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  1. When Smartphone Is Near, Parenting May Falter

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Mealtime is supposed to be family time, but a new study suggests that ever-present smartphones are impeding parent-child communication at the table. Researchers who observed more than 50 family-type groups eating out foun

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  2. State's Flu Shot Rule for Preschoolers

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A Connecticut law requiring flu shots for children entering preschool or daycare has reduced flu-related hospitalizations of young children by 12 percent, according to a new study. In the United States, Connecticut, Ne

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  3. Baby 'Sleep Machines' Could Damage Hearing: Study

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some of the "sleep machines" marketed to soothe infants seem capable of generating enough noise to potentially damage a baby's hearing, a new study suggests. The popular devices promise to help infants fall asleep and stay as

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  4. TV in Child's Bedroom Tied to Weight Gain

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children who have a TV in their bedroom are likely to gain weight. But kids who play active video games might lose unwanted pounds, according to two new studies. "In an age of widespread childhood and adolescent obesity,

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  5. Kids Born to Older Dads and Mental Health Risk?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to older fathers are at higher risk for various psychiatric and learning problems than once thought, a large new study suggests. Among more than 2 million children born in Sweden, researchers found that

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  6. Retail Clinics for Kids: No Sub for Pediatricians

    Feb. 25, 2014 -- Like many busy parents, Ellen Hoffman likes the convenience of the MinuteClinic, a handful of which can be found in CVS pharmacies within a few miles of her home in Bethesda, MD. Her two daughters, 14 and 12, often get ear infections or colds that are going around. “I used to take t

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  7. Graco Recalls Millions of Child Car Seats

    Feb. 12, 2014 -- About 3.7 million child car seats are being recalled by Graco due to potential problems with harness buckles. The red release button in the center of the harness can become hard to open or can get stuck, which can make it difficult or impossible to remove a child quickly in an emerg

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  8. Sources of Caffeine for Kids Increasing

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For today's kids, caffeine in coffee, soda and energy drinks is easier to get than ever before, a new U.S. government study finds. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that children

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  9. Don't Pressure Preschoolers to Overeat: Experts

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Feb. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young children will better learn to recognize when they're full if they serve themselves instead of being given a plate with food already on it, a new study reveals. Researchers examined the feeding practices among childr

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  10. Blood Sugar Monitoring System Approved for Children

    By Scott Roberts HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Monitoring System has been expanded to include children with diabetes aged 2 years to 17 years, the agency said. Previously approved for adult

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