for an entire […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Newborns + Infants, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

Decoding the AAP’s Updated Safe Sleep Policy

By November 2, 2016 No Comments

As a new parent there are few things you will focus on more than your baby’s sleep, or lack there of. Luckily the long hours and little sleep I received during my residency prepared me for being the parent of a newborn, but it was still difficult. I remember the sleepless nights, the frequent waking […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Newborns + Infants, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health