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  1. Fast Baby Weight Gain Predicts Child Obesity

    Nov. 8, 2011 -- Babies who gain weight most quickly are at highest risk of obesity later in childhood, a Harvard study finds. Infants who gain the most weight at age 1-6 months are most likely to be obese at ages 5 and 10 years. The risk goes up with the child's starting weight-for-length percentile

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  2. Breast Pumps 101

    Many breastfeeding mothers who are nearing the end of maternity leave want to continue giving their babies breast milk when they return to work, but the concept of pumping and feeding the baby from a bottle may be foreign to them. After all, nursing doesn't require any paraphernalia. If you're about

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  3. Are Too Many Babies Getting Acid Reflux Drugs?

    Oct. 20, 2011 -- Babies may spit up and cry and fuss for seemingly no reason. But one children's health expert has noticed an alarming increase in the number of infants being prescribed acid-suppressing drugs to reduce unexplained crying and spitting up. In a commentary published in The Journal of P

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  4. 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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  5. New SIDS Guidelines Say Breastfeeding Lowers Risk

    Oct. 18, 2011 -- Breastfeeding and up-to-date immunizations can lower infants’ risk of sudden, unexpected death during sleep, according to updated guidelines issued today by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since 1992, the pediatricians group has been advising parents to place young infants on th

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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