Photo: iStockphoto Breastfeeding lying down is often touted as the promised land of nursing positions, but it’s not the easiest one for some new moms. Still, it’s worth trying, as it can help make breastfeeding more comfortable for you and your baby. Wondering how to get it right? A couple of lactation consultants who have
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Treace Medical Concepts, Inc., a medical device company focused on advancing the standard of care for hallux valgus (bunion) surgery, announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand indications of the Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ System to treat pediatric patients greater than 12 years of age. The
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A multi-institution project involving ten universities and led by the University of Granada (UGR) has designed a resource manual to measure the physical fitness of pre-school children and the prevalence of obesity—which affects up to 35% of children in this age range—in a bid to correct risk factors. The PREFIT project (Evaluation of FITness in
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Photo: Julie Christine Photography Getting a puppy for Christmas isn’t just something you see in your favourite movies. For our family, it became a reality this year when we surprised our kids with the sweetest little Golden Labrador. Leading up to Christmas, my sister-in-law asked us what our kids wanted. While we could’ve mentioned that
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Photo: iStockphoto A sturdy crib or sweet little bassinet is one of the first purchases many expectant parents make, right before or after they paint the nursery a soothing colour for sleep. Some dark curtains and maybe a white noise machine and, presto, you have the perfect retreat for baby’s naptime and nighttime slumber. Such
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Photo: iStockphoto Most Canadians support the idea of mandatory vaccination. But unintended consequences could worsen the under-vaccination problem Recently, outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, including a measles outbreak in British Columbia, have ignited a firestorm of public debate about childhood vaccination and what should be done about current under-vaccination. The overwhelming scientific evidence proves the safety
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Photo: iStockphoto There’s a magical place where the price tags are small, the products are huge and free samples flow like the finest champagne. That’s right, we’re talking about Costco, the beloved chain of member-only warehouses that stock everything from tablets and televisions to sleepers, snacks and ready-made meals. While many parents are already long-time
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Photo: iStockphoto Anyone who has watched a snoozing baby has wondered what’s going on when they smile or twitch in their sleep. Do babies dream? Turns out, we don’t actually know if they dream or not. “We can only know if someone has a dream if they can tell us about it and, of course,
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A new immunodeficiency disease caused by a novel genetic mutation has been identified by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus providing unique insights into cell biology. The findings were published last week in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. The researchers made the discovery while investigating why an infant was suffering from inflammatory
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Photo: iStockphoto Once again, new kids’ screen time recommendations have been released—and this time, the message to parents is that you might want to think twice before watching the latest baby shark video with your littlest one. New guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend absolutely no screen time for children under one. This includes watching videos or TV
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An international team of researchers, including a psychologist at Oregon State University, has developed a standardized measurement for pediatric facial palsy that will improve the care for current and future patients with the condition. The team, which includes researchers from nine countries, published its findings Thursday in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Each year, more than
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Photo: iStockphoto What used to be absolutely scandalous now barely raises an eyebrow: Many millennial couples are having babies without being married first. And while some never officially tie the knot, those who eventually do often want to include their little ones in the ceremony, says Shawn Miller, an officiant and founder of Young Hip
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Photo: iStockphoto Parents worry about whether their teenagers are getting enough sleep. Research studies suggest that teenagers are suffering an “epidemic of sleep deprivation” globally — one that will have long-term health impacts. So how much sleep do adolescents really need and how can parents help them achieve it? The first thing to understand is
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Breast milk is rich in nutrients and antibodies that provide nourishment to a baby. But did you know that breast milk can be used as more than just food for the baby? That’s right. The nutritive value of breast milk makes it perfect for bathing the baby as well! A
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A consortium of Louisiana scientists from LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Tulane University and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center aims to discover how blood sugar levels early in life contribute to a person’s brain health in middle age. These results could lead to new blood sugar management guidelines for children and help prevent late-life cognitive
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Photo: iStockphoto If your kid has ever had an upset stomach, you’ve probably been told this classic advice from your doctor or a well-meaning relative: follow the BRAT diet. BRAT stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast and this popular diet was recommended by paediatricians for decades because these foods were thought to be easy
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Photo: Jeff Carlson The first time it happened, I was picking up my boyfriend’s two kids from after-care. “Happy Mother’s Day,” said one of the caregivers, and I tripped and stumbled to clarify: “Oh nonononononono, I’m just their dad’s girlfriend,” I sputtered. “I know, but it’s your day, too, honey,” she said. I nodded meekly,
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Interactions between a mother and her child have been linked to cognitive outcomes in childhood, but little work has looked at farther-reaching effects. In aJournal of Marriage & Familystudy that examined data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, more positive mother-child interactions during the first 16 years of life predicted higher education in adulthood, which predicted
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California will ban the use of a widely used pesticide in the face of “mounting evidence” that it causes developmental problems in children, state officials announced Wednesday. Several studies have linked prenatal exposure of chlorpyrifos to lower birth weights, lower IQs, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism symptoms in children. The chemical is mostly used
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A study led by physician researchers at Boston Medical Center has shown that first milk expression within eight hours of giving birth is associated with the highest probability of mothers of very low-birth-weight infants being able to provide milk throughout hospitalization in the neonatal intensive care unit. The study results, published in Obstetrics and Gynecology,
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