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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. What Are Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning?

    June 2, 2014 -- Summer is a time for water fun, but also for a higher risk of drowning. Many people don’t realize that people can drown even after they’re out of the water. It’s a rare phenomenon known as “dry drowning” or “secondary drowning.” To learn more, WebMD spoke with James Orlowski, MD, fro

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  9. U.S. Measles Cases at 20-Year High

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Measles cases in the United States are at a 20-year high so far this year. And nearly all the cases involve unvaccinated U.S. residents who've traveled abroad to countries where the respiratory disease is much more prev

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  10. Dad's Brain May Become More 'Maternal' When He...

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fathers who spend more time taking care of their newborn child undergo changes in brain activity that make them more apt to fret about their baby's safety, a new study shows. In particular, fathers who are the primary car

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