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The Checkup Archive: Motherhood

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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Teen birth rate hits historic low

The long decline in teen births, which had stalled for two years, seems to be back on track, federal health officials announced Wednesday.

By Rob Stein  | February 2, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Family Health, Kids' health, Motherhood, Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, STDs, Sex, Teens, Women's Health  
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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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One embryo good for IVF, study finds

Embryologist Ric Ross places human embryos onto a petri dish at the La Jolla IVF Lab in La Jolla, Calif. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)) Infertile women undergoing IVF are much more likely to end up with a healthy baby if they only have one embryo transferred during...

By Rob Stein  | December 22, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Kids' health, Motherhood, Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, infertility  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Teen birth rate hits record low , Rob Stein , December 21, 2010
CSPI helps mom sue McDonald's over Happy Meal toys, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 16, 2010
A rare heart disorder that can fell new mothers, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 10, 2010
Babies on diets? Now I've heard it all., Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 2, 2010
Home fertility tests questioned, Rob Stein , October 26, 2010
Could your kid go without Facebook for a month? Could you?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 18, 2010
Do abortions cause depression?, Rob Stein , September 24, 2010
New clues to unnecessary Caesareans, Rob Stein , August 30, 2010
Planning a home birth? Read this first., Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 2, 2010
Do cell phone towers cause cancer?, Rob Stein , June 23, 2010
Is moving a lot bad for kids? , Rob Stein , June 16, 2010
Dads get postpartum depression too , Rob Stein , May 19, 2010
When kids want to eat junk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 4, 2010
"Eating for two"? Think again., Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 16, 2010
What's the big deal about breast-milk cheese?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 11, 2010
Do most marriages last?, Rob Stein , March 3, 2010
IVF babies at risk for stillbirths?, Rob Stein , February 24, 2010
Do IVF babies grow up healthy? , Rob Stein , February 17, 2010
New SIDS clue found, Rob Stein , February 3, 2010
Tuning in to teen pregnancy, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 28, 2010
Chemicals linked to fertility problems, Rob Stein , January 27, 2010
Coming out at midlife, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 7, 2009
Pregnant Women and the Flu, Rob Stein , October 1, 2009
Should Pregnant Women Fly?, Rob Stein , September 24, 2009
Will Down Syndrome Disappear?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 16, 2009
Cure For Childhood Insomnia?, Rob Stein , July 23, 2009
Beware Antibiotics for Ear Infections, Rob Stein , July 16, 2009
Why Are Teen Births Rising?, Rob Stein , June 18, 2009
Nourishing Gifts for Mom, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 8, 2009
Older Moms Linked to Longer Lives, Rob Stein , May 7, 2009
Another Reason to Breastfeed, Rob Stein , April 23, 2009
A Most Unusual Lunch: Placenta, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 13, 2009
Does Baby Fat Lead to Obesity?, Rob Stein , April 2, 2009
Should You Circumcise Your Son?, Rob Stein , March 26, 2009
Older Dads and Their Kids' IQs, Rob Stein , March 12, 2009
Barbie, Mom and Body Image, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 3, 2009
'Late Preterm' Babies Face Surprising Risks, Rob Stein , December 11, 2008
Do C-Sections Make Moms Less Sensitive?, Rob Stein , September 4, 2008
Beware the Bassinet, Rob Stein , July 17, 2008
Pregnant? Eat Chocolate!, Rob Stein , May 8, 2008
 
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