baby health

Time To Hit The Orchard: Study Finds Kids Really Love Apples

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Great news on the first day of fall:  Compared to other fruit, kids are really, really into apples. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics surveyed over 3,000 kids, determining that apples account for 19 percent of the total fruit they're consuming. And this love of apples seems to get stronger with... Read more

Geneticist: New Parents Should 'Roll Their Child On The Floor Of The Subway'

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Parents braving public transportation with their kids come well-equipped with Purell. But a team of geneticists has an unexpected message: Embrace the filth. "I would advise any new parent to roll their child on the floor of the New York subway," says Chris Mason, a geneticist at Weill Cornell Medical College. Mason was part of the Read more

Newborn With Inoperable Brain Tumor Has 'Surpassed Every Expectation' (Photos)

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At just one month old, baby Abigail is showing the world her perseverance. Against all the odds that come with an inoperable brain tumor, she's still here. And while her story probably won't have a happy ending, her parents are demonstrating incredible strength. "[Abigail] has blown us away and surpassed every expectation. God has blessed... Read more

Baby Mason Lost His Leukemia Battle, But Mom's Fight Continues (Watch)

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As Alissa Silva was losing her one-year-old son Mason to leukemia, she made him a promise. And now, with Facebook likes and shares, she's fulfilling it. In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Silva created a Facebook video to raise awareness about childhood cancer, specifically leukemia. With Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" playing in the... Read more

Picky Eating Might Point To Bigger Problems

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Most parents of preschoolers fight a nightly battle at the dinner table. No veggies, nothing squishy and definitely nothing orange. Most of the time, with encouragement and persistence from parents, picky eating is something toddlers grow out of. But how do you know if you need to take it more seriously? After noticing that... Read more

Are Needle-Free Vaccines In Sight?

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You know it's necessary, but watching baby get poked and prodded can be the toughest part about having her vaccinated. New research from Japan might be able to alleviate your pain, both mental and physical. A team from Osaka University created a dissolvable patch to administer flu vaccines. Tiny (painless) microneedles in the patch penetrate... Read more

State of the World's Mothers Report: How Does the US Stack Up?

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Every year, Save the Children releases its State of the World's Mothers Report, ranking 179 countries based on maternal and children's health statistics. Where would you expect the US to fall? Somewhere within the top 10? Try 33. Internationally, disparities between care available for the urban rich and the urban poor are Read more

Is a Cure for SIDS on the Way?

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is one of the most heartbreaking things a parent can experience, especially because so little is known about it. Daniel Rubens, MD, an anesthesiologist at Seattle Children's Hospital and the founder of the SIDS Research Guild, has spent 11 years researching why infants can suffocate in their sleep within minutes,... Read more

Rotavirus Vaccine Prevents Doctor’s Appointments (Millions!)

Since its 2006 debut, the rotavirus vaccine has prevented about 1.5 million health care visits for infants. (Cue victory air horns.) The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of children hospitalized for rotavirus-related diarrhea has decreased substantially, with an impressive 94 percent decrease in the 2009-2010 rotavirus season. The study was published... Read more

Delaying Baby’s Vaccines Is Sometimes Risky (Sometimes Not!) Says Study

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You know there's a recommended vaccine schedule, but did you ever wonder what would happen if you missed one of the recommended shots? Or if you delayed a shot? Well, one of the risks of getting them late is seizures. And a new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics journal... Read more