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  1. Nearly Half of Infants Have Flat Spots on Heads

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Putting babies on their backs to sleep has sharply cut the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but it has also left nearly half of infants with a flattened heads, a new Canadian study estimates. Researchers found that 47 pe

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  2. A Little Formula Might Help Breast-Feeding for Some Babies

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- Giving small amounts of infant formula to newborns who experience significant weight loss can increase the length of time that they are breast-fed, according to a new study. New mothers do not immediately produce high volumes of

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  3. Treatment May Prevent Wheezing in Pre-Term Babies

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- Many pre-term babies suffer recurrent episodes of wheezing. Now, researchers say a common infection is a likely culprit and they may be able to prevent the breathing problems. Wheezing episodes in late pre-term babies often are

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  4. Babies Born Even Slightly Early May Lag Behind

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- Many women choose to have labor induced or to have an elective Cesarean delivery before the full term of their pregnancy is up, but a new study suggests their child's development may suffer if they are born even a little ear

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  5. Birth Rate in 2011 Lowest Ever Reported in U.S.

    Feb. 11, 2013 -- The U.S. birth rate in 2011 was the lowest rate ever reported for the United States, a new study shows. The rate, which is live births per 1,000 women, dropped from 13.0 in 2010 to 12.7 in 2011. In 1950, the rate was 24.1. Overall, there were 1% fewer children born in the U.S. in 20

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  6. Depressed Dads Affect Their Kids Even Before Born

    Jan. 7, 2013 -- Children whose dads were depressed during the pregnancy are more likely to exhibit emotional and behavioral problems at age 3, new research suggests. The finding comes from an ongoing study of more than 30,000 Norwegian children. When their mothers were nearly halfway through their p

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  7. Feds Sue Nap Nanny Maker Over Infant Deaths

    Dec. 6, 2012 -- Federal authorities are taking the makers of the Nap Nanny to court for failing to voluntarily recall its product. At least five infant deaths and more than 70 complaints of children falling out of the Nap Nanny baby recliner have been reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commissi

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  8. 13 Infant Deaths Tied to Sleep Positioners

    Nov. 21, 2012 -- A product marketed to help keep babies safe while they sleep may have the opposite effect. At least 13 infants have died since 1997 while lying in sleep positioners or sleep wedges, a new CDC report shows. The products often claim to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (

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  9. Teen Birth Rate Hits Historic Low

    Oct. 3, 2012 -- U.S. birth rates are continuing their decline and dropped to just under 4 million births in 2011, according to new CDC statistics. The report also shows that the general fertility rate, or average number of births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, dropped to the lowest level ever

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  10. FDA to Parents: Don't Give SimplyThick to Infants

    Sept. 18, 2012 -- SimplyThick, a beverage thickener for people who have trouble swallowing liquids, should not be mixed with breast milk or infant formula and given to babies, the FDA warns. In babies, SimplyThick may raise the risk of a life-threatening condition marked by inflammation and death of

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