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April 6th, 2011
08:26 AM ET

CT scans of kids increase fivefold, raise radiation concerns

Children are receiving more radiation at the hospital now then they did in the last decade. A new study finds CT scans of kids have increased fivefold between 1995 and 2008. Most of the scans—nearly 90 percent—are performed on children in non-pediatric emergency rooms.

Children are more susceptible to radiation’s harmful effects, so what considerations should parents have before signing off on a CT scan? Is it better to take your child to a children’s hospital, and what’s the difference in care compared to a regular hospital?

CNN senior medial correspondent Elizabeth Cohen addresses these questions on American Morning today.


Filed under: Health • Health care • Parenting
March 2nd, 2011
08:13 AM ET

Is sharing breast milk a good idea?

Mothers are taking to the internet to share breast milk. Those who have a surplus are connecting with women who can't breast-feed on sites like "Eats on Feets" and "Only the Breast". But, the government is saying sharing breast milk in this fashion might not be such a great idea.

Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter is a Professor of Pediatrics at Cooper University Hospital in New Jersey and discusses the trend with American Morning's Kiran Chetry.

(Earlier, this post said breast milk was for purchase on the websites mentioned above. In actuality, Eats on Feets "facilitates woman-to-woman milk sharing", according to their Facebook page. Only the Breast is a "breast milk classified service" that provides a community for moms to buy and sell their breast milk, according to their website)


Filed under: Health • Parenting
February 16th, 2011
09:23 AM ET

IVF gone wrong: One woman carries another couple's baby to term

Carolyn and Sean Savage spent years trying to have another child and, after four miscarriages, Carolyn finally got pregnant after in vitro fertilization.

But the Savages were devastated when they learned the embryo Carolyn was implanted with wasn't theirs. Still, the Savages made the decision to carry the baby to term for the other couple. Carolyn and Sean document their story in their new book 'Inconceivable: A Medical Mistake, the Baby We Couldn't Keep, and Our Choice to Deliver the Ultimate Gift" and tell Kiran Chetry their story this morning.


Filed under: Parenting
February 1st, 2011
06:38 AM ET

Sound off: Should parents spy on their kids?

New York State Senator Eric Adams has a message for parents: "There are no First Amendment rights (of free speech) inside your household."

That's what the 20-year veteran of the NYPD said in a video he posted on YouTube, explaining to parents the various ways they should be checking up on their kids. Some call it good parenting, while others call it spying.

In the video, the senator checks pillows, behind pictures, inside jewelry boxes and a doll's clothes inside his home, only to find hidden handguns, bullets, a crack pipe and a bag of what appears to be marijuana. His message is that evidence of trouble could be anywhere, and that it is parents' duty to check on their children and search their rooms, even if they object.

Alex Koroknay-Palicz, executive director of the National Youth Rights Association, says this could be dangerous and undermine parent-child trust. Sen. Adams is defending the video, saying we need to do more to stop illegal gun violence. Read more about the story here.

We talked about it this morning on "American Morning" but we want to hear from you. Do you think it's OK to spy on your kids?


Filed under: Parenting
January 13th, 2011
10:10 AM ET

Do Chinese mothers do a better job parenting?

Author Amy Chua says Chinese mothers are doing something right. Chua was raised in a traditional Chinese household–one that emphasized studying and discipline–and she was determined to raise her two daughters in the same fashion.

But when her younger daughter started to rebel at the age of thirteen, Chua recognized there would have to be some wiggle room when it came to her strict parenting method. Chua tells American Morning's Kiran Chetry how parents can strike the perfect balance between being permissive and being overly strict.


Filed under: Parenting
December 20th, 2010
10:37 AM ET

Breast-fed babies get better grades, new study shows

Breast feeding your baby during the first six months can actually help make your child smarter later in life, evidence from a new study suggests this morning.

CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen explains the study, published in the journal “Pediatrics” this morning on American Morning.

Wondering if supplementing breast feeding with formula feedings gives similar results? Cohen answers.


Filed under: American Morning • Health • Parenting
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