Some do. Because most breast milk does not contain much vitamin D, the American Academy of Pediatrics says breast-fed infants should get 400 IU daily from supplement drops. Our new Ratings of vitamin D supplements included four children's supplements.
Don't rush things. That's the bottom-line advice to expectant mothers from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Family Practitioners. Asked to identify five tests or procedures that were overdone, both organizations agreed on the same top two: a planned early delivery and inducing labor without a strong medical reason.
Earlier this week, the Consumer Reports TV crew was filming a segment on blenders, detailing the results of our recently updated Ratings of nearly 60 models. Our cameraman got too close to one of the blender blades and gave his thumb a pretty good gash. He's not alone. More than 7,000 people were injured by blenders in 2011, based on emergency-room treated injuries reported to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. The number has tripled in the last decade as blenders continue to gain in popularity.
Lots of folks bought a new TV in time to enjoy the Super Bowl and often the old TV winds up in a bedroom. It's crucial to ensure that any TV in your home is installed in a way that doesn't pose a hazard to kids. Televisions were involved in furniture tip-over accidents that killed 206 children ages 8 and younger in the United States during the years 2000 to 2011, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. And in the years 2009-2011 alone, 12,700 children under age 10 were brought to hospital emergency departments due to injuries involving TV tip-overs, the CPSC reported. The problem involves both older tube TVs and newer flat-screen models. Fortunately, with either type of TV, such tragedies are easily prevented.
Booster seats are the best way to keep your child safe in the car after he or she outgrows a harnessed child seat but is too small to correctly fit a vehicle's seat belt. The use of any booster seat will improve your child's safety, and likely his comfort as well. Chances are, however, that a high-back booster seat will be better on both fronts than a backless booster. (See our latest booster car seat Ratings.)
Can kids drink too much milk? Maybe, according to a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It found that while getting enough is key for strong bones, excessive amounts might reduce the amount of iron in the blood, which is important for brain and psychomotor development.
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is rising sharply and a new study suggests that a contributing cause may be that the vaccine now used loses effectiveness over time. Which means it may be time for you to get a booster.
Jack-o'-lanterns are an essential part of Halloween decorations, whether you're going to create a sophisticated, over-the-top masterpiece or more of a homespun, simple look. No matter the effort, you need to be careful, because pumpkin carving can be dangerous.
Some 41 million children 5 to 14 years old could hit the trick-or-treat trails this Halloween, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and for children with asthma and allergies, the holiday fun can turn into a scary reality. Candy and other treats are among the usual suspects, but costumes and makeup can also bring on allergy and asthma symptoms.
Parents know the drill--they want their little ones to have a super-fun and not-too-spooky time trick-or-treating, all the while staying safe. No problem: Follow these handy tips and your little princess, Batman, or Spider-Man should be good to go.
Organic foods don't seem to be nutritionally superior to conventionally raised foods, and there's no proof that eating them translates into less disease, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. But the report also notes that organic foods do have lower levels of pesticides, and that organically raised animals are less likely to be contaminated with drug-resistant bacteria, points that Consumer Reports' experts also stress.
Have you or your child been vaccinated against whooping cough? If not, talk to your doctor. The disease, which can lead to painful bouts of extended coughing and can be deadly in children, is making a resurgence, according to an article out Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
If you bought the drug Adderall online hoping to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder you better check to make sure you didn't receive a counterfeit version. The Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday that some of the pills sold on the Internet contain the wrong medication.
You've probably heard that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week lowered the limit for child lead poisoning from 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood to five, so what does this mean for you and your family?
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