Ear Injuries Caused By Cotton Swabs

About 34 Children Treated In EDs Each Day For Ear Injuries Caused By Cotton Swabs, Data Indicate

 TODAY (5/8, Pawlowski) reports that research published in The Journal of Pediatrics indicated “more than 263,000 children in the U.S. had to be treated in” emergency departments “for ear injuries related to cotton-tip applicators between 1990 and 2010,” which is approximately “34 injuries” per day.

        HealthDay (5/8, Preidt) reports that the data indicated “most of the injuries occurred while using cotton swabs to clean the ears (73 percent),” while “the rest occurred while playing with cotton swabs (10 percent), or with children falling when they had cotton swabs in their ear (9 percent).” Approximately “two-thirds of patients were younger than 8, and children under 3 accounted for 40 percent of all injuries.”



Meningococcal Vaccines for Preteens and Teens

When should my child be vaccinated?

Meningococcal disease can become very serious, very quickly. The meningococcal vaccine is the best way to protect teens from getting meningococcal disease.

All 11 to 12 year olds should be vaccinated with a single dose of a quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Older teens need a second shot when they are 16 years old so they stay protected when their risk is the highest.

Teens who got meningococcal vaccine for the first time when they were 13, 14, or 15 years old should still get the booster shot when they are 16 years old. If your older teen didn’t get the meningococcal shot at all, you should talk to their doctor about getting it as soon as possible.

Teens and young adults (16 through 23 year olds) may also be vaccinated with a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine (2 or 3 doses depending on brand), preferably at 16 through 18 years old. Talk with your teen’s doctor or nurse about meningococcal vaccination to help protect your child’s health.

Take a few minutes to watch the Meningococcal Immunization Podcast, click here. You can also visit the CDC website for more information click here

Happy Mom Means Less Colicky Baby

Reduced colic risk seen in infants with happier moms

Babies whose mothers had higher relationship happiness with their partners and strong support from friends and family during and after pregnancy were less likely to develop colic, regardless of maternal postpartum depression or whether their mothers’ partners were their biological fathers, according to a study in the journal Child: Care, Health and Development. The findings, based on data involving mothers ages 18 to 35 in Pennsylvania, who gave birth between 2009 and 2011, also showed the lowest colic prevalence among infants of single women.

HealthDay News (4/28) 


Recipe for Chocolate Bundt Cake

We celebrated another Birthday at the office with

Chocolate Bundt Cake

Recipe for Chocolate Bundt Cake

1-(15.25OZ) PKG. Devil’s Food Cake Mix

1 Cup Plain Yogurt

4 Lg. Eggs

1(3.4 OZ) PKG. Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix

½ Cup + 1TBL. Vegetable oil, divided

2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

½ cup Warm Water


2 TBL. Unsweetened Cocoa

2 TBL. Light Corn Syrup

1 Cup Powdered Sugar, + More for Serving

Fresh Strawberries or Raspberries

Preheat oven to 350. Combine cake mix, yogurt, eggs, ½ cup warm water, pudding mix and ½ cup oil in large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium and beat until light & fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour mixture into a lightly greased and floured Bundt cake pan. Bake in preheated oven 35 to 40 minutes. Remove cake from oven and cool 10 min Transfer cake to wire rack: cool completely, about 1 hour.

Combine cocoa, 2 TBL. Water, corn syrup and remaining 1 TBL. Oil in saucepan. Cook over low heat stirring constantly, until blended 1 to 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar whisking until smooth. Drizzle glaze over cake. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar. Serve with strawberries and vanilla ice cream, if desired.