by Rachel Sarnoff, Executive Director & CEO
Healthy Child Healthy World
Happiest Babies Are Soothed by 5 S's
Can simple soothing take the place of sugar? That was the takeaway from a new study published this week in the journal Pediatrics. In a study involving more than 200 infants, researchers found that using "5 S's" baby-calming tactics after routine immunizations was more effective at calming infants than sugar water supplements given to them prior to the shots, according to ABC News. The 5 S's tactics were developed by Dr. Harvey Karp, a founding board member of Healthy Child Healthy World and author of "The Happiest Baby on the Block" book and video series. Yet another reason to "shh-shh-shh"!
Carcinogens in the House
On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives will hold an investigative hearing on the "Report on Carcinogens of the National Toxicology Program," a government program that identifies cancer-causing chemicals. The Subcommittee on Science, Space & Technology will meet to assess the impact of the Report on small business jobs. Healthy Child has signed on to a group letter urging the Committee to continue funding the Report; we'll share more information as it emerges.
The Story's Not Over on BPA
The FDA's recent decision not to ban BPA has been criticized by scientists who are concerned that low-dose exposures may be linked to health problems, according to the Washington Post.
Earth Week is for Mothers
Earth Week started Sunday and there's nothing more powerful than moms doing their part for the Earth. In addition to the awe-inspiring "Mom on a Mission" finalists and all the incredible hosts teeing up for Healthy Child Party Week, we wanted to take a moment to recognize...
Lori Popkewitz Alper of Groovy Green Livin', who took on P & G with a petition that's racked up nearly 75,000 signatures encouraging the company to strip carcinogenic 1,4 dioxane from its Free & Gentle detergent.
Jenna Elfman, Kelly Preston and Laila Ali, who kicked off the Healthy Child Party campaign with a bang and showed the world ALL moms fight for children's health.
And green living leader Sara Snow, who recently launched a petition to get cancer-causing flame retardants out of Graco baby products -- for her baby daughter's health and the health of children everywhere.