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We love science lessons. These posts are from experts who teach us the science behind the topic. Here we tackle conspiracy topics that get in the way of positive health outcomes in children, debunk health myths, and delve further into woo-woo topics that show up a lot in parenting circles – that may or may not have science to back them up. Also included are issues related to homeopathy, and “natural” medications.

How Science Works | What is Scientific Evidence?

By January 16, 2017 4 Comments
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Mothering a child with autism is something I never expected when my husband and I decided to start a family. Our families are both pretty much neurotypical, but we had concerns about our son’s development from an early age. I’m a research scientist working with cancer data, but immediately after my son was diagnosed I […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Science 101 + Mythbusting


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


The Truth About Teething

By November 8, 2016 No Comments
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Last month the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory about the use of homeopathic teething aids.  Many of us know these under the popular brand name of Hyland’s Teething Tablets.  So what are parents of teething babies supposed to do? Teething gets a bad rap. In the not-so-distant past, it was […]

Categories: Newborns + Infants, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Toddlers + Preschoolers