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Baby Delight Letter Regarding Sleep Positioner Warning

Sunday, October 10, 2010 8:00:00 PM America/New_York

Dear Customer:


We have received many, many calls this past week regarding our popular Snuggle Nest product.  We've been overwhelmed with your support during this challenging time and we want to express our heartfelt appreciation to you.   


Since most of our callers have expressed their desire to actually keep the positioners and wedges in the Snuggle Nest, we thought it might be a good idea to provide you with more information that could affect your options.  To clarify, Snuggle Nest has not been recalled. 

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JPMA Responds To Sleep Positioner Warning

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 8:00:00 PM America/New_York

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), a non-profit association dedicated to promoting the industry and the safe selection and use of juvenile products, addresses concerns regarding the recent warning about sleep positioners.

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More than 1 million baby slings recalled

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 3:52:01 AM America/New_York

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 1 million baby slings made by Infantino were recalled Wednesday after claims linking them to three infant deaths.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said babies could suffocate in the soft fabric slings. The agency urged parents to immediately stop using the slings for babies under 4 months.

The recall involves 1 million Infantino "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo" slings in the United States and 15,000 in Canada.

Infantino President Jack Vresics said the company has been working closely with the commission on its sling concerns.

"Our top priority is the safety of infants whose parents and caregivers use our products," Vresics said in a statement. He said the company would offer a free replacement baby carrier, activity gym or shopping cart cover to any affected consumer.

The slings wrap around the chest so on-the-go parents can carry their babies or just stay close as they bond with their infants.

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Advantage of Apple Eaters

Friday, May 15, 2009 6:04:56 PM America/New_York


ripe green applesAn apple a day will keep the doctor away, according to new research from a U.S. national health and nutrition survey. The study found that people who eat one large apple a day are at lower risk of metabolic syndrome, which could increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. Apple juice and apple sauce were likewise found to be beneficial. Apple-eaters also had smaller waists, lower blood pressure, and lower levels of a protein related to inflammation.

The  study was presented at the Experimental Biology 2008 meeting, and was sponsored by the American Apple Industry.

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Healing Hearts Of Diabetics

Friday, April 17, 2009 6:03:41 PM America/New_York

man giving himself diabetes shot

People with diabetics are now being helped to reverse heart disease by aggressively using drugs that lower cholesterol and blood pressure. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure below the usual recommendations help reverse damage to the arteries and heart.

Diabetics are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than people without the added complications of diabetes. Some experts noted concern that the research does not indicate how low the cholesterol and blood pressure levels should be lowered in order to yield the desired effect.

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How Do You Spell Dyslexia?

Thursday, March 12, 2009 5:58:08 PM America/New_York

Dyslexia - the word itself is enough to make you want to hide. It sounds like a kind of a disease, like some chronic, complex disorder. The first thing I tell my clients who come to me with dyslexia is to disregard the word entirely, and to think of their condition as a gift, rather than a problem.

Scores of dyslexics have excelled in thir fields, rising above the rest through a combination of wit, talent, skill, intelligence and determination, providing that dyslexia does not consign a child to a life of poor achievement.

Consider the following list of well-known dyslexics:

  • Walt Disney was labeled as a “slow child” in school and went on to become one of the most successful producers of all time.
  • Steve Jobs was dyslexic, and today he is the CEO of Apple Computers and worth about $5.4 billion dollars.
  • Thomas Edison’s teachers actually thought he was mentally ill, yet he was the most influential inventor of the late 19th-early 20th centuries.
  • Nelson Rockefeller didn’t know the alphabet when he was nine years old, but that didn’t stop him from becoming the Governor of New York and the forty-first Vice President of the United States.
  • Sir Winston Churchill failed eighth grade and hated school. Years later, he became the illustrious Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World World II.
  • Henry Ford, John F. Kennedy and George Washington were all groundbreaking, talented individuals who were influential in changing the face of America, and all experienced dyslexia during childhood.
  • Finally, Albert Einstein couldn’t talk until the age of four, and he couldn’t read until the age of nine. He even failed his college entrance exam. Still, he is considered one of the geniuses of all time.

dyslexic dyslexiaThus, children with dyslexia should never be dismissed as academic failures. With treatment and a healthy dose of self-confidence, they are no less capable of achievement than their non-dyslexic peers.

Dyslexic children usually experience trouble with spelling, writing, and reading, and sometimes struggle with numbers. They may have difficulty following instructions and processing what they hear. They also confuse left and right.

As a result of these difficulties, children with dyslexia meet with failure in school, often as early as the first grade. While everyone is reciting the alphabet and learning to read, these children find the letters incomprehensible. And while the other children are enjoying reading stories, these kids stare at the page blankly. To them, the words look like squiggles. The b’s look like d’s and the p’s look like q’s. Sentences don’t begin or end where they should. Dyslexic children also tend to reverse letters and words, such that “saw” becomes “was” and “bad” becomes “dab”. Understandably, these children often lose confidence and develop severely low self-esteem.

Parents who detect dyslexic symptoms in their child should have the child tested by a professional quickly, before self-esteem issues begin to surface. The many different levels of dyslexia and wide variety of symptoms can make accurate diagnosing difficult. Parents must therefore ensure to have the child examined by a qualified specialist in this area.

Parents must also realize that reversing letters and words is very common among non-dyslexic children, especially up until the age six. A child displaying such a tendency should be closely monitored to see if the problem persists as he or she grows older. dyslexia can be written backwords

Once diagnosed, a multi sensory treatment program is usually recommended. This means teaching a child how to read and write through a variety of visual and non-verbal methods. In all likelihood, by the time a child is diagnosed he or she has developed a strong distaste for learning and strong resentment towards school. Care therefore must be taken to find the treatment method that best suits the child’s particular needs and tastes so that learning can once again become enjoyable and gratifying.

In many cases, the greater challenge in treating dyslexia is restoring the child;s self-confidence and fortifying his or her fragile ego. This can be achieved through activities such as music or art lessons, and by developing their personal interests and talents, be it business baking or basketball. Dyslexic children must be consistently praised for their achievements and encouraged to pursue their goals. And, they should be reminded from time to time that someday they may become the world’s next Albert Einstein.

People with dyslexia have special innate qualities and attributes that the rest of us cannot duplicate. Scientists are beginning to study this phenomenon in greater depth and the results promise to be fascinating. The day will perhaps come when we discover a direct correlation between dyslexia and super-achievement, and the condition will thus be proven to in fact be a gift, rather than a problem.

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New Advice on Baby Allergies

Sunday, February 15, 2009 4:56:19 PM America/New_York

While nursing has been shown to help prevent allergies in babies, other common practices, such as avoiding certain foods during pregnancy, using soy formula, or waiting until a baby is six months old to introduce solid foods have not shown any benefits, according to a new report published in the journal Pediatrics.

In this latest advisory, the American Academy of Pediatrics updates earlier suggestionsBaby getting Breast-fed that might have made some parents feel as if they weren’t doing enough to prevent allergies and asthma. in 2000, the group advised mothers of infants with a family history of allergies to avoid cow’s milk, eggs, fish, peanuts and tree nuts while breast-feeding. This advice has been tossed out, along with the suggestion to delay a child’s introduction to certain foods.

The only surefire advice remaining is to breast-feed. Exclusive breast-feeding for at least three months protects against wheezing in babies, but it is unclear whether it prevents asthma in older children.

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Early Screening for Colon Cancer Saves Lives

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 4:54:45 PM America/New_York

Colo-rectal cancer, of the colon or the rectum, is equally common in both men and women. colon cancer imageAn estimated 153,760 people were diagnosed in 2007, and more than 52,000 died from the disease. However, this is one of the most easily prevented cancers because it often develops from polyps that can be removed before they become cancerous.

Seventy-five percent of all colon cancer occurs in people with no known medical risk factors. This emphasizes the importance of routine colon cancer screenings. March is National Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness Month.

According to The Cancer Reasearch Foundation of America, when detected and treated early, the five-year survival rate for colo-rectal cancer is 91%. Screenings are not painful, and are often covered by Medicare and by many insurers.

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Monday, December 22, 2008 4:53:05 PM America/New_York

The low-carb Atkins diet, which promotes eating more protein and fewer carbohydrates in order to burn stored fat, might help people drop pounds but may also hurt the heart according to researchers at the University of Maryland (UM) Medical Center.

According to the diet plan, fifty percent of calories come from fat, resulting in increased levels of bad cholesterol and a negative impact on blood vessel dilation, which can cause increased blood pressure.

atkins diet logoOn its website, the Atkins Company cited is own studies that show dieters lost weight, increased their good cholesterol, and lowered their triglycerides, a risk factor for heart disease. But the UM study compared three popular diets: Atkins; the low-carb, low-fat South Beach Diet, and the vegetarian Ornish diet. Researchers concluded that the Atkins diet puts people at a higher risk of heart disease after only one month.

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ADHD Drugs Send Kids To The ER

Friday, November 14, 2008 4:50:59 PM America/New_York

Children and teenagers who use stimulants to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity (ADHD) are 20% more likely to visit the emergency room or doctor’s office.

hyper little girl According to the research published in the journal Pediatrics, children and teens using such drugs are more likely to experience heart-related symptoms, such as a racing heartbeat.

In 2006, the US Food and Drug Administration’s Drug Safety Advisory Committee recommended “black box” warnings about cardiovascular risks associated with central nervous system stimulants, which are known to raise blood pressure and heart rate.

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Tantrums Linked To Depression

Friday, October 17, 2008 5:49:30 PM America/New_York

Children who have long, frequent or aggressive temper tantrums may be at risk for depression or disruptive disorders, according to research published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

depressed child sitting on steps For most parents, tantrums - often the sign of a sick, hungry, or over-stimulated child - are a normal part of development and should be viewed as a teaching opportunity. Healthy children tend to have a shorter and less aggressive tantrums.

But parents of children who hurt themselves or others and who cannot calm themselves without help should seek medical assistance. The research suggests that if the parent is uncomfortable leaving the house out of fear that the child will have a tantrum, that should be a sign to seek help.

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Pre-Term Apples and Fish Benefit “Babies”

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 5:46:46 PM America/New_York

Children of mothers who eat plenty of apples or fish during pregnancy are less likely to develop asthma, or eczema research suggests.

The University of Aberdeen project quizzed 2,000 mothers-to-be on their eating habits, then looked at their child’s health over five years.

They found that those who ate four or more apples a week were half as likely to have an asthmatic child compared with those who ate one or fewer.

The study was presented at the American Thoracic Society conference.

This study suggests a simple modification that can be made to a pregnant mother’s diet which may help protect her child from developing asthma

Dr Victoria King, Asthma UK

The researchers also found a link between eating more fish in pregnancy, and a lower chance of their child developing the allergic skin condition eczema.

Women who ate one or more portions of any type of fish during pregnancy weekly had almost half the chance of having a child diagnosed with eczema within the first five years.

There are no firm clues as to why apples and fish might be able to produce this benefit - no other foodstuffs were linked to decreases in asthma or eczema.

However, apples are already linked to better lung health when taken by adults, perhaps due to their antioxidant properties, and oily fish in particular contain Omega-3 oils, which, it has been suggested, offer health benefits.
Apple BasketIt is, however, notoriously difficult to uncover links between maternal diet and child health, given the numerous other factors which may be involved in the development of diseases such as asthma and eczema.

The Aberdeen team has a group of 2,000 women, who, more than five years ago, monitored their food intake during pregnancy, and then allowed researchers to see what happened to their children.

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Cell Phone Use - Cancer Link Found

Monday, July 21, 2008 5:40:42 PM America/New_York


CellPhoneUseisharmfultoyourhealth.jpg Cell Phone Use is harmful to your health picture by HeyUBabyDotCom

Frequent cell-phone users, defined as those who talk more than 22 hours (1,320 minutes) a month, have a fifty percent higher risk of developing a tumor of the parotid gland (salivary glands near the ear), according to Israeli researchers and the American Journal of Epidemiology.

The risk was higher if users clamped the cell-phone to the same ear, did not use hands-free devices, or were in rural areas where devices typically must send out a stronger signal to reach cell towers that are farther away.

The study included 402 benign and 58 malignant cases of parotid gland tumor diagnosed in Israel. The research was led by a cancer and radiation expert at the Chaim Sheba Medical Centre in Israel and as part of a World Health Organization project.

The Food and Drug Administration recommends minimizing any potential risk by using hands-free devices and keeping cell-phone talk to a minimum.

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