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    1. Noisy Homes Can Slow a Toddler's Vocabulary

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Background noise can hamper a toddler's ability to learn new words, a new study suggests. "Modern homes are filled with noisy distractions such as TV, radio and people talking that could affect how children learn words a

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    2. Limit Kids' Exposure to Media Violence, Docs Say

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Media violence has become a routine part of the daily lives of American children, and parents, lawmakers and the media should take steps to change that, a leading pediatricians' group recommends. The new policy statement, fro

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    3. Early Preschooler Bedtime, Healthier Weight Later?

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sending preschoolers off to bed early may bring them an unexpected benefit: less chance of obesity when they are teens. So suggests research that compared preschoolers who went to bed at 8 p.m. with same-age kids

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    4. Fewer Allergies in Kids Who Suck Thumb, Bite Nails

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If your kid's nail-biting or thumb-sucking habit drives you nuts, you'll be happy to hear that a new study suggests those habits may have a health benefit. Children who suck their thumb or bite their nails past preschool age

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    5. Ikea Recalls Dressers Due to Tip-Over Danger

        At least 27 million "Malm" chests and dressers have been recalled by Ikea because they can easily tip over onto children, causing serious injuries or death. Three children have been killed after Malm furniture fell on them, NBC News reported. Consumers with the recalled chests and dressers can get

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    6. Looks-Conscious Teens Trying Risky Supplements

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many teens are turning to risky, unregulated supplements to boost their looks, warns a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. These products -- including protein powders, steroids and diet pills -- are often useless at bes

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    7. Baby 'Milestones' May Have Longer-Term Importance

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who learn to stand up relatively early may also do a bit better with attention, memory and learning by the time they are preschoolers, a new study suggests. Experts have known that significant delays in reaching moveme

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    8. Hovering Parents May Harm Kids

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, June 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children with "intrusive" parents who push too hard for good grades may be more prone to become highly self-critical or anxious and depressed, a new study suggests. "When parents become intrusive in their children's live

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    9. Behavior Woes Hamper More Boys vs. Girls in School

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Behavior problems are more likely to hold boys back in school than girls, a new study shows. "When I compared 4- and 5-year-old boys and girls who had the same levels of behavior problems -- including difficulty sustain

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    10. Drowning Myths: What to Know Before You Dive In

      June 20, 2016 -- More than 10 people a day die from drowning in the U.S. As more of us spend time around pools, lakes, and oceans this summer, experts say the numbers could be minimized with a better understanding of how drowning happens, who is most at risk, and why. WebMD asked four experts to deb

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