As the flu continues to spread across the country, hospitals in Dallas say they are seeing more children becoming ill from Respiratory Syncytial Virus.
The rotavirus vaccine is definitely one vaccine you want to make sure your child gets.
Rotavirus is a gastrointestinal disease that causes an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It can produce severe diarrhea along with vomiting, fever and abdominal pain. Dehydration is often a side effect and globally, its responsible for more than half a million deaths each year in children under the age of five.
This disease is bad news for youngsters, but since the Rotarix and RotaTeq vaccines were introduced - U.S. children have benefited greatly from the protection.
Most parents are good about making sure their kids receive all the recommended vaccines, but many wonder how effective these vaccines really are. A new study says that the rotavirus vaccines are 91-92 percent effective for children 8 months and older. Thats an excellent result.
The study, led by Margaret M. Cortese, MD, of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aimed to find out the effectiveness of the rotavirus vaccine.
There are several types of rotavirus vaccines. Researchers looked at the effectiveness of the monovalent vaccine called RV1- that came out in 2008. They also reviewed data on the pentavalent vaccine RV5.
The researchers gathered files on all children who went to one of five hospitals in Georgia and Connecticut with severe diarrhea lasting no more than 10 days.
The children were all born after the RV1 vaccine had been introduced (2008).
The researchers tested their stools for rotavirus and looked at their immunization records.
The researcher then compared the vaccination history of the children who had rotavirus to those who did not have rotavirus.
There were 165 children who had rotavirus in their stool and 428 who tested negative for it.
When the researchers compared these groups, they found the RV1 rotavirus vaccine was 91 perce
I just like the sound of this; a mother's kiss can dislodge a foreign object in her kid's nose. It doesn't quite have that warm and fuzzy feeling of there's nothing sweeter than a mother's kiss, but it got my attention.
So, you're probably wondering, What the heck does a mother's kiss have to do with anything stuck up a child's nose?
New research suggests that an old home remedy known as the mother's kiss is reliable when it comes to removing a foreign object in a child's nose. A mother's kiss was first described in the mid-60s and here's how it works.
1) The parent or caretaker places their mouth over their child's mouth while holding the clear nostril closed with one finger.
2) The parent or caretaker blows into the child's mouth.
3) The breath forces the object out of the blocked nostril.
That's the goal anyway. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't but apparently most of the time it does.
The new study analyzed results from eight published reports where caregivers used the mother's kiss on children aged 1 to 8. All in all, the technique was effective with no complications. The success rate approached 60%. The findings appear in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Children often put things up their nose, in their mouths, in their ears- anywhere there is an opening. Nina Shapiro, MD, of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA in Los Angeles says the mother's kiss can work. It is more important that there were no adverse events such as bleeding or pushing the object further up the nostril. According to the findings of this study, the worst thing that can happen is that it doesn't work.
Other physician's say parents and caregivers should use caution when trying this old-fashion technique. Robert Glatter, MD, an emergency room doctor at Lenox Hill Hospital, in New York City says you shouldn't try the mother's ki