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  1. Feds Sue Nap Nanny Maker Over Infant Deaths

    Dec. 6, 2012 -- Federal authorities are taking the makers of the Nap Nanny to court for failing to voluntarily recall its product. At least five infant deaths and more than 70 complaints of children falling out of the Nap Nanny baby recliner have been reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commissi

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  2. The Secret to a Longer Life? Children

    Dec. 5, 2012 -- Many parents might good-naturedly scoff at the notion, but a new study shows that being a parent may help you live longer. Danish researchers compared men and women who had children with those who did not to see if the childless were more likely to die early. They were. "Childless co

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  3. 13 Infant Deaths Tied to Sleep Positioners

    Nov. 21, 2012 -- A product marketed to help keep babies safe while they sleep may have the opposite effect. At least 13 infants have died since 1997 while lying in sleep positioners or sleep wedges, a new CDC report shows. The products often claim to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (

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  4. Children's PeaPod Travel Beds Recalled

    Nov. 16, 2012 -- KidCo is recalling 220,000 of its PeaPod and PeaPod Plus travel beds due to possible suffocation and entrapment risks for children. The company announced the voluntary recall today in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Officials say infants and young chi

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  5. Pacifiers Crawling With Germs

    Nov. 2, 2012 -- Just as many parents suspect, pacifiers are a gold mine for germs, a new study shows. The study doesn't show whether any babies got sick from their germy pacifiers. Parents have enough to worry about without stressing about germs on pacifiers, says infectious disease specialist Bruce

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  6. Child Poisonings From Eye Drops, Nose Sprays

    Oct. 25, 2012 -- Over-the-counter eyedrops and nose sprays contain powerful drugs that are poisonous in surprisingly small amounts if swallowed, the FDA warns. Unwary parents often leave these products within easy reach of curious children. From 1997 through 2009, eyedrops injured more than 4,500 ch

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  7. Organic Food for Kids: Worth the Price?

    Oct. 23, 2012 -- Parents who buy organic foods because they think they are more nutritious might be wasting their money, the nation’s largest group of pediatricians says. In a report issued this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is for the first time offering guidance about organic prod

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  8. Teen Birth Rate Hits Historic Low

    Oct. 3, 2012 -- U.S. birth rates are continuing their decline and dropped to just under 4 million births in 2011, according to new CDC statistics. The report also shows that the general fertility rate, or average number of births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, dropped to the lowest level ever

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  9. FDA to Parents: Don't Give SimplyThick to Infants

    Sept. 18, 2012 -- SimplyThick, a beverage thickener for people who have trouble swallowing liquids, should not be mixed with breast milk or infant formula and given to babies, the FDA warns. In babies, SimplyThick may raise the risk of a life-threatening condition marked by inflammation and death of

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  10. Expandable Water Toys Pose Risk to Children

    Sept. 17, 2012 -- Toy balls that expand in water can be fun and fascinating for kids to watch, but if swallowed they can be downright dangerous. A new report published online in the journal Pediatrics warns parents of the health risks of these toys. Doctors from the Texas Children's Hospital in Hous

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