Health headlines: Premature babies, burn injuries and cherry flavored Tamiflu

Other stories we’ve been reading:

  • Nearly one in 10 of the world’s babies is born prematurely, and about 1 million infants die each year as a result, says a startling report.
  • Ear infections are especially common in children between 6 months and 3-years old. The Canadian Pediatric Society’s website, Caring for Kids, offers us some great information on how to know when your child has an ear infection and what to do when it actually happens.
  • Burn injuries among children dropped by 31 percent between 1990 and 2006. Even though the numbers are down, burn injuries are still disproportionately high among younger children.
  • Kitchens are a great place for families to gather. They are also a hotspot for injuries. Vicky McEvoy, M.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School tells us about common kitchen injuries that you should be aware of.
  • The liquid children’s version of the anti-influenza drug Tamiflu in short supply, so pharmacists are making their own children’s version by mixing cherry syrup with the contents of the Tamiflu capsules.