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1/27/09

HealthWise at 5 for 1.27

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Some Infant Deaths on the Rise

The number of babies who die from accidental strangulation or suffocation in bed has quadrupled in the past 20 years. The study says that most suffocation deaths in babies were attributed to adults who fall asleep and accidentally roll on top of the baby.  Suffocation can also occur when infants are trapped between a mattress and a wall or bed frame or when a baby's head is caught between the crib railings.  The reason for the dramatic increase is unclear, although it may be due to better guidelines today for investigating those deaths.  This study about infant suffocation comes from the CDC and is not to be confused with SIDS.  Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which is unexplained, has become much less frequent in recent years now that parents know to lay babies to sleep on their backs for better breathing.

Smoking Parents More Likely to Have Smoking Kids

Teenagers are more likely to start smoking if their parents light up.  Harvard researchers confirmed the link after looking at the smoking habits of over 550 adolescents and their parents.  Teens were most likely to smoke if their parents smoked around them before the age of 13 and smoked regularly after that.  Fathers who smoke were more likely to influence their teenage sons than their daughters.  Researchers hope these results will encourage parents to quit, in an effort to keep their kids from falling into the same addiction.  

The Benefits of Recess

Teachers may be glad that school is cancelled when the weather is bad, because bad weather outside can cause bad behavior inside.  Kids are more likely to behave inside the classroom if they are able to get outside during the day.  A new study is based on data from more than 10,000 8- and 9-year old children.  Researchers looked at how much time kids had for recess, and compared that to teachers' assessments of classroom behavior.  A recess period of 15 minutes or more led to more well-behaved students.

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