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    1. SIDS Risk: More Than 'Sleeping Environment'

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A baby's sleeping environment is not the whole story when it comes to the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a new analysis affirms. Each year, about 3,500 infants die suddenly in the United States from no obvious

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    2. Dogs May Ease a Child's Fears

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Nov. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The companionship of a dog may lower a child's anxiety levels, a new study suggests. The researchers looked at almost 650 children aged 18 months and older who were screened for anxiety. Of those children, 58 percent had a

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    3. Obesity in Youth May Harm the Heart Long-Term

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that even if overweight or obese young women slim down later on, obesity-linked damage to the heart may linger for decades. The research shows that even formerly overweight women remain at heightened r

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    4. Ban Crib Bumpers Because of Rising Deaths: Study

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Infant deaths linked to crib bumpers have spiked in recent years in the United States, leading researchers to urge a ban on the padded bedding accessories. Bumper-related crib deaths tripled from 2006 to 2012, compared with

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    5. Sleep Tips for Kids of All Ages

      One of the most important things you can do for your children is to make sure they get enough sleep. "It's almost like another vaccine we can give our kids to help them fight off illness and promote physical well-being," says Cora Breuner, MD, of the American Academy of Pediatrics. That doesn't just

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    6. Safe Weight Loss for Overweight Kids

      If your child is overweight, chances are you want to help him get healthy. But sometimes that means ignoring popular diet advice. Often, what works for adults may not be best for kids. “Children have their own set of nutritional needs for healthy growth and development,” says Tamara Melton, a dietit

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    7. How to Talk to Your Child About Weight

      “Am I fat?” They’re three words no parent wants to hear. But your child may say them -- or ask another weight-related question -- at some point. The truth is, most kids think about weight. Girls as young as age 6 worry about being “too fat.” And research shows most adolescent and teen boys are worri

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    8. Go to Bed! How to Get Teens to Get Enough Sleep

      Between school, peer pressure, sports, friends, and hormones, teens have a lot on their plates. On top of all that, research shows that many of them are constantly sleep deprived, which is bad news for their physical and mental health. It may seem like your teen is wired to stay up late every night

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    9. Breastfeeding May Lower This Risk for Some Women

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests another potential benefit for moms who breast-feed -- a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study found that breast-feeding for more than two months was linked to around a 50 percent reduction

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    10. Can Toddlers Be Overweight?

      For parents, it’s usually a good sign when a baby gains weight. It means they’re healthy and growing. But how early is too early to wonder if your child is too heavy? The truth is that toddlers can be overweight, and it’s not always easy for parents to tell if they are. So it’s important to check in

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