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Allergic Trick-or-Treaters Head To Homes With Teal Pumpkins

Orange and black are the traditional colors of Halloween, but this year you may want to consider adding some teal to the mix. A U.S.-based advocacy group is encouraging families to display teal pumpkins as a sign of welcome and... more

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Flu Spray Preferred For Children Ages 2–8

It has become a truism of public health: Another year, another flu vaccination. Since 2010, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that every person 6 months of age or older receive the flu vaccine. For... more

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Protect Your Baby With Parent Whooping Cough Vaccine

Pertussis—better knowing as “whooping cough”—has been rapidly spreading across the nation with a total of 28,639 cases being reported in the United States in 2013. The disease reached epidemic levels in California, and the Minnesota Department of Health has reported 750 cases so... more

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New Standard For Fetal & Newborn Growth

A team of researchers led by experts from Oxford University (U.K.) have, for the first time, developed an international standard for assessing babies’ growth during pregnancy and size at birth. Drawing on the same multi-site approach used by the World... more

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What Parents Need To Know About EV-D68

Updated October 6, 2014 “Keep your hands away from your face,” I tell my 7-year-old nailbiter. “You don’t want to put germs in your mouth.” It’s the same thing I’ve said to him many times over the past few months,... more

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How You Talk Is Key To Baby’s Language Development

“He certainly looks as if there’s something on his mind,” I remember my husband saying about our first baby, then about 6 or 7 months old. “If only he could tell us what he’s thinking!” Of course, our baby couldn’t... more

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Anesthesia In Infancy Linked To Memory Deficits

If your baby needs surgery, odds are that the anesthesia he receives is the least of your worries. The medication is simply unavoidable. Still, it’s a good idea to learn what you can about how such drugs may affect your... more

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Phthalates In Our Food?

Toys. Rubber duckies. Bath products and baby powders. These are the common culprits for phthalates exposure. Get rid of the plastic toys, ditch Mr. Ducky, read shampoo labels avidly, and our children will be safe. Right? Wrong. A review of... more

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Antidepressants During Pregnancy Do Not Increase Babies’ Heart Defect Risk

An estimated 10–15 percent of women experience clinical depression during pregnancy or during the postpartum period and antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed drug for people aged 18 to 44, a woman’s adult reproductive years. Over the past decade, conflicting... more

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No Magic Formula For Optimal Health

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a magic formula that parents could give their children to keep them from getting ill? No more sniffling, no more sneezing, no more coughing, aching, or stuffy heads. A new study comes close... more