HEY, AT LEAST IT DIDN'T SAY "FOREVER BAREFOOT"


The blogosphere apparently got itself all worked up about the Washington Post's piece on women's health the other day, largely because of its headline, "Forever Pregnant." But the gist of the article - that the CDC is advising all women of child-bearing age to treat their bodies as "pre-pregnant," whether they have any intention of bunning their oven anytime soon - strikes us as fairly uncontroversial. The concern, according to the report, is that since almost half of pregnancies are unplanned, women should maintain proper prenatal health at all times. But the CDC's not exactly asking everyone to rush to Lamaze class. The guidelines are:
take folic acid supplements, don't smoke, maintain a healthy weight and keep asthma and diabetes under control. All of which sound like pretty solid preventive medicine. As we linked here recently, America's infant mortality rate is currently on par with Latvia's, and three times that of Japan's, so it's logical to hope that improved women's health would bring that rate down.


AND WHAT HAS YOUR SON ACCOMPLISHED THIS WEEK?

 

Seven-year-old Braxton Bilbrey swam 1.4 miles from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco. Inspired by the story of a nine-year-old who'd accomplished the same feat last fall, he began training two hours a day, four times a week to prepare for his own attempt, successfully completed Monday morning. Questioned about the wisdom of allowing a seven-year-old to do a long-distance swim in the chilly waters of the Bay, Braxton's coach and parents said, "Hey, at least we didn't send him out on a super-marathon."


BUT DON'T MISS THIS WEEKEND'S BIG DYSENTERY DANCE IN PARK SLOPE

 

Nothing makes you appreciate living in a country where a comfortable 95%-plus vaccination rate affords you the luxury of having "chicken pox parties" than reading about a region where, for want of a 15-cent vaccination, children are dying of measles by the thousands, and courageous mothers are rounding up neighbors and their kids to bring them in for life-saving shots.


FREELANCE DAD: SECRET GERMOPHOBE

At least a quarter of the phones in New York City subway stations are out of commission, and we suspect the number is even higher on the street, but that's not our problem with the city's public phones: It's that they appear so filthy, and yet, they are phones, and so Small and Tiny are constantly grabbing the receivers as they walk down the street, saying hello and trying to find out who's there. ("It's Grandma!") And we swear we can just see the TB cells hopping into their mouths and ears.

 

THE ONLY WAY TO FLY

We've never dosed the kids with Benadryl to knock them out for a long flight, as several families seem to have confessed doing to the Wall Street Journal. But apparently it's not out of the question, either, despite the predictably feverish attacks from opponents the Journal found on parenting message boards:

The controversy seems to arise more from differences in  parenting philosophies than safety concerns. The American Academy of Pediatrics  doesn't have a position on the matter, and individual pediatricians vary in  their views. "If you asked 100 pediatricians, you'd get 20 strongly in favor, 60  who didn't think about it much, and 20 strongly opposed," says Richard Gorman,  past chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics' National Committee on  Drugs. "Good doctors can disagree about this, just as thoughtful parents can disagree."

Now, have we ever offered Tiny Girl nighttime cold medicine a day or so after her major cold symptoms may have passed? We'll never tell.

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You're right about being leery of germ-ridden MTA phones. Take a look at this story from today's Chicago Tribune about the grungy bacteria farms residing in our very own CTA subway and L cars.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/custom/redeye/chi-060524ctamain,1,3448301.story?coll=chi-news-hed

Posted by: Bill | May 24, 2006 4:00:09 PM

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