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    1. Music Might Give Babies' Language Skills a Boost

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Can listening to music boost your baby's brainpower? Maybe, at least in specific ways. A new study suggests that listening to music with a waltz-like rhythm -- a difficult form of rhythm for infants to comprehend -- and t

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    2. Babies Fed Rice-Based Cereals Have Higher Arsenic

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Parents commonly give rice to their babies as a first food. Now, researchers say infants fed rice-based foods may have significantly higher "inorganic" arsenic concentrations in their urine than babies who never eat ric

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    3. Infant's BMI May Predict Early Childhood Obesity

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A high body mass index (BMI) in infancy may predict which children are likely to be obese at age 6 years, scientists say. "Our study shows that growth patterns in children who become severely obese by 6 years of ag

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    4. These Baby Formulas Don't Stop Asthma, Allergies

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents who worry that their baby is at risk of asthma, allergies or type 1 diabetes may turn to special cow's milk formulas touted to lower the risk. But a new review of the data on these "hydrolyzed" infant formula

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    5. Teething Makes Babies Cranky, But Not Sick: Review

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teething can make babies miserable, but it rarely causes fevers above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or any other signs of illness, a new review finds. The analysis, published online Feb. 18 in the journal Pediatrics, found that

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    6. Steroids May Help More Than Just Premature Babies

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Giving steroids to pregnant women at risk for late preterm delivery may reduce the risk of severe respiratory problems in their babies, a new study finds. The study included more than 2,800 pregnant women with a high risk

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    7. Less Than Half of U.S. Babies Get Flu Vaccine: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Only about four out of 10 U.S. babies aged 6 months to 23 months are getting vaccinated against the flu, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Between the 2002-2003 and 2011-2012 flu seasons, the number of infants w

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    8. Stomach Birth Defect Rate Increased Over 2 Decades

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A birth defect involving the stomach called gastroschisis has been increasing among U.S. infants for decades, and more than doubled among young, black mothers over an 18-year period, federal health officials report. Ba

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    9. Newborn Withdrawals Tied to Prenatal Painkillers

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More babies are being born with drug withdrawal syndrome, possibly due to increased use of powerful prescription painkillers by pregnant women, according to the director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse. It's

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    10. Infant Delivery, Feeding Can Affect Gut Bacteria

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A vaginal birth and breast-feeding make a notable difference in the bacterial composition of an infant's gut, according to new research. At issue is the gastrointestinal makeup of the microbiome, the collection of microbes ma

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