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  • DHA and Allergies, Asthma, or Eczema

    DHA and Allergies, Asthma, or Eczema

    Getting plenty of DHA, one of the important omega-3 fats found in breast milk, could help to prevent allergies, asthma, and eczema in young children. Dr. Eileen Birch, who has previously studied links between DHA and improved mental and visual development, followed 89 formula-fed children who received formula with or without DHA included.

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  • BPA, Baby Bottles… Just the Beginning

    BPA, Baby Bottles… Just the Beginning

    One of the reasons I wrote Raising Baby Green was to help parents easily sort through and prioritize which baby products area healthiest and safest for their children. In the book I suggest alternatives for plastics containing Bishphenol A (BPA) – a hormone mimicker found in most baby bottles.

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  • DHA and Diarrhea

    DHA and Diarrhea

    I received a letter expressing concern that some babies do not tolerate formula with added DHA/ARA and that parents are not aware of this possibility. DHA and ARA are important fatty acids, present naturally in breast milk and added to many formulas. About 4 million babies are born in the U.S. each year. Over the last […]

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  • Breastfeeding, Diarrhea, and Pneumonia

    Breastfeeding, Diarrhea, and Pneumonia

    In the modern United Kingdom, about 12 percent of all normal, healthy, full-term babies are hospitalized at least once in their first 8 months of life. Many of these hospitalizations are for pneumonia, bronchiolitis, or other chest infections; many are for diarrhea or other gastroenteritis.  How big a difference might breastfeeding make in preventing these […]

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  • Brain Building

    Brain Building

    Today in the United States, 1 in 6 children suffers from  a disability that affects their behavior, memory, or ability to learn. More than  $80 billion dollars are spent each year in the U.S. to treat neurodevelopmental  disorders. Diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity  Disorder (ADHD) alone up are up 250% since 19901. How much of […]

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  • Changing Colic Culture

    Changing Colic Culture

    How about a fresh approach? What if simply giving probiotics to babies would dramatically reduce the vexing symptoms of colic? What if the crying and distress of colic were related to the mix of bacteria in babies’ guts?

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  • Raising a Resilient Child

    Raising a Resilient Child

    It’s natural for parents to wish that they could prevent their children from experiencing heartache. But at some point in life, we will all experience disappointment and loss. We can’t stop all painful events from happening, but can we change how painful events affect our children?

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  • A Colic Diet

    A Colic Diet

    Imagine for a moment the sound of 3 hours with a peaceful, happy baby. And imagine the opposite! About ¼ of babies will experience colic, defined as at least 3 hours of crying per day on at least 3 days of the previous week. Several factors, such as exposure to cigarette smoke, have been proven […]

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  • Breastfeeding and Kids’ Cancer Risk

    Breastfeeding and Kids’ Cancer Risk

    The various studies looking at the effects of breastfeeding on childhood leukemia have had inconclusive and inconsistent results. Experts, led by Marilyn Kwan at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, have taken 14 of these studies and analyzed them together as a group. This meta-analysis is published in the November 2004 Public […]

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  • Dad and Mom Prevent High Blood Pressure Together

    Dad and Mom Prevent High Blood Pressure Together

    High blood pressure, which used to be a disease of middle age, is becoming more common in children. Once a child has high blood pressure, unless there are significant lifestyle changes, the high blood pressure continues into adulthood. This leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and early adult death, even if the blood […]

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