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  1. Babies May Be Soothed by Massage

    Nov. 10, 2006 -- Massage may help infants relax, sleep better, and cry less, shows a study in The Cochrane Library. The researchers included Angela Underdown, MSc, associate professor at the Institute of Education at England's University of Warwick. They reviewed 23 studies on infant massage, mainly

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  2. Why Bed Sharing May Up SIDS Risk

    Nov. 8, 2006 -- Babies who die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) while sharing beds may have a risky sleep profile, a new study shows. SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant under 1 year of age. Its exact cause isn't known. The new study, published in Pediatrics, comes a year aft

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  3. Clue to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

    Oct. 31, 2006 - Researchers have identified a brain defect they think is a major contributor to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The findings provide the strongest evidence yet of a specific neurological cause for SIDS, a little-understood condition that kills roughly 2,500 infants each year in

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  4. Bigger Head, Smarter Baby?

    Oct. 13, 2006 -- A child's intelligence may partly be reflected by how much his or her head grows by age 1. That news comes from researchers in England including Catherine Gale, PhD, of the University of Southampton. "The brain volume a child achieves by the age of 1 year helps determine later intel

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  5. Breastfed Babies Aren't Smarter

    Oct. 3, 2006 -- Do breastfed babies become brainier kids? Some studies say yes, but new research shows no direct link between breastfeeding and intelligence later in life. In the largest study ever to address the issue, researchers found a positive impact for breastfeeding on intelligence only when

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  6. Breastfed Babies Less Overweight

    Sept. 26, 2006 -- Breastfed babies are less likely to grow into overweight children than those fed formula, even if their mothers are obese or have diabetes, research confirms. Exclusively breastfed babies had roughly a 34% reduced risk of being overweight during childhood, compared to children excl

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  7. Naps Help Babies Learn

    Aug. 16, 2006 -- A good nap may not only keep babies from getting cranky; it may also help them learn. A new study suggests napping plays an important role in the learning process by allowing babies to process and retain information they're exposed to while awake. Researchers found 15-month-old babi

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  8. Too Much Baby Fat?

    Aug. 9, 2006 -- America's babies are chubbier than they used to be, according to a new study. The study found a 74% jump in babies newborn to 6 months who are overweight, and a 59% rise in babies at risk of becoming overweight. The estimates are based on information about 120,000 kids up to 6 years

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  9. Breastfed Babies Less Stressed Later?

    Aug. 2, 2006 -- Breastfed babies appear to handle stress stress better a decade later than their bottle-fed peers. The researchers who report that finding in the Archives of Disease in Childhood's Aug. 3 advance online edition aren't ready to give breastfeeding breastfeeding sole credit. It's possib

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  10. Allergy Risk Tied to Early Solid Foods

    July 28, 2006 -- New moms should breastfeed exclusively for six months to help protect their babies against developing food allergies later on, one of the nation's leading allergy and asthma groups says. Solid foods of all types should be avoided for the first six months, and certain items -- like c

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