Monday, February 2, 2009

Beware of Dogs. Hot dogs, that is.

Did you know that hot dogs have been linked to childhood leukemia? On Saturday night Melanie called me freaking out (for good reason!) because she found that children who eat 12 or more hot dogs per month have a 10 times greater chance for developing childhood leukemia. Sure enough, I googled hot dogs and leukemia and about a trillion websites popped up. And they all said the same thing.

Now, I'm not one of those mothers who freaks out easily. I absolutely don't believe in the vaccinations and autism correlation, and I have been known to let my children fall asleep with a bottle in their crib. But this made me feel a little more...anxious. Maybe because cancer is so rampant these days - all my family members who have died have died from cancer. Maybe because I am coming to understand the importance of developing good eating habits at a young age. Maybe because if Eva were to get leukemia I would feel completely responsible because at many points in her life, hot dogs have been her favorite food. And she has eaten a lot more than 12 in a month, for several months. And I'm the one giving them to her.

I just wanted to get the news out there because I think it's something every parent should know about. I can't believe that this isn't more publicly known - hot dogs are just a common kid food and nobody has ever said anything to me about how dangerous they can be. Anyway, if you are feeding your child hot dogs and would like to see more info about why you might want to stop, here and here and here are a few links.


Ali said...

Oh crap. Hot dogs are a staple at our house.

Also... shopping with two kids is tricky. I always feel like I deserve a sticker at the end of the day when having done it.

I've also left the store and realized that a bottle of shampoo or what have you - went an unnoticed and it's up to me to trot back on in to pay for it. I hate that.

Melissa Andreasen said...

Now I can be thankful that Kiera HATES hotdogs. I have tried so many times to get her to eat them. If it's a corndog, she only eats the breading. I guess I'll stop worring that she's not a normal kid because she will not thouch hotdogs!

HayHay said...

Wow! I have NEVER heard that! My child is the pickiest eater in the world. I've tried hot dogs several times, and he usually gives me this "oh disgusting" look and fake gags. I was frustrated because I thought they would help him gain a little weight, but now I'm glad. Thanks for the warning!
Oh and I hate shopping with Jakey. He just wants to run around the store and pull everything off the shelves, I don't know how you do it at all with two. That is going to be a challenge for me.

Mike and Mylinda Stone said...

Steph how do I contanct you via email? Mylinda

Elise said...

Wow. That is crazy! Thanks for the info. And, by the way, I DO subscribe to the vaccinations/autism correlation...partly.