Tuesday Open Thread

May 21, 2013

It’s Tuesday! How are you?

I related to this NYT article on injuries inflicted on parents by clumsy toddlers. Even though he’s now preschool age, DS is still rambunctious and sometimes unaware of his body (and his own strength). I have been the victim of an accidental head butt or two, and at least one fat lip. How about you?

On the other end of the developmental spectrum: acne. According to treatment guidelines recently published in Pediatrics, acne is now considered common in children ages 7 to 12.

“I’ve definitely seen a shift,” said Dr. Latanya T. Benjamin, a dermatologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, who did not help draft the guidelines. “It’s not uncommon for a 7- or 9-year-old to walk in with the first signs of acne.”

Yikes. But there is disagreement among experts. Many believe that kids aren’t developing acne sooner; instead, their parents are increasingly seeking treatment for them at an earlier age due to concerns about bullying and self esteem.

When did you first notice acne on your kids? I remember being about 10 or 11 years old when I got the first smattering of pimples on my forehead. DD is 8 and no signs yet.

What else is on your mind today? Chat away!