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March Of Dimes Calls On U.S. To Redefine Goals On Preterm Birth

Would you be satisfied with a “worst 10 percent” ranking in infant health? An article from this month’s Pediatrics co-authored by Dr. Jennifer Howse, president of the March of Dimes, urges health care professionals to re-evaluate preterm birth in the... more

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Can I Reduce My Baby’s Risk Of Celiac Disease?

Many mothers are told that by simply breastfeeding until their baby is ready for solids (around 4–6 months of age), and then introducing foods containing gluten (wheat, rye, or barley), they can help prevent celiac disease. In fact, baby gooroo... more

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Don’t Let Your Baby Sleep On A Sofa

You may think the sofa is a suitable place for your baby to nap. It’s soft. It’s convenient. It doesn’t seem all that different from a bed. You can fold a load of laundry and still keep an eye on... more

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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 November 11, 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