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May 2nd, 2011
08:52 AM ET

When will my baby see normally?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Mondays, it's pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu.

Question asked by Bella of Charlotte, North Carolina

I have a newborn. My pediatrician says to get close to his face when he's awake so he can see me. When will he start to see normally?
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Prenatal exposure to BPA may cause wheezing in infants
May 2nd, 2011
08:35 AM ET

Prenatal exposure to BPA may cause wheezing in infants

 A new study is adding to rising concerns about the safety of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to manufacture plastics and found in hundreds of household products, including plastic food containers, soda cans and reusable cups.

Research presented Sunday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting finds the higher the amount of BPA an expecting mother is exposed to early in her pregnancy, the more likely her newborn will experience wheezing during the first 3 years of life.

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May 2nd, 2011
12:05 AM ET

Family meals benefit health of children

A study in the journal Pediatrics finds that children and adolescents who share meals with their families at least three times per week are less likely to be overweight, eat unhealthy foods or be at risk for eating disorders.

"It tells parents what they can do to help in those nutritional issues with their children," said lead study author Amber Hammons, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

"We understand that parents are really busy, and that's definitely one of the biggest problems that's cited by parents- that it's just so difficult to manage time to prepare it and then to get all the family members to be present," she said. "What this study is suggesting is that sitting down for three meals out of the week tends to show this significant benefit." FULL POST


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