Thursday, June 21, 2018

Johnson & Johnson reformulating

Johnson & Johnson is removing dyes as well as some ingredients and being more transparent about its scents. In August, J&J will roll out a new version of its “No More Tears” shampoo—which is known for its gold color—without dyes, meaning it will no longer be gold. Same thing for Johnson’s baby lotion, which is known for its iconic pink. With the retooled products, Johnson’s has reined in its ingredients, cutting them in half; all of the new products are free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates.  As for scents, Johnson’s is disclosing all of its fragrances—normally a trade secret—in a big move for total transparency with consumers. The company also heard from parents that its packaging needed to change too. With slippery babies in the bath, it was a hassle for parents to stop, put their baby down and open the shampoo bottles. To fix that, Johnson created new packaging that allows consumers to pump out shampoo with one hand while holding their baby in another. adweek more

relieving concerns about colicky babies

Research conducted by Royal Children's Hospital has found that colicky babies whose crying eases within three months will not lead to ongoing behavioral problems. Crying and stress related to the common infant condition, is short-lived and will likely resolve. "While it is no doubt a difficult time for parents, we can now reassure them that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that their baby will grow up to be a toddler without higher risk of behaviour problems than other children who did not have colic."  One in five babies suffers colic, putting their mothers at increased risk of post-natal depression. Knowing that things will get better maybe a relief to those experiencing this difficult stage with their infant.more

bottling breastmilk

Breastmilk can begin losing some of its nutritional quality almost as soon as it has been expressed from the breast and collected in a storage bag or bottle. When breastmilk sits for too long at room temperature or takes too long to cool down in the fridge, nutrient degradation begins, losing the chance to get into a baby's system to boost that young immune system. Improper re-heating of breastmilk can also destroy some of the proteins that would otherwise benefit a baby. The Nanobébé bottle maybe the answer to solve the problem of cooling that takes too long and warming that gets too hot thanks to its unique concave design. The dome-shaped bottle has a deep concavity in the bottom that allows the milk to spread into a thin layer - allowing for rapid cooling in the fridge as well as for quick and even warming prior feeding.  business insider more

babies missing bacteria

By studying babies intestines and breast milk, researchers at U.C. Davis concluded that some Western babies are missing the B infantis microbiota. Without it, children are more likely to have allergies, asthma, Type 1 diabetes and could be susceptible to heart disease and certain cancers. The strain of disappearing bacteria could be due to the rise in cesarean births, increased use of infant formula and the over use of antibiotics. But mothers cannot currently ensure that their babies receive this beneficial bacterium since it is endangered. Researchers believe that the healthy bacteria strain needs to be deliberately reintroduced to Western babies and have created a study to determine how doctors and parents could do so. nytimes - Currently, both " vaginal seeding " and " bacterial baptisms " are not approved safe or effective methods of delivering bacteria and should be avoided.more

ASK - asking saves kids

Today is National ASK Day . The day should be a reminder to parents to ask other parents about gun safety in their homes before they drop them off for a playdate.  One out of every three homes with a child has a gun and roughly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun.  Therefore, the ASK campaign was created to encourage parents to talk about gun safety and to keep children safe.   Ask "Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?"  This mom wishes she would have. today more

family separations at the border

President Trump has signed an executive order that ends family separations at the southern border. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” said Trump. “Anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it, but at the same time we don’t want people coming into the country illegally,” he added. Family separation has seen a recent uptick due to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “zero-tolerance” policy for illegal entry at the U.S.-Mexico border. Because any illegal border crossing is prosecuted, parents and children are separated during the legal process. The President’s action came after a second straight day of meeting with congressional Republicans. The House is slated to vote on a pair of immigration bills on Thursday. Meantime, the Associated Press is reporting separated infants and young children are being held at what the government calls “tender age” facilities in south Texas. cbs more

fundraiser for refugee children

One mom who was outraged by the photo of the 2-year old crying at the boarder and realized that she must act. "I am a parent - specifically, a mom of a child the same age as the girl... When I see her face, I see my own daughter's" Therefore, Charlotte Willner created a fundraiser on Facebook in order to raise money for RAICES - The Refugee and immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services based in San Antonio, Texas and she was shocked by the wave of generosity. So far over $16 million has been raised so that children separated from their parents can obtain legal representation and psychological care. today - Click totz+today to read more about boarder family separation.more

early life stress

Each year, more than 6 million children in the United States are referred to Child Protective Services for abuse or neglect. Previous research on the consequences of early life stress and child maltreatment shows that these children will be more likely to develop a multitude of social and mental health problems. These "sleeper effects" suggest early life stress might disrupt aspects of brain development that support key emotional and cognitive processes which normally promote positive social relationships and mental health. Psychologists know that early life stress affects people's ability to control or regulate their emotions and the brain regions that support these skills. For example, children who have experienced a lot of stress seem to have more difficulty containing negative emotions like anger or anxiety. totz+today: infant stress + totz+today: stress matures children's brains faster more

lyme disease in children

Lyme disease cases among children are on the rise in western Pennsylvania. "This study details the shift of western Pennsylvania from a Lyme-naïve to a Lyme endemic area, highlighting the change in symptoms seen clinically and the types of doctors caring for these patients," said Brian Campfield, M.D., pediatric infectious diseases specialist. Lyme disease, caused by the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, is transmitted through the bite of a tick commonly known as the deer tick or black-legged tick. The infection can be treated with an antibiotic, but if it is not treated it can lead to flu like symptoms and many problems, including muscle and joint aches, facial paralysis, arthritis and brain inflammation. medical xpress + kids health cdc lyme disease map more

new zealand welcomes baby

Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern is officially the second elected world leader to have successfully given birth while in office. ap news - New Zealand has welcomed her little baby girl with open arms and fans have been showering the Prime Minster with gifts of onsies and gumboots. The Prime Minister announced the birth of her daughter by posting "Welcome to our village wee one." The new mom is proud that New Zealand can create positive role models for working parents. totz+today more

backyard buzz

What’s new, different and unique? Peek into these cities’ backyards to find the buzz.

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