Quick — what's the leading killer of children under the age of 5? Not AIDS, not cancer, not even the flu. Pneumonia kills a child every 20 seconds, but that statistic can easily be improved with vaccinations and education. On the eve of World Pneumonia Day, I spoke with ABC News' senior health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser and Dr. Orin Levine from the International Vaccine Access Center about this preventable disease. Take this quiz to see how much you know about pneumonia and what we can do to bring down these deadly statistics.Take the Quiz
In an ideal world, new mamas bring a newborn directly to their breast, they latch on, and feeding/bonding experience begins. Reality isn't quite that simple. Luckily there are products out there to help with virtually every ailment the nipple or breast may encounter. Take this quiz to see how much you know about the products and accessories that are available to breastfeeding mums.
Are brain-boosting foods on the menu? Eighty percent of a tot's brain is formed by the time they're 3 years old, and eating well is an important part of that development. While diet alone isn't going to turn a lil one into a nuclear physicist or child prodigy, there are certain nutrients that encourage healthy brain development.
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It's hard to surprise an experienced mama, but that's just what happened when Jessica Alba gave birth to baby Haven in August. In addition to welcoming a daughter who didn't look like her big sister, Jessica Alba told People that the tot arrived still enclosed in her amniotic sac — otherwise known as in the caul. Such births are extremely rare, but as the proud papa noted, "She was born in her safe haven."
Do you know anyone who was born in the caul? Take this quiz to see what it means and the historical significance of such a birth.Take the Quiz
Are you itchy, baby? Eczema is an inflammation of the skin, characterized by redness and itching, and about one in five babies is diagnosed with the skin condition before their first birthday. Now that Fall is officially here, lower temperatures and indoor heating can dry baby's skin — causing eczema flare-ups — and mama will try just about anything to make it feel better. Check out these five tried-and-true products to help give your munchkin some much-needed relief!
- Babyganics Bye Bye Dry Eczema Lotion ($7): Au naturel! Bye Bye Dry is a natural, nontoxic solution that provides relief from baby eczema. It's safe and gentle on your little one's skin and soothes baby's eczema itch.
- Baby Naturals Baby Eczema Cream ($6): It's super rich! This rich moisturizer specially formulated for babies with eczema nurtures baby's dry skin, soothing it from redness and itching.
- Excederm Soothing Baby Oil ($12): Oil up! The key to eczema control is moisture — and nothing delivers maximum moisture for dry, delicate skin than baby oil. It's nonirritating formula makes it ideal for children of all ages.
- Cetaphil Restoraderm Body Moisturizer ($15): Moisture for all! This doctor-recommended lotion — for anyone 3 months of age or older — repairs and protects the skin’s natural moisture barrier. It's also free of fragrances, parabens, and nut oils.
- ($4): Bath time! This soothing treatment is made with colloidal oatmeal — proven to relieve irritated skin — and a special moisturizer that forms a soothing milky bath for baby.
Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs aren't the only banks who've been awash in controversy over the past few years. Scientific breakthroughs related to the lifesaving potential of collecting and storing umbilical cord blood has resulted in an explosion of a whole new industry: cord blood banking. While most medical professionals and organizations are proponents of storing the super blood, there is far from a consensus about the nature of the storage and whether it should be public or private.
Take the following quiz to test your knowledge of the important topic, and let us know where you stand on the issue.Take the Quiz
Raw milk and cookies, anyone? Dairy is a major component to most tots' diets, and in the US, almost all dairy products are only available in pasteurized form, as regulated by the FDA. Yet, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FDA, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and numerous other health organizations are unanimous in their position that raw milk should not be consumed, a movement supporting the fresh, cold drink is gaining momentum, and the demand has increased over the past several years.
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If the eyes are the window to the soul, then it's important to keep those windows in the best possible condition. Kids who aren't seeing clearly often have academic and behavioral issues that can impact their school experience, leaving tots, teachers, and parents frustrated and confused. Luckily, most vision problems are easily rectified with regular vision screenings and eye care. Are you up to date on your facts about kids' vision? Take our quiz to find out.
That tub of yogurt sitting in your refrigerator has become quite the target of controversy if you're pregnant. Just last week, researchers at the Institute of Public Health in Oslo announced that eating milk and yogurt with "good" bacteria — probiotics — during pregnancy can reduce the chances of developing preeclampsia. According to the study, the tasty treat reduced the risk by 20 percent.
Now researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have linked the prenatal consumption of low-fat yogurt once a day with an increased risk of their children developing asthma and hay fever. Their study suggests that low-fat dairy yogurt doesn't contain the fatty acids unborn babies need to prevent allergies.
Conflicting studies are nothing new, but two out right on top of each other may make moms-to-be wonder whether they should be eating yogurt at all!
Happy Newborn Screening Awareness Month! September is a big month for back-to-school-age tots, but it's a big one for brand-new babies too. This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights how newborn screenings can affect the long-term health of children.
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