baby health

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

Baby Mason fight songFacebook
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

picky eaterShutterstock
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?

baby getting a shotShutterstock
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?

save the children newbornGenna Naccache
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?

newborn sleepingShutterstock
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

Photo: Shutterstock/The BumpPhoto: Shutterstock/The Bump
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?

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?

Photo: Thinkstock / The BumpPhoto: Thinkstock / The Bump
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?

Photo: Veer / The BumpPhoto: Veer / The Bump
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