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Are there risks to introducing solid foods early?

Are there risks to introducing solid foods early?

Major pediatric health organizations recommend introducing solid foods to infants at 6 months. Prior to 6 months, breast milk or formula are sufficient for infant growth and development.

However, many parents desire to introduce solid foods earlier because they believe that their baby is interested in solid foods, hungry for more than breast milk or formula, or to help their baby sleep through the night sooner.

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Are you sure your baby is safe while sleeping?

Are you sure your baby is safe while sleeping?

Watching infants sleep is one of the most beautiful sights parents have of their children. The unique positions they take while sleeping, the tranquil expressions of their faces, and the peaceful rhythm of their breathing makes sleeping babies appear like angels in our midst.

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Your baby’s preferred sleep position may cause suffocation

Your baby’s preferred sleep position may cause suffocation

Infant death related to accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed appears to be on the rise.  In 1992, pediatric health organizations recommended that infants be placed on their back to sleep and this reduced the occurrence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) dramatically.  However, at the same time, sleep-related suffocation, asphyxia, entrapment, and other unspecified causes of infant death have risen.  

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Dear Santa Claus: Guidelines on how to choose the best toys this Christmas

Dear Santa Claus: Guidelines on how to choose the best toys this Christmas

We are nearing that special time of the year when children all around the world begin writing letters to Santa Claus with their Christmas wishes. It is also the time of year when parents begin to feel uncertain about which toys are appropriate for their children.

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