News Roundup: September 20

  • Safety Alert: The FDA has issued an update to a 2011 warning regarding the link between infant digestive aid “Simply Thick” and the inflammatory intestinal disorder, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants. While the previous warning related only to infants born before 37 weeks gestation, the FDA now recommends no use of the product with infants. [FDA]
  • As part of the continuing Safe to Sleep campaign to reduce the incidences of SIDS and other sleep-related dangers, the National Institutes of Health has published a fact sheet providing the details of what constitutes a safe sleep environment.  [NIH]

  • When it comes to finding reliable, affordable childcare, more and more families are turning toward grandparents for support. A recent University of Chicago study has found that more than 60% of grandparents had taken on a significant caregiver role for grandchildren within the ten years prior. For younger grandparents who might still be in the workforce or raising their own children, the researchers note that adding the care of grandchildren to their responsibilities can create conflict in balancing obligations.   [Huffington Post]

  • Kalamazoo, Michigan is hoping to improve the outcomes for at-risk children and families within the foster care system. Thanks to a grant from the Kalamazoo Community foundation, the Department of Human services will soon begin offering parent education to those whose young children have been placed into foster care. By teaching parents how to read and respond to children’s physical and emotional cues, the course is designed to accelerate the process of reuniting the families and creating a healthier home environment. [MLive]

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