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  1. Praise Kids' Efforts, Not Their Qualities?

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Telling your young children that they are smart may not be all that wise. A new study found that it's probably not helpful for parents to shower their young daughters or sons with commentary meant to boost self-esteem. I

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  2. Birth Rate in 2011 Lowest Ever Reported in U.S.

    Feb. 11, 2013 -- The U.S. birth rate in 2011 was the lowest rate ever reported for the United States, a new study shows. The rate, which is live births per 1,000 women, dropped from 13.0 in 2010 to 12.7 in 2011. In 1950, the rate was 24.1. Overall, there were 1% fewer children born in the U.S. in 20

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  3. Day Care May Not Raise Behavior Woes in Kids

    By Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who send their children to day care may be able to breathe a sigh of relief. New research finds that children in child care do not have an increased risk of behavioral problems. The catch? The new study was conducted in

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  4. Healthy Foods, Happy Tummies

    Does your kid have a tummy ache again? Belly pain affects lots of kids, so your family isn't alone. It’s usually not serious, but it's no fun for kids or their parents. If your child’s pain is really bad or doesn’t go away after a day, he should see a doctor. But for minor tummy aches, a few changes

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  5. Immunity-Boosting Snacks for Kids

    Could the snacks you feed your kids cut their chances of getting sick? Healthy things in everyday foods -- from yogurt to walnuts -- may help boost a kid's natural defenses. "We know that what you eat has a clear impact on your immunity," says Leo A. Heitlinger MD, chair of the American Academy of P

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  6. 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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  7. 17 Kid-Friendly Breakfasts

    Breakfast is key for your child. It refuels them, giving them energy for the day. Weight control may also be easier for breakfast eaters, both as children and later, when they're adults.   Breakfast, or any meal, doesn’t need to be elaborate to be satisfying and nutritious. A bowl of whole-grain cer

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  8. What You Didn't Know About Picky Eaters

    Many preschoolers are picky eaters. They usually outgrow it by age 4 or 5. So, what are the best ways to get them to eat until then? "Let them choose the clothes they wear, not the foods they eat," says Atlanta-based pediatrician Jennifer Shu, MD, co-author of Food Fights . "Kids get so used to mac

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  9. 4 Nutrients Your Child May Be Missing

    Many American children aren't getting enough of four essential nutrients: vitamin D, calcium, fiber, and potassium. You can easily include them in your child’s diet, once you know what they do and how much your child needs. Vitamin D is the hottest vitamin on researchers' radars these days, and most

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  10. 19 Healthy Snacks for Kids

    Kids are snacking more than ever, and as a parent, you've got the power to make those snacks helpful. Yes, they're getting extra calories from snacks. And yes, snacks are often too sugary. Still, some snacking can be good for children -- within limits. “Kids, especially younger ones, have erratic ea

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