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  1. Newborns' Cries Reflect Parents' Language

    Nov. 5, 2009 -- The cries of infants as young as three days old already reflect the language their parents speak, according to a new study that compared the newborn cries of French-born and German-born children. It's well known by experts that parental voices, especially a mother's, are perceived in

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  2. FDA OKs Sabril to Treat Infantile Spasms

    Aug. 21, 2009 -- The FDA announced that it has approved the drug Sabril to treat infantile spasms in children ages 1 month to 2 years and to help treat complex partial seizures in adults. Sabril Oral Solution is the first drug approved in the U.S. to treat infantile spasms, a severe type of seizure

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  3. Teethers Recalled Because of Bacteria Risk

    July 20, 2009 -- Luv N' Care Ltd. of Monroe, La., is voluntarily recalling its gel-filled teethers with the brand names "Nuby," "Cottontails," and "Playschool" due to possible bacterial contamination of the gel inside the teethers. The FDA found Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus circulans bacteria in t

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  4. Expert Q&A: Bathing and Soothing Baby’s Skin

    Guidelines for baby skin care can seem complicated -- full of recommendations about using this and avoiding that. But caring for baby’s skin isn’t really that difficult. Sometimes new parents overdo it with products that aren’t necessary for babies. To understand some of the best ways to care for yo

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  5. TV Reduces Young Kids' Language Skills

    June 3, 2009 -- Having a television on within earshot of an infant or young child may interfere with their language development by stifling parent-child interaction and conversation. A new study shows that for every hour spent within earshot of a television, fewer words are spoken by parents to thei

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  6. Tips for Going Back to Work After Baby

    By Nicole Yorio Remember that everyone in your life needs to be part of the picture. So before you go back to work, build your support team — that includes your partner, the caretaker, fellow working moms you can go to for advice, and a parent or friend who's willing to help out. Discuss your expect

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  7. Trendy Baby Names Tend to Fade Fast

    May 4, 2009 -- Naming your newborn after a rising star may make you coddle and coo, yet such "monikers of the moment" fade a lot faster than they appear. Names deep rooted in culture, however, stick around much longer. So say Jonah Berger and Gael Le Mens, who sifted through more than 100 years of i

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  8. Breastfeeding Cuts Moms' Heart Risk

    April 21, 2009 -- Breastfeeding cuts a woman's risk of heart disease and diabetes long after her infant has grown up, new data strongly suggest. Pregnancy increases a woman's risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. But breastfeeding cancels out this risk, says Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD, assista

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  9. Rocket Fuel Chemical Found in Infant Formula

    April 3, 2009 -- CDC scientists have found a chemical called perchlorate in samples of powdered infant formula. Perchlorate occurs naturally in the environment; it's also made for use in rocket propellant, explosives, fireworks, and road flares. Perchlorate has been found in drinking water in some a

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  10. Baby's Weight Gain Tied to Later Obesity

    March 30, 2009 -- Babies who gain weight quickly in the first six months of life may be more likely to be obese by age 3, according to a new study. "There is increasing evidence that rapid changes in weight during infancy increase children's risk of later obesity," says researcher Elsie Taveras, MD,

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