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  1. Kids on Tight Schedules May Lose Out, Study Says

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Which approach to parenting is best: tiger mom or free range? A new study suggests that kids may need a little more latitude with their free time instead of having their days packed with lessons, sports and structure

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  2. Kids With Same-Sex Parents Score High in Health

    July 7, 2014 -- Children of same-sex parents are healthier and happier than children in the general population, a new study says. Researchers surveyed 500 children of same-sex parents in Australia. About 80 percent of the youngsters had female parents and about 18 percent had male parents, the Washi

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  3. Glaucoma Can Affect Babies, Too

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When Olivia Goree noticed something just "wasn't right" about her 6-week-old son's eyes, she trusted her instincts and took him to the doctor. What she never expected was the diagnosis: glaucoma. "I was really surprised," r

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  4. Your Daughter’s First Period: Help Her Be Ready

    Many women probably remember when and where they got their first period. A lot of us probably also wish we’d been a little more prepared.  If your daughter is approaching her first period, how can you help her be ready without embarrassing her -- and yourself? Make an action plan so you’re both read

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  5. Rx Lidocaine for Teething Pain Can Cause Harm: FDA

    June 26, 2014 -- Prescription oral viscous lidocaine 2% solution should not be used to treat infants and children with teething pain because of a serious risk, the FDA says.   "Oral viscous lidocaine solution is not approved to treat teething pain, and use in infants and young children can cause ser

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  6. Parents: Read to Kids Every Day, Doctors Say

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- All pediatricians should encourage parents to read out loud to their children every day, beginning in infancy, to promote literacy and strengthen family ties. That clarion call comes in a new policy statement issued Tue

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  7. Pacifiers: In or Out?

    Parents have relied on pacifiers for ages to calm crying infants. But are they really best for a baby? Here’s a look at the plusses and pitfalls. Some of the good things pacifiers can do for your baby -- and you -- include: Lower SIDS risk. Pacifier use during nap or nighttime can prevent sudden inf

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  8. Infant Gas: How to Prevent and Treat It

    Infant gas is common. It’s normal for your baby to pass gas 13-21 times each day. She may become fussy when extra air gets trapped in her tummy. Gas is generally caused by: Swallowing air Feeding from breast or bottle Sucking a pacifier Crying You may notice your baby has these symptoms: Bloating Bu

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  9. Does Parent Stress Affect Baby?

    Ever heard this saying? “When mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” It’s a funny phrase, but it’s also true -- babies mirror their parents’ feelings. People say babies are like sponges for a reason: They learn new things at a rapid pace. Not only do they soak up info from the world around them, the

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  10. 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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