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Does swaddling increase the risk of SIDS in infants?

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News reports have been citing a new study* about the increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in infants when swaddled. SIDS is a sudden, unexplained death of an infant less than 12 months old and usually occurs during sleep.

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Vaccines are safe and the MMR vaccine is not related to autism

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ALL rigorous scientific studies confirm (and reconfirm) that vaccines are safe and effective, and that the MMR vaccine is not related to autism. For the safety of everyone, it is important to vaccinate unless medically contraindicated.

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How to survive a plane trip with an infant or small child

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Modern life often requires plane travel for families.  Frequent travelers know the dread when a flight is full of infants or small children.  Anyone who flies with any regularity has a story of a flight that was filled with continuous ear piercing screams of an infant or small child.

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Prevent sunburn: healthy skin begins in infancy

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Babies are little rays of sunshine in the lives of their parents, yet some parents are unaware of how actual sunshine is unhealthy for their little one. Sunny days, cloudy days, beach days, and city street days – all these situations demand appropriate sun protection for babies in their first 6 months of life.

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