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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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 yo

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. Surgeon General Urges Support for Breastfeeding

      Jan. 20. 2011 -- U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, today announced a ''call to action" to support breastfeeding, asking families, communities, health care systems, and employers to make breastfeeding easier for mothers who wish to do so. ''One of the most highly effective preventive measures

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    10. Baby Fat May Predict Early Obesity

      Dec. 31, 2010 -- Chubbiness in babies may be a sign of good health, but it may also be a warning sign of obesity in early childhood. In a newly published study, babies who weighed the most at the age of 9 months tended to be among the heaviest when they reached age 2. The study is among the first to

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