February 7, 2011 |
Solid foods should not be given to infants before 4 months of age, according to guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. A new study lends support to that advice, especially for bottle-fed infants. Those who were introduced to solid foods before 4 months of age had a six-fold increase in the odds of being obese at age 3. Child obesity is an alarming problem in the United States. Recently, the U.S. Surgeon General issued recommendations to encourage breastfeeding for the first six months of life.
October 20, 2010 |
Graco Children's Products Inc., a unit of Newell Rubbermaid Inc., is recalling about 2 million baby strollers sold before 2008 at major U.S. retailers after four infants died of strangulation. The news of the recall of the China-made strollers comes less than three weeks after Mattel Inc.'s Fisher-Price recalled some 10 million toys and other items, renewing concerns about safety standards of infant products, many of which are made in low-cost centers like China. "We have taken appropriate reserves and do not expect a material impact on the company," Newell Rubbermaid spokesman David Doolittle said.
April 19, 2013 |
Babies wise up fast. By the time infants are 3 months old, their unfinished brains are laced with a trillion connections, and the collective weight of all those firing neurons triples in a year. But the indecipherable babbling and maladroit wiggling so beloved by parents just leave scientists in baby labs scratching their heads. What do those little people know, and when do they know it? A team of French neuroscientists who compared brain waves of adults and babies has come up with a tentative answer: At 5 months, infants appear to have the internal architecture in place to perceive objects in adult-like ways, even though they can't tell us. "I think we have a pretty nice answer," said Sid Kouider of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, whose findings were published Friday in the journal Science.
October 17, 1986 |
The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has suspended a doctor and three nurses and fired a fourth nurse during an investigation of alleged mercy killings in 1985 of two deformed infants. Anne Moses, a hospital spokeswoman, said Wednesday that an investigation has been in progress for a month into the deaths of two premature infants who were suffering multiple and fatal conditions. She said the inquiry centered on the possibility that an unusual dose of narcotics might have been administered.
August 4, 1988
Worried over not enough registered nurses to care for sick infants because of a strike at seven major San Francisco-area hospitals, officials transferred many newborns to other Northern California facilities. Meanwhile, San Francisco's Ethnic Labor Council called on the seven hospitals being struck by 1,700 licensed vocational nurses and hospital workers to submit all unresolved issues in that weeklong strike to binding arbitration.
June 8, 1989 |
Item: About 10% of the 10-year-old children in America have blood cholesterol levels that are higher than desirable, above 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood or more. Item: As many as 10% to 15% of those have levels high enough to put them at risk for cardiovascular disease. Item: Sixty-five percent of American mothers believe their children are eating balanced meals 70% of the time. Another 15% think their children have a balanced diet about half the time.
November 6, 2013 |
Children with autism spectrum disorders usually aren't diagnosed until they are at least 2 years old, but a new study finds that signs of the condition are apparent as early as two months after birth. Researchers focused on babies' ability to make eye contact with caregivers, since lack of eye contact is one of the hallmarks of autism. Among typical children, interest in the eyes increased steadily with age. But for children with autism, interest in the eyes waned starting between 2 and 6 months of age. By the time they reached their second birthdays, levels of eye fixation among children with autism were only half as high as levels seen in typically developing children, according to a report published Wednesday by the journal Nature.
October 21, 2008 |
Stung by the abandonments of children as old as 17 under Nebraska's brand-new safe-haven law, the governor and lawmakers agreed Monday to narrow the law's broad wording to protect only the parents of newborns from prosecution. Forty of the Legislature's 49 senators have agreed to amend the law so it applies only to infants up to 3 days old, legislative Speaker Mike Flood said at a news conference. The age cap would change the Nebraska law from the most lenient to one of the nation's most restrictive.
November 26, 1988 |
Firefighters refused to respond to medical emergencies at the monastery, garbage men wouldn't pick up its trash and a county health worker described its tiny patients as "little rattlesnakes." The reason: Starcross Monastic Community, a Roman Catholic monastery run by lay workers, wanted to provide a home for infants with AIDS. Yet through it all, much of the bad was offset, Tolbert McCarroll said.
January 28, 1986 |
Within hours after Brent Nolan was born on July 30 at Placentia-Linda Community Hospital in Orange County, nurse Danette Duggan noticed a slight clouding in the baby's left eye. Six days later, Brent became what doctors believe may be the nation's youngest recipient of a cornea transplant when Stuart I. Brown, a San Diego doctor, performed the delicate surgery.