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Breathing Problems During Sleep May Affect Mental Development in Infants and Young Children

Children who have problems breathing during sleep tend to score lower on tests of mental development and intelligence than do other children their age, according to two studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Helping Your Overweight Child

Children become overweight for a variety of reasons. The most common causes are genetic factors, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of these factors. In rare cases, a medical problem, such as an endocrine disorder, may cause a child to become overweight. Your physician can perform a careful physical exam and some blood tests, if necessary, to rule out this type of problem.

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Study Confirms Safety of Placing Infants to Sleep on their Backs Infants Who Sleep on Back Have Fewer Fevers and Ear Infections

A team of researchers reports that infants who are placed to sleep on their backs are not at increased risk for health problems, and they are less likely to develop fevers, get stuffy noses, or develop otitis media (ear infection). Placing infants to sleep on their backs has been found to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

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Fluid in the Middle Ear: Tips for Parents

A doctor said your child has fluid in the middle ear, also called otitis (oh-TIE-Tus) media with effusion (uh-FEW-zhun) (OME). Fluid usually does not bother children and it almost always goes away on its own. This does not have to be treated with antibiotics, unless it lasts for a few months. Here are some facts about OME and ear infections.

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