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Sucking your baby’s pacifier to clean it may prevent allergies

If the thought of sucking your baby's pacifier to clean it and then popping it in your baby's mouth grosses you out, think again. New...
Parents shouldn’t worry if their baby doesn’t sleep through the night by 6-12 months of age

Parents shouldn’t worry if their baby doesn’t sleep through the night by 6-12 months...

New parents often expect their baby to start sleeping through the night by around six months of age. Indeed, they often receive messages from paediatricians...

Baby girls fed by soy formula have more severe menstrual pain in adulthood

New research suggests that infant girls fed soy formula are more likely to develop severe menstrual pain as young adults. The finding adds to the...

Make sure your teen has these 4 lifesaving vaccines

There’s no doubt new parents know that babies and young children need vaccinations to stay healthy and prevent certain diseases. But that mindset is less...

Autism linked to zinc deficiency in early development

The emergence of autism in children has not only been linked to genes encoding synaptic proteins—among others—but also environmental insults such as zinc deficiency. Although...

How do babies laugh? Like chimps!

Few things can delight an adult more easily than the uninhibited, effervescent laughter of a baby. Yet baby laughter, a new study shows, differs from...

Home-born babies have more diverse, beneficial bacteria

In a recent study, researchers found that infants born at home have more diverse bacteria in their guts and feces. These gut bacteria may affect...

Think your child has ADHD? Read this first.

If you’re a parent who has seen statistics about the skyrocketing number of children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and have a child who...

Why R2D2 could be your child’s teacher sooner than you think

C3PO, R2D2 and Wall-E: three distinctly memorable robots that captured our hearts as they rolled and beeped across the silver screen. But pint-sized and friendly,...

6 simple ways to ease children’s fears at the doctor

A Michigan Medicine pediatrician offers tips to manage anxiety in young patients — and what to do when it’s time for a shot Children’s reactions...