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  1. Low Vitamin D at Birth Linked to Lung Infections

    May 10, 2011 -- Newborns with low vitamin D levels have a sixfold higher risk of lung infections with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), Dutch researchers say. RSV is the major cause of serious lung infections in infants. During the first 12 months of life, it's the most common cause of bronchioliti

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  2. 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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  3. Bottle Feeding at Age 2 Raises Obesity Risk

    May 5, 2011 -- Kids who regularly use a bottle at age 2 are more likely to be obese by the time they’re ready for kindergarten than those who switch to cups at younger ages, a study shows. Current guidelines, which were written to help prevent tooth decay, recommend that babies stop bottle feeding a

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Study: Fussy Babies Linked to ADHD Risk

    April 20, 2011 -- Babies who cry excessively and have difficulty sleeping and feeding may be at increased risk for behavioral problems during childhood, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a study shows. Close to 20% of all babies show signs of “regulatory issues” such as pers

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Despite Warning, Babies Still Get Cough Medicine

    Feb. 17, 2011 -- Despite health warnings and a formal recommendation by the FDA against doing so, many parents are still giving over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicine to kids under age 2. Research has shown that OTC cough and cold medicines have led to poisoning or death in kids under age 2.

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  10. 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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