Autism, Vaccines, & Sleep Apnea: My Multi-Hit Theory

Revisiting A Controversial Topic

In response to my post called “Autism, Vaccines, & Sleep Apnea: My Multi-Hit Theory,” I received a response that pointed out some issues with my theory. Please read my original blog post to see her point in context, and then come back to read her reply, as well as my response. “I tend to think this […]

Flat-headed Children May Be Developmentally Delayed

Deformational (or positional) plagiocephaly (DP) is a commonly seen condition, especially since pediatricians began to recommend placing our infants on their backs to sleep. Here’s a study showing that children with DP have lower developmental scores at age 3 compared to those that didn’t have DP. The largest differences were seen in cognition, language, and […]

Flathead Syndrome Associated with Lower Developmental Scores in Preschoolers

Deformational plagiocephaly (PD), or flathead syndrome, is a common condition, especially since our country began to place our infants on their backs during sleep, to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Even my middle son had it and was referred to a neurosurgeon for evaluation. In this Pediatrics study, researchers found that preschoolers with PD […]

ADHD & Autism Rates Spike—Is Sleep Apnea Responsible?

Researchers were surprised that that rate of ADHD and autism have spiked over the last 10 years. ADHD increased 33%, whereas autism increased from 0.19% to 0.74% over the same time period. Honestly, I’m not surprised by these results. Here’s my explanation for the continued rise in these two common developmental disorders: There’s definitely more […]

The Tummy Time Controversy

As you may know by now, sleep position is a very important issue for me and I write about it quite often. When I recently came across this article in Slate magazine, I just had to comment. The gist of the article is that since the start of the back to sleep campaign in 1992, […]