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  1. The Importance of Well-Baby Visits

    In your baby's first year, every month brings changes: tiny smiles, budding teeth, and eventually, crawling and walking. During well-baby visits, your pediatrician will check for proper growth and development and answer your questions about eating, sleeping, and vaccinations. The first exam should b

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  2. What to Expect When You're Thinking About Adoption

    "Adoption is created through loss," says Linda Hageman, executive director of adoption services at The Cradle, an Illinois adoption agency. That's a statement you don't often see among the pretty pictures of giggling babies and happy families in adoption brochures. But it's true. The child loses his

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  3. Fisher-Price Recalls Sleepers Due to Mold Risk

    Jan. 8, 2013 -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price are voluntary recalling about 800,000 Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleepers because of concerns about mold.   Mold may develop between the removable seat cushion and the sleeper’s hard plastic frame if it remains wet or isn’t kept clean

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  4. Depressed Dads Affect Their Kids Even Before Born

    Jan. 7, 2013 -- Children whose dads were depressed during the pregnancy are more likely to exhibit emotional and behavioral problems at age 3, new research suggests. The finding comes from an ongoing study of more than 30,000 Norwegian children. When their mothers were nearly halfway through their p

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  5. Kids Use Kitchen Items for Risky Games and Highs

    Dec. 28, 2012 -- Common kitchen items like ground cinnamon and marshmallows are increasingly being used by kids for dangerous choking games and cheap, easy highs, a toxicologist warns. "A lot of these spices and household products are around all year. But during the holidays, kids are out of school.

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  6. Drugs: Are Your Teen’s Friends a Bad Influence?

    If your teen has started to act out and possibly use drugs, it can be tempting to blame their friends. “Even before they start to use drugs, kids will start to gravitate toward other kids who have a favorable attitude about using,” says Joseph Lee, MD, spokesman for the American Academy of Child & A

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  7. Is Your Teen Lying to You?

    Trying to figure out if your teen is lying to you can be tricky. Researchers who study lying and truth-telling among children have found that parents often can't tell when their child is lying. Since trying to catch your teen in a lie is probably a waste of time, family therapists say you're better

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  8. Social Media: What Parents Must Know

    Whether or not you're tweeting or sharing your daily thoughts on Facebook, you have to acknowledge it: Interacting with friends online is a fact of life for your children. "These connections are really integral to the social lives of today's kids," says Caroline Knorr, parenting editor for Common Se

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  9. About 100,000 Water-Expanding Toys Recalled

    Dec. 18, 2012 -- Dunecraft Inc. is voluntarily recalling nearly 100,000 Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H2O Orbs “Despicable Me,” and Fabulous Flowers because of serious risks associated with swallowing these marble-sized toys. The toys absorb water and can increase to more than 400 times their original

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  10. How to Talk to Children About School Shooting

    Dec. 14, 2012 -- As the nation grieves over the horror of the school shooting in Connecticut, parents across the U.S. -- both in Newtown, Conn., and elsewhere -- are struggling with how to help their children through this tragedy. WebMD talked to Leslie Garrard, PsyD, a child psychologist at Miami C

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