Friday, January 06, 2012

Friday Wrap-up: Parenting and Pregnancy News

I Gave My Kids a Terrible Present PART 2 [YouTube]

The costs of older motherhood []

The Princess Bride Pregnancy Test [Nerd Approved]

Drinking and Breastfeeding: How Much Is Safe? [FoxNews]

What Happens When A Kid With Down Syndrome Models [Jezebel]

Top 10 Yoga Poses for Children of All Ages [Yahoo]

Antibiotics in Pregnancy May Shield Newborns From Strep B [USNews]

Peaches Geldof Expecting Her First Child [CelebrityBabyScoop]

Unbelievable New Baby Formula Law Will Shock You [TheStir]

'Teen Mom' Leah Messer is Expecting Baby No. 3 [CelebrityBabyScoop]

Keri Russell Gave Birth

Photo by Joella Marano
Keri Russell has given birth to her second child. A rep for the star of the former hit-show Felicity confirmed to Access Hollywood that she delivered a little girl on December 27th. She and husband Shane Deary named their newest addition Willa Lou. Willa joins big brother River, who was born in 2007.

Russell shared some thoughts on motherhood on the show Today with Kathie Lee Gifford in 2009: "You become a mom and you sort of think, ‘Is it going to change everything?’ But it doesn’t. You still like what you like. But I think the one thing is it makes you very sensitive and in tune to kids. If any kid is in peril, you’re like, ‘That’s my kid!'"

Russell and Dreary were married on Valentines day in 2007.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

What do you think of the name Willa?

Keri Russell Gives Birth To First Daughter [accesshollywood]

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Is Asthma Caused by Acetaminophen?

New evidence is igniting a debate among health professionals on the connection between asthma and acetaminophen, a commonly used fever reducer. Studies have consistently shown that acetaminophen can cause inflammation of the airways and now a review of studies is convincing some researchers that acetaminophen could be behind the 30-year increase in asthma cases.

There are many factors that implicate acetaminophen in causing or at least worsening asthma, one of which is the timing of the epidemic. Cases of asthma increased dramatically in the 1980's, coinciding with a recommendation by doctors to use acetaminophen instead of aspirin to reduce fevers. In addition, an analysis of data from over 200,000 children found that children who took acetaminophen were more likely to develop asthma. Dr. John T. McBride recently published a paper in the journal Pediatrics warning medical professionals and caregivers not to give acetaminophen to children with asthma or those at risk for the disease. He explained that a single dose of acetaminophen can cause inflammation of the airways by reducing the body's levels of glutathione, a peptide and antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress in the body. He says the connection to the drug is consistent: "Almost every study that’s looked for it has found a dose-response relationship between acetaminophen use and asthma. The association is incredibly consistent across age, geography and culture." Studies have made the connection in adults, children, infants and even in children of mothers who took acetaminophen during pregnancy.

Nevertheless, some researchers remain skeptical of the connection. Dr. Mahyar Etminan, from the University of British Columbia, completed a study that discovered a connection between acetaminophen and an increased incidence of wheezing but he still thinks the connection is not quite clear. "Children who take acetaminophen are usually getting it for fever control, and they get fevers because they have viral infections, which on their own are associated with developing asthma later in life. It’s hard to tease out whether it’s the drug or the viral infection." He also notes that many of the studies that make the connection relied on parents to accurately report the dosage given to children, rather than through controlled methods. However, one controlled study of nearly 2,000 children with asthma found those who took acetaminophen rather than ibuprofen to treat fevers were twice as likely to see a doctor for asthma symptoms.

Although acetaminophen seems like it might be causing or at least aggravating asthma, taking another kind of fever reducer doesn't necessarily avoid the risk. In fact, ibuprofen, aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs have produced asthma attacks in some people. Nevertheless, some doctors advocate the anti-inflammtory drugs over acetominophen, while others just recommend reducing the dosage of acetaminophen. For parents and parent's-to-be, the debate is without a clear answer.

How do you reduce fevers in your home?

Studies Suggest an Acetaminophen-Asthma Link [NYTimes]

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Best of the Web: Parenting and Pregnancy News

Lily Allen Baby Name Revealed [CelebrityBabyScoop]

Divorce-proof your marriage before baby arrives [KansasCityStar]

26 Resolutions for Pregnancy, Labor and Life with Your Child [FitPregnancy]

3 resolutions for a happier family in 2012 [Today]

5 Things Families Fight About in Pregnancy [About]

Exercise Won't Prevent Gestational Diabetes [theAtlantic]

Do twin embryos help each other survive in IVF? [reuters]

The women hoping their dead husbands can still give them a family [DailyMail]

25 Best Mom Confessions of 2011 [theStir]

Powdered Formula Cleared from Bacterial Infections

Two infants died and two infants were sickened by a bacteria commonly associated with powdered formula last month, but a recent report from two government agencies concludes that the infections were not caused by formula or the nursery water used to mix it. The infected infants were from four different states - one in Missouri, another in Florida, and the other two in Oklahoma and Illinois. They had each consumed powdered formula before being infected by Chronobacter sakazakii.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) both concluded through tests of different types of powdered formula and nursery water that they were not the source. The death of Avery Cornett in Missouri prompted the CDC to ask public health officials across the country to report other infants with similar infections, which accounts for the seemingly sudden outbreak. The batch of formula that sickened Avery was re-tested and came up negative according to the CDC. In addition, the bacterial strain found in Missouri differed genetically from the one found in Illinois. Increased awareness of the illness has brought the number of reported Chronobacter infections up to 12 for 2011 - in past years the average has been four to six infections.

However, the cause of the infections is still not known. The CDC released a statement on Friday: "CDC laboratory tests of samples provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services found Cronobacter bacteria in an opened container of infant formula, an opened bottle of nursery water and prepared infant formula. It is unclear how the contamination occurred."

CDC, FDA say 4 cases of bacterial infection in babies not related, infant formula not tainted [WashPo]

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Sets of Twins Born in Different Years

The Bear twins, Jenna and Leah.
Three sets of lucky twins will grow up without having to share a birthday. In Minneapolis, Beckett Humenny arrived at 6:40pm on December 31st, but his sister Freya didn't arrive until 12:26am on January 1st. In Buffalo, NY, Ronan Rosputni arrived at 11:37pm on December 31st and his brother Rory just made the new year at 12:10am on January 1st. Lastly, in Tampa Baby, Florida, Jenna and Leah Bear just barely were born on different days - Jenna arrived at 11:59pm on December 31st and Leah was born at 12am on the 1st. Blake Bear told the Tampa Bay Times: "It’s a great way to end the previous year and start the new year."

Congratulations to the lucky couples!

Twins Born in Different Years – Times 3 [ABCNews]

Monday, January 02, 2012

Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart Welcomed a Girl

Grey's Anatomy star, Eric Dane (39) and actress Rebecca Gayheart (40) welcomed a baby girl on Wednesday, December 28th. They named her Georgia Geraldine. Georgia joins big sister Billie Beatrice (21 months). A rep for the couple told People: "Both Mom and baby girl are happy and healthy, Billie is thrilled to be a big sister, and Dad is getting ready to live in a house full of ladies!"

The pregnancy was announced in July. The couple has been married since 2004.

Congratulations to the beautiful family!

What do you think of the name Georgia Geraldine?

Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart Welcome Daughter Georgia Geraldine [People]

How Pregnancy Changes the Brain

Everyone has heard of pregnancy brain, where pregnant women suddenly become incredibly forgetful, but it wasn't until recently that scientists really began to discover how pregnancy moves things around upstairs. These changes often feel like a setback, but what they're really doing is preparing you for motherhood.

Not much is known about the way that pregnancy effects the brain because testing is typically limited to animals, however, rats have shown us a lot of interesting changes that occur. When rats become pregnant, more olfactory cells (controlling the sense of smell) begin to grow. The changes in rat's brains last a lifetime and researchers believe this is true of human pregnancy as well. The flood of hormones that takes place during pregnancy and while giving birth completely dwarfs the hormonal burst of puberty. At no other time in a person's life are hormones taking over the body in such abundance.

Your baby is driving changes in the body and brain as well. Studies have found that when the baby begins to move in the womb, an event called quickening, the mother's heart rate increases along with her skin conduction (a skin change that usually signals psychological arousal), even if she can't feel the movement. Studies have also found that some fetal cells can stay in the mother's body for years after the child's birth. In mice, these cells were found in the brain but it's unknown what their purpose is yet.

Overall, much remains unknown about the way pregnancy changes the brain, but researchers believe that these changes are simply priming the mother to become a better caretaker for the baby.

Have you noticed any changes in the way you think or behave since becoming pregnant?

Pregnancy May Change Mom's Brain For Good [LiveScience]