baby with surprised expression; breath holding in babies and toddlers is often a result of shock or sudden discomfort
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Breathe Easy: Breath-Holding Spells in Toddlers

September 12, 2017

Near the top of a list of super-scary things for parents to see are breath holding spells. Your kiddo, typically a toddler, bonks his head or gets really mad about something. Then he stops breathing, turns white, and collapses on the floor. And looks dead. Really. Dead. It’s quite dramatic. […]

close up of a teething baby with a finger in his or her mouth
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Babies and Teething: Beware Trendy Teething “Treatments”

September 5, 2017

A mom had purchased a handmade “homeopathic magnetic hematite healing bracelet” from an artisan at a local craft show. Her 9 month old daughter wore it on her wrist, reportedly to help with teething symptoms, and occasionally chewed on it… She was found on routine screening to have a blood lead level about 10 times the safe upper limit of safety. […]

baby in high chair eating solid food with spoon
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Babies and Solid Foods: When to Start

August 1, 2017

The only requirement for first foods is that it can be mushed up. Junior isn’t going to chew anything just yet, so whatever you’re feeding him needs to be, essentially (but not literally) pre-chewed. […]

paper that reads "no peanuts allowed" in childish writing surrounded by peanuts and peanut butter
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Peanut Allergies and School Policies

July 25, 2017

Of the peanut policies in place, the only one associated with a significantly decreased number of epinephrine uses was the presence of peanut-free tables in eating areas. Other policies, including having an entirely peanut-free school, did not result in fewer instances of epinephrine use. […]

Image of a green bottle with a large nutrition label, surrounded by multicolored pills
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Nutritional Supplement Labels May Be Lying to You

July 18, 2017

Researchers in Canada purchased 31 melatonin products from stores in Guelph, Ontario. They analyzed the content of tablets, liquids, and chewables, and found that few of the products contained their labeled dose. […]

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