Pregnant Moms Who Use Mouthwash Not as Likely to Have Preemies, Study Finds

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"Floss, floss, floss!" You've been commanded by dentists for years to heed that advice. Now, it may be time to add "mouthwash, mouthwash, mouthwash!" to your oral health routine.
A new study finds pregnant moms ...
Researchers find women with periodontal disease have more premature babies than moms with healthy gums.

Premature Babies Eventually Catch Up With Vocabulary

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A premature baby's exposure to pain, oxygen and the environment can harm his or her immature brain.
But not to worry. Researchers say preemies are generally able to catch up in their ability to identify the name...
Study shows preemies catch up in some developmental areas.

A Good Book Helps Parents Bond With Newborns in NICU

Experts say reading to babies in NICU can strengthen bonding. Credit: Getty Images
Once upon a time we learned about Mary and her little lamb, and how everywhere that Mary went the lamb was sure to go. Well, parents intent o...
Experts say that adding a book to the diaper bag and reading to babies in NICU can breed the same intimacy.

Tiny Babies Face Gigantic Odds, but List Provides Sliver of Hope

Survival rates of preemies seem to be improving with each decade. Credit: Corbis "My Child Made the Tiniest Baby List." This is not a bumper sticker you want to slap on the back of your Buick. Tiny babies face gigantic problems. C...Odds may be improving for tiny babies. Slightly.

Baby Josie Duggar Celebrates First Birthday

The littlest Duggar, Baby Josie, has just passed an important milestone -- one that even her parents thought she might not reach: Her first birthday. When she was born via emergency cesarean-section on Dec. 10, 2009, weighing only 1 lb. 6 oz.,...The littlest Duggar, Baby Josie, has just passed an important milestone -- one that even her parents thought she might not reach: Her first birthday.

Keep an Eye on That Cough: Respiratory Virus Reaches Epidemic Levels in Florida

Respiratory syncytial virus can be dangerous for babies and children younger than 2. Credit: Getty Images
If your little one's cough seems to be getting worse, it may be time to visit the doctor, as it could signal something more serious than jus...
When a cough gets worse, it might be more than just the common cold.

Tony Little: Push Your Body, Not Your Kids

Take the difficulties of family life one day at a time, says Tony Little, with wife Melissa and their twins, Cody and Chase. Photo courtesy Tony Little
Tony Little has made it his business to push Americans to get in shape, but when it comes to...
The fitness guru is known for whipping Americans into shape, so why did he let his own son get overweight?

Premature Babies Stand Better Chance at Specialized Hospitals, Study Shows

A preemie's chance of survival goes up 62 percent at Level III hospitals. Credit: Damon Dahlen, AOL
If your baby is born prematurely, the odds that he or she will survive increase dramatically if you can get to a specialized hospital. Here's ho...

Baby Bedding for Preemies: Comfortable and Safe

Take special care when choosing bedding for preemie babies. Credit: Corbis
Premature babies need extra special care and attention, even when it comes to your choices in baby bedding. Preemies have a greater risk in contracting respiratory...

Rapid Weight Gain in Preemies Helps IQ

Higher weights could translate into higher IQs. Credit: Getty Images
Premature babies who pack on the pounds in their first years of life have higher IQs by the time they reach primary school than those who gain weight more slowly, a new study ...

U.S. Sees Fewer Premature Births for Second Straight Year

Premature birth rates are on their way down. Credit: Damon Dahlen, AOL
The risk of having a premature baby -- with the health problems that portends -- might be decreasing. Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics report this ...

Mozart May Help Preemies Gain Weight

Does Mozart hold the key to helping preemies grow? Credit: totalAldo, Flickr
Many parents have heard about the "Mozart effect" -- the supposedly positive impact of the prolific composer's music on everything from adult intelligence to baby deve...

New information on preemies likely to stress parents more

Up until now, the agonizing decision on what medical treatment to give (or not give) a severely premature baby was based on how many weeks had been spent in the womb. Babies born at 24 weeks are routinely given intensive care, but those with a gestat...

Preemies born at 22 weeks or less should not be kept alive artificially

A new study by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics recommends that infants born at 22 weeks, or prior, should not be revived, nor should they be given intensive care. The report comes after researching premature babies over the course of two years. Th...

Blogging Baby Sleepover post: Tuesday, October 24

I am always on the lookout for a sassy bit of a new blog to read. Since some of my friends are dimly aware that I string words together for pay, some of them willingly send me links to blogs they think might interest my warped sense of humor. Followi...


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