Friday, May 23, 2008

Drinking water can be harmful to smallest babies

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Babies younger than six months old should never be given water to drink, physicians at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore remind parents. Consuming too much water can put babies at risk of a potentially life-threatening condition known as water intoxication.

"Even when they're very tiny, they have an intact thirst reflex or a drive to drink," Dr. Jennifer Anders, a pediatric emergency physician at the center, told Reuters Health. "When they have that thirst and they want to drink, the fluid they need to drink more of is their breast milk or formula."

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

TV Shows of Interest: Birth Day

Some celebrate with cake and ice cream. Others prefer to ignore the date on the calendar. But whether you look forward to birthdays or not, there's no denying we've all experienced one very special Birth Day - the day we entered the world.

Whether you're a first-time mom or an "old hand" at childbirth, you know there's nothing more dramatic or exciting than a baby's first real birth day. Watch as the cameras follow expectant mothers, nervous dads and eager soon-to-be big brothers and sisters as they get ready for a new and very special Birth Day.

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Officer breast-feeds quake orphans

JIANGYOU, China (CNN) -- A Chinese policewoman is being hailed as a hero after taking it upon herself to breast-feed several infants who were separated from their mothers or orphaned by China's devastating earthquake.

Officer Jiang Xiaojuan, 29, the mother of a 6-month-old boy, responded to the call of duty and the instincts of motherhood when the magnitude 7.9 quake struck on May 12.

"I am breast-feeding, so I can feed babies. I didn't think of it much," she said. "It is a mother's reaction, and a basic duty as a police officer to help."

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

7 Months Pregnant: Thomas Beatie Mows Lawn

Thomas Beatie, 34, was born a woman then began the process of changing sex, before halting the procedure to allow himself to be artificially inseminated using an anonymous donor’s sperm.

Mr Beatie is officially male and lives with his wife Nancy, 45, in Oregon, USA, but is carrying a baby and is due to give birth to it in six weeks.

He said: “We’re a happy couple deeply in love. My belly is growing with a new life inside me. I am stable and confident being the man I am.”

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Jessica Alba Marries Cash Warren

Jessica Alba and Cash Warren have gotten married, according to a People magazine exclusive. The couple quietly wed Monday, says Alba's rep, Brad Cafarelli.

The actress, 27, is expecting a daughter with Warren, 31, this summer. The couple met while filming Fantastic Four and were engaged last December.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Stress in pregnancy raises risks for baby: study

Women who are stressed about money, relationships and other problems during pregnancy may give birth to babies who are predisposed to allergies and asthma, U.S. researchers said on Sunday.

The findings, presented at a meeting of the American Thoracic Society in Toronto, suggest a mother's stress during pregnancy may have lasting consequences for her child.

"This research adds to a growing body of evidence that links maternal stress such as that precipitated by financial problems or relationship issues to changes in children's developing immune systems, even during pregnancy," Dr. Rosalind Wright of Harvard Medical School in Boston said in a statement.

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