New SA weight management program includes bariatric surgery option for teens with extreme BMIs
The rising rates of obese children in the U.S. are staggering, especially in San Antonio. That's why the Children's Hospital of San Antonio is about to launch a new pediatric weight management program, which includes an option for surgery.
North East ISD students start school year same day as American Academy of Pediatrics announce mask recommendations
Monday is the first day of school for kids at Castle Hills Elementary and it happened to fall on the same day the American Academy of Pediatrics announced new recommendations for the 2021-2022 school year.
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends face masks for all students, teachers and staff this year
For the 2021-22 school year, the American Academy of Pediatrics is “strongly encouraging” COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone eligible, as well as the continued use of face masks for all students, teachers and staff.
New guidelines address rise in opioid use during pregnancy
Opioid use in pregnancy has prompted new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, aimed at improving care for women and newborns affected by their mothers’ drug use. “While we have been talking about the opioid crisis for years, pregnant women and their newborns seldom make it to the top of the heap. The academy’s report says pregnant women should have access to opioid medication to treat opioid misuse. Two opioids, buprenorphine and methadone, are effective treatments but pregnant women often face stigma in using them and doctors who prescribe them are scarce. Some infants born to women who used opioids during pregnancy develop symptoms of opioid withdrawal, including tremors, fussiness and diarrhea.
Babies Face Back: Doctors rendition of 90s rap song hilariously nails car seat safety
A passionate pediatric doctor nailed a redo of a popular 90s rap song by adding her own lyrics about car seat safety and the internet has been singing along. Cooks Babies Face Back is pretty entertaining, and she touches on car riding safety for all kids, but she wants to get an important message across to parents everywhere: Keep your babies rear-facing in their car seat for as long as possible. In its latest published recommendations on car seats, the AAP recommends:Infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat. Once they are facing forward, children should use a forward-facing car safety seat with a harness for as long as possible, until they reach the height and weight limits for their seats. When children exceed these limits, they should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicles lap and shoulder seat belt fits properly.
More than 300 children in Texas day cares have caught COVID-19, and the numbers are rising
The University of Texas Child Development day care center in Austin on April 6, 2020. Eddie Gaspar/The Texas TribuneAlthough COVID-19 transmission rates nationwide among children have appeared to remain relatively low, more than 300 children at Texas child care centers have tested positive and the numbers are rising quickly. As of June 30, there were 950 reported positive cases of COVID-19 307 children and 643 staff members at 668 child care locations. About 1.1 million Texas children were in state-licensed and registered home day care centers before COVID-19 struck. Several child care centers have closed during the pandemic, with others reporting a drop in the number of children attending.
More inclined sleepers for babies recalled due to suffocation risk
SAN ANTONIO – Four more companies recalled 165,000 sleepers and loungers for babies because the inclined design poses a suffocation risk. Summer Infant recalled 46,300 SwaddleMe By Your Bed inclined sleepers. Earlier this year, nearly give million Fisher Price Rock 'n Play inclined sleepers were recalled after they were linked to some infant deaths. Anyone who has one of the recalled products is urged to stop using it and contact the manufacturer for a refund or voucher. The CPSC is continuing to push for a ban of inclined sleep products for infants.