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    1. Noisy Homes Can Slow a Toddler's Vocabulary

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Background noise can hamper a toddler's ability to learn new words, a new study suggests. "Modern homes are filled with noisy distractions such as TV, radio and people talking that could affect how children learn words a

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    2. Limit Kids' Exposure to Media Violence, Docs Say

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Media violence has become a routine part of the daily lives of American children, and parents, lawmakers and the media should take steps to change that, a leading pediatricians' group recommends. The new policy statement, fro

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    3. Early Preschooler Bedtime, Healthier Weight Later?

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sending preschoolers off to bed early may bring them an unexpected benefit: less chance of obesity when they are teens. So suggests research that compared preschoolers who went to bed at 8 p.m. with same-age kids

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    4. How to Find Help for Your Anxious Child

      Does your 8-year-old daughter worry that you’ll get into a car crash when you drive to work? Does your 10-year-old son become upset and panicky at the thought of meeting new kids at a birthday party? You might be dealing with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is the most common psychiatric disorder affec

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    5. Fewer Allergies in Kids Who Suck Thumb, Bite Nails

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If your kid's nail-biting or thumb-sucking habit drives you nuts, you'll be happy to hear that a new study suggests those habits may have a health benefit. Children who suck their thumb or bite their nails past preschool age

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    6. Ikea Recalls Dressers Due to Tip-Over Danger

        At least 27 million "Malm" chests and dressers have been recalled by Ikea because they can easily tip over onto children, causing serious injuries or death. Three children have been killed after Malm furniture fell on them, NBC News reported. Consumers with the recalled chests and dressers can get

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    7. Baby 'Milestones' May Have Longer-Term Importance

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who learn to stand up relatively early may also do a bit better with attention, memory and learning by the time they are preschoolers, a new study suggests. Experts have known that significant delays in reaching moveme

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    8. Looks-Conscious Teens Trying Risky Supplements

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many teens are turning to risky, unregulated supplements to boost their looks, warns a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. These products -- including protein powders, steroids and diet pills -- are often useless at bes

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    9. Hovering Parents May Harm Kids

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, June 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children with "intrusive" parents who push too hard for good grades may be more prone to become highly self-critical or anxious and depressed, a new study suggests. "When parents become intrusive in their children's live

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    10. When Parenting Styles Differ

      When your parenting style differs from that of your partner, tensions can run high. Take the case of Leigh Henry, 37, of San Antonio, Texas. Leigh doesn't always agree with her husband, Ryan, also 37, on how best to parent their toddler and preschooler. Ryan, an attorney, makes "empty threats," she

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