Saturday, October 20, 2007

Parents "perplexed;" well, that's putting it mildly. First the advice was not to give cold medicines to infants, then not to give to those under two, and now not to give cold medicines to children under 6.

Parents perplexed by cold medicine advice
Popular medications should not be used for kids under 6, health experts

FDA: Cold meds don't help kids under six Oct. 19: Pressure is mounting for parents to throw out cold and cough medicines. NBC's Robert Bazell has the story.

Julie Eshelman always believed that the decongestant liquid she gave her young daughter for a cold was helpful.
The girl, now 7, used to come home from day care with the sniffles. “She'd wake up in the middle of the night and we’d mix the medicine with some juice,” says Eshelman, 41, of Bloomfield, N.J. “She would then go back to sleep. We thought it worked, but now I’m not so sure.”
Federal health advisors Friday said over-the-counter cold and cough medicines don't work in children and shouldn't be used for those under 6. Although parents have doled out the liquids and pills for decades, the drugs have never been tested in children. The Food and Drug Administration's panel of experts concluded more studies needed to be done.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Jenny McCarthy Featured at National Autism Conference in Atlanta, November 9

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Dying on the vine

What do you do when your career is dying on the vine?

Travel agent, librarian, video store owner, journalist--what
do these careers have in common.

That's right. Due to the ebb and flow of the market, changes in technology, these careers are dying on the vine.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Is chamomile good for toddlers and babies to drink? Apple juice apparently isn't according to my toddler's pediatrician's office.

But doesn't chamomile tea cause allergic reactions in some people? A friend from Canada gives her daughter chamomile to drink instead of apple juice or water.

Sunday, January 28, 2007


Marie Antoinette never said "Let them eat cake."

There really aren't 100 different words for snow among the Eskimo peoples.
On 1/27/07, I submitted the short story "Nocturnes" to Kenyon Review. Review time can be up to 4 months.

Sunday, January 21, 2007


The Busy Mom's Guide to 529 Plans

I admit I know relatively little about 529 plans. That's why I started on this quest. My baby is 21 months old and I have another one on the way. Perhaps an article on the subject is in order.

I published a brief article in Public Libraries' "Tales From the Front" column called "Counting Birds @ Your Library." Public Libraries 45(4). July/August 2006. pg18.