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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. New Policy Supports Choice for Male Circumcision

    Aug. 27, 2012 -- The nation’s pediatricians are changing their stance on male circumcision, again. This time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says they want parents to know that the benefits of the procedure outweigh its small risks. But they stop short of recommending the surgery, which re

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  8. Anesthesia May Harm Children's Brains

    Aug. 20, 2012 -- A new study is raising fresh concerns about the use of general anesthesia in young children. Recent studies have suggested that anesthetic drugs may increase the risk for learning disabilities and behavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but only

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  9. Antibiotic Use in Infants May Raise Obesity Risk

    Aug. 21, 2012 -- Taken together, two new studies point to a potentially new culprit in the obesity epidemic: antibiotic use. Antibiotics, especially when taken by infants less than 6 months old, may shift the balance of bacteria in the gut and may set the stage for obesity. The first study, which ap

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  10. More Self-Control as a Child, Lower BMI as Adult?

    Aug. 16, 2012 -- Children who show self-control in the face of temptation may be less likely to have weight problems as adults. In a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, 4-year-olds participated in a test measuring self-control between 1968 and 1974. Kids were asked to choose between an imm

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