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For Children 2 Years and Up, Watching TV, Playing Video Games, Or Using a Computer Should be Limited to How Much Time a Day? As a responsible grandparent, you want to limit the time your grandchildren spend in front of the television, watching DVDs or playing video games. A child watching TV. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) So, how much is enough? How much is too much? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a recommendation. A pediatrician, professor and mother of two, Dr. Amanda Soong, recently asked 49 grandparents what they thought the recommendation was. The results were presented at AAP’s... (Read More ...)

For Children Ages 0-2 Years, Watching TV Should Be Limited to How Much Time? How would you have answered this question if you had, like 49 other grandparents, participated in a survey about current recommendations on child safety, health and nutrition? American family watching TV (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The right answers are recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The survey was conducted by pediatrician, professor and mother of two, Dr. Amanda Soong. The results were presented at AAP’s annual meeting, and reported at moms.today.com. Here were the choices: 0 minutes (18.4%... (Read More ...)

When Should Children Stop Drinking Out of a Bottle? Grandparents did poorly, overall, on a recent quiz about children’s safety, health and nutrition, as reported in a moms.today.com article. 5-month-old baby boy drinking from a bottle . (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The quiz was conducted by Dr. Amanda Soong, pediatrician, professor and Mom. 49 grandparents in three grandparenting support groups, many of them primary caregivers, answered the quiz. Dr. Soong presented the results at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Grandparents did pretty well, however, on this, the... (Read More ...)

What Should Be in a Baby’s Crib?.  This was the question that launched the survey Dr. Amanda Soong conducted to find out what grandparents knew about the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) current recommendations for baby safety and nutrition. A sleeping baby (Photo credit: Wikipedia) My awesome daughter-in-law spotted a story on moms.today.com about the fact that Grandparents flunked the quiz. She told me about it because she knows I use this blog to try to keep grandparents updated on changes that concern their grandchildren. A discussion with Dr. Soong’s own Mom prompted her conversation... (Read More ...)

What Temperature Should the Water Heater Be Set So the Water Will Not Burn a Child? This is the seventh in a series of questions asked of grandparents to see how close they could get to the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics on child safety and nutrition (AAP). Hot water heater. Photo By DAVE SAVILLE/ FEMA News Photo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) On this question they did poorly. But, it is likely that they were trying to be safer and just didn’t know how hot the water in a house usually is. This is the question. See how you do. What temperature should the water heater be set... (Read More ...)

Rear-facing Car Seat (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Which Baby Can Be In a Forward-Facing Seat? No wonder grandparents are confused about car seats. And, no wonder they flunked a recent survey on childhood safety and nutrition. The answer to a survey question about the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations on infant safety and nutrition changed in the two years between the time the survey was conducted and the time results were presented and I interviewed the author of the survey. Dr. Amanda Soong, pediatrician, professor and mother of two, decided that grandparents might need to have... (Read More ...)

Weekly Recap. Sunday, November 18, 2012 Pencils (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Last week, readers spent the most time on: What Is It About February and Suicide? My Great-Grandfather’s Name Was Abraham Where Is the Safest Place for a Baby to Sleep? Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal Walt Whitman Poems: Election Day November 1884 Last month, readers spent the most time on: Can You Dissolve More Sugar In Hot Water Than Cold? The Term Refraction Means What In Terms of Rainbows? What Is It About February and Suicide? Why Would You Put Butter in the Well? How Do... (Read More ...)

Where Is the Safest Place for a Baby to Sleep? In October, moms.today.com reported on a survey of grandparents on safe practices with babies. A sleeping baby (Photo credit: Wikipedia) They flunked. So, I got in touch with Dr. Amanda Soong, who conceived of and conducted the survey to find out what happened. Dr. Soong is a pediatrician, professor of pediatrics, and mother of two young children. It was her conversations with her own Mom that prompted her to conduct this survey. Forty-nine grandparents, in three grandparenting support groups, answered her 15-question survey. And, then, they talked... (Read More ...)

Weekly Recap. Sunday, November 11, 2012 Last week, the most readers visited:  Walt Whitman (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Walt Whitman Poems. Election Day. Regina’s Closet. Finding Grandmother’s Secret Journal Grandparents Poems. Wishes. What Are Some Different Names for Grandmother? Michael J. Lippe’s Story: Pancreatic Cancer Last month, the most readers visited: What Are Some Different Names for Grandmother? What Makes Ice Melt Fastest, Salt or Sugar? Grandparents Poems. Wishes. We Are All Argentines. Can You Dissolve More Sugar in Hot Water Than Cold? Coming up next week: What... (Read More ...)