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    1. Anesthesia Safe for Infants, Toddlers, Study Says

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- General anesthesia doesn't seem to harm young children's mental development, new research concludes. "A number of animal studies have suggested that exposure to commonly used anesthetic agents in early development could le

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    2. Do Big Bottles Kickstart Infant Weight Issues?

      By Christine Chen HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Feeding babies formula from a big bottle might put them at higher risk for greater-than-normal weight gain and weight-for-length size, a new study suggests. Researchers who assessed 298 babies found bottle size in early i

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    3. What Really Works to Help Baby Sleep

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Common techniques for helping babies -- and parents -- sleep at night seem to carry no long-term harms, a small trial finds. The study tested two methods: "graduated extinction" (also known as "controlled crying") and "bedtim

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    4. Late Dinners Won't Doom Kids to Obesity

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Late suppers may not be a recipe for childhood obesity, a new study shows. Some previous research has suggested that the timing of meals could affect the risk of being overweight or obese, the investigators said. British re

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    5. Extreme 'Preemies' Often Have Lifelong Challenges

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely premature infants often face lifelong challenges, enduring more physical, emotional and social difficulties as adults than their peers born full-term, researchers report. In general, however, these tiny babies g

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    6. Giving Certain Foods Early May Cut Allergy Risk

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have long warned parents to delay introducing certain foods to babies to decrease the risk of a potential allergic reaction, but a new study suggests that strategy probably doesn't help. The study of about 1,400

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    7. Parents Often Keep Leftover Prescription Opioids

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When children are prescribed opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Percocet, for surgery or illness, about half of parents say they keep the leftover medicine on hand. "We found that the amount of pain medication prescri

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    8. How to Manage Your Tot's Screen Time

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As any parent of a preschooler knows, media management can be a minefield of do's, don'ts -- and tantrums. Tablets and other electronic gizmos can provide a child with learning and entertainment, but what works when it's time

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    9. E-Cigarette Poisonings Skyrocket Among Young Kids

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Calls to poison control centers about young children's exposure to e-cigarettes have skyrocketed in recent years, new research shows. And those kids who are exposed seem to suffer worse health effects than those exposed to t

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    10. Harsh Parenting May Harm a Child's Physical Health

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Harsh parenting may leave more than psychological scars, it might also leave lasting physical problems -- such as obesity -- even into young adulthood, new research suggests. And having one kind, caring parent doesn't seem t

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