Friday, May 09, 2008

Woman pregnant with 18th child

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It's a happy Mother's Day for an Arkansas woman — she's pregnant with her 18th child. Michelle Duggar, 41, is due on New Year's Day, and the latest addition will join seven sisters and 10 brothers. There are two sets of twins.

"We've had three in January, three in December. Those two months are a busy time for us," she said, laughing.

The Duggars' oldest child, Josh, is 20, and the youngest, Jennifer, is nine months old.

The fast-growing family lives in Tontitown in northwest Arkansas in a 7,000-square-foot home. All the children — whose names start with the letter J — are home-schooled.

Duggar has been been pregnant for more than 11 years of her life, and the family is in the process of filming another series for Discovery Health.

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What do you think of the Duggar's decision to have yet another child?

Ethnicity Plays Role in Parents' Treatment of Childhood Fever

Most parents have some misconceptions about their children's fever and overtreat mild cases, a Johns Hopkins Children's Center study shows.

Parents' ethnicity may also play a role in how they view and treat the fever, the researchers added.

"It's a natural response for a parent to worry when a child has a fever and to want to fix it, so every pediatrician must have the fever talk with parents every time they bring a sick child to the office," study author Dr. Michael Crocetti said in a prepared statement. "We must remind parents not all fevers are dangerous, that fever is a sign of the body's revved-up defenses fighting infection, and that fever-reducing medications carry their own risks."

The findings were expected to be presented Monday at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Honolulu.

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Breast-fed children found smarter

A new study provides some of the best evidence to date that breast-feeding can make children smarter, an international team of researchers said on Monday.

Children whose mothers breast-fed them longer and did not mix in baby formula scored higher on intelligence tests, the researchers in Canada and Belarus reported.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Suri Cruise and Her Bottle: Is She Too Old?

Get Suri a sippy cup, doctors say.

The 2-year-old — who was spotted sucking away on Monday in NYC — is too old for a bottle.

"Most pediatricians recommend a bottle should be given up by age 1 — almost certainly by 18 months," Dr. Charlotte Cowan, author of the Dr. Hippo book series, tells

Suri's constant traveling could play a factor.

"When babies are challenged, their diet is upset, their sleep is upset," Cowan says. "They will regress back to previous habits ... lingering with a bottle is comforting. You could argue that her parents have decided that this is not the time to try to wean her off if they're traveling frequently."

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Sneak in Some Green

Parents of picky eaters may get a little break from unsuccessful attempts at getting their kids to eat their vegetables. Sunkist Naturals, maker of exceptional smoothies and juices, is introducing Glorious Greens.

Made with broccoli, cabbage, kale, dulse, echinacia, wheat grass, flax seed, spirulina, and green tea (among other ingredients) the flavor is sweet and delicious.

The key is mixing these nutrient packed veggies with apple, kiwi, mango, and pineapple. The result is a healthy dose of superfoods high in vitamins, antioxidants and Omega-3 EPA & DHA.

While Missy Lapine and Jessica Seinfeld have excellent recipes for making cakes from beets, and brownies from broccoli, we think opening a bottle of juice is a lot more time efficient for busy parents. The convenient 15.2 fl oz size fits in a diaper, gym, or hand bag quite easily.

Sunkist Naturals Glorious Greens is vegan, and features no added sugar, preservatives, artificial ingredients, or GMO. The Sunkist Naturals collection of smoothies and juices is currently available in Florida, and Southern California.

Obese moms-to-be have longer pregnancies

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women who are overweight or obese in the first trimester of pregnancy and those who have a greater change in body weight during pregnancy are more apt to have lengthier pregnancies and more complications, according to results of a new study.

Dr. Fiona C. Denison, of the University of Edinburgh, UK, and colleagues analyzed data from the Swedish Medical Birth Register on women who gave birth between 1998 and 2002.

Out of 143,519 pregnancies, 6.8 percent were delivered "postdate" -- defined as longer than 42 weeks. A normal pregnancy lasts 40 weeks.

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Gift Ideas for Mom

Looking for something special to do for mom (or mom-to-be) this Mother's Day? Consider giving her a gift that gives twice: once to her and once to help all babies be born healthy. The March of Dimes, champion for healthy moms and healthy babies across the country, offers up some great ideas for Mother's Day gifts.
  • A gift for all moms. Celebrate a special mom in your life by making a contribution to March of Dimes. Your gift will not only honor her but will help all moms have healthy pregnancies and deliver healthy babies. And then more mothers will enjoy Mother's Days for years and years to come. With a donation of $20 or more, you will receive a promotion code for a free poster-sized print from Shutterfly. Click here for more information.
  • Satin and silver. Motherhood Maternity stores are featuring a pretty lilac bracelet with a satin band and silver ring to help educate expectant moms and families about the importance of a healthy pregnancy so every baby can have a healthy start. For just a dollar donation, and with 100% of all net profits benefiting the March of Dimes, this trendy token will help fund research, education and increase public awareness about the importance of a healthy pregnancy. All profits go to March of Dimes. Go to
  • Delight her with daisies. Or roses. Or tulips. Or hand-dipped strawberries. Nothing brightens a room quite like flowers. Add some hand-dipped strawberries and you'll be her favorite person for months to come. Seriously. And if you buy them from you'll get a free vase with your order and you can tell mom that her flowers are helping March of Dimes work toward the day when all babies will be born healthy. $19.99 and up. $10 of each order goes to March of Dimes. Go to

Monday, May 05, 2008

Staying Safe During Pregnancy - Basics From Across the Pond

Pregnancy is a time of change as hormone levels and body shape alter. Some will experience unwelcome cravings or nausea, but it is also an opportunity to make the right lifestyle changes for the sake of the baby’s healthy development in the womb, its future health and the mother’s health.

Some basic but ever-important questions to ponder - from British this time around.

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