April 2015 Newsletter
36% of U.S. Schools Serve Locally Grown Foods
More than a third of U.S. school lunchrooms used locally grown foods in student meals, but big agriculture states were not among the biggest Farm to School participants, according to a survey. The survey found barriers to participation were not linked to supply and distribution, but to administrative requirements and differences in what schools needed and farms produced.
Breast-feeding Linked to Higher IQ Later in Life
Researchers who followed about 3,500 babies until age 30 found that those who were breast-fed scored higher on IQ tests, spent more time in school and earned more as adults compared with babies who were not breast-fed.   Ask us for tips and information to help you breastfeed your newborn.
Burger King Kids Meals No Longer Include Soft Drinks
Burger King has removed soft drinks from its children's menu boards in response to the increasing consumer demand to stop marketing sodas to young people. Soft drinks also will not be included in Kids Meals.
Put Those Chips Down!!
Greater consumption of salty snacks was associated with elevated blood pressure levels among middle-school students. Students who ate two or more salty snacks each day were more likely to have among the highest BP readings in the study compared with those who consumed no more than one salty snack per day.
K.J. Sportswear Recalls Children's Pajamas Over Burn Risk
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of 9,200 Thor pajama sets from K.J. Sportswear California because the sets fail to meet federal flammability standards. No injuries have been reported.
Children's Sweatshirts Recalled Over Choking Risk
Approximately 140,000 children's fleece hooded sweatshirts were voluntary recalled by Kroger because the zipper can detach and accidentally choke a child, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
From the Doctors:
Dr. Gomez:

Continuing my last articles about respiratory issues…
Other irritants that can be causing chronic conditions like recurrent ear infections, sinusitis, chronic cough? There are many of them, but one that is extremely popular and that we are all exposed to in a small or large way or another--and that ALSO contains as one of its ingredients formaldehyde--is cigarette smoking!
Recently I had a patient that is getting recurrent ear infections, and when I mentioned that the exposure to smoking is linked to that, I was surprised to learn that many people do not know about the correlation between them. Many people believe that if they smoke outside their house it is enough to protect their loved ones from those harmful chemicals, especially if they were lucky enough that they themselves were exposed to smokers constantly and directly and did not have many or any illnesses. When smokers come back inside their houses, their breath will still have many of these poisons, their clothing, their hair--and children touch and breathe all this. So there you go, another way to protect your children and even improve the health of those you love: make sure there is awareness regarding the link between smoking and recurrent infections. If that can make someone you love stop this harmful habit,  you may be helping more than one child and or adult be a healthier person!
From Dr. Higuera:
Summer is just around the corner...
POOL SAFETY-- Swimming is great exercise, fun, and is an opportunity for great family memories but please be safe:  Tips from The American Academy of Pediatrics:
  • Never leave children alone in or near the pool or spa, even for a moment!
  • Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult – preferably one who knows how to swim and perform CPR – should be within arm’s length, providing “touch supervision.”
  • Install a fence at least 4 feet high around all four sides of the pool. The fence should not have openings or protrusions that a young child could use to get over, under, or through.
  • Make sure pool gates open out from the pool, and self-close and self-latch at a height children can't reach. Consider alarms on the gate to alert you when someone opens the gate. 
  • Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd's hook ­– a long pole with a hook on the end — and life preserver) and a portable telephone near the pool. Choose a shepherd’s hook and other rescue equipment made of fiberglass or other materials that do not conduct electricity.
  • Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties.” They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give children and parents a false sense of security.
  • Children ages 1 to 4 may be at a lower risk of drowning if they have had some formal swimming instruction. However, there is no evidence that swimming lessons or water survival skills courses can prevent drowning in babies younger than 1 year of age.
  • The decision to enroll a 1- to 4-year-old child in swimming lessons should be made by the parent and based on the child’s developmental readiness, but swim programs should never be seen as “drown proofing” a child of any age.
  • Avoid entrapment: Suction from pool and spa drains can trap a swimmer underwater. Do not use a pool or spa if there are broken or missing drain covers.  Ask your pool operator if your pool or spa’s drains are compliant with the Pool and Spa Safety Act. 
  • Large, inflatable, above-ground pools have become increasingly popular for backyard use. Children may fall in if they lean against the soft side of an inflatable pool. Although such pools are often exempt from local pool fencing requirements, it is essential that they be surrounded by an appropriate fence just as a permanent pool would be so that children cannot gain unsupervised access.
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors. 
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