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  1. Letting Kids Sip Alcohol May 'Send Wrong Message'

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are allowed occasional sips of alcohol are more likely to start drinking by the time they're in high school, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 561 middle school students in Rhode Island for about th

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  2. 9 Breast-Milk Pumping Tips for New Moms

    When you’re a mom who breastfeeds, there may be times you need to be away from your baby. That’s when a breast pump comes in handy! It lets you store milk your little one can drink later, and it signals your body to keep making milk. Never pumped before? These tips will make it easier.   If you’re n

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  3. Breast-Fed Babies May Be Smarter, Richer Adults

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-fed babies may be smarter, better educated and richer as adults, a new study by Brazilian researchers suggests. "Breast-feeding is associated with improved performance in intelligence tests at age 30 and also ha

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  4. Don't Delay School for Summer-Born, Premature Kids

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Delaying the start of school for a year for children with summer birthdays or those born prematurely may lead to worse academic performance later, new British research suggests. "Our study shows that delaying schoo

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  5. Overindulgent Parents, Narcissistic Children?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who think too highly of themselves likely developed their narcissism because their parents put them on a pedestal and doled out unearned praise, a new study claims. Parents who "overvalue" their children -- believin

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  6. Heart Drug Clears Up 'Strawberry' Birthmarks

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The heart drug propranolol (Inderal) appears to be effective in treating "strawberry" birthmarks known as infantile hemangiomas, a new study finds. About 3 to 10 percent of infants develop an infantile hemangioma, the

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  7. Changing From Breast to Bottle Feeding

    Maybe your baby finally learned how to fall asleep on her own, so she doesn't need to nurse at bedtime anymore. Maybe she's less excited about breast milk since you've offered finger foods. Or maybe your plan to pump milk at work every day is tougher than you thought. There are many reasons why you

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  8. How to Switch Your Baby From Bottle to Cup

    Whether you breastfeed, bottle feed, or do a combo of the two, at some point you'll wonder: Is it time to move on to a cup? If you just breastfeed, the easiest switch is to skip bottles entirely and go straight to cups around the 1-year mark, or whenever you decide to stop nursing. If your child hap

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  9. Bottle Feeding and Formula: Expert Q&A

    From how to hold the bottle to how much to feed, new parents have many questions about feeding. Here are some answers from board-certified pediatrician Renee A. Alli, MD, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics in practice in metro Atlanta. What's the best way to choose a formula? Your pediat

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  10. Many Parents Too Quick to Switch Child Car Seats

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly three-quarters of American parents place their children in forward-facing car seats before it's safe to do so, a new study reveals. Guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that a rear

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