Light Drinking During Pregnancy Can Lower Your Baby’s IQ, New Study Shows

Light Drinking During Pregnancy Can Lower Your Baby's IQ, New Study Shows

We’ve all seen the signs: pregnant woman are warned not to drink because of the risk to the baby. But Ron Grey, an epidemiologist at the University of Oxford wasn’t satisfied with the studies that had been done in the issue. His team recognized that little was known about the affects of light or moderate drinking while pregnant, say two or three small glasses of wine per week. The team gathered more than 4,000 soon-to-be moms–some who had chosen to drink during their pregnancy, some who abstained–and began testing for slow metabolizing genes.

The tricky part, waiting eight years. The scientist then performed tests on the children to test for IQ level, which has long been considered a reliable mark for potential brain power and problem solving. The researchers found higher IQ levels in the children whose mothers had drunk lightly or not at all during pregnancy, and the children whose mothers drank more had resulting lower IQ scores.

So what does all this mean? Previously, tests had counted only large doses of alcohol in tests, but this new research shows that even very small amounts of alcohol affect fetal brain development. Dr. Grey explains, “women have a good reason to choose to avoid alcohol when pregnant.” Of course, alcohol isn’t the only substance you should worry about consuming. The brand 5-hour Energy sells small bottles of highly caffeinated juice, and has been tied to more than 90 fetal accidents, including a miscarriage. Studies have shown increased caffeine consumption sometimes mirrors miscarriages, but no absolute ties have been made by studies. Animal studies have shown that caffeine causes fetal mutations.

So what does this mean for you? Consume less than 300mg of caffeine (about two grande drip coffees) and go for water, not wine. Even though caffeine hasn’t been entirely linked to miscarriages, better safe than sorry applies here! And no one wants to hurt their baby’s brain development, so remember to order virgin drinks when going out! Would you ever drink when pregnant? What about when breast feeding? Let us know!

Parents Advisory: Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers Recalled

Parents Advisory: Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers Recalled

Parents be alerted, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, in cooperation with Summer Infant Inc. announced the involuntary recall of Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers.

The bather is being recalled because of risk of a fall and head injury hazard to infants. Parents should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

According to the recall: When the bather is lifted and/or carried with an infant in it, its folding wire frame can suddenly disengage from the side hinge, dropping the baby out of the bather, posing a fall hazard and a risk of serious head injury to infants.

There have been seven reports of incidents in the U.S., including five reports of infants suffering head injuries from falls from the bathers. Four children between two weeks and two months old received skull fractures, including one that required intensive care for bleeding on the brain. The fifth child received a bump to the head requiring emergency room treatment.

Recalled Summer Infant Baby Bathers are numbers: 08020, 08050, 08054, 08070, 08401, 08409, 08404, 08405, 08650, 08655, 08659, 08754, 08940, 08944, 18004, 18040, 18049, 18050, 18120, 18125, 18129, 18254, 18360, 18375, 18379, 18390, 18394, 18440, 18445, 18449, 18470, 18475, 18479, 38510, 38515, 38750, 38755.

For further information check out the full advisory HERE!

Parent Advisory: Codeine May Cause Death In Some Children

Parent Advisory: Codeine May Cause Death In Some Children

U.S. health officials health officials have released a warning that U.S. health officials, three children died and one suffered life-threatening hyperventilation after ingesting codeine.  The children were having their tonsils or adenoids removed and they were all between the age of 2 and 5.

The codeine broke down very quickly in their bodies and probably caused a morphine overdose.

The Montreal Gazette reports: “But these children likely had a genetic condition that caused codeine to turn into morphine more quickly and completely than usual, causing a fatal overdose, the FDA said.  Known as ultra-rapid metabolizers, people with this condition are relatively rare, usually occurring in one to seven out of every 100 people. But the frequency could be as high as 28 per 100 people among certain groups, such as North Africans, Ethiopians and Saudi Arabians.”

The FDA advise codeine should not be used as a regular medication, but only as needed.  They advise parents to watch children for signs of overdoes.  Sign of overdoes include unusual sleepiness, trouble waking up, confusion, or difficult or noisy breathing.

Report: Four Million Bumbo Baby Seats Recalled

Report: Four Million Bumbo Baby Seats Recalled

Bumbo International Trust is voluntarily recalling about 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats after a multitude of injuries, including skull fractures, the South African company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said in a statement released on Wednesday.

Since an earlier recall in 2007, at least 50 incidents have been reported in which babies fell while the molded-foam seat was on a raised surface. Nineteen of those incidents included skull fractures.  Another 34 reports have been received of infants hurt while the one-piece seat was on a floor or an unknown elevated surface. Two babies sutfered fractured skulls while in this position.  People with the seats are urged to stop using them until they install a repair kit to remedy the existing problems.

Rachel Weintraub, director of product safety at the Consumer Federation of America, one of the advocacy groups said The CPSC move comes after consumer groups urged the commission in February to recall the seats.  “This is a very important action that they are taking,” she said. “These hazards shouldn’t happen. It should never cause these kinds of injuries.” says Weintraub.

The Bumbo seats were sold at Babies R Us, Sears, Target Corp, Toys R Us, USA Babies, Walmart and other stores and online sellers.. They were sold from August 2003 through August 2012 for between $30 and $50.