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  1. FDA Warns About Teething Medication

    May 5, 2011 -- The FDA has issued a warning to consumers about the use of benzocaine, the main ingredient in over-the-counter liquids and gels used to reduce teething pain in very young children. Benzocaine is associated with a rare but serious condition called methemoglobinemia, which greatly reduc

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  2. Infant Growth Spurts Tied to More Sleep

    May 2, 2011 -- It has often been thought that an infant’s sleeping patterns are related to his or her growth, but this theory was never documented until now. New research in the May 1 issue of Sleep shows that an increase in the number of sessions of sleep, as well as an increase in total daily hour

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  3. Moms Are Giving Babies Herbal Supplements, Teas

    May 2, 2011 -- The first study to look at the use of herbal supplements or medicinal teas in babies finds that about 9% of moms report using these remedies in infants under a year old. The study, which is based on a nationwide survey of new mothers conducted by the CDC and the FDA, found that moms w

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  4. Bisphenol A (BPA): Answers to Questions

    Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical compound used to make polycarbonate plastics, epoxy resins, and other materials. Virtually everyone in the U.S. comes across BPA every day. Among other things, BPA is used to make: shatterproof polycarbonate hard plastic bottles and containers eyeglass lenses CD an

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  5. Colic Remedies: Is TLC Better Than Herbal Tea?

    March 28, 2011 -- When babies get colic, stressed out parents often will try almost any remedy, from herbal teas to sugary solutions or infant massage, to stop the constant crying. Now, a new analysis of these popular approaches finds little convincing evidence they work. Although some encouraging r

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  6. Cribs Frequent Cause of Injury for Babies, Toddlers

    Feb. 17, 2011 -- Nearly 10,000 children are taken to the emergency room each year -- an average of one every hour -- after falling or becoming wedged or caught in cribs, playpens, and bassinets, a new study shows. “It’s certainly a very common source of injury,” says study researcher Gary A. Smith,

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  7. Building an Earth-Friendly Baby Nursery

    When Paige Wolf of Philadelphia, Pa., started furnishing her baby's nursery, she wanted to make sure it was eco-friendly. "I spent a fortune on a sustainably made crib and dresser, but I knew it was a good investment," she says. Like Wolf, many parents who are concerned about the health of the envir

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  8. Parenting: What Does It Mean to Raise a Child in a Green World?

    More and more parents with children and babies are going green – and we're not talking about broccoli. Since 2002, sales of organic products, from strawberries to clothing and shampoo, have nearly tripled, according to a 2010 survey done by the Organic Trade Association. "I see lots of families aski

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  9. Do You Know What You’re Putting on Your Baby?

    Your baby’s skin is smooth, soft, and highly delicate. “A baby’s skin is thinner and has less hair, so it’s more fragile than yours,” says Pamela Jakubowicz, MD, dermatologist at Montefiore Medical Center and assistant clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  So how you care for y

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  10. Infant Deaths Spur Video Baby Monitor Recall

    Feb. 11, 2011 -- Two infant strangulation deaths and one close call have led to the recall of 1.7 million Summer Infant video baby monitors. Various monitor brands caused the deaths of seven babies when cords were left too close to kids. This spurred an October 2010 warning from the Consumer Product

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