Gimme 5: Stories parents may have missed this week

Babies sleep longer on their own

A new study shows that babies who sleep on their own are more likely to sleep uninterrupted for longer periods of time than infants who share a room with their parents. According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, at 4 months, babies who slept on their own slept for stretches of 45 minutes longer than babies who slept with their parents. At 9 months, babies on their own slept for stretches 40 minutes longer than those on their own, and got 20 minutes more sleep overall. There are conflicting reports on whether babies should sleep alone or with their parents. The same group recommended parents share a room with their infants to lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. (CNN)

Latest “challenge” for teens is a health risk

Teens enjoy participating viral challenges — you have seen the cinnamon challenge and the ice bucket challenge. However, sometimes these challenges can be dangerous or harmful. One of the latest trends is the “deodorant challenge,” in which kids spray aerosol deodorant onto their arms for as long as they can. “This is a very scary trend, because basically these kids are committing chemical burns,” Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist said. The pressure of the air on kids’ arms is the real concern. In the past, children and teens have also participated in the “eraser challenge,” where they rub an eraser on their arm while saying or doing something, and the “salt and ice challenge,” which involves burning their skin with a mixture of salt and ice. (Today)

Teens may be misled by the idea of “private” social media groups

Harvard rescinded acceptance letters to 10 incoming freshmen this week after the students posted offensive and inappropriate content in a private Facebook chat. Many teens keep a private and a public account for social media. While teens seek likes and reactions to photos posted online to an audience, their private conversations may reveal a more honest portrayal of themselves. Smart phone users are also able to use apps that hide pictures to keep their lives separate from their parents.According to Common Sense Media, 30% of teens believe that their parents know little to nothing of the apps and social media sites they use on their phone. Parents may struggle drawing the line between monitoring their children’s behavior online and allowing their child the freedom and trust they desire. (NY Times)

4-year-old dies after “dry drowning,” family’s story saves others

A 4-year-old boy named Frankie died of “dry drowning” a week after he swam with his family this month. Dry drowning occurs when water is inhaled and enters the lungs. Symptoms include coughing, fever, vomiting, mood swings and struggling for breath. Children may experience respiratory problems, brain damage, or death as a result of dry drowning. Frankie’s parents shared their story to alert other families of the dangers of dry drowning, which they had never heard of before their son died. Colorado father Garon Vega read about Frankie’s death and immediately rushed his 2-year-old son, Gio, to the hospital. Gio was experiencing the symptoms of dry drowning and would not have lived through the night if Vega had not taken him to the hospital. (People)

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