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The Informed Parent

What’s Up, Doc?

by John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Published on May. 05, 2014

Breastfeeding, Parenting, and Early Cognitive Development

by Benjamin G. Gibbs, PhD, and Renata Forste, PhD, The Journal of Pediatrics, March 2014, Vol. 164, No. 3 pg. 487

The benefits of breastfeeding are well known. There have been some authors that purported breastfeeding increased cognitive skills over formula fed infants.

These authors found that breastfeeding per se in order to promote school readiness is not supported. They proposed that encouraging parenting behaviors that improve child cognitive development may be more effective. 

There is no question that breastfeeding is the preferred form of nutrition for infants but not for the reason of enhancing school readiness.



High-powered Laser Pointer Injury Resulting In Macular Hole Formation

By Dilsher S. Shoot, M.D. and David Xu, B.S., The Journal of Pediatrics, March 2014, pg. 668.

The authors present the case of a 16-year-old boy who had a laser light shone directly at his right eye one week before presenting to his physician. His vision had decreased from 20/20 to 20/80.

Upon examination the laser beam had created a small hole in the back of the eyeball (macular area). One week later his vision had diminished further to 20/200. An examination revealed the hole to be larger. He had to have surgical closure of the hole. Ultimately his vision returned to 20/80, much less visual acuity than he had prior to the laser exposure.

Laser pointers are meant for use other than pointing at someone’s eye! As parents we must realize that our children do not appreciate the dangers that lurk around them. Please discuss this potential devastating problem with your offspring so that they will not be the unfortunate victim or perpetrator of an event such as described above.

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