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Marijuana Use in Pregnant Moms

Pot smoking pregnant mothers likely to use other drugs as well.

A small study of mothers and their newborns found one quarter of those who tested positive for marijuana use also had evidence of other illegal drugs: 11.6% were positive for opioids, 10.6% for amphetamines and 6.5% for cocaine. Data was collected from 2006 to 2010 in an urban teaching hospital with 5000 births per year. About 10%  of these tested positive for marijuana use. 

PositiveTip: Encourage pregnant mothers to avoid marijuana and other illegal drug use for the good of their unborn infant--and themselves.

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Warning: Baby Slings Are Potentially Deadly

Consumer Product Safety Commission issues warning about the suffocation risk of baby slings for small infants.

Parents of infants younger than 4 months need to take extra care to control the head and neck movements of their babies, especially when carrying them in baby slings. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CSPC) has issued a warning urging parents to make sure they can see their infants face at all times to prevent suffocation when using sling-style carriers. 

PositiveTip: Parents and caregivers using baby slings must be vigilant to frequently check that the baby can breathe easily to avoid suffocation.