September 24, 2008

Briefs: Nasal-Aspirating Kit Operates on Batteries

Babies fuss about getting their little noses cleaned and rid of mucus. Most nasal bulb syringes are uncomfortable and intimidating to children, and that makes clearing their noses a hard task. Cleanoz from UBIMED is the first battery-powered nasal aspirating kit that uses disposable reservoir nozzles. The kit offers parents and caregivers a new and sanitary way to clear the nasal passages of infants and toddlers while reducing the spread of harmful germs and eliminating time-consuming cleanup.

Cleanoz helps babies and children breathe easier while reducing the risks of complications from colds and flu. Within a few seconds, baby's nasal passages can be cleared.

Cleanoz is packaged with three disposable reservoir nozzles, a travel pouch and three AAA batteries and sells for $29.99 online and specialty retailers nationwide. Refill packages of 10 disposable reservoir nozzles are available for $5.99.

Book shares best, worst foods on kids menus

A new book gives parents a tool to navigate the onslaught of sugary cereals and "happy meals" that kids love, while saving families unnecessary calories at chain restaurants, supermarkets, school cafeterias and at home. The authors of "Eat This, Not That! For Kids" (Rodale Books, paperback, 320 pages, $19.95) uncovered the best and worst of food choices available on kids' menus. The book also gives rules of nutrition, a menu decoder, and restaurant report card and lists the 20 worst kids meals in America. The book offers crucial eating strategies, savvy tricks and information about the food industry as well as tips to eat healthfully at home. The book is available at bookstores and other Web sites.

Book addrresses breast health, development

Dr. Marisa Weiss, founder of, and her daughter, Isabel Friedman, have written a book addressing one of the most confusing and often fearful topics in a girl's life -- her breast development and breast health.

"Taking Care of Your 'Girls' " cuts through the myths and unreliable information about the topic. The book represents a movement toward breast-cancer prevention and breast-health awareness among girls at a much younger age than traditional prevention efforts.

Study: Chronic absence affects academic success

Chronic early absence adversely affects academic successes and affects large numbers of children, according to a study recently funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Nationwide, one in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students will miss a month or more of school this year -- with troubling impact on their short- and long-term academic performance, especially if they are poor.

Mariajose Romer, senior research associate at the National Center for Children in Poverty based at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and researcher Hedy N. Chang co-authored the report "Present, Engaged, and Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades."

Absenteeism reasons vary, but poor and low-income children are especially vulnerable, because their families often lack resources such as transportation, food, clothing and social supports that help ensure regular attendance.

Other common contributors include teen and/or single motherhood, low maternal education, welfare, unemployment, food insecurity, poor maternal health, multiple siblings or others serious family concerns that make school attendance difficult.

Romero and Chang recommend that schools partner with community agencies and families to understand the factors contributing to early absence to develop appropriate responses tailored to their realities. Studies show that absenteeism rates decrease "when educational institutions and communities actively communicate the importance of going to school regularly to all students and their parents, and reach out to families when their children begin to show patterns of excessive absence."

The full report is available


Originally published by staff and wire reports.

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