McDonald’s might have been on to at least one thing it seems. Making meals happier by adding a seemingly inconsequential smiley face or sticker-prize to foods might make children more likely to eat that food. Many might assume that it’s the fries and chicken nuggets that kids are after, but it seems it might be the happy decals and tiny prizes that really made kids attracted to the Happy Meal.
A school in Cincinnati Ohio tested the theory. Could a smiley face sticker make children want to eat their veggies?
It seems so, according to new […]
It’s whispered on the playground, spoken of in hushed tones at Mommy ‘n Me, and brought up with embarrassment at pediatrician visits. That’s right, you’ve been there haven’t you? Thrush! It isn’t fun, and it isn’t pretty. Whether your first sign is nipple pain, a yeast infection of your own, an awful diaper rash in your baby, or the white in your baby’s mouth, this common malady in babies and mamas is […]
Pediatricians in Canada say that the antibiotic ointment that is applied to infants’ eyes as standard care in order to prevent contracting a “sexually transmitted” bacterial infection from the mother is ineffective. The protocol has been used to ensure that infants do not end up with what is called “neonatal opthalmia” or “ophthalmia-neonatorum” from chlamydia and/or gonorrhea.
In parts of Canada, the antibiotic ointment is required by laws, only those laws, according to the Canadian Pediatric Society stem back to the 1800’s when silver nitrate was used in babies’ eyes. This was before the era […]
New research out of the U.K. says indicates that fluoride can cause underactive thyroid. The higher rates of underactive thyroid occurred in areas where fluoride showed up in drinking water at a concentration greater than 0.3 mg per liter. Fluoride is added to drinking water in order to improve dental health though some liken it to medicating the public without consent.
The study was extensive and examined 98 percent of England’s GP practices. Areas with the greatest amounts of fluoride were added to the water were 30 percent more likely to see high rates of hypothyroidism. […]
A Virginia Tech biologist says that in 2012, her laboratory mice began having infertility troubles. Miscarriages became common, mice fetuses died in utero and the females were dying in labor. The mice that were born often had various birth defects. A geneticist at Washington State University was seeing a similar pattern after recently moving her work from a university in Ohio.
Normally fertility-linked toxins weren’t showing up in the tests. Residues of quaternary ammonia compounds (QACs) were detected, but they are so common, the finding was initially dismissed.
You’ve seen QACs.
“Two of the most commonly […]
So I have to admit, I totally teared up at the Similac commercial everyone has been talking about. Haven’t seen it yet? Check it out:
So is this just a commercial? In under 3 minutes, not only does this ad make us feel more connected as parents, it also brings to light some of the divisions as well, making important discussions we ought to be having instead look like Mommy Wars. I was interested to see how the rest of the web reacted and I think most people seemed to feel […]
Today, I’m going to explain how to be the perfect mom.
1. Set your self-expectations absurdly high.
2. Never drop the ball.
3. Resist the urge to yell or cry when you are frustrated.
4. Scratch number three, just don’t get frustrated.
5. Be 100% financially, ecologically, emotionally and physically responsible in regards to your children and your lifestyle 100% of the time.
Aw shucks… when I put it that way, it sounds absurd doesn’t it?
And yet, that’s what so many of us expect of ourselves every day, and then kick ourselves over when we fall short. For many women, […]
The New York Times editorial board issued a surprising opinion statement in support of midwife-assisted births and legislation that supported midwife-assisted births. The Times referenced strong research from the UK that reversed a decades-old stance on the critical importance of birthing in a hospital.
The fact that Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence pointed out that midwife-assisted home births are safer than hospital births for uncomplicated pregnancies will not come as a surprise to many in the Everything Birth community, especially since we discussed […]