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  1. Study: Baby Products Contain Risky Flame Retardants

    May 18, 2011 -- Four out of five baby products tested in a new study contained potentially toxic flame retardants, including one removed from children's pajamas almost four decades ago. The products, which were not identified by brand, included nursing pillows, changing pads, portable crib mattresse

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  2. Antibiotic Use May Be Linked to Kids' Asthma Risk

    May 16. 2011 -- Infants who take antibiotics during the first year of life may be at a slightly increased risk of developing asthma by age 18, a study shows. The study also suggests a similar risk of asthma for children whose mothers took antibiotics during pregnancy. The study appears online in Ped

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  3. Low Vitamin D at Birth Linked to Lung Infections

    May 10, 2011 -- Newborns with low vitamin D levels have a sixfold higher risk of lung infections with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), Dutch researchers say. RSV is the major cause of serious lung infections in infants. During the first 12 months of life, it's the most common cause of bronchioliti

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  4. Bottle Feeding at Age 2 Raises Obesity Risk

    May 5, 2011 -- Kids who regularly use a bottle at age 2 are more likely to be obese by the time they’re ready for kindergarten than those who switch to cups at younger ages, a study shows. Current guidelines, which were written to help prevent tooth decay, recommend that babies stop bottle feeding a

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  5. FDA Warns About Teething Medication

    May 5, 2011 -- The FDA has issued a warning to consumers about the use of benzocaine, the main ingredient in over-the-counter liquids and gels used to reduce teething pain in very young children. Benzocaine is associated with a rare but serious condition called methemoglobinemia, which greatly reduc

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  6. Infant Growth Spurts Tied to More Sleep

    May 2, 2011 -- It has often been thought that an infant’s sleeping patterns are related to his or her growth, but this theory was never documented until now. New research in the May 1 issue of Sleep shows that an increase in the number of sessions of sleep, as well as an increase in total daily hour

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  7. Moms Are Giving Babies Herbal Supplements, Teas

    May 2, 2011 -- The first study to look at the use of herbal supplements or medicinal teas in babies finds that about 9% of moms report using these remedies in infants under a year old. The study, which is based on a nationwide survey of new mothers conducted by the CDC and the FDA, found that moms w

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  8. Colic Remedies: Is TLC Better Than Herbal Tea?

    March 28, 2011 -- When babies get colic, stressed out parents often will try almost any remedy, from herbal teas to sugary solutions or infant massage, to stop the constant crying. Now, a new analysis of these popular approaches finds little convincing evidence they work. Although some encouraging r

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  9. Cribs Frequent Cause of Injury for Babies, Toddlers

    Feb. 17, 2011 -- Nearly 10,000 children are taken to the emergency room each year -- an average of one every hour -- after falling or becoming wedged or caught in cribs, playpens, and bassinets, a new study shows. “It’s certainly a very common source of injury,” says study researcher Gary A. Smith,

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  10. Infant Deaths Spur Video Baby Monitor Recall

    Feb. 11, 2011 -- Two infant strangulation deaths and one close call have led to the recall of 1.7 million Summer Infant video baby monitors. Various monitor brands caused the deaths of seven babies when cords were left too close to kids. This spurred an October 2010 warning from the Consumer Product

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