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    1. Infant Car Seats May Lower Oxygen Levels

      Aug. 24, 2009 -- Leaving young infants in car seats for extended periods of time may result in low oxygen levels and put them at risk for breathing problems, according to a new study. Researchers say car seats are essential for the safe transportation of infants. But leaving an infant in an upright

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    2. FDA OKs Sabril to Treat Infantile Spasms

      Aug. 21, 2009 -- The FDA announced that it has approved the drug Sabril to treat infantile spasms in children ages 1 month to 2 years and to help treat complex partial seizures in adults. Sabril Oral Solution is the first drug approved in the U.S. to treat infantile spasms, a severe type of seizure

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    3. Teethers Recalled Because of Bacteria Risk

      July 20, 2009 -- Luv N' Care Ltd. of Monroe, La., is voluntarily recalling its gel-filled teethers with the brand names "Nuby," "Cottontails," and "Playschool" due to possible bacterial contamination of the gel inside the teethers. The FDA found Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus circulans bacteria in t

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    4. TV Reduces Young Kids' Language Skills

      June 3, 2009 -- Having a television on within earshot of an infant or young child may interfere with their language development by stifling parent-child interaction and conversation. A new study shows that for every hour spent within earshot of a television, fewer words are spoken by parents to thei

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    5. Trendy Baby Names Tend to Fade Fast

      May 4, 2009 -- Naming your newborn after a rising star may make you coddle and coo, yet such "monikers of the moment" fade a lot faster than they appear. Names deep rooted in culture, however, stick around much longer. So say Jonah Berger and Gael Le Mens, who sifted through more than 100 years of i

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    6. Breastfeeding Cuts Moms' Heart Risk

      April 21, 2009 -- Breastfeeding cuts a woman's risk of heart disease and diabetes long after her infant has grown up, new data strongly suggest. Pregnancy increases a woman's risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. But breastfeeding cancels out this risk, says Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD, assista

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    7. Rocket Fuel Chemical Found in Infant Formula

      April 3, 2009 -- CDC scientists have found a chemical called perchlorate in samples of powdered infant formula. Perchlorate occurs naturally in the environment; it's also made for use in rocket propellant, explosives, fireworks, and road flares. Perchlorate has been found in drinking water in some a

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    8. Baby's Weight Gain Tied to Later Obesity

      March 30, 2009 -- Babies who gain weight quickly in the first six months of life may be more likely to be obese by age 3, according to a new study. "There is increasing evidence that rapid changes in weight during infancy increase children's risk of later obesity," says researcher Elsie Taveras, MD,

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    9. Fall Risk Prompts High Chair Recall

      March 25, 2009 -- Fisher-Price is recalling about 24,000 of its 3-in-1 High Chair to Boosters, which convert from a high chair to a toddler booster seat, because of a fall risk. The seat can fall backward from the high chair frame if the booster-seat release is unlatched while the child is in the pr

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    10. Report: Toxins Common in Baby Products

      March 12, 2009 -- You aren’t likely to see the chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane listed on the labels of baby bath products, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there, a consumer group is warning. More than half of children’s bath soaps, shampoos, lotions, and other personal care products tested

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