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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Surgeon General Urges Support for Breastfeeding

    Jan. 20. 2011 -- U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, today announced a ''call to action" to support breastfeeding, asking families, communities, health care systems, and employers to make breastfeeding easier for mothers who wish to do so. ''One of the most highly effective preventive measures

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  10. Baby Fat May Predict Early Obesity

    Dec. 31, 2010 -- Chubbiness in babies may be a sign of good health, but it may also be a warning sign of obesity in early childhood. In a newly published study, babies who weighed the most at the age of 9 months tended to be among the heaviest when they reached age 2. The study is among the first to

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