Parents deserve to know why the FDA is warning again off-label use, and it has nothing to do with the appropriate dose for kids.

Young girl splashing in the ocean wearing a floatie.

Last week, as a parent of a child under 12 at high risk of COVID19 complications, I was eagerly awaiting full FDA approval for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Once the FDA has granted a medication full approval for adults, doctors can legally give it to children off-label.

So, to no one’s…

The Delta variant has upended the case for extreme caution before approving vaccines for children, so why is the FDA delaying approval by another 6 months?

This week, the New York Times reported that the FDA has asked Moderna and Pfizer to double the size of their COVID-19 vaccine trials in children under age 12.

Pfizer and Moderna will now have to recruit and vaccine thousands more children, and then track them for an additional 4–6…

Debunking Three Common Myths about Kids and COVID

Widespread claims that kids are “naturally immune” are not backed by data.

The FDA recently approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for 12–15-year-olds. But now that these adolescents are eligible, will their parents encourage them to get vaccinated?

Recent articles in the Atlantic and New York Times may have undermined vaccination rates among kids by claiming…

As I wandered unmasked through an indoor mall thronging with bare-faced customers in August, their mouths and noses flashing past me in astonishing variety and abundance, I noticed my pandemic-induced agoraphobia was already fading.

We were not flouting any COVID-era rules. Our family had arrived in Norway in early August…

Rare but devastating⏤Kerry’s preeclampsia story

When I recently reached out on social media to find women who had experienced preeclampsia, Kerry was one of the first to reply.

A sharp, vivacious, and vibrant 36-year-old nurse practitioner, Kerry seems like the last person you’d imagine developing preeclampsia, a poorly understood pregnancy…

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommends that many women take a daily aspirin to lower their chances of preeclampsia. But are doctors following these expanded recommendations?

Women carrying twins. Women who begin pregnancy with diabetes, or hypertension, or lupus. African-American women who become pregnant after age 35.

What do these different groups of pregnant women have in common?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) now considers them candidates for early aspirin therapy— a daily…


Freelance writer, former researcher, mama bear of three little cubs, & blogger on the science of pregnancy, fertility & breastfeeding at

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