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Monday, August 19, 2019

fluoride + lower IQ

Based on the latest study, expectant mothers with higher levels of fluoride in their urine tended to have kids with lower average IQs. On average, a 1 milligram-per-liter increase in maternal urinary fluoride was associated with a 4.5-point lower IQ score in boys by the time they reached ages 3 to 4 - this a magnitude that's comparable to lead exposure. There has been a debate over fluoridation since cities began adding the mineral to public water supplies in the 1950s.  Two out of every three U.S. residents now live in an area with fluoridated water, compared with 38% of Canadians and 3% of Europeans. Although studies have linked fluoride to lower IQ's, the American Dental Association released a statement saying it "remains committed to fluoridation of public water supplies as the single most effective public health measure to help prevent tooth decay." healthday more

nature based preschool

Interest in nature based preschools has increased as fringe schools have been promoting early childhood environmental education.  The loosely structured outdoor observations and play vs academic curriculum has jumped from 20 schools in 2008 to 250 in 2017.  Children aged 3 to 6 years old expand typical lessons such as handwriting and physics by drawing in the dirt and rolling down hills and spend 3/4 of their time at the preschool outdoors in all types of weather with no direct instruction.   Class lessons will depend on the season, the weather and the whims of the children and their teachers.   Benefits of a "forest school" or green space preschool could include improved mental heath and motor function, greater risk assessment, stronger problem solving and resilience and higher ecological consciousness. nytimes more

solid parenting advice backed by data

Everyone loves to give new parents advice, but how easy is it to decipher solid advice from old wives tales?  The following 5 parenting tips provided by pbs.org have been backed by solid data and could be incorporated into your lives:
  1. a baby does not need a bath right after birth
  2. swaddling helps babies to fall asleep
  3. using a pacifier does not hinder breastfeeding
  4. children's sleep patterns and sleep amounts vary greatly
  5. positive prompts help picky eaters try new foods

should doctors accept unvaccinated kids?

According to a new national poll - four out of 10 parents say they are "very" or "somewhat likely" to move their child to a different provider if their doctor sees families who refuse all childhood vaccines.  Most American children receive recommended vaccines protecting them from dangerous illnesses like measles and whooping cough - But doctors sometimes care for children whose parents refuse vaccines. When parents bring a child with suspected measles to the waiting room of a doctor's office or emergency room, they may expose many other patients to the disease. "Parents may assume that when they take their child to the doctor, they are in a setting that will not expose their child to diseases. Parents may not have considered that there could another child in the waiting room whose parents have refused all vaccines," Clark says. "When prompted to think about it, most parents want the doctor's office to have some policy to limit the risk from unvaccinated children." university of michigan more

cannabis-related poison control

After medical marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, cannabis-related poison control calls involving the state's children and teenagers doubled, "As states across the country enact more permissive marijuana policies, we need to do more to promote safe storage in households with children," says Whitehill, assistant professor of health promotion and policy and lead author of the research published in JAMA Network Open . science daily more

backyard buzz

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

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