baby health

Rotavirus Vaccine Prevents Doctor’s Appointments (Millions!)

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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

Woman Gives Birth to a 13 Pound Baby Girl — Can You Believe It?

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You're not even going to believe this one! A Pennsylvania mom deserves a Purple Heart after delivering a 13 pound, 12 ounce and 25-inch long baby girl today! Little Addyson Gale Cessna was born via C-section to proud parents Mark and Michelle -- and is the (unofficial) biggest baby the Armstrong County Memorial... read more

Does Baby’s Birth Weight Put Him At Higher Risk for Autism?

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New research, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, has found "the first clear link" between babies who grow to above average size and birth and the risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Following a study of more than 40,000 children's health records in Sweden, a team of researchers from The University of Manchester,... read more

Could Vitamin D Levels and Birth Month Put Your Baby’s Immune System at Risk?

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A new study published in the journal JAMA Neurology concluded that newborn babies' immune systems and vitamin D levels differ depending on which month of the year they were born. The findings of the study help researchers explain why a person's risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) is impacted by their birth month... read more

New Study on Baby Vaccinations May Ease Parents’ Concerns About Autism

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New research concludes that receiving multiple vaccinations does not increase an infants risk of developing autism. Though, research (including an analysis made by the Institute of Medicine) has not found a causal relationship between vaccinations and the developmental disorder, one in every 10 parents still choose to delay or outright refuses to vaccinate their children... read more

New Recommendations Say Babies Should Start on Highly Allergenic Foods Sooner — Moms, Will You?

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In the crazy, confusing and exhausting world of food allergies, new recommendations have been made. Now, parents of babies between 4 and 6 months are advised to introduce highly allergenic foods such as peanut butter, eggs and fish to their developing children. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) released an article in... read more

Breastfeeding and a Vaginal Birth Could Keep Your Newborn Healthier, Study Says

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A new study led by Anita Kozyrskyj, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that babies born by C-section had a different set of microbes in their digestive tracts than babies who were born vaginally. Additionally, the study also determined that breastfed babies had a different makeup of bacteria... read more

Texas Quintuplets Finally Come Home!

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Make way for not one, not two -- but five! -- happy, healthy babies! A Texas family, Gavin and Carrie Jones, welcomed quintuplets into the world on August 9th and the happy family brought home the last of their quints this week! Carrie and Gavin, also parents to a 9-year-old son named Issac,... read more

Home Remedies That Work! Here’s How to Keep Baby Healthy

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Here are a handful of home remedies that will help you soothe your sick child during cold and flu season. Your young child has a bad cold and you’re struggling to make her more comfortable -- you go to the medicine cabinet to find something to provide relief but quickly realize you have... read more