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  1. Antidepressants in Pregnancy and Risk to Baby

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born to mothers taking antidepressants in late pregnancy may be slightly more likely to develop a rare circulation disorder, a new study suggests. However, the increased risk of the disorder -- known as persistent pul

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  2. Breast-feeding May Lower Risk of Child Leukemia

    By Carrie Myers HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-feeding -- even for a short time -- may lower a baby's later risk of childhood leukemia, a new study suggests. The researchers found that babies breast-fed for at least six months appear to have a 19 percent lower ris

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  3. How to Talk to Your Baby

    Babies and toddlers need lots of sleep, playtime, and love. They also need a parent who can carry on a conversation, and that doesn't mean baby talk. Vocabulary and communication skills should start early in life, with a steady stream of meaningful dialogue. Moms and dads need to make talking and bu

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  4. Infant Gas: How to Prevent and Treat It

    Babies can be pretty gassy. It’s common for them to pass gas 13-21 times each day! Why so gassy? Infants have plenty of opportunities to swallow air, like when they: Feed from a breast or bottle Suck a pacifier Cry So how can you tell if it's gas or something else? "If your baby is generally happy a

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  5. Does Parent Stress Affect Baby?

    Ever heard this saying? “When mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” That saying can ring true because your baby’s feelings are likely to mirror yours. People say babies are like sponges. They soak up information from the world around them and learn things at a fast pace. They’re also watching you.

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  6. Pacifiers: In or Out?

    Parents have relied on pacifiers for ages to calm crying infants. But are they really right for your baby? Here’s a look at the plusses and pitfalls. Some of the good things pacifiers can do for your baby -- and you -- include: Lower risk of SIDS. Pacifier use during naps or nighttime can prevent su

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  7. Expert Q&A: Crying and Colic

    Why is my baby crying? Could it be colic? What can I do? These are questions just about every new parent has. To get the answers, WebMD spoke with Renee A. Alli, MD, a mother and pediatrician in Dunwoody, GA. Here, Alli explains the ups and downs of fussy babies, including what may rev up your infan

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  8. Later Umbilical Cord Clamp May Boost Development

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Waiting about three minutes to clamp the umbilical cord following a baby's delivery may help improve children's fine-motor and social skills at age 4 years, new Swedish research suggests. The researchers said postponing the c

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  9. Living at Higher Elevations Linked to SIDS Risk

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who live at very high elevations may have an increased risk of SIDS, a new study suggests. The findings are based on nearly 400,000 Colorado infants born between 2007 and 2012. Babies of families living at an elevation

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  10. 8 Tummy Time Tips for Your Baby

    As a new parent, you’ve no doubt been told by your doctor to always put your baby on his back every time he sleeps or naps. So you might not realize that it's also important for your little one to spend some time on his belly while wide awake. "Tummy time is when your infant lays on his (or) her sto

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