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Published: Thursday, July 06, 2017 @ 8:29 PM
ATLANTA — Authorities in the state of Georgia are advising parents not to use allergy medications like Benadryl as a sedative for young children during summer trips. Both The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Poison Center have suggested against the practice.
“Parents think it’s safe because you don’t need a prescription, but that's not the case. These drugs can be dangerous,” Georgia Poison Center Director Dr. Gaylord Garcia said.
Many antihistamines contain an active ingredient, diphendramine, which has a sedative side effect. It can cause adverse reactions in children younger than 5. Most drug makers say infants and children younger than 2 should not be given an allergy drug.
“Kids who have low doses can suffer from hallucinations, which is real scary for a parent. As the dose gets higher, you start worrying about tremors, convulsions and in the worst case scenario, rarely, death," Garcia said.
The GBI reports four infant deaths between 2015 and 2017 caused by acute antihistamine toxicity.
Pharmacists said parents should carefully read all instructions on drug labels. including allergy medications.
“It’s very clear: Children under 2, do not use. Two to 5, do not use unless you consult a physician. This should never be used as a sleep aide,” said Ira Katz, owner of Little Five Points Pharmacy in Atlanta. “It’s not indicated as a sleep aide.”
Some parents said they are careful not use allergy drugs to help children sleep or rest.
“If they got stung by a bee, I would probably give them Benadryl for that, or an allergic reaction to shellfish, but not to go to sleep," parent Samantha Bosley said.
Pharmacists also warned parents to keep over-the-counter drugs out of reach of children.
“Put it way up in the cabinet so no one can get ahold of it,” Katz said.
Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 1:51 AM
— A new complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission accuses video-sharing site YouTube of illegally collecting children's data.
According to the Guardian, nearly two dozen advocacy groups, including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy, are arguing that YouTube's parent company, Google, violates the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by collecting data on and targeting advertising toward children without obtaining parental consent beforehand.
The complaint, filed Monday, also alleges that Google knows that children use YouTube, even though YouTube asks that children under 13 not use the site.
"Despite the presence of literally millions of child-directed videos, and despite promising advertisers access to kids via YouTube ads, Google pretends that they aren’t responsible for the children on YouTube," the CCFC said on its website. "Google knows kids are there, and they are not taking steps to protect their privacy. So we are."
YouTube released the following statement in response to the complaint:
"We are reviewing the complaint and will evaluate if there are things we can do to improve. Protecting kids and families has always been a top priority for us. Because YouTube is not for children, we’ve invested significantly in the creation of the YouTube Kids app to offer an alternative specifically designed for children."
According to The Associated Press, YouTube Kids "offers more parental controls but is not as widely used" as the main YouTube site.
Published: Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 8:15 AM
BROCKTON, Mass. — A Massachusetts bakery is helping a boy with special needs communicate again after his trusty iPad was stolen.
Three-year-old Hunter Jerrier has Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, and because he's nonverbal, he uses his iPad to speak.
Hunter's father, Brian Jerrier, says the gateway to understanding his son's wants and needs is his iPad, which is loaded with special programs to help out his little one.
"They didn't just steal an iPad. They stole his voice." Theft at local bakery strips non-verbal 3-year-old's ability to communicate. The gesture that's restoring his parents faith in others #Boston25 at 1030 pic.twitter.com/kYDJYWkL2b— Drew Karedes (@DrewKaredes) March 26, 2018
However, on Saturday, during a trip to White's Bakery in Brockton, Hunter's method of communication was stripped from him when someone stole his gadget.
His parents said someone took it from a counter just minutes after they accidentally left it there.
"As a grown, 40-year-old man it made me cry. It was my fault because I put it down. I felt like I let him down because it's the only way he can communicate with us," Brian said.
The Jerriers thought it was a lost cause until they received a phone call less than 24 hours after the theft from a manager at the bakery.
The manager offered to replace the iPad and followed through with his word.
"There are still good people out there that, in a really crummy situation, made it easier for him, easier for us and did it so quickly," said Amanda Jerrier, Hunter's mom.
Now, the Jerriers said the last way to right this wrong is for the thief to come forward.
Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 9:44 AM
ROANOKE, Va. — After his son was kicked off the school bus for three days for bullying, a father in Virginia came up with an alternative way for him to get to school.
As punishment, Bryan Thornhill made his son run to school. In a Facebook video posted on Thursday, Thornhill streams his son running with his backpack on in the rain, with Thornhill riding in a car behind him. In the Facebook video, Thornhill explained why he chose this form of punishment and gave "tough love" parenting advice to others. (Note: The video contains language that some may find objectionable.)
The video has generated millions of views and has sparked a mix of praise and criticism.
Published: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 6:43 AM
HAUGHTON, La. — A video of a boy comforting his baby sister is warming hearts across the country.
A video shared to Facebook by mom Danielle Davis of Haughton, Louisiana, shows her son quietly rocking his sleeping sister in his arms when she wasn’t feeling well. The video was viewed more than 2 million times on Instagram.
“The kids adore each other,” Davis told “Good Morning America.” “He can always make her laugh. They are siblings, so they have their moments of jealousy, but that’s to be had. Ninety percent of the time they really very loving toward each other.”