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  1. Expert Q&A: Crying and Colic

    Could your crying baby have colic? What is colic, anyway? And what really works to soothe it? WebMD spoke with mother of two and pediatrician Tanya R. Altmann, MD, FAAP. We talked about colic: what it is, how long it lasts, and what you can do to soothe an upset infant. Colic is when a baby, for no

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  2. Stressed Out? Your Kids May Be, Too

    You're a 21st century parent, which means your to-do list is never-ending. Your idea of relaxing might be checking Facebook during your 10-minute wait in the car-pool line every afternoon. But at least the kids are all right. Right? Maybe not. All that stress you carry around on a daily basis affect

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  3. Why Is It So Hard to Exercise?

    You know you should do it. And you know why: Exercising -- simply put, moving instead of sitting -- is critical for safeguarding your health and setting a good example for your kids. So why does it seem so hard to get yourself moving? The truth is: You can. But knowing how and why to exercise isn’t

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  4. Do You Spend Too Much Time With Your Kids?

    Parents relish time with their kids. But you can overdo it. And that can be unhealthy for you and your children.  So how do you find the right balance? There isn't a set number of hours that qualifies as too much time together. Take a look at your routine.  Are you spending close to every waking hou

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  5. Your Child and Alcohol

    At some point, most likely well before he turns 21, your child will have to make a choice about whether to drink alcohol. Your role as a parent is to prepare him. But first, prepare yourself by learning the facts. 10% of eighth graders say they drank alcohol in the past month. 39% of high school sen

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  6. After Concussion: When Can Your Child Play?

    With their young minds still developing, kids with concussions need to take time-outs -- both mentally and physically -- to fully heal, new research shows. "After a concussion, kids need 3 to 5 days of mental shutdown to let their brain rest and recover," says Michael O'Brien, MD. He's the associate

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  7. Weaning Baby From Bottle to Cup

    Weaning babies from breast- or bottle feeding to a cup usually comes at a busy time in their lives. At the age most babies are ready to wean, they may also be developing their hand-eye coordination, teething, and learning to crawl. And like those milestones, weaning baby can leave you with dozens of

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  8. Co-Sleeping With Your Baby Is Risky

    For some new parents, there's nothing like the feeling of having their baby snuggled next to them in bed to heighten the feeling of closeness. Sharing a bed can also make breastfeeding more convenient. Whatever the reasons, bed sharing (also called co-sleeping) is on the rise. A study reported in JA

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  9. Q&A With Lisa Ling

    Lisa Ling, the globetrotting reporter famed for her curiosity about the plights and pursuits of everyday people, entered the fifth and final season of her investigative series "Our America" on Oprah's OWN network at the end of May. Look for the new mom (to daughter Jett, 1, with husband Dr. Paul Son

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  10. Baby's First Year: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

    New parents tend to fret about lots of things: every fever, every early morning awakening when their baby still isn't sleeping through the night.  Elaine Donoghue, MD, FAAP, understands. She's the co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Early Childhood. Her insights might hel

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