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  1. Timing of Delivery May Affect Cerebral Palsy Risk

    Aug. 31, 2010 -- Babies delivered at 37 or 38 weeks -- or at 42 weeks or later -- are at increased risk for cerebral palsy compared to those born at 40 weeks, a study shows. Still, the absolute risk of developing cerebral palsy is considered extremely low. The study is published in the Sept. 1 issue

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  2. Breastfeeding May Lower Moms' Diabetes Risk

    Aug. 27, 2010 -- Breastfeeding for a month or longer appears to reduce a woman's risk of getting diabetes later in life, according to a new study. The breastfeeding and diabetes link has been reported in other studies, according to researcher Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD, assistant professor of medicin

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  3. Probiotics May Reduce Crying From Colic

    Aug. 16, 2010 -- A probiotic supplement may be an option for parents trying to soothe a colicky baby, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Turin, Italy, found that a few daily drops of Lactobacillus reuteri, a bacterium that can help improve digestion, significantly reduced c

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  4. Expert Q&A: Baby Development

    Should my baby be walking by now? Why isn’t my baby talking yet? From day one, thinking about these and other milestones in baby development seems to be part of a parent’s job description. Fortunately, it’s part of a pediatrician’s job description to provide reassurance and answers. WebMD talked to

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  5. Expert Q&A: Meeting Your Baby's Nutrition Needs

    Even if the baby appears hungry and ready, we generally wait until at least four months to give solids. The best evidence right now is that the window for introducing solids is between 4 and 6 months of age. By then, we think babies are mature enough to deal with solid food -- meaning that they’re a

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  6. Expert Q&A: Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

    Even new mothers who seem to sail through the first days of breastfeeding have questions: How do I know if my milk supply is enough for my baby? How long should the baby nurse? What can I do about sore nipples? WebMD talked to Laurel Schultz, MD, a San Francisco-area pediatrician and mother of two b

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  7. Many Car Seat Injuries Occur Outside the Car

    July 6, 2010 -- Car seats are supposed to protect infants from injury during a traffic accident, but they can increase the risk for injury when used inappropriately outside of the car, such as in the home or in a shopping cart, according to a new study. Shital N. Parikh, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon a

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  8. What Influences Your Baby’s Growth?

    A baby's first year is a time of incredible growth. In just the first six months of life, babies will double their birth weight. By the end of their first year, they'll triple their weight. Most babies have their first well-baby visit within the first couple of weeks after they are born. Then they'l

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  9. The ABCs of Formulas

    Babies fuss, cry, spit up, and get gassy. When they have these symptoms frequently, it's up to their parents to figure out what's wrong. Often the first place parents will look for clues is the baby's diet. In their quest to soothe a fussy baby, many parents try changing formulas, assuming that the

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  10. More Than 2 Million Cribs Recalled by 7 Manufacturers

    June 24, 2010 -- More than 2 million cribs are being recalled by Evenflo, Delta, and five other manufacturers. The recall swells to about 9 million the number of drop-side cribs recalled in the last five years, says Consumer Reports safety expert Don Mays. "They outsource the manufacture of these cr

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