Parenting - Newborn & Infant

Parenting - Newborn & Infant
Cribs Frequent Cause of Injury for Babies, Toddlers
Nearly 10,000 children are taken to the emergency room each year -– an average of one every hour -- after falling or becoming wedged or caught in cribs, playpens and bassinets, a new study shows.
Colic Remedies: Is TLC Better Than Herbal Tea?
When babies get colic, stressed-out parents often will try almost any remedy, from herbal teas to sugary solutions or infant massage, to stop the constant crying. Now, a new analysis of these popular approaches finds little convincing evidence they work.
Study: Fussy Babies Linked to ADHD Risk
Babies who cry excessively and have difficulty sleeping and feeding may be at increased risk for behavioral problems during childhood, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a study shows.
Moms Are Giving Babies Herbal Supplements, Teas
The first study to look at the use of herbal supplements or medicinal teas in babies finds that about 9% of moms report using these remedies in infants under a year old.
Infant Growth Spurts Tied to More Sleep
New research shows that an increase in the number of sessions of sleep, as well as an increase in total daily hours of sleep, likely means that an infant is experiencing a growth spurt.
Low Vitamin D at Birth Linked to Lung Infections
Newborns with low vitamin D levels have a sixfold higher risk of lung infections with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), Dutch researchers report.
Study: Baby Products Contain Risky Flame Retardants
Four out of five baby products tested in a new study contained potentially toxic flame retardants, including one removed from children's pajamas almost four decades ago.
Infants Use Pure Reasoning to Make Sense of the World
Babies as young as 12 months old can reason and make rational predictions about how novel situations will play out, according to an international team of researchers who study the infant mind.
Breastfeeding Cuts SIDS Risk
Protecting against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) may be yet another benefit of breastfeeding.
New Safety Standards for Cribs Begin Today
New federal rules are now in effect that ban the manufacture and sale of baby cribs with drop-down side rails.
CDC Report: Hospitals Need to Improve Breastfeeding Support
Breastfeeding helps protect babies and mothers from a large number of significant health risks, yet most hospitals in the United States fail to adequately support the practice, according to a new report from the CDC.
Blood Oxygen Test Finds Heart Defects in Newborns
All newborns should get a simple oxygen test to check for serious heart defects before they come home from the hospital, a federal advisory panel says.
Circumcision Rates Are Dropping in the U.S.
Circumcision rates in the U.S. are on the decline, according to a CDC study.
Fatty Acids From Formula or Breastfeeding May Boost Mental Development
Giving premature baby girls formula supplemented with a certain type of fatty acid might lead to better reading and spelling skills at age 10, suggests a small study.
New SIDS Guidelines Say Breastfeeding Lowers Risk
Breastfeeding and up-to-date immunizations can lower infants’ risk of sudden, unexpected death during sleep, according to updated guidelines issued today by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Are Too Many Babies Getting Acid Reflux Drugs?
A children's health expert has noticed an alarming increase in the number of infants being prescribed acid-suppressing drugs to reduce unexplained crying and spitting up.
Fast Baby Weight Gain Predicts Child Obesity
Infants who grow the fastest -- especially in terms of weight -- are more likely to be obese in later childhood. Kids who pass two weight-height percentiles by age 2 are twice as likely to be obese at age 5.
Moms of Preemies Face Health Problems, Too
New research confirms that mothers of very low-birth-weight babies often have long-term medical issues themselves.
Low Vitamin D in Newborns Linked to Wheezing
Infants at age 3 months who had newborn blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D -- a measurement of vitamin D -- below 25 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L) were twice as likely to develop respiratory infections compared with infants who had levels at 75 nmol/L or higher, according to an international study.
Cow Milk Formula Leads to Quicker Weight Gain in Infants
Researchers report that infants fed cow milk formula gained more weight more quickly than infants fed protein hydrolysate formulas, which are also known as hypoallergenic formulas meant for babies who have problems digesting certain proteins. Researchers report that infants fed cow milk formula gained more weight more quickly than infants fed protein hydrolysate formulas, which are also known as hypoallergenic formulas meant for babies who have problems digesting certain proteins.
Infant Formula Investigated in Baby Death
A Lebanon, Missouri infant has died of rare but deadly cronobacter infection often linked to baby formula. The child was fed Enfamil Newborn. Investigators are checking the product as well as other possible sources of infection; no recall has yet been issued.
New Insight on Benefits of Breastfeeding
g for generations and groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life, researchers are finally beginning to get a better handle on exactly what makes breast milk unique and beneficial.
Breastfed Kids May Get Higher Test Scores
Breastfeeding babies for longer than six months may give them a brain boost that lasts well into their school years, a new study suggests, and this benefit may be particularly important for boys.
Predigested Formula May Prevent Diabetes in at-Risk Infants
Infants at risk of type 1 diabetes are half as likely to develop a marker of the disease if fed a predigested formula -- but there's no proof the special formula actually prevents diabetes.
Breastfeeding Moms Don't Sleep Less
New mothers who breastfeed their infants don't lose any more sleep than their formula-feeding counterparts, according to a new study.

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