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    1. Infant's BMI May Predict Early Childhood Obesity

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A high body mass index (BMI) in infancy may predict which children are likely to be obese at age 6 years, scientists say. "Our study shows that growth patterns in children who become severely obese by 6 years of ag

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    2. Baby's First Year: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

      New parents tend to fret about lots of things: every fever, every early morning awakening when their baby still isn't sleeping through the night. Elaine Donoghue, MD, FAAP, understands. She's the co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Early Childhood. Her insights might help

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    3. How to Care for Your Baby's Teeth

      When your baby flashes his gummy smile, caring for teeth that have yet to sprout is probably the last thing on your mind. "The surprising thing to a lot of parents is how early you need to start," says Amr Moursi, DDS, PhD, associate professor and chair of New York University's Department of Pediatr

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    4. 60,000 Kids a Year Accidentally Poisoned by Meds

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 60,000 children in the United States are accidentally poisoned by medicines each year, a new report says. That's the equivalent of four busloads of children -- or one every nine minutes -- arriving at emergency dep

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    5. Younger Siblings and Kids' Obesity Risk

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children who have younger siblings before they reach first grade may be less likely to become obese, new research suggests. If they are between the ages of 2 and 4 when a second child arrives, they "are significantly le

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    6. Mom's Smoking May Up Kids' Later COPD Risk

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The children of mothers who smoke heavily may face a much higher risk for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as adults, new research suggests. The finding is based on the tracking of COPD risk among ne

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    7. These Baby Formulas Don't Stop Asthma, Allergies

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents who worry that their baby is at risk of asthma, allergies or type 1 diabetes may turn to special cow's milk formulas touted to lower the risk. But a new review of the data on these "hydrolyzed" infant formula

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    8. Exercise + Classwork May = Better Math Scores

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Schoolchildren may have an easier time learning if exercise is part of their math and spelling lessons, a new study suggests. Dutch researchers found that second- and third-graders given "physically active" lessons did bet

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    9. Teething Makes Babies Cranky, But Not Sick: Review

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teething can make babies miserable, but it rarely causes fevers above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or any other signs of illness, a new review finds. The analysis, published online Feb. 18 in the journal Pediatrics, found that

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    10. Parenthood May Alter Immune System

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While most people know that parenting is a stressful, sleep-depriving undertaking, new research suggests it may also rewire the immune system. The study found that parenting seems to have a more significant effe

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