We get it: You'll do anything to help your baby sleep. (Who could blame you?) But white noise machines may have an unexpected downside. Here's how to reduce the risk.
A new review of data looks at the risks of having a fever during pregnancy. Here's what you should do if your temperature rises. Related: Colds During Pregnancy: Should You Worry?
The expert's take: Your puppy's germs are not your baby's best friend. Plus, here's how to introduce your dog to your newborn.
Colds are never fun—least of all when you’re already fatigued from growing a baby inside of you. And now, new research finds another downside to having the sniffles when you’re pregnant: Colds during pregnancy are linked to an increased risk of your baby developing asthma, says a study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.
You've read about the link between phthalates and preterm births, but toxins may also affect your baby's brain development after birth. Here are some ways to play it safe. Related: 6 Ways to Eat Organic on a Budget
While your newborn’s intermittently crossed eyes may be reminiscent of a Siamese cat, rest assured that this lack of muscle control is completely normal. "Newborns aren't able to see clearly much farther than about arm's length away, and their eyes will often cross as they try to focus on objects," explains heather Burrows, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatrician in Ann Arbor, Mich., and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan.
It’s a mother’s instinct to keep her baby safe and warm. Yet, despite frosty outside temperatures, resist the urge to overbundle your baby or to keep the nursery too warm: Several studies show that overdressing and overheating increases the chances of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). While it's natural to want to keep your baby cozy, being too warm is actually a risk for SIDS because your baby needs to be able to lose heat to regulate her system.
For more than 20 years Healthy Child Healthy World, a non-profit whose mission is to empower families to make better, safer choices, has been protecting children from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals. We are seeing increased evidence of the impact of these chemicals found in everyday products on children’s health.
When it comes to babyproofing, you’ve thought of everything, right? (Outlet covers? Check. Safety gates? Of course.) But according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, accidental death rates dropped among all age groups in 2009, the latest year for which data is available—except among babies younger than 1 year. Below are the leading causes of accidental death for babies, listed in order, along with advice to keep your child out of harm’s way.
1. Suffocation More than 900 babies younger than 12 months died in 2009 from suffocation.
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The Importance of Car Seats
A car seat is one of the most important gear purchases you're going to make as a new parent. It is one of the only products you will ever buy for your child that has the potential to actually save their life.