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  1. Breastfeeding 4-6 Months Lowers Babies' Illness Risk

    June 21, 2010 -- Babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first four months of life and partially thereafter have a reduced risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, but six months on the breast alone is even better, new research indicates. Researchers in the Netherlands analyzed ques

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  2. Sugar Water Eases Vaccine Pain for Babies

    May 27, 2010 -- We know that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, and now new research shows it may also take some of the ouch out of your infant's routine shots. The findings, which appear in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, show that infants up to 1 year of age shed fewer tears and

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  3. Breastfeeding Cuts Fever Risk After Vaccines

    May 17, 2010 -- Infants who are exclusively breastfed are less likely to run fevers after their routine immunizations than infants who are partially breastfed or only receive formula, a new study shows. As many moms can attest, babies can become very fussy and develop fevers after routine vaccinatio

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  4. Simplicity, Graco Cribs Recalled

    April 29, 2010 -- Certain Simplicity and Graco cribs are being recalled because of the risk of entrapment, suffocation, and strangulation. One child's death has been linked to a recalled Simplicity crib, and there have been 112 other cases of problems with the recalled Graco and Simplicity cribs, ac

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  5. Moms Heed Advice on Baby Sleep Position

    April 5, 2010 -- The more mothers hear from doctors, family, and the media about putting their babies to sleep on their backs, the more likely they are to follow the potentially lifesaving advice. In contrast, mothers who don’t hear this advice or think their babies are uncomfortable or more likely

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  6. Talking Early to Babies Helps the Brain

    March 26, 2010 -- Words may have special meaning for babies long before they are able to speak. A new study suggests talking to babies as young as 3 months old influences their cognitive development and helps the brain learn to form categories. Researchers found infants who learned to associate word

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  7. Breastfeeding Rates Vary by Race, Region

    March 25, 2010 -- Breastfeeding rates in the U.S. not only vary by race and ethnicity, but geography also plays a role. Nationwide, 54.4% of African-American mothers, 74.3% white mothers, and 80.4% of Hispanic mothers attempted to breastfeed, according to a CDC telephone survey. But the numbers shif

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  8. 1 Million Baby Slings Recalled

     March 24, 2010 -- On the heels of a warning that baby slings can kill infants, Infantino LLC has recalled 1 million of the products in the U.S. and 15,000 in Canada. At least three children died in these slings in 2009: a 7-week-old in Philadelphia, a 6-day old infant in Salem, Ore., and a 3-month-

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  9. CDC: Babies Don't Get Enough Vitamin D

    March 22, 2010 -- As few as one in five formula-fed babies and one in 20 breastfed babies are getting as much vitamin D in their diets as the nation's leading pediatricians' group now calls for, the CDC says. In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics doubled its recommended daily intake of the vit

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  10. Infant Deaths Spur Baby Sling Warning

    March 12, 2010 - After a spate of infant suffocation deaths, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning parents to think twice before putting infants under 4 months of age into baby slings. The CPSC is conducting a full investigation of the once-again-trendy baby carriers. There's been

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