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  1. U.S. Circumcision Rates Drop by 10 Percent: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Male circumcision rates in the United States declined 10 percent between 1979 and 2010, federal health officials reported Thursday. Over 32 years, the rate of newborn circumcision -- the surgical removal of foreskin from a p

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  2. Breast-Fed Baby May Become Higher-IQ Child

    By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 29 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers can add higher child IQ to the list of benefits associated with breast-feeding: New research shows that the longer a new mom breast-feeds up to one year, the greater the benefit on her baby's intelligence. Babies who were

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  3. Diapering a Newborn: Dealing With Diaper Rash

    Is your baby bothered by diaper rash? There are lots of things you can do to prevent and treat this problem, says pediatrician Laura Jana, MD, co-author of Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality. There are two main causes of diaper rash: contact irritation and yeast. Contact irritatio

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  4. Solving Your Diaper Dilemma

    What else besides lack of sleep and feeding after feeding does a parent have to look forward to during baby's first year? Diapers. Mounds and mounds of them. Some moms and dads know from the get-go that they'll love the convenience of disposable diapers. And some know there's something just right ab

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  5. Nearly Half of Infants Have Flat Spots on Heads

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Putting babies on their backs to sleep has sharply cut the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but it has also left nearly half of infants with a flattened heads, a new Canadian study estimates. Researchers found that 47 pe

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  6. Diapering Baby On the Go

    Going out with your newborn is already a little nerve-wracking: Baby’s so tiny and the world is pretty big. Then there’s the added worry of getting stranded without diapers or other baby care essentials. What can you do? Don't worry! We talked with pediatricians and parents on WebMD’s parenting mess

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  7. Quicker Infant Growth Tied to Higher IQ Later

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who gained weight and head circumference more rapidly during the first month of life scored slightly higher on intelligence tests when they were 6 years old, according to a large new study. But a baby's early rate of grow

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  8. A Little Formula Might Help Breast-Feeding for Some Babies

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- Giving small amounts of infant formula to newborns who experience significant weight loss can increase the length of time that they are breast-fed, according to a new study. New mothers do not immediately produce high volumes of

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  9. Treatment May Prevent Wheezing in Pre-Term Babies

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- Many pre-term babies suffer recurrent episodes of wheezing. Now, researchers say a common infection is a likely culprit and they may be able to prevent the breathing problems. Wheezing episodes in late pre-term babies often are

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  10. Very Preterm Babies & Disability: Encouraging News

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely premature infants are more likely to have mental and physical disabilities than full-term infants, but rates of such disabilities aren't rising, new research says. The study included almost 500 children in Sweden who

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