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Issue 2, May 27, 2000
Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome

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Health: Antibotics for Food Poisoning
Can Trigger Dangerous Complication
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Learn About Safe Birth from Midwifery Today!
Tips and Tidbits
Health: Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome
Safety: More Summer Safety Tips
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Antibiotics for Food Poisoning Can Trigger Dangerous Complication

Children infected with a particular form of the E. coli food poisoning bacteria (E. coli O157:H7) should not be treated with antibiotics because it increases their risk of developing dangerous complications, according to a report released earlier this week by the New England Journal of Medicine.

It's a known fact that children with with gastrointestinal infections caused by E. coli O157:H7 are at risk for a condition called hemolytic-uremic syndrome. In North America, this risk is approximately 15 percent.

A study by doctors from Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle shows that if such children are treated with antibiotics the risk of getting the syndrome increases. This study will be published June 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine, but The Journal released the report in full on Wednesday because of the importance of the findings.

The study looked at 71 children under age 10 who had E. coli O157:H7 infections between between April 1, 1997, and August 31, 1999. The results are as follows:
* 10 children developed the hemolytic-uremic syndrome (14 percent)
* 5 of the 9 children given antibiotics developed the syndrome (56 percent)
* 5 of the 62 children who were not given antibiotics developed the syndrome 8 percent)

They were unable to identify any characteristics that differentiated children who received antibiotics from those who did not.

For details on how the study was done and how they considered other variables, please read the complete report: http://www.nejm.org/content/wong/1.asp

The researchers recommend that antibiotics not be given to "children who may be infected with E. coli O157:H7 until the results of a stool culture indicate that the pathogen responsible is one that is appropriately treated by an antibiotic."

They add that the hemolytic-uremic syndrome can occur even in infected children who have not been treated with antibiotics. and that it is best prevented by avoiding E. coli food poisoning in the first place. For more information on the syndrome, read the related article below.

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Learn About Safe Birth from Midwifery Today!

Your baby's health and safety start before birth. Read these articles for more information:

Technology in Birth: First Do No Harm by Marsden Wagner. M.D.

Drugs in Labour: What Effects Do They Have Twenty Years Hence? by Beverley Lawrence Beech

Ultrasound--Weighing the Propaganda Against the Facts by Beverley Lawrence Beech.

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Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome

Hemolytic-uremic syndrome is a serious illness in both children and adults, and may end in death. The information on this syndrome at http://medlineplus.adam.com/ency/article/000510.htm says that about 60% of the people who receive treatment will recover.

The known cause of the syndrome is E. coli contaminated hamburger and ground meats. The best prevention is adequate cooking. There may be other causes which are not known at this time.

Early symptoms of hemolytic-uremic syndrome include fever, bloody and/or foul smelling stools, diarrhea, weakness and lethargy. As the condition progresses there may be little or no urine output, periods of consciousness may decrease, and the patient may become pale as his red blood cells are destroyed.

Complications that can occur include a chronic or relapsing version of the syndrome, acute or chronic kidney failure, permanent damage to the nervous system, seizures and diabetes.

You should call your doctor or other health care provider if someone you know develops symptoms of HUS. An emergency situation is indicated by decreased consciousness, blood in the stool, and no urine output.


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More Summer Safety Tips

* If your baby is younger than six months, he should be kept out of direct sunlight.

* To help keep bugs away from your child, don't use scented soap or other scented products on her, and don't dress her in light colored clothing or flowery prints.

* Before you let your child slide down a metal slide check to make sure the slide is cool, so his legs won't get burned.

* If your child is bitten by an animal and the skin is broken, contact your pediatrician so he can check to see if your child is adequately immunized against tetanus.

* Keep small children and pets far away from power lawn mowers, and don't let a young child ride on a riding mower. Children younger than 14 should not be allowed to use lawn mowers.

This information is complied from these sources:
http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/maysafety.htm
http://www.shrinershq.org/Prevention/mower6-98.html

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We are requesting submissions of birth stories for our web site. Reading about the many different types of births can be very helpful to women who are awaiting this wonderful event. Therefore, we would like to post your birth stories be they natural, epidural, home, birth center, hospital, c-section, water birth, good, bad, whatever. We want women who visit our web site to know that there's not a right way or a wrong way to give birth but if they are educated, they should give birth their way.
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Rainy Day Craft Ideas for Children

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You'll find projects such as bookmarks, bath salts and bubble prints, plus links to lots of other interesting places.

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Mouldylocks
Picture book by Bernard Lodge

My four-year old granddaughter, Olivia, really enjoyed this book and had me read it to her several times before it had to go back to the library.

It's the story of a witch who thinks everyone has forgotten her birthday, but the mailman brings a surprise package -- a magic broom ("I really needed a new broom!" she says) that wisks her away to a day of fun and some funny problems with her friends. (How do witches and wizards play "Snakes and Ladders"? Why, with real snakes and real ladders, of course!)

For more information, or to order Mouldylocks from Amazon, click here

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No.3, June 3, 2000
No. 4, June 10, 2000: Fire Safety
No. 5, June 17, 2000: Playground Safety
No. 6, June 24, 2000: Toy Safety
No. 7, July 1, 2000: Car Seat Safety
No. 8, July 8, 2000: Dangerous Substances in the Environment
No. 9, July 15, 2000: Summer Health and Safety
No. 10, July 22, 2000: Breastfeeding and Attachment Parenting
No. 11, July 29, 2000: Fun and Games
No. 12, Aug 5, 2000: Arts, Crafts, and Paper Fun
No. 13, Aug, 12 2000: Everyday Safety
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Read the Archives
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No. 1, May 20 ,2000: Lead Poisoning
No. 2, May 27, 2000: Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome
No.3, June 3, 2000
No. 4, June 10, 2000: Fire Safety
No. 5, June 17, 2000: Playground Safety
No. 6, June 24, 2000: Toy Safety
No. 7, July 1, 2000: Car Seat Safety
No. 8, July 8, 2000: Dangerous Substances in the Environment
No. 9, July 15, 2000: Summer Health and Safety
No. 10, July 22, 2000: Breastfeeding and Attachment Parenting
No. 11, July 29, 2000: Fun and Games
No. 12, Aug 5, 2000: Arts, Crafts, and Paper Fun
No. 13, Aug, 12 2000: Everyday Safety
The Rest of the Issues