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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Docs Should Give Toddlers Fluoride Treatments: Panel

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care doctors should start playing a more prominent role in dental care for children, according to new recommendations from the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Specifically, the task force suggeste

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  8. Why Is It So Hard to Exercise?

    You know you should do it. And you know why: Exercising -- simply put, moving instead of sitting -- is critical for safeguarding your health and setting a good example for your kids. So why does it seem so hard to get yourself moving? The truth is: You can. But knowing how and why to exercise isn’t

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  9. 'Breast Milk Banks' Gain in Popularity

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A wave of new nonprofit breast milk banks are opening across North America, driven by research that has promoted the use of donated mother's milk for healthy babies. Five new milk banks are expected to open this year i

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  10. Spanking May Be More Common Than Parents Admit

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Ask any busy parent of preschool children: Early evening can be a stressful time. Now a small new study that audiotaped families soon after they returned home from work and day care suggests that spanking is surpr

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