The new year is almost here, and with it everyone is thinking about what 2010 brought to them. For the parents of the world, this often means reflecting on what 2010 meant in terms of children. Here are a few thoughtful posts to consider as 2011 slides into view.
- This year there were a lot of thoughts about the crib recalls, with many parents relieved to have drop-side cribs off the market. Lenore Skenazy offers Some (Non-Mainstream) Thoughts on the Crib Recall, explaining why she thinks the recalls are a bad idea.
- Do you have rat poison in your home? As the end of the year draws close, Dr. Gary Ginsberg explains that nearly 10,000 toddlers are poisoned each year from rat poison in the home.
- One brave toddler is fighting against the odds to have a happy year this year. Sixteen month old Kayden Ward has incurable congenital vascular lymphedema, that if not treated properly could lead to his death. But that isn’t stopping the toddler from getting his hands into everything he can.
- For pregnant women, one of the biggest threats to ignoring safety precautions may not be the health risks. Arwyn suggests that it is the social pressure and internal guilt that affects women the most.
- Before you celebrate on New Year’s Eve, make sure you have a safe caretaker for your infants. A study from UC San Diego found that SIDS rates go up on New Year’s Day, and this may be caused by intoxicated parents the night before.
- As the cesarean rates increase in the US, so do the rates of early births. While opting to have you baby a few weeks early may be more convenient, research has found it also creates health risks for baby and mother.
- Don’t forget to stay active during pregnancy. A pooling of research from several sources has concluded that exercise during pregnancy not only keeps you healthy, it also improves your mood. Staying happy during pregnancy may be as simple as having a daily walk.
– Summer, staff writer