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  1. Baby’s First Year: How Infants Develop

    From helpless newborn to active toddler: It takes just 12 short months for your baby to undergo this incredible transformation. Babies grow and change at an astounding pace, and every month brings new and exciting developments. New moms and dads often wonder what to expect next and how to know if th

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  2. Baby Tips From Moms and Doctors

    Parents, especially new parents, hate seeing their babies suffer. Plus with all the warnings about over-the-counter medications and children under the age of 4, parents of infants are often confused. What’s safe? What’s effective? How can you ease common symptoms in your baby and maintain peace of m

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  3. Baby Milestones: 6 to 9 Months

    The second part of your child's first year is filled with so many developmental changes that you may feel you need a constantly running video camera to record them all. So what should your baby be doing, and when? Katherine Connor, MD, a pediatrician at the Harriet Lane Clinic of Johns Hopkins Child

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  4. Does My Baby Have Colic?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our November-December 2011 issue, we asked WebMD's baby expert, Sarah DuMond, MD, about crying and colic in babies. Q: My 2-month-old baby cries a lot. Could he have colic? A: Babie

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  5. Fatty Acids From Formula or Breastfeeding May Boost Mental Development

    Sept. 19, 2011 -- Giving premature baby girls formula supplemented with a certain type of fatty acid might lead to better reading and spelling skills at age 10, suggests a small study. In addition, among children fed only formula and no breast milk as babies, those who received supplemented formula

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  6. Circumcision Rates Are Dropping in the U.S.

    Sept. 1, 2011 -- Circumcision rates in the U.S. are on the decline, according to a CDC study. The CDC used three different measurements to estimate the number of newborn male circumcisions. Researchers found that the procedure is somewhat less common today than it was 10 years ago. The report was wr

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  7. Blood Oxygen Test Finds Heart Defects in Newborns

    Aug. 22, 2011 -- All newborns should get a simple oxygen test to check for serious heart defects before they come home from the hospital, a federal advisory panel says. Heart malformations are the most common kind of birth defect. They affect an estimated one out of 100 births worldwide. In 25% of c

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  8. Breastfeeding May Cut Risk of Some Breast Cancers

    Aug. 16, 2011 -- African-American women may reduce their risk of getting an aggressive breast cancer known as ER-negative by breastfeeding, new research suggests. Julie R. Palmer, ScD, of Boston University, found that having multiple children raised the risk of ER-negative breast cancer in African-A

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  9. Teething May Not Be Linked to Fever

    Aug. 8, 2011 -- Teething and fever don't usually go together, according to new research. That may come as a surprise to both parents and doctors, says researcher Joana Ramos-Jorge, a PhD student in pediatric dentistry at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She polled

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  10. Flame Retardants, Chemicals Found in Child Car Seats

    Aug. 3, 2011 -- Some child car safety seats may contain hazardous chemicals including flame retardants, according to the fourth annual report by the Ecology Center, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based nonprofit environmental organization. Researchers tested more than 150 2011-model infant, convertible, and bo

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