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  1. Yuck! What’s Really in Your Swimming Pool?

    July 1, 2015 -- That sparkling blue water looks cool and inviting on a scorching summer day. But do you really know what you’re getting when you dive in the pool? Let’s try pee and poop for starters. And if you think chlorine totally protects you from that and other yucky stuff, think again. “People

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  2. Breast-Feeding May Have Dental Benefits for Kids

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The more babies breast-feed, the less likely it is that they will develop any kind of misalignment in their teeth later on, a new study shows. But pacifiers can negate some of that potential benefit, even if the children are

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  3. Superior Visual Ability Seen in Kids With Autism

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Exceptional visual perception might be an early hallmark of autism, which could help predict a child will be diagnosed with the developmental disability, a new British study suggests. Infants who more quickly perceived a m

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  4. Babies Who 'Resettle' on Their Own Sleep Better

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Infants who "resettle" after waking up are more likely to sleep through the night, a new study suggests. British researchers made overnight infrared video recordings of just over 100 infants when they were 5 weeks and 3

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  5. 'Fracking' Linked to Low Birth Weight Babies

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Living close to a high number of "fracked" natural gas wells may be linked to an increased risk of having a lower birth weight baby, according to a new study of Pennsylvania birth rates. High-volume hydraulic fracturing

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  6. Antidepressants in Pregnancy and Risk to Baby

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born to mothers taking antidepressants in late pregnancy may be slightly more likely to develop a rare circulation disorder, a new study suggests. However, the increased risk of the disorder -- known as persistent pul

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  7. Breast-feeding May Lower Risk of Child Leukemia

    By Carrie Myers HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-feeding -- even for a short time -- may lower a baby's later risk of childhood leukemia, a new study suggests. The researchers found that babies breast-fed for at least six months appear to have a 19 percent lower ris

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  8. Does Parent Stress Affect Baby?

    Ever heard this saying? “When mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” That saying can ring true because your baby’s feelings are likely to mirror yours. People say babies are like sponges. They soak up information from the world around them and learn things at a fast pace. They’re also watching you.

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  9. Expert Q&A: Crying and Colic

    Why is my baby crying? Could it be colic? What can I do? These are questions just about every new parent has. To get the answers, WebMD spoke with Renee A. Alli, MD, a mother and pediatrician in Dunwoody, GA. Here, Alli explains the ups and downs of fussy babies, including what may rev up your infan

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  10. Infant Gas: How to Prevent and Treat It

    Babies can be pretty gassy. It’s common for them to pass gas 13-21 times each day! Why so gassy? Infants have plenty of opportunities to swallow air, like when they: Feed from a breast or bottle Suck a pacifier Cry So how can you tell if it's gas or something else? "If your baby is generally happy a

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