Coping with Kids: Swimwear protects against sun's rays

| Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

SwimZip UV swimwear blocks the sun's harmful rays while keeping kids stylish. Founder and president Betsy Johnson started SwimZip because she was diagnosed with skin cancer at age 26 and quickly learned that one severe sunburn as a child will have lifelong effects. The SwimZips are UV 50+, which block 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays, and are chlorine-resistant.

They sell for $29.95 and are available at

Take kids on road trip this summer

Before summer ends, parents should make time to take their kids on a road trip, says mommy blogger Alisa Abecassis, who launched, a U.S. travel website. She offers four reasons why road trips benefit families. They help you create memories with your children, provide bonding time, teach kids tangible and meaningful lessons, and help support the American economy.

Blanket helps create mom-baby bond

The new Mommy-Baby Bonding Blanket aims to give Mom and babies the next-best thing to cuddling when they are apart. Moms can cuddle in the made-in-America blankets made of a soft, mink-like fabric, and get their scent on the blanket. Then, when the baby cuddles with the blanket, he or she will smell mom's scent and feel soothed, the creators say. The blankets come in many designs and cost $36.


Breastfeeding might help reduce ADHD

In a study published in Breastfeeding Medicine, researchers from Tel Aviv University have shown that breastfeeding could also help protect against Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, a commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder in children and adolescents.

Seeking to determine whether the development of ADHD was associated with lower rates of breastfeeding, Dr. Aviva Mimouni-Bloch, from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine and Head of the Child Neurodevelopmental Center in Loewenstein Hospital, and her fellow researchers completed a retrospective study on the breastfeeding habits of parents of three groups of children: a group that had been diagnosed with ADHD, siblings of those diagnosed with ADHD and a control group of children without ADHD and lacking genetic ties to the disorder.

The researchers found a clear link between rates of breastfeeding and the likelihood of developing ADHD, even when typical risk factors were taken into consideration. Children who were bottle-fed at 3 months of age were found to be three times more likely to have ADHD than those who were breastfed during the same period.

Kids with pediatricians also get care at clinics

Reuters Health reports even children who have pediatricians sometimes get care from retail medical clinics like the ones in large drugstore chains, according to a survey of parents near St. Louis. Almost a quarter of the parents surveyed while at a pediatrician's office had taken their children to retail health clinics, many saying they found it more convenient than going to their child's regular doctor.

Decongestants in pregnancy linked to birth defects

A woman's use of decongestant medications in the first trimester of pregnancy may raise her child's risk of certain rare birth defects, according to a small study reported by Reuters Health. Some types of over-the-counter decongestants, including the popular phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine, were individually linked to rare, specific birth defects of the digestive tract, ear and heart.

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