Are Magazine Ads Endangering Infants?

by N/A | ABC News | August 20, 2009

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents and caretakers put infants to sleep on their backs, and to avoid loose bedding, soft sleeping surfaces and bed sharing, which can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

A recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics examined close to 400 pictures of sleeping babies from 28 women’s magazines and found that infants were often portrayed curled up on their sides or sleeping on their bellies in many advertisements.

CMCH Director, Dr. Michael Rich, argues that parents should question infant sleeping images in the popular press and should adhere to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines for safe infant sleep by putting their babies to sleep on their back, not on their side.

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Should Cell Phones be Allowed in Schools?

by Jodi Freedman | Examiner.com | August 11, 2009

Cells phones are nowadays a main form of communication in kids’ lives. Do cell phones have a place in schools? Both parents and educators debate cell phone use, in and out of the classroom.

According to CMCH, research conducted by C&R Research revealed that 22% of young children (ages 6-9), 60% of tweens (ages 10-14), and 84% of teens (ages 15-18) own a cell phone.

If you are thinking about purchasing a cell phone for your child to take to school, consider purchase a child-friendly cell phone and discuss appropriate circumstances, places and uses for cell phones.

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