August 8, 2008 by · 1 Comment
It’s now official that Daddy Rockstar kick’s ass. And we have a badge to prove it! We are now listed at dads.alltop.com along with other great Dad Bloggers like Discovering Dad, Dad or Bust and DIY Father. AllTop is an aggregator of all the top stories on the internet categorized by topic.
The internet is full of great resources for the moms of the world but there is a limited amount of quality information out there for dads. We hope we fill that void for you and I encourage you to visit the blogs listed above as well as the rest that dads.alltop.com has to offer.
January 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
It is estimated that over 7,000 children are admitted to the emergency room each year due to overdose or adverse reactions to over-the-counter cold medication according to the CDC. According to this Reuters article two thirds of the cases involved children that took the medication without supervision.
Strangely, the article describes that these medications have not been proven to benefit young children:
Evidence suggests parents want to give these drugs, including cough suppressants, antihistamines and decongestants, to their children, even though they have never been shown to benefit young children.
The fear is that even if these medication are taken off the market, that parents may try to substitute adult medications in their place according to the CDC. The issue, then, is with the packaging. The article goes on to say:
Companies that make the drugs might consider changes to packaging to keep small children from getting into the medications, which are often flavored and colored to make them more appealing, Schaefer’s team said.
Another measure is that parents should not encourage their children to take the medication by describing it as tasting like candy. This may lead to children taking the medication unsupervised. And, obviously, you should keep all of your medication out of the reach of children.
January 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
There is a Newsweek article detailing a troubling link between caffeine consumption and an increased risk of miscarriage. The study was performed over a two year period on 1,063 pregnant SF area women.
The summary of the study is described in this quote:
A study published Monday in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG) reports that women who reported consuming more than 200 milligrams of caffeine a day during the first three months of pregnancy doubled their risk of miscarriage (from the 12 percent average among participants who used no caffeine to 25 percent). During a two-year period, 1,063 pregnant San Francisco-area women participated in the study.
The article describes how a regular Starbuck’s coffee, the “Tall”, contains 260mg of caffeine! While the link betwen caffeine consumption and mis-carriages is considered controversial, it certainly gives you and your wife something to consider. If your wife is a caffeine drinker have her consult her doctor.