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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Cyber Safety for Kids

      Your seventh-grade son wants to join a social network to swap skateboarding tips with his pals. Your daughter in high school doesn't hang out at the mall with her girlfriends like you once did -- she's too busy posting selfies with them on Instagram. Should you put a stop to this digital dependence?

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    7. Naps May Boost Your Baby's Memory

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies process and preserve memories during those many naps they take during the day, a new study suggests. "We discovered that sleeping shortly after learning helps infants to retain memories over extended periods of time

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    8. Kids With Bedroom Smartphones Sleep Less: Study

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone in a child's bedroom may undermine good sleep habits even more than a TV, new research suggests. A study of more than 2,000 elementary and middle-school students found that having a smartphone or tablet in the bed

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    9. 'Water Birth' Baby Dies of Legionnaires' Disease

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new report on a Texas infant who died from Legionnaires' disease after being born in a whirlpool tub highlights the potential dangers of having a "water birth." It's not clear if the baby was infected with the respira

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    10. Mom, Put Down That Smartphone at Dinner

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Harried mothers who want to stay close with their kids should put aside their smartphones and tablets at the dinner table, a new study suggests. Researchers found that mothers who are regularly distracted by mobile devices

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