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Drowned Baby a Crushing Symbol of Migrant Crisis

Was one of 3 infants pulled from Mediterranean on Friday

(Newser) - The figure bobbing in the water looked "like a doll, arms outstretched." But what German humanitarian organization Sea-Watch pulled from the Mediterranean Sea on Friday was not a doll. "I took hold of the forearm of the baby and pulled the light body protectively into my arms... More »

No, Your Baby Isn't Imitating You

But you might be imitating her

(Newser) - Contradicting parenting websites and books—and probably a bunch of overly proud new parents—researchers have concluded that infants in the first weeks of life actually don't imitate facial expressions or hand gestures. In fact, the study suggests that it's the adults who are imitating the babies, reports... More »

Babies Fed Rice Cereal Have Far Higher Arsenic Levels

Move over rice, other grains may become more popular cereal

(Newser) - Feeding infants rice cereals as first foods is taking a new hit from researchers and organizations alike, and now a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics adds to the growing chorus that rice be scaled back or put off altogether. This is because, as researchers report, infants who are fed... More »

San Francisco First US City to OK Paid Parental Leave

For 6 weeks, state will pay 55% of worker's paycheck, private companies 45%

(Newser) - What do the United States and Papua New Guinea have in common? Per the International Labor Organization , they're the only two countries out of 185 that don't have national paid parental leave, the New York Times reports. To make up for that absence, some states—including Rhode Island,... More »

A Simple Swipe Could Benefit C-Section Babies

Scientists successfully transfer mom's bacteria to baby

(Newser) - Babies born via Cesarean section have a different microbiome than infants delivered naturally: For having skipped that trip down the birth canal, C-section babies lack bacteria that help the immune system recognize and accept other beneficial microbes; they may also be at an increased risk for obesity, asthma, allergies, and... More »

Deliveries Not to Blame for Brain-Damaged Newborns

Study finds it's the hours after birth when things tend to go wrong

(Newser) - The majority of newborns with brain damage weren't born that way, meaning a medical mishap during their birth didn't cause the damage. Researchers at Loyola University Medical Center and Loyola University Chicago report in the Journal of Perinatology that of the 32 full-term infants whose records they examined... More »

Baby Fed Almond Milk Ends Up With Scurvy

Baby in Spain didn't get enough vitamin C, got rare disease instead

(Newser) - Doctors examining an 11-month-old baby who was cranky, wailed whenever someone tried to move his legs, and couldn't walk came up with a diagnosis that would've been more likely on an 18th-century ship than in a modern-day clinic. The infant in Spain had scurvy , caused by insufficient vitamin... More »

Brazil to Women: Don't Get Pregnant Right Now

Amid fears mosquito-borne virus is causing spike in infant neurological condition

(Newser) - In what Brazil's Health Ministry is calling an "unprecedented situation," six states have declared a state of emergency and health officials are warning women not to get pregnant (especially in the country's northeast) due to a mosquito-carried virus linked to brain damage in infants , CNN reports.... More »

Study: You Should Sing to Your Baby a Lot More

They stay calm longer when listening to singing than talking

(Newser) - Want to keep your baby calm and not wailing? Talking in your own voice will work for an average of just under four minutes, at which point the "cry face" typically sets in—the lowered brow, open mouth, and raised cheeks that signal distress. Employing baby talk buys you... More »

Researchers Say They Know Why Babies Smile

To get mom to smile back

(Newser) - Do you ever wonder what's going through your baby's mind when she smiles at you? Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, think they know. Their study, published in PLOS ONE , suggests that babies who are smiling are attempting to make whomever they're interacting with smile... More »

Late Start on Solid Foods Could Boost Babies' Cancer Risk

Study points to leukemia concerns for infants who don't have solids until 7 months

(Newser) - A new study raises concerns for babies who get a late start on solid food—that is, at the age of 7 months or older, LiveScience reports. Researchers found that babies who didn't begin eating solids until the age of at least 10 months had four times the risk... More »

'Sleep Machines' Can Harm Babies' Hearing

Parents may not want to use them at top volume: researchers

(Newser) - If you bought a "sleep machine" that makes soothing sounds in an effort to help your baby slumber, be careful: At top volume, such machines can actually hurt infants' hearing, researchers say. Sleep machines, which often emit nature sounds or white noise and sometimes come inside stuffed animals, are... More »

Doctors Cut Umbilical Cord Too Quickly, Study Says

Waiting at least 1 minute may mean healthier babies

(Newser) - Doctors who deliver babies usually cut the umbilical cord within the first minute of birth, but researchers involved in a major new study think that's too hasty, reports Medical Xpress . They urge doctors to wait at least a full minute, the result being babies with healthier levels of blood... More »

Infants Want Bad Guys to Get It

Suggests the desire is a hardwired human trait

(Newser) - Even at eight months old, we seem to have a desire to see evildoers punished. Researchers showed groups of babies a puppet routine in which one elephant puppet treated a duck puppet well, while another was mean to his puppet peer. In a later scene, a moose puppet rewarded the... More »

Health Ads Rip Family Bed for Baby

But critics slash horror 'co-sleeping' campaign, call it headline-grabbing distraction

(Newser) - In the latest unkind cut in parenting battles, startling Wisconsin health ads are warning moms and dads that sleeping with their babies is the same as leaving a butcher knife next to them. The Milwaukee horror campaign against family "co-sleeping" reveals dozing babes cuddled next to knives almost as... More »

New Infant Guidelines: No Bumper Pads, No TV

Doctors' group also says breastfeeding cuts SIDS risk

(Newser) - The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines for infants to cut down on sleep-related deaths and reduce TV time. The new sleep guidelines now recommend against all types of bumper pads, noting that “there is a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.” They also urge... More »

The New Target Demographic: Babies

Marketers increasingly focus on infants

(Newser) - Remember the plan Disney came up with earlier this year to stalk the maternity ward for potential new customers? Turns out that’s not an isolated incident, it’s a full-on trend. The new hot demographic for many brands to target today is infants to 3-year-olds, Adweek reports. Until recently,... More »

Disney's New Plan: Stalk the Maternity Ward

Parents will be subjected to onslaught before leaving hospital

(Newser) - Picture this touching moment: You’re in the hospital, aglow from the birth of your first child … when a Disney rep accosts you, offering you free stuff in exchange for joining an email list. That’s basically the plan Disney came up with after realizing, to its utter dismay,... More »

Baby's Smile May Be Misleading

Infants' facial expressions don't tell all: study

(Newser) - A spoonful of sugar may not help the medicine go down after all. The theory that a dose of sucrose wards off pain for babies during medical procedures is being challenged by new research from a team of British doctors, who found that the infants still manifested a pain response... More »

UK Gives Dads 6 Months of Paternity Leave

Policy shift reflects growing role of female breadwinners

(Newser) - The UK has overhauled its family leave policy to put more British babies in their fathers' care as mothers play the role of breadwinner. Where previously mothers got nine months' leave and fathers only two weeks, families will now have the option of shifting the mother's last three months to... More »

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