Important pediatric news

September 1, 2007

Pediatric product recalls * Pediatric cardiac devices * Pediatric medications

Several product recalls announced

The cereals were distributed throughout the US, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. The product should not be used, and customers may call Gerber at 800-443-7237 or 231-928-3000 to return the cereal and receive a full refund.

Gerber Organic Rice and Organic Oatmeal cereals are sold in 8-ounce boxes; all codes are being recalled. The Organic Rice UPC Code is 15000 12504. The Organic Oatmeal UPC Code is 15000 12502. These codes can be found on the bottom right side of the box.

More US mothers are breastfeeding, but not enough

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that although more women are choosing to exclusively breastfeed their newborns, the percentage falls short of the nation's goals [MMWR 56;30:76].

According to data from 2004, a little more than 30% of nursing mothers breastfed their infants exclusively through age 3 months (target 60%), and only about 11% breastfed exclusively through age 6 months. Rates of exclusive breastfeeding were the lowest among black infants (19.8%), and infants of young mothers (16.8%). The statistical trends on breastfeeding initiation and duration from 2000 to 2004 were taken from the National Immunization Survey (NIS). NIS is an annual telephone survey conducted by the CDC to collect data on childhood immunization and breastfeeding.