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  1. 13 Infant Deaths Tied to Sleep Positioners

    Nov. 21, 2012 -- A product marketed to help keep babies safe while they sleep may have the opposite effect. At least 13 infants have died since 1997 while lying in sleep positioners or sleep wedges, a new CDC report shows. The products often claim to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (

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  2. Teen Birth Rate Hits Historic Low

    Oct. 3, 2012 -- U.S. birth rates are continuing their decline and dropped to just under 4 million births in 2011, according to new CDC statistics. The report also shows that the general fertility rate, or average number of births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, dropped to the lowest level ever

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  3. Budgeting for Baby: 13 Money-Saving Strategies

    You have almost 10 months to prepare for your little one's arrival. Just think of all the fun things you need to buy -- a stroller, cute little outfits, and toys of all shapes and sizes. In the excitement of your baby's arrival, you may want to shower your baby with the newest and best of everything

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  4. Budgeting for Twins: Tips to Save Money

    You have almost 10 months to prepare for your twins' arrival. Just think of all the fun things you need to buy: a stroller, cute little outfits, and toys of all shapes and sizes -- not to mention diapers and formula. In the excitement of their arrival, you may want to shower your twins with the newe

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  5. FDA to Parents: Don't Give SimplyThick to Infants

    Sept. 18, 2012 -- SimplyThick, a beverage thickener for people who have trouble swallowing liquids, should not be mixed with breast milk or infant formula and given to babies, the FDA warns. In babies, SimplyThick may raise the risk of a life-threatening condition marked by inflammation and death of

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  6. Parents, Rest Easy About Infant 'Sleep Training'

    Sept. 10, 2012 -- Researchers have reassuring news for parents struggling to get their babies to sleep. Letting infants cry it out using two specific methods won’t cause any lasting psychological harm to your children or to your relationship with them, a new study shows. Researchers compared the lon

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  7. New Policy Supports Choice for Male Circumcision

    Aug. 27, 2012 -- The nation’s pediatricians are changing their stance on male circumcision, again. This time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says they want parents to know that the benefits of the procedure outweigh its small risks. But they stop short of recommending the surgery, which re

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  8. Antibiotic Use in Infants May Raise Obesity Risk

    Aug. 21, 2012 -- Taken together, two new studies point to a potentially new culprit in the obesity epidemic: antibiotic use. Antibiotics, especially when taken by infants less than 6 months old, may shift the balance of bacteria in the gut and may set the stage for obesity. The first study, which ap

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  9. Anesthesia May Harm Children's Brains

    Aug. 20, 2012 -- A new study is raising fresh concerns about the use of general anesthesia in young children. Recent studies have suggested that anesthetic drugs may increase the risk for learning disabilities and behavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but only

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  10. How to Care for Your Baby's Teeth

    When your baby flashes his gummy smile, caring for teeth that have yet to sprout is probably the last thing on your mind. "The surprising thing to a lot of parents is how early you need to start," says Amr Moursi, DDS, PhD, associate professor and chair of New York University's Department of Pediatr

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