Parenting

Safe Parenting Tips For When Your Kids Are Sick

yksWhen your child is sick, getting her the right medication makes all the difference. At the same time, parents worry about side effects. That’s why it may come as a surprise to learn that some prescription drugs–certain asthma medications, for instance–haven’t even been tested on kids. There’s nothing illegal or reckless about this; any drug that’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for adults can be given to kids. The practice is called off-label prescription, and it’s common.

According to Parenting Twins And More, the problem is that children are not little adults; their growing bodies metabolize drugs differently. With this in mind, in August 1997, President Clinton proposed a rule that would require any new prescription drug intended for children to be tested on children. But drug companies are fighting the proposal, claiming it would slow down the approval of lifesaving drugs.

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No One Wants To Be The Fat Kid

nowfkAt 6, Caitlin Brown(*) is big for her age, loves sweets, and has trouble buttoning her size-eight clothing–all of which worry her mother, Marci. “I was such a skinny kid at her age, and I’m terrified that she’s inherited my husband’s weight problem,” says the 40-year-old mother of two from Montclair, NJ. “I don’t want her to grow up fat.” We’re a nation obsessed with weight–our own and our children’s. It’s understandable: More than twice as many children are overweight today than were 25 years ago, some 13 percent of girls and 15 percent of boys, ages 6 to 11, according to a 1997 government study of more than 7,000 children. What’s more, overweight children are twice as likely to become overweight adults as those who