baby development

What Do You Think of Kristin Cavallari’s Controversial Stance on Vaccinations?

Kristin Cavallari now has something in common with Jenny McCarthy: Vaccinations.

Kristin, who is pregnant with her second child and already a mother to son Camden, 18-months-old, publicly spoke out against vaccinating her children, due to concerns about autism. On Fox's show The Independents, Kristin said that she and husband Jay Cutler are choosing...

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Could Starting Baby on Solids Too Soon Set Her Up for Obesity?

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While obesity rates have been on the rise for the past few years (in 2012, more than one third of kids were overweight or obese), researchers feel they may have found out who's to blame for the startling increase: parents. According to new research performed at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, researchers found that... read more

Study Warns Against Acetaminophen During Pregnancy: Here’s Why

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According to the latest study, researchers are now suggesting that taking acetaminophen during pregnancy could increase baby's risk of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in medicines like Excedrin and Tylenol, has generally been thought to be safe, and more than 50 percent of women in the US take acetaminophen... read more

New Guidelines Say to Use Fluoride Toothpaste On Baby

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A new report from the American Dental Association says that parents shouldn't wait until baby turns two to start brushing his teeth with fluoride toothpaste. The policy change advises that parents use a rice-grain size smear on baby's first front teeth, moving up to pea-sized smears once  toddlers reach the age of three. The... read more

New FDA Rules Will Make Baby’s Formula Safer Than Ever Before

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Hey mom, big changes are coming to baby's formula. After almost twenty years of research, the FDA has finally proposed a  plan that will make sure that your infant's formula is safer and more nutritious. The FDA now has rules in place that ensure that formula manufacturers test their products for salmonella and... read more

What You Need to Know Before You Schedule Those Prenatal Tests

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On Thursday, February 6th, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine will hold its annual meeting known as The Pregnancy Meeting, researchers from around the world to share the latest news, studies and research in the name of maternal-free medicine. One thing they'll be sure to share? The fact that noninvasive prenatal testing detected 83.2 percent of... read more

Moms-to-Be Need Vitamin D More Than Ever During Their First Trimester

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New research revealed just how important ample vitamin D is for mom's health during her pregnancy. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health found that women who are deficient in vitamin D in the first 26 weeks of their pregnancy may be at heightened risk of developing severe preeclampsia.... read more

What Being Born in 2014 (the Year of the Horse!) Will Mean for Baby

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Happy Chinese New Year! Did you know that it’s the Year of the Horse? And according to legend, that can affect baby’s personality -- and even his future career. So here’s the scoop on what your 2014 baby will be like. Saddle up, mama! It’s going to be one heck of a year. The sign... read more

Baby’s Cries — Decoded!

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A scientist from Brown Medical School has found that the acoustics of baby's cries might provide parents with clues about his health. Though in the past studies have shown that the cry of an infant can suggest his medical risks, Linda LaGasse found that if a baby is crying at a higher and more... read more

Whoa! 1 in 5 Pregnant Women Smokes — How It Affects Baby

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Today the March of Dimes is celebrating 50 years of progress in the fight against smoking during pregnancy. In a new report released by the Surgeon General, the organization confirms that babies born to smokers will have a cleft lip and a cleft palate. The report, titled, "The Health Consequences of Smoking --... read more