Posts for: June, 2016
Rates of noise-induced hearing loss in kids have jumped by almost a third in the last decade, and one in eight American children under 13 has some level of loss, according to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, an organization that provides hearing aids to people in need around the world. "Noise damage is entirely preventable, but once the damage is done, it can't be reversed," says David A. Fabry, PhD., vice president of audiology and professional relations at Starkey Hearing Technologies. Always have your kids wear ear protection at loud public events, and monitor the volume of their headphones. If something sounds loud to you, it's too loud for your child, Dr. Gabry say. Both iPhones and Android systems have parental controls to limit the volume, Starkey Hearing Technologies' free app, SoundCheck, can also help you measure safe listening levels.
Parents May 2016
Select the Right Sunscreen
When it comes to sun protection, the options are endless. Does your kid need SPF 30 or 70? What's the difference between UVA and UVB? Quit worrying! Just follow these guidelines from Parents advisor Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital.
- Look for the term "broad spectrum" on the label. That means the sunscreen will protect against both UVA (skin-damaging) and UVB (burning) rays.
- Pick one with SPF 30. Sunscreens that have a higher SPF don't significantly increase protection, says Dr. Swanson.
- Go for a mineral sunscreen. The active ingredient should be zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These are physical barriers and are less likely to be absorbed into skin.
- Try to avoid sunscreen for babies under 6 months old. Instead, keep them out to the sun and use a hat, sunglasses, and clothing as cover.
- Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure. If your child is playing or swimming, reapply every one to two hours.
- Avoid spray sunscreens. It's hard to know how thickly you're applying them, and more research is still needed on the possible risks from inhalation, says Dr. Swanson.
Parents May 2016
Honey - There is NO proof it helps.
Some parents swear by local honey as an all-natural immunotherapy. (It's safe for kids 12 months and older.) If regular exposure to allergens is how immunotherapy strengthens a patient's immune system, shouldn't a tasty substance laden with pollens from your local area have the same effect?
Unlike immunotherapy, honey doesn't contain consistent levels of pollen. There are few scientific studies of honey and allergies, and the ones that exist have no proof of any benefiting results. Research has shown that any honey works as well as medicine for cough (given by teaspoon on an as-needed basis). That said, it has to be the yummiest unproven therapy out there.
Parents - May 2016