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  1. Baby Safety Devices May Go Underused

    May 1, 2006 -- Parents may want to brush up on baby safety devices. A new study shows that certain devices -- specifically, baby gates and bath thermometers -- may not be widely used by parents of babies younger than 6 months old. The study by Winnie Whitaker, MD, and colleagues was presented in San

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  2. Include Dads in Kids' Doctor Visits

    April 3, 2006 -- When babies and kids visit doctors, most dads want to come along, states a study in Pediatrics. The study included 32 fathers of 3-year-olds. More than half of fathers had attended a routine checkup (well-child visits). Most had taken their children to other doctors in the past year

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  3. New Moms Need Time to Heal

    March 28, 2006 -- More than half of new moms in the U.S. work outside the home, and researchers suggest that many are returning to work before their bodies have fully recovered from childbirth. Nashville teacher Andrea da Silva is one of them. Da Silva returned to her classroom of 18 kindergarteners

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  4. New Clue on How Babies Learn Words

    March 22, 2006 -- Babies may learn words before their first birthday but not like older kids do. Experts report that 10-month-old babies can learn new words and usually link those words to interesting objects -- even if those words and objects don't really go together. "Ten-month-olds simply 'glue'

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  5. Studies Short on Soy Formula Risks

    March 17, 2006 -- There is not enough scientific data to determine whether or not soy formula consumed by millions of infants poses a health risk, a government panel concluded Friday. Experts say they have little concern that an estrogen-like substance in soy -- known as genistein -- poses a develop

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  6. Baby Walker Injuries Drop

    March 7, 2006 -- Baby walker injuries are way down -- but the walkers should be on the way out, a new study concludes. Invented some 250 years ago, baby walkers make infants mobile -- too mobile, pediatricians say. From 1990 through 2001, baby walker injuries sent nearly 200,000 U.S. babies to emerg

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  7. Metal in Infant Formula Prompts Recall

    Feb. 22, 2006 -- A batch of Gentlease powdered infant formula is being recalled due to metal particles in a portion of that batch of formula. The recall only applies to 24-ounce cans with the batch code BMJ19 on the bottom of the can, states a news release from the formula's maker, Mead Johnson Nutr

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  8. Death Prompts Renewed Crib Recall

    Feb. 10, 2006 -- Parents and caregivers are being asked to take another look at their baby's crib after a recalled crib has been linked to a child's death. The 19-month-old baby from Oregon died on Jan. 6, 2006, after two of the mattress supports slats came out of his Aspen 3 in 1 Crib, which had be

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  9. Longer SIDS Risk for Premature Babies

    Feb. 7, 2006 -- Premature babies may be at risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) longer than full-term babies, a new study shows. SIDS is the sudden, unexpected death of a baby less than 1 year old with no explanation from a thorough investigation. The new study, published in the Annals of Ep

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  10. Infants and Antidepressant Withdrawal

    Feb. 6, 2006 -- There is growing evidence that babies born to mothers who take antidepressants during pregnancy often experience symptoms of drug withdrawal shortly after birth. In a new study from Israel, about one out of three newborn infants exposed to antidepressants in the womb showed signs of

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