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Surgery in the womb gives hope for spina bifida

For most parents-to-be, the lead up to a child’s birth typically involves choosing a birth plan and getting the nursery ready for baby. They might celebrate with friends and family and anticipate getting to meet their little one. But for parents of spina bifida babies, there are more weighty choices to make about their child’s ..
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Toddler on life support after contracting E. coli infection

A 2-year-old boy is on life support after contracting an E. coli infection from an unknown source while on vacation in Oklahoma with his family. Landon Huston, of Ennis, Texas, was experiencing stomach virus-like symptoms when a fecal sample tested positive for E. coli, WFAA reported. Huston was taken to Children’s Medical Center Dallas where ..
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Alicia Silverstone feeds her son a vegan diet

Alicia Silverstone has been an outspoken advocate for veganism for years, even writing a book in 2011 called The Kind Diet that explains why she chose a plant-based way of eating that doesn’t include meat, fish, seafood, poultry, dairy or eggs. Now, the Clueless actress is discussing her decision to feed her 6-year-old son, Bear ..
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Indiana girl nearly chokes on fidget spinner, firefighter says

An Indiana firefighter is warning parents about fidget spinners, a popular fad toy, after his daughter nearly choked on a metal piece that flew off.  The child was spinning her fidget spinner while sitting in the backseat of the car when one of the metal bearings broke off and flew into her mouth, according to ..
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Florida baby weighs 13 pounds, 5 ounces at birth

A Florida mother gave birth last month to a baby girl who weighed 13 pounds, 5 ounces — but fortunately mother and daughter are doing OK.  Christine Corbitt delivered her third child, Carleigh Brooke, at the Orange Park Medical Center on May 15, Fox 30 reported. “When the baby was coming out, I was like, ..
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Baby born after fatal car accident dies

The newborn baby who was delivered after the 18-year-old mother was fatally injured in a car crash died just a day after her. The head-on crash near Fresno had caused Joanne Delgado, who was between six to nine months pregnant, to go into early labor before her death, ABC 7 reported. Investigators said Delgado crossed ..
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Powassan virus: Potentially fatal tick disease that can be transmitted in minutes reported in Maine

Two new cases of a dangerous and potentially fatal tick-borne illness have health officials in Maine on high alert as agencies across the nation brace for a particularly high-population tick season. The patients, who were not identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contracted Powassan virus, which differs from Lyme disease as ..
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4-year-old thriving despite 100 bone breaks

A Georgia preschooler who was “born broken” is thriving despite more than 100 bone breaks and a genetic collagen disorder that left his skeletal frame so fragile that his parents weren’t sure how to hold him. “His willpower and determination are awe-inspiring,” Brianna Elrod, Easton Elrod’s mother, told Fox 5 Atlanta. “I don’t know any ..
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‘Like being plunged straight into hell’: Mom of toddler killed in crash warns on car seat safety

A mother who lost her son in a tragic accident 12 years ago is urging others to research the safety of car seats before choosing one for their child. In an emotional post on the Car Seat Consultants Facebook page, Christine Caleb shared the heartbreak she’s lived through after her son Kyle was killed in ..
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Why you should chew gum after a C-section

Among the difficult things a woman has to do after having a C-section — from tending to her stitches to learning to breast-feed — now there’s a recommendation that’s a little easier: chew gum. A new meta-analysis suggests that chewing gum three times a day for 30 minutes each time can help bring back women’s ..
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Troopers help save new mom in need of blood after difficult delivery

Minnesota State Patrol troopers are being credited with saving the life of a new mom who experienced a massive hemorrhage while undergoing a cesarean section last month. Lisa Jaeger, of Cannon Falls, was in dire need of blood located 45 miles away from the Mayo Clinic Health System where she was giving birth, Hastings Star ..
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‘Lotus birth’: What experts say about cutting the cord

The birthing practice known as "lotus birth," in which parents allow a newborn’s umbilical cord to remain attached to the placenta until the cord breaks naturally, is enjoying some popularity, perhaps especially among those who favor home births and assign special significance to the expelled placenta. In a lotus birth, rather than cutting the umbilical ..
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1-year-old revived with Narcan after opioid overdose, police say

A 1-year-old boy in Ohio was revived with Narcan after he overdosed on opioids Thursday evening, police said. The boy’s 9-year-old brother called 911 at about 6:30 p.m. after realizing the unidentified boy wasn’t breathing at their Akron home, The Associated Press reported.  Paramedics rushed the baby to the hospital where they administered a second ..
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Parents racing to save toddler from ‘childhood Alzheimer’s’

A Massachusetts couple is in a race against time to save their 13-month-old son from an extremely rare, fatal disease often referred to as “childhood Alzheimer’s.” Last month, Purnell “Nell” Sabky was diagnosed with the genetic disorder Niemann-Pick Type A, and doctors told his parents that, without intervention, he likely would not live to see ..
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Cashews, Macadamia nuts recalled for possible listeria risk

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced two unrelated nut recalls — Kroger’s Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts and Ava’s Organic Cashews Roasted & Salted — because they may be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Although most people suffer only short-term symptoms from listeria, the infection caused by exposure to the bacterium, ..
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Dad makes G-tube to match son with congenital heart defect

A devoted dad is gaining supporters worldwide after sharing a photo of himself posing shirtless with his young son who was born with a congenital heart defect. Robert Selby, whose 3-year-old son Chace requires a feeding tube, fastened one of his own and glued it to his abs for the photo. CAN Y'ALL PLEASE REPOST, ..
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Banana Boat sunscreen caused toddler’s second-degree burns, mom claims

A mother in Canada is pleading with other parents to be cautious when using aerosol spray sunscreen on their children after her 14-month-old daughter suffered second-degree chemical burns on her face. Rebecca Cannon, of Botwood, had purchased Banana Boat Kids SPF50 to protect her daughter Kyla from the sun despite overcast weather, according to a ..
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Parents with extra IVF embryos can now make … jewelry?

A company in Australia that has been making jewelry and various mementos for parents using actual raw materials from development—think breast milk, hair, the placenta and cord stump—has taken things a step further, and critics are appalled. Baby Bee Hummingbirds, started by midwife Amy McGlade in 2014, was just profiled by parenting blog Kidspot, which ..
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No fruit juice for kids under 1, doctors say

Parents may be unknowingly giving their young children too much fruit juice, as an influential group of doctors now say kids under 1 should not be given any at all. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced on Monday new guidelines to address one of the most commonly asked questions among parents. “An AAP policy ..
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Student dies after playing dangerous ‘choking game’

School officials in New Jersey are warning parents and students about the tragic consequences of a dangerous “choking game” that killed a youth earlier this week. The game, also known as “flatliner,” “fainting game” and “space monkey,” involves people choking themselves to achieve euphoria through brief hypoxia, which is a loss of oxygen to the ..
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