Happy Birthday Jaymie!

9 04 2007

This Wednesday, April 11th, will be my little girl’s very first birthday!!!

Mommy , Daddy, Sissy, and Bubba love you bunches and bunches!!!

 

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Chicken Pox Vaccine And It’s Effectivness

16 03 2007

My son had this vaccine when he was an infant and he is almost 9 years old now. He has never had chicken pox yet. There is a new study I heard on the news that getting the vaccine only works like 80 to 85% and it is likely that you will need a booster chot to have it work like 90 to 95%. Here is the news article that I found.

 

FULL LINK HERE

 

BOSTON (Reuters) – Merck’s chickenpox vaccine Varivax not only loses its effectiveness after a while, but it has also changed the profile of the disease in the population, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday.

The study confirmed what doctors widely knew — that the vaccine’s protection does not last long.

And with fewer natural cases of the disease going around, unvaccinated children or children in whom the first dose of the vaccine fails to work have been catching the highly contagious disease later in life, when the risk of severe complications is greater, they said.

“If you’re unvaccinated and you get it later in life, there’s a 20-times greater risk of dying compared to a child, and a 10 to 15 times greater chance of getting hospitalized,” said Jane Seward of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, who worked on the study.

The findings, reported fully for the first time in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, have already had an impact.

They helped prompt the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to recommend a booster shot between the ages of 4 and 6. The panel also said in its June 2006 report that children, adolescents and adults should be given boosters as well.

No one knows how long the effects of a second shot will last, said the research team, led by Sandra Chaves of the CDC.

The United States has been vaccinating against chickenpox, also known as varicella, since 1995. But tests have show that the vaccine is not very effective in 15 to 20 percent of children who only receive one dose.

A second dose will certainly provide extra protection, but it is not clear how much. “Instead of 80 to 85 percent efficacy, we’re hoping instead to see 90 to 95 percent for the second dose,” said Seward, acting deputy director of the CDC’s division of viral diseases.

The Chaves team used vaccination and illness data from Antelope Valley, California, northeast of Los Angeles, to track Varivax’s effectiveness.

The shots cut the number of cases by 85 percent between 1995 and 2004. In 1995 just 1 percent of the 2,794 reported cases were among children who had been vaccinated. In 2004, there were far fewer cases — 420 — but 60 percent were in vaccinated children.

While 73 percent of the youngsters who became ill in 1995 were under age 7, the rate dropped to 30 percent by 2004 because the children who got chickenpox tended to get it at an older age.

And when vaccinated children were infected, they tended to be sicker, probably because they were older.

“Children between the ages of 8 and 12 years who had been vaccinated 5 years or more previously were two times as likely to have moderate-to-severe breakthrough disease as were those who had been vaccinated less than 5 years previously,” the researchers wrote.

Last May another vaccine made by Merck to act as a booster for adults, Zostavax, was approved.

The chickenpox virus remains in the body for life and can be reactivated as shingles, a rash that can cause pain that persists for years.

Chickenpox is often considered a harmless childhood disease, but before vaccination, 100 children died each year from complications of chickenpox in the United States alone.





Baby Bumps and Bruises

7 03 2007

As your baby gains mobility, accidents will happen and her head will get bumped at least a few times. Rest assured that your baby’s head is built to withstand the bumps and bruises of childhood and that most falls injure only the scalp, not the underlying brain. A scalp injury will normally bleed a lot and a bump will appear quickly.

Here are some helpful tips to treat a head wound:

 

  1. Apply ice to the bump for 20 minutes to reduce swelling. If your child won’t cooperate and you can’t keep the ice on that long, don’t worry; it won’t make the injury any worse.
  2. Stop any bleeding with a clean cloth.
  3. Watch carefully for signs of concussion or large hematoma. If she is alert, walking, talking and playing like she was before the injury, she’s probably okay. As a precaution, keep her awake for at least the first hour after the injury, and then let her nap in short, 20-minute intervals.

 

 

Trust your instincts; even if she is behaving normally, but you feel something isn’t right, call your pediatrician. Better safe than sorry.





Understanding Growth Charts

22 02 2007

It’s that time to go for your child’s check up. They measure, weigh, and and tell you what percentage they are in. Do you really understand what it all means? Are you confused? Here is some great information about Understanding Growth Charts better….

 

 

What can my toddler’s growth chart tell me?

Your child’s growth chart can give you a general picture of how your toddler is developing physically. By comparing your child’s measurements — weight, length, and head circumference — to national averages for children of the same age and sex, and to measurements from previous checkups, the doctor can determine whether your toddler is following a healthy overall growth pattern.
Don’t get too hung up on your child’s percentiles, though. While the current growth charts (released in November 2000 and based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Public Health Service) are a vast improvement over earlier charts, they’re not the last word on how your child is doing. The most important thing is that your toddler is growing at a steady, appropriate rate, not that he’s hit some magic number.

Continue Reading Understanding Growths Charts





"Laugh & Learn" Learning Bunny Recalled

17 02 2007

My daughter received this bunny as a Christmas gift and now we are returning it. Here is the recall information on the Laugh & Learn Bunny from Mattel.

 

Fisher-Price Recalls “Laugh and Learn” Bunny Toys Due to Choking Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC’s Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.)
Name of Products: “Laugh and Learn” Learning Bunny Toys
Units: About 500,000 (an additional 700,000 were sold worldwide)
Importer: Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y.
Hazard: The pink pompom nose can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves the Laugh and Learn Learning Bunny that measures about 10-inches tall. The yellow bunny with one green and one orange ear has musical and counting sound effects. The words, “Laugh and Learn” are printed on the bunny’s shirt. Product numbers involved in the recall are: K0468, K2960, K2961, K2962, K2963, K2964, K2965, K3440, K6898, K7884, L0327, and K5862. The product numbers are located on the fabric tag sewn to the body of the bunny. Only bunnies with three dimensional pompom noses are included in this recall. Bunnies with flat or embroidered noses are not subject to this recall.
Sold at: Discount department stores and toy stores nationwide May 2006 through December 2006 for about $16.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take these recalled toys away from children and contact Fisher-Price to arrange for the return of the bunny to receive a voucher for a replacement toy of the customer’s choice.
Customer Contact: For additional information, contact Fisher-Price at (866) 447-5003 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.service.mattel.com.





Properly Installed Car Seat Saves Child’s Life

17 02 2007

See the importance of PROPERLY installed infant car seats? Very sad that the baby will not have her mother, but the mom did an awesome job for protecting her child with properly installing her car seat to protect her baby. I just wish that ALL car seats were properly installed. Go to your local fire department or police department to have them check to se if you have properly installed you car seat if you are unsure.

 

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Authorities continued looking for answers Friday as to why a woman’s car plunged 100 feet off a freeway HOV “flyover” transition road, killing the driver but leaving her 10-month-old son, who was in a car seat, without a scratch.

Natalie Canton, 21, of Chino was pronounced dead at the scene of Thursday’s crash that occurred about 2 p.m. as she lost control of her black Acura Integra while going from the eastbound lanes of the Riverside (91) Freeway to the northbound Orange (57) Freeway, said California Highway Patrol Officer Katrina Lundgren.

The car fell about 100 feet, striking the ground on its rear end, according to reports at the scene.

Authorities said Canton was going about 80 mph when she applied the brakes and lost control.

“The big story here is the car seat,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Denise Quesada. “It played a big role in saving the baby.”

Officials said many parents do not properly install child safety seats. Investigators said the seat in Canton’s vehicle was installed properly — facing the rear of the car.

Investigators said all but a small portion of the vehicle — an area where the child was seated — crumpled during the impact.

Investigators want to leave “no stone unturned” in figuring out how the accident occurred.

“There’s all sorts of things they’ll want to rule out,” Quesada said. “They’ll look into the internal mechanisms of the car just to rule out any questions.”

The baby, later identified as Aiden Koch, was taken to UCI Medical Center, but according to reports from the scene, there was no sign of blood or injury and he was virtually unscratched.

UCI’s Susan Mancia said she could not confirm whether the baby was still at the hospital.

“We are unable to release any information whatsoever per the family’s request,” she said. “I can’t even confirm he’s here.”

Mancia said hospital officials may address the importance of child car safety seats, but only in a general way.

Quesada said crash reports typically take seven to 10 days to complete.

Canton was driving home after eating lunch in Buena Park with her mother Irene, who works there, her told brother Nico Canton told the Orange County Register.

MORE ON STORY:

http://www.nbc4.tv/news/11026653/detail.html?dl=ma…





Easy Bake Oven – Recalled

8 02 2007

I knew this was bound to happen……

oven.jpg Easy-Bake Ovens Recalled for Repair Due to Entrapment and Burn HazardsWASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should immediately take the recalled oven away from children under 8 years of age and contact the firm for a retrofit with warning.
Name of product: Easy-Bake Ovens

Units: About 985,000

Manufacturer: Easy-Bake, a division of Hasbro, Inc., of Pawtucket, R.I.

Hazard: Young children can insert their hands into the oven’s opening and get their hands or fingers caught, posing an entrapment and burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Easy-Bake has received 29 reports of children getting their hands or fingers caught in the oven’s opening, including five reports of burns.

Description: The Easy-Bake Oven is a purple and pink plastic oven that resembles a kitchen range with four burners on top and a front-loading oven. “Easy Bake” is printed on the front of the oven. Model number 65805 and “Hasbro” are stamped into the plastic on the back of the oven. The Easy Bake Oven is an electric toy and is not recommended for children under eight years of age. Ovens sold before May 2006 are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Target, KB Toys and other retailers nationwide from May 2006 through February 2007 for about $25.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should contact Easy-Bake between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET 7 days a week to receive a free retrofit kit with consumer warning. Caregivers should keep the Easy Bake Oven away from children under eight years of age.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Easy-Bake at (800) 601-8418, or visit the firm’s Web site at http://www.easybake.com