Topical Anesthetic Cream Can Ease the Pain of Shots

The implications go far beyond being scared of a needle prick: Not only do some adults avoid healthcare due to their fear of needles, but research indicates that poorly managed pain in early childhood can change how people feel pain, and may even make them more vulnerable to it later on.

The good news is that, with a few simple strategies, parents can ease their child’s fears, help manage the pain, and reduce the risk of their child developing a phobia.


Source: How to Help Kids Overcome the Fear of Needles

Getting anesthetic shots from the dentist in the mouth had to be the most uncomfortable I can remember…

I didn’t like needles when I had my first DVT & Pulmonary Embolism (PE), but weekly testing made short work of that.  After years of blood tests, I’ve come to learn that there are some who are really good at it… and some who are not.  Probably the worst was the one who stuck the needle in, then wiggled it side-to-side in hopes of finding the vein.  The result was probably the worst bruise I’ve seen.  There’s no way to know who is good and who is not – all I can do is know which arm is easier for them to work with.

Birth Order Doesn’t Affect Your Personality— Just Your Intelligence

For centuries, humans have been curious about the effect that birth order has on personality, possibly because eldest children in ruling families typically inherited the seat of power. A new study published in PNAS finds that firstborn children tend to score higher on objective measures of intelligence and self-reported measures of intelligence. But it finds that there are no birth-order effects on other personality characteristics.

Source: Birth order doesn’t affect your personality—just your intelligence

Older by minutes or even seconds, makes no difference… 😉

Pregnancy and birthing are very taxing on women, I’ve read studies that claim a woman’s body does not return to normal for 4-5 years after a pregnancy. I wonder if there is some correlation between the intelligence gap and the age difference of the siblings. Would not surprise me to find that pregnancies that happen before the body has fully recovered means that the woman’s body cannot give as many resources to the subsequent children during those critical developmental stages.

TLDR: Got older siblings?  If so, here’s something shiny to play with.  …but you missed the squirrel.

A New Argument for the Case Against Selfies: Social Media Lice

School is back in session, which means the return of a possible threat: head lice! According to the CDC, an estimated 6 million to 12 million lice infestations occur every year in the United States, among children ages 3 to 11. While teenagers usually don’t get head lice as often as younger children, medical experts are seeing an increase in cases—and they’re blaming selfies.

Source: A New Argument for the Case Against Selfies: Social Media Lice

Remember not to take selfies with bison either!

The key to not getting lice is not washing your hair every day. And liberal use of hair gel/mouse/other styling products. Lice like clean hair. So, the not washing every day and the styling products help.  Tea tree oil as a preventative doesn’t seem to work for most people – the idea is lice don’t like the smell.

Do You Cook with Your Kids?

Want to involve your kids in cooking? We’ve put together a list of all the ways young kids can help out in the kitchen, with activities tailored to their age and ability. So whether they’re two or 10, you can train up a little sous chef!

Source: How Young Kids Can Help in the Kitchen

It’s a great life skill, and it’s been suggested as therapy for treating depression and stress.  I have a co-worker who is keen to teach his kids how to cook by starting with the things they like – various desserts.  And they too have to learn about chopping onions eventually? 😉

Scientist Develops Book to Send Children to Sleep in Minutes

The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, has been created by Swedish behavioural psychologist and linguist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin and is currently outselling Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman and Paula Hawkins The Girl on The Train.

The 26 page paperback, which is the first self-published work to ever top the Amazon charts, uses psychological and positive reinforcement techniques to help children relax, focus and eventually drift off.

Source: Bedtime phenomenon: scientist develops book to send children to sleep in minutes

Not to be confused with Go the F to Sleep 😉

New Study Reveals Just How Sick Families With Kids Get

If you have kids, you invariably get sick more often—but how often, exactly? A new study by scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine reveals that big families have viral infections for an amazing 87 percent of the year.

Source: New Study Reveals Just How Sick Families With Kids Get

Kids, especially young ones, pick up everything.  The only avenue I could see skewing the findings in the study would be for people who work in healthcare.  I don’t think I’ve ever been sicker than when I worked in a hospital, and that was on the maternity ward.

The study confirms what we’ve known, but provides nothing of real value.  Is anyone going to stop having kids because of this?

Are Tubby Cartoon Characters Making Your Kids Fat?

“Fat” cartoon characters may lead children to eat more junk food, new research suggests, but there are ways to counter this effect. The findings underscore how cartoon characters, ubiquitous in children’s books, movies, television, video games, fast-food menus and graphic novels, may influence children’s behavior in unforeseen ways, especially when it comes to eating.

Source: ‘Fat’ Cartoon Characters May Make Children Eat More

I do have a lifelong fascination with lasagna because of Garfield.  Cookie Monster, on the other hand, never really convinced me on the goodness of cookies, so…

I read lots of Garfield when I was a kid, before encountering Calvin and Hobbes.  I don’t know what number the Garfield books are up to now, just that there’s a website dedicated to removing Garfield from the strip.

Yes, Men Gain Weight When They Become Dads, Study Confirms

Dad bod is real. Science says so.

Men who become fathers experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new, large-scale study that tracked more than 10,000 men over a 20-year period. Men who didn’t become dads actually lost weight over the same time period.

Source: Yes, men gain weight when they become dads, study confirms

Sleep deprivation, stress, convenience eating, feeling you don’t have to work as hard to find a mate…

Study: Kids Exposed to Toxic Chemicals on Artificial Turf

A new study shows that ground rubber found in sports fields and playgrounds often contains cancer-causing chemicals.

The so-called “crumb-rubber” — recycled tires that are crushed to bits — is used as padding in synthetic turf fields and in some playgrounds all over Northeast Ohio.

Source: Investigator | New study shows kids exposed to toxic chemicals on artificial turf

It’s not just an “anything causes cancer” argument as others are trying to make it out to be. Out of 124 cancer patients who were primarily soccer players, 84 were goalies (meaning they had a lot more contact with the rubber than other players).

Ground up tire rubber is from old tires:

  • Tire rubber contains cobalt as part of the vulcanization process.
  • Tires drive thousands of miles on asphalt roads, can come in constant contact with anti freeze, oil, pesticides, anything found on roads or parking lots.

Athletic fields is one thing – playgrounds are more of a concern to me because of the likelihood of children ingesting this stuff.  A family friend brought to my attention that Calgary (Alberta, Canada) had a similar issue almost a decade ago about lead in the grass of a residential area that was previously commercial zoned.  It wasn’t safe for kids to play in that grass…

Feeding Infants Peanut Products Could Prevent Allergies, Study Suggests

It’s peanut butter jelly time!!

Turning what was once conventional wisdom on its head, a new study suggests that many, if not most peanut allergies can be prevented by feeding young children food containing peanuts beginning in infancy, rather than avoiding such foods.

Source: Feeding Infants Peanut Products Could Prevent Allergies, Study Suggests

The prevalence of peanut allergies among children has been rising steadily for years, especially in the West. It’s also starting to appear in Africa and Asia. In the U.S., for example, the number has more than quadrupled since 2002, growing from 0.4% in 1997 to 1.4% in 2008 to more than 2% in 2010. For Americans, it’s now the leading cause of food-related anaphylaxis and death.