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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. […]

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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. […]

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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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Obesity: It’s Not Just the Sugar

July 7, 2017

Recently, sugar has emerged as the “deadly villain” in the obesity epidemic. But a recent study from Australia shows that maybe it’s not so simple. […]

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Mosquitoes: Prevention and Treatment

July 4, 2017

Most biting mosquitoes are active at dusk, so that’s the most important time to be vigilant with your prevention techniques. Light colored clothing is less attractive to mosquitoes. […]

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Where Should Babies Sleep?

June 27, 2017

A new study about the best place for babies to sleep – in their own rooms, or sharing a room with their parents – contradicts current AAP guidelines. But hopefully, in the long run, it will help more parents and babies get a better night’s sleep overall.

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Is Homemade Slime Safe?

June 21, 2017

In an effort to make sure the barn door is firmly bolted shut now that the horses are long gone, let me give you the quick version: there’s nothing in homemade slime that’s likely to hurt anyone, as long as it’s “used as directed.” […]

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Treating a Fever: Acetaminophen vs. Ibuprofen

June 20, 2017

There are a lot of myths about fever. 98.6 F is not and has never been the “normal” temperature. Fevers, themselves, cause no harm. They also don’t help very much. In the modern world, fever is not a necessary or particularly useful part of your immune response. […]

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