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    1. Infant Acetaminophen Dosage Change May Cause Confusion

      Dec. 23, 2011 -- Double check the label on liquid acetaminophen before giving it to a child or infant to avoid giving your child the wrong dose. The FDA is urging parents and caregivers to carefully read the label on liquid acetaminophen marketed to infants and children as a new, less concentrated f

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    2. Taste for Salt May Start in Infancy

      Dec. 21, 2011 -- Offering a baby a french fry, piece of bread, or even a handful of cereal may set him up for a lifelong affinity for salty foods and the health risks that go along with it. A new study shows that babies fed starchy table foods, which often contain added salt, before 6 months of age

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    3. Infant Formula Investigated in Baby Death

      Dec. 22, 2011 -- A Lebanon, Mo. infant has died of cronobacter infection. Previous infant deaths from cronobacter have been linked to powdered baby formula. The Missouri child had been fed Enfamil Newborn purchased at a local Walmart store. Walmart has pulled that lot of Enfamil from its shelves, pe

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    4. Moms of Preemies Face Health Problems, Too

      Dec. 16, 2011 -- Stephanie Breiby describes the months after the birth of her twin sons, Hawthorne and Ethan, as a roller coaster of highs and lows. Born three months prematurely, one weighing 2 1/2 pounds and the other just 2 pounds, the boys remained in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit

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    5. Fast Baby Weight Gain Predicts Child Obesity

      Nov. 8, 2011 -- Babies who gain weight most quickly are at highest risk of obesity later in childhood, a Harvard study finds. Infants who gain the most weight at age 1-6 months are most likely to be obese at ages 5 and 10 years. The risk goes up with the child's starting weight-for-length percentile

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    6. Are Too Many Babies Getting Acid Reflux Drugs?

      Oct. 20, 2011 -- Babies may spit up and cry and fuss for seemingly no reason. But one children's health expert has noticed an alarming increase in the number of infants being prescribed acid-suppressing drugs to reduce unexplained crying and spitting up. In a commentary published in The Journal of P

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    7. New SIDS Guidelines Say Breastfeeding Lowers Risk

      Oct. 18, 2011 -- Breastfeeding and up-to-date immunizations can lower infants’ risk of sudden, unexpected death during sleep, according to updated guidelines issued today by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since 1992, the pediatricians group has been advising parents to place young infants on th

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    8. Fatty Acids From Formula or Breastfeeding May Boost Mental Development

      Sept. 19, 2011 -- Giving premature baby girls formula supplemented with a certain type of fatty acid might lead to better reading and spelling skills at age 10, suggests a small study. In addition, among children fed only formula and no breast milk as babies, those who received supplemented formula

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    9. Circumcision Rates Are Dropping in the U.S.

      Sept. 1, 2011 -- Circumcision rates in the U.S. are on the decline, according to a CDC study. The CDC used three different measurements to estimate the number of newborn male circumcisions. Researchers found that the procedure is somewhat less common today than it was 10 years ago. The report was wr

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    10. Blood Oxygen Test Finds Heart Defects in Newborns

      Aug. 22, 2011 -- All newborns should get a simple oxygen test to check for serious heart defects before they come home from the hospital, a federal advisory panel says. Heart malformations are the most common kind of birth defect. They affect an estimated one out of 100 births worldwide. In 25% of c

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