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  1. Rx Lidocaine for Teething Pain Can Cause Harm: FDA

    June 26, 2014 -- Prescription oral viscous lidocaine 2% solution should not be used to treat infants and children with teething pain because of a serious risk, the FDA says.   "Oral viscous lidocaine solution is not approved to treat teething pain, and use in infants and young children can cause ser

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  2. Parents: Read to Kids Every Day, Doctors Say

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- All pediatricians should encourage parents to read out loud to their children every day, beginning in infancy, to promote literacy and strengthen family ties. That clarion call comes in a new policy statement issued Tue

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  3. Should Your Baby Use a Pacifier?

    When you're a new parent, every decision can seem daunting. Even choosing whether or not to use a pacifier isn't an obvious choice. Aren't you just creating a bad habit that will be hard to break later? Not necessarily, say baby care experts. "Pacifiers are great for soothing a fussy baby and helpin

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  4. Denzel Washington's Greatest Role: Mentor

    Walking to Nathan Hale elementary school in Mount Vernon, N.Y., Denzel Washington passed the construction site for the Boys Club building each morning, anxious to get inside. "I was 5, 6, maybe 7 years old, and I couldn't wait," he recalls. "My mother took me there when it finally opened, and the re

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  5. What Does Bullying Look Like?

    There's a pecking order on the playground, and some children learn early on that one way to get to the top is to become the queen or king of mean. But where does typical kid-nastiness cross the line into bullying? "Currently, there's a lot of confusion about what bullying is. The word is so overused

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  6. Q&A With Alyssa Milano

    Alyssa Milano, 41, the former child star who grew up before our eyes on the television hits Who’s the Boss, Melrose Place, and Charmed, is fully embracing not only adulthood these days, but motherhood, too. Her most-important production at the moment is giving birth to her second baby, a girl, due t

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  7. Does Parent Stress Affect Baby?

    Ever heard this saying? “When mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” It’s a funny phrase, but it’s also true -- babies mirror their parents’ feelings. People say babies are like sponges for a reason: They learn new things at a rapid pace. Not only do they soak up info from the world around them, the

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  8. 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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  9. Infant Gas: How to Prevent and Treat It

    Infant gas is common. It’s normal for your baby to pass gas 13-21 times each day. She may become fussy when extra air gets trapped in her tummy. Gas is generally caused by: Swallowing air Feeding from breast or bottle Sucking a pacifier Crying You may notice your baby has these symptoms: Bloating Bu

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  10. 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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