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Infant Health

New Technique Could Give C-Section Babies The Benefits Of Vaginal Birth

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living

In a new procedure, doctors wiped down the skin of newborns delivered by cesarean section with a gauze carrying their mothers' vaginal fluid. The doct...

This Serious Birth Defect Is On Rise In The U.S.

U.S. News & World Report | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living

A serious birth defect that causes the intestines to hang out of a newborn’s body near the belly button area is on the rise among babies born to you...

Baby's Delivery Method Linked To Immunity-Boosting Gut Bacteria

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.12.2016 | Healthy Living

The gut bacteria of 6-week-old babies may be related to the way the infants were delivered and what they have been eating, a new study suggests. The b...

Premature Birth Could Impact Fitness Later In Life

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.02.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Young adults who were born prematurely may have weaker muscles than their peers born at full term, a Finnish study suggests. These ...

Feeding Baby: 6 Tips Every New Parent Should Know

John Berardi, Ph.D. | Posted 11.06.2016 | Healthy Living
John Berardi, Ph.D.

I can offer a map through the confusing maze of conflicting nutritional advice. Here are six straightforward tips to ensure your child gets a healthy start.

Nurses Collect More Than 225,000 Diapers to Help Families in Need

Lynn Erdman | Posted 11.03.2016 | Impact
Lynn Erdman

Many people aren't aware that one out of every three families in the United States struggle to provide enough clean diapers for their children. As a nurse, I witnessed first-hand children being admitted to the hospital for serious infections and severe rashes due to a lack of clean diapers.

InfantSEE: Vision For Your Baby's Future

Kim Dramer | Posted 10.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Kim Dramer

Your baby's eyes developed in utero as an extension of the brain. At birth, your baby could see light and dark, but not colors or details. Outside s...

What Experts May Be Getting Wrong About Co-Sleeping

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living

Guidelines on co-sleeping from the American Academy of Pediatrics and National Institute of Health are pretty clear: babies should sleep alone, on the...

Working to Wipe Out Diaper Need

Lynn Erdman | Posted 08.31.2016 | Impact
Lynn Erdman

Most people do not know that one out of every three families in the United States struggle to buy enough diapers for their children. On average, infants and toddlers require 8-12 diapers a day.

Parents Around The World Celebrate #BumpDay With Beautiful Maternity Photos

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents

Yesterday marked the first annual #BumpDay -- an occasion to raise awareness about maternal and infant health around the world. What to Expect When Yo...

Punishing The Mother Is Not Best For the Baby

Lynn Erdman | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Lynn Erdman

Incarceration is not the answer. Pregnant women with substance use disorders need to be identified early in their pregnancies and offered treatment.

The Power Of Touch Between Mom And Baby

Lynn Erdman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Lynn Erdman

Touch is one of the first senses to develop while the baby is still in the womb (between 7-8 weeks gestation). From their earliest weeks, babies depend on touch for exploring their world. Touch is so important that some consider skin to be the external nervous system.

A Year in Review: Teaching The Next Generation Of Doctors In Tanzania

Maureen Ries, MD | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Maureen Ries, MD

The close of my first day working in Tanzania left me shaken from the lives we had lost as a result of a preventable medical condition; but the close of my year left me hopeful that the students, physicians and nurses I had taught would carry on the lessons learned to further improve maternal health in their country.

Family Support Groups Foster Hope In Uganda

Savannah Russo | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact
Savannah Russo

Annet Mbabazi is living with HIV, but her 18-month-old son, Pobruce, is HIV-free. I met the mother-baby pair at the health center in Ibanda District, in Southwestern Uganda, where Annet participates in a family support group.

The Day We Were Told Not To Have More Children

Heather Lens | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Heather Lens

Irresponsible. What did he mean? He didn't say that we were physically unable to have kids. He said that if we chose to, we would be irresponsible.

Four Ways You Can Ensure A Happy And Healthy Start For A Baby In Need This #GivingTuesday

Jennifer Hudson | Posted 02.01.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Hudson

Research shows that children are born ready to learn, but for 16 million children living in poverty in the U.S alone, many families are not set up with the necessary resources to provide their child with a healthy start in life.

The Long Ride With Wes

Ashbey Riley | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Ashbey Riley

The thing about having a baby in the NICU is that you never stop riding the emotional roller coaster. You're up and then down; it slows, but it never stops.

20 Years of Protecting Infants During Sleep

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Alan E. Guttmacher

Knowledge about SIDS has come a long way in the past 20 years. We've discovered many ways to reduce the risk of SIDS -- primary among them placing babies to sleep on their backs.

No, If A Baby Is Hungry, She Will Not Eat

Samira Khan | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Samira Khan

When a child is hungry, she will not necessarily eat.

The Time Is Now To Take Action To Save The Lives Of Millions Of Mothers And Children

Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact

Fifteen years ago, a group of world leaders came together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to commit to a vision of a better future. ...

'The World Awaits You, Jordana' -- Letter to a Newborn From a Tough Former Philly DA

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

Dear Readers: When my husband and my youngest grandchild, Jordana, was born this past May, her three sisters, who had saved just about everything f...

As Long As It's Healthy.... But What If It's Not?

Sarah Watts | Posted 07.20.2014 | Parents
Sarah Watts

We're talking about our children -- an arrangement that's supposed to be unconditional -- and as long as they're healthy! is alarmingly conditional. Everyone's happy for a new baby and congratulations are in order -- but only under certain criteria. Right?

Improving the Odds for America's Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Children have only one childhood, and it is now. We know what to do. We know what works. We must make it happen now by working together.

This Invention That Uses Aquarium Pumps Could Save 178,000 Babies Each Year

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact

A new invention uses fish tank aquarium pumps to save the lives of babies in the developing world. In an effort to battle the high cost of medical...

Could This Be The Answer To Preventing Colic?

Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

By: By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 01/13/2014 04:20 PM EST on LiveScience Providing probiotics, or "good bacteria," to healthy inf...