The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released new guidelines designed to help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other types of sleep-related infant deaths, which are also known as sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs). SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age, with 90% of SIDS cases occurring before an infant is 6 months old.
As the 2016-2017 flu season approaches, now is a great time to get vaccinated against the flu. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine.
Unlike their recommendations during past flu seasons, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are not recommending the nasal spray vaccine, FluMist, for the 20162017 season due to concerns over its effectiveness, especially in children. The CDC and AAP are now only recommending the injectable flu vaccine.
Research is finding that children are consuming a dangerously large number of detergent packets. Calls to poison control centers increased 17% from 2013 to 2014. More than 22,000 children (mostly under age 3) were exposed to laundry packets during that period, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP also noted a 14% increase in calls to poison centers concerning exposure to dishwasher detergent packets.