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Spoon-Feeding Not Necessarily Safer for Infants

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FRIDAY, Dec. 15, 2017 – When babies are ready to eat solid foods, those who feed themselves some finger foods are no more likely to choke than babies who are spoon-fed, new research found. The British study involved more than 1,100 mothers with babies 4 to 12 months old. The women reported how they introduced solid foods to their child, what foods they gave their baby and whether the baby had ever choked while eating. There was no difference in the frequency of choking incidents among babies who were allowed to feed themselves some finger foods and those who were strictly spoon-fed, the study found. Babies today often are introduced to solid foods when they're about 6 months old – a few months later than what was once common, according to the study's authors. Research has shown that waiting longer to offer solid foods can help reduce the risk for certain health issues, such as ... Read more

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Mom-to-Be's High Blood Sugar May Raise Baby's Odds for Heart Defects

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FRIDAY, Dec. 15, 2017 – It's long been known that diabetes in pregnancy raises the odds for congenital heart defects. But new research shows that the threat may also extend to women who simply have high blood sugar levels – not just full-blown diabetes. "This finding may have a profound effect on how pregnant women are screened and treated – not only for diabetes, but also for elevated blood sugar levels during pregnancy," said Dr. Barry Goldberg, a child heart specialist who reviewed the new study. He's chief of pediatric cardiology at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y. As Goldberg explained, "congenital heart disease occurs when the heart fails to develop normally during fetal life. It is the most common birth defect, affecting approximately eight out of every 1,000 births, or about 1 percent. While many defects are mild, others can be devastating and life-threatening." It was ... Read more

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Zika Babies Facing Increasing Health Problems With Age

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THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 – Most children born with brain abnormalities caused by the Zika virus are facing severe health and developmental challenges at 2 years of age, a new study suggests. These problems may include seizures, an inability to sit independently as well as problems with sleep, feeding, hearing and vision, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their findings come from a study of 19 Zika-infected children in Brazil, the epicenter of a Zika outbreak that began in 2015. Most of the children were found to have problems in multiple areas as a result of prenatal exposure to the mosquito-borne virus, the researchers reported. "Children severely affected by Zika virus are falling far behind age-appropriate developmental milestones, and their challenges are becoming more evident as they age," CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said in ... Read more

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Nearby Fracking Linked to Low Birth Weights

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – Newborn babies face a greater risk of health problems if they live close to a "fracking" site, a new large-scale study contends. Women were 25 percent more likely to deliver low birth weight babies after hydraulic fracturing operations commenced within a half-mile of their homes, said the study's lead researcher, Janet Currie. She directs Princeton University's Center for Health and Well-Being. Low birth weight babies have a greater risk for infant mortality, asthma and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to the researchers. In addition, these children tend to do worse in school and have less successful careers in adulthood. Low birth weights – referring to babies who weigh less than 5.5 pounds at birth – occurred most often among pregnant women living nearest to a fracking site, the investigators found. "We found the effects fell off pretty ... Read more

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Ritalin During Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Heart Defect in Baby

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – If you take Ritalin or Concerta for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and you plan to become pregnant, you might want to talk to your doctor about switching your medication first. A new study found a small increased risk of having a baby with a heart defect if Ritalin/Concerta (methylphenidate) was taken by the mother-to-be. However, taking amphetamines for ADHD did not carry the same risk, researchers said. "Our findings suggest a small increase in the risk of cardiac malformations associated with first-trimester exposure to methylphenidate, but not to amphetamines," said study author Krista Huybrechts. She with Brigham and Women's Hospital's division of pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics, in Boston. "This information may be important to patients and their physicians as they weigh the risks and benefits of alternative treatment ... Read more

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Health Tip: If You Get the Flu While Pregnant

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-- The flu may be dangerous enough, but it's even more of a threat for women who are pregnant. All women should get the annual flu vaccine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises. If you do develop the flu while pregnant, the CDC suggests: Begin treatment as soon as possible. Antiviral drugs work best when started within 48 hours of symptoms. Antiviral drugs may diminish symptoms, make you feel better faster and help prevent serious complications for you and baby. Your doctor may suggest taking oral oseltamivir, which has been studied thoroughly. Fever during pregnancy has been linked to increased risk of birth defects. So if you develop a fever, contact your doctor immediately. Read more

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Is Air Pollution a Threat to a Fetus?

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MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 – Women who are exposed to air pollution right before or after they become pregnant may be more likely to have a baby with birth defects, new research suggests. The increased risk is modest, but scientists say their findings warrant more investigation since all pregnant women are exposed to some level of pollution. "The most susceptible time of exposure appears to be the one month before and after conception," said study senior author Dr. Emily DeFranco, a physician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. "Public health efforts should continue to highlight the importance of minimizing population-level exposure to harmful particulate matter in the air," she added in a hospital news release. For the study, the researchers investigated the effects of fine particulate matter – tiny particles and droplets of liquid that get into the air. Once inhaled, they ... Read more

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Heath Tip: Give Age-Appropriate Toys

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-- Holiday toys should be age-appropriate and safe, to avoid injury. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these safety suggestions: Select toys that match the age, abilities, skills and interests of the child. For babies and toddlers, consider toys that build developmental skills. If you are considering a tablet, smartphone or game system, establish rules for using the device before it is given as a gift. Be careful if you give toys containing button batteries or magnets, which are choking hazards. To prevent electric shock, do not give children under the age of 10 a toy that must be plugged in. Do not give toys with small pieces to young children. Children under age 8 can choke or suffocate on uninflated balloons. Remove strangulation hazards such as tags, strings and ribbons from toys before giving them to young children. Read the warning label and instructions on any gift to ... Read more

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Moms' Soda Habit in Pregnancy May Boost Kids' Odds for Asthma

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FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 – Kids are more likely to develop asthma if their moms chug sugary drinks during pregnancy, a new study suggests. Expectant mothers who drank an average of two sugar-sweetened beverages a day were over 60 percent more likely to have kids diagnosed with asthma when they were 7 to 9 years old than were women who drank no sugary beverages while pregnant, Harvard researchers found. Too much sugar in the diet can lead to excess weight, which is a risk factor for asthma, said Dr. Emily Oken, a professor of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a co-author of the study. Also, researchers think that the fructose used to sweeten these beverages might pose an additional risk by promoting inflammation in the body, Oken noted. "One of the theories is if you have a predisposition to allergic disease and you have a further hit that makes you more ... Read more

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Do Heat Waves Shave Dollars Off a Baby's Future Earnings?

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TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – Being pregnant during a heat wave may be more than uncomfortable: New research suggests it can shave dollars off your child's potential income. The study of over 12 million Americans found that the more often fetuses or infants were exposed to days topping 90 degrees, the less they earned as adults. Experts said the findings offer a new factor to consider in debates over climate change: More sweltering days could mean less money in people's pockets. Past research has hinted that extreme heat during pregnancy, or the first year of life, can have harmful effects – including higher risks of low birth weight and infant mortality. Now, the new study suggests there could be lasting effects. However, the researchers did not prove that heat waves cause someone's earning potential to plummet. Still, that's "completely new," said Alan Barreca, an associate professor at ... Read more

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Breathing Trouble May Follow Preemies to Adulthood

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FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 – People who were born prematurely may have smaller-than-normal airways in adulthood, which can cause respiratory problems, researchers say. Premature birth is associated with poorer heart and lung function, but the reasons why have not been fully understood. In a new study, investigators compared adults who were born eight weeks or more early with people who were born at full-term. Both groups were the same age and height. The researchers used lung function tests to calculate the airway size of each study participant, and concluded that airway size in the premature group was smaller than in the full-term group. "Our study might suggest that respiratory treatments would be less effective in individuals born prematurely, but more work needs to be done to directly test this," said study author Joseph Duke. He's an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University. ... Read more

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Lock Eyes With Your Baby, Synchronize Brain Waves?

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FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 – Gazing at your baby may do more than strengthen that bond with your newborn, a new study suggests. Eye contact between parents and their infants actually helps synchronize their brain waves, researchers report. "When the adult and infant are looking at each other, they are signaling their availability and intention to communicate with each other. We found that both adult and infant brains respond to a gaze signal by becoming more in sync with their partner," said study lead author Victoria Leong. She's an affiliated lecturer in the department of psychology at Cambridge University in England. "This mechanism could prepare parents and babies to communicate, by synchronizing when to speak and when to listen, which would also make learning more effective," Leong said in a university news release. Previous studies have shown that when parents and their infants ... Read more

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Newborns in Pain Might Not Show It

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THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2017 – Just because your newborn isn't a crybaby doesn't mean he doesn't feel pain, new research suggests. Newborns display a stronger brain response to pain when they're under stress, but it isn't reflected in their behavior, British researchers found. For the study, the investigators monitored brain activity and facial expressions of 56 healthy newborns to assess their response to the pain of a medically necessary heel stick. Those with higher levels of background stress – as determined by heart rate and levels of a stress hormone in saliva – had more brain activity in reaction to the pain. But that didn't seem to trigger a change in their behavior. The study was published Nov. 30 in the journal Current Biology. "When newborn babies experience a painful procedure, there is a reasonably well-coordinated increase in their brain activity and their behavioral ... Read more

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Health Tip: How to Clean a Breast Pump

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-- Women who use a breast pump should make sure the device is well cleaned to prevent contamination. Breast pumps are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency suggests how to clean the device: As soon as possible after pumping, wash each piece separately using liquid dishwashing soap and plenty of warm water. Rinse each piece thoroughly with hot water for 10 to 15 seconds. Place the pieces on a clean paper towel or in a clean drying rack and allow them to air dry. Read more

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Medicaid Tied to Better Addiction Treatment in Pregnancy

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – Pregnancy and opioid addiction are an all-too-common problem in the United States. And where you live may affect your treatment. Addicted moms-to-be are more likely to receive recommended therapy if they live in states where anti-addiction medications are covered by Medicaid, a new study says. Medication-assisted treatment – usually with the drug methadone or sometimes buprenorphine – is considered the most effective therapy for opioid dependency in pregnancy, the researchers said in background notes. Their study appears in the December issue of the journal Medical Care. "Our findings suggest that Medicaid coverage of methadone maintenance should be considered a key policy strategy to support pregnant women, their families, and enable their providers to deliver effective care," lead author Dr. Marcus Bachhuber said in a journal news release. He's with ... Read more

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