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The Checkup Archive: Infant health

New data on crib injuries

What hasn't been tallied until this study is the number of non-fatal, but often quite serious, injuries to babies who have been placed in cribs, playpens or bassinets. An average of 26 such injuries per day occurred during the time studied, most (66 percent) involving falls, usually from cribs (83 percent) and most commonly affecting the head or neck (40 percent).

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 16, 2011; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Family Health, Infant health, Kids' health, Motherhood, Parenting, Prevention, Sleep  
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U.K. experts question 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding

Nobody's questioning the value of breastfeeding babies. The benefits of that practice are clear and well-established, the study's authors emphasize. What's less clear is whether all or even most babies benefit from consuming nothing but breast milk until they turn six months old.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 17, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Family Health, Infant health, Kids' health, Motherhood, Obesity, Parenting, Women's Health  
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Nearly all pregnant women harbor potentially harmful chemicals

The first study to measure the number of potentially toxic chemicals in the bodies of pregnant women finds that virtually all harbor multiple contaminants -- many at levels already shown to be harmful to humans.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 14, 2011; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Environmental Toxins, Infant health, Motherhood, Parenting, Reproductive Health, Women's Health  
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Studies show that for kids' ear infections, antibiotics work better than waiting

Being a parent these days sometimes entails this hypocrisy: Yes, I know overuse of antibiotics is creating superbugs that may soon conquer the universe. But please give some to my kid anyway. Now two new studies (bolstered by an accompanying editorial) in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrate what we parents have suspected for years: When it comes to ear infections, antibiotics are in order.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 12, 2011; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Antibiotics, Family Health, General Health, Infant health, Kids' health, Motherhood  
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Pregnancies spaced closely together result in higher autism risk

A paper in the new issue of Pediatrics finds that when siblings are born 12 or fewer months apart, the second child's risk of autism is tripled compared to that of children born a year or more after their older sibling.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 10, 2011; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Autism, Family Health, Infant health, Infectious Disease, Kids' health, Neurological disorders, Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, Vaccinations, Vaccines, Women's Health  
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SIDS deaths rise sharply on New Year's Day

Parents of infants, here's something to take note of as you plan your New Year's celebration. New research shows a sharp spike in the incidence of SIDS deaths on New Year's Day.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Drug Abuse, Family Health, Infant health, Parenting, Sleep  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Drop-side cribs finally outlawed, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 15, 2010
Life expectancy drops in U.S., Rob Stein , December 9, 2010
Babies on diets? Now I've heard it all., Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 2, 2010
Used too long, pacifiers may harm speech, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 18, 2010
Crib recall, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 24, 2010
 
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