July 27th, 2016
Weekly Chatter
Chemicals Effect Brain Development Pre & Postnatal
A 2010 CDC study found no increased risk of major birth defects with acetaminophen use in the first trimester of pregnancy. However, a new study found that women who use acetaminophen (paracetamol) when pregnant may be more likely to have children with symptoms of autism or ADHD.

Prenatal acetaminophen exposure has also been linked to asthma and behavioral disorders, but these results are preliminary in nature and these links need to be investigated further. 

In another report, a host of common chemicals were found to endanger child brain development. According to experts, these chemicals are not only pervasive in air and water but also in everyday consumer products that are used on our bodies and in our homes.

Used in cosmetics, food packaging, products with fragrance and more, phthalates can disrupt thyroid hormone function which is involved in almost every aspect of brain development. Phthalates has also been linked to attention deficits, lower IQ and even conduct disorders in children. 

Reducing exposures to toxic chemicals is urgently needed to protect today's and tomorrow's children. For more information on these chemicals and how to avoid them, click here.
Talking to Children About Sex #WeeklyBlogPost
In today's world, there are many sources for children to gain information about sexuality and much of that information is not correct.Sometimes parents are hesitant to talk
to their children about sex because they think their children may not be ready to hear about it or the parents aren't sure how to go about having the discussion. 

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