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Your Baby's Food Might Have Heavy Metal In It — Here's How To Keep Them Safe

A recent Consumer Reports sampling of 50 different types of packaged toddler and baby food found concerning levels of heavy metals, but they're not going to be recalled, because it's all perfectly legal — and potentially dangerous, according to CBS…
By Jenn Rose

How Often Should You Poop? It All Depends On What's Normal For You

Everyone poops, or so says the popular classic children's book, but unless you're discussing it with your kids or there's something out of the ordinary going on, you probably don't discuss how often you poop with others very regularly — not even…
By Lauren Schumacker

Doctors Rethink Treatment For Babies Born With Opioid Dependencies

For decades, the common practice of treating babies born with opioid dependencies — known as neonatal abstinence syndrome formally — involved separating the infant from their mother immediately, and transferring them to neonatal intensive care. And,…
By Annamarya Scaccia

Your Baby's Food Might Have Heavy Metal In It — Here's How To Keep Them Safe

A recent Consumer Reports sampling of 50 different types of packaged toddler and baby food found concerning levels of heavy metals, but they're not going to be recalled, because it's all perfectly legal — and potentially dangerous, according to CBS…
By Jenn Rose

These Pregnancy Sweat Relief Tips Will Help Keep The Pit Stains Away

The miracle of life is beautiful, but let's be honest: Pregnancy comes with some totally whack symptoms. What will your body do next? Who knows! It should be a drinking game — except, oh yeah, you can't drink. One such inconvenient pregnancy side…
By Shannon Evans

How A Daycare Teacher, A Pediatrician, & A Mom of Four Avoid Getting Sick All The Time

There is nothing ruder than a cold on a 90-degree day. But for those of us in charge of multiple sets of sticky fingers, colds are just as likely to arrive in August as they are in the depths of January. And when it comes to common illnesses, it…
By De Elizabeth

6 Maternity Items Worth Buying, No Matter How Silly They Seem

When you're busy growing a tiny human, it can feel like you're in a grueling endurance challenge. Whether you're suddenly up at night tossing and turning, experiencing constant lower back pain or leg aches, or have an irritatingly itchy belly, it's…
By Kate Miller

5 Personality Traits Your Toddler Will Have for Life, According to Science

When you're looking at your toddler busily overturning their bowl of Cheerios, babbling at their favorite stuffed animal, or sleeping peacefully in their crib, it's hard to imagine that that sweet little cherub will one day be driving a car... or…
By Shana Aborn

A Generic EpiPen Has *Finally* Been Approved By The FDA

For adults and children who live with severe allergies, having quick access to epinephrine in the event of a bee sting or exposure to a food allergen can mean the difference life and death. This fast-acting medication — usually administered in the…
By Michelle Stein

Every Parent Should Watch Out For These Common Playground Dangers

Even though you probably tend to think of today's playgrounds as less dangerous than the ones you played on (with their metal slides and patches of asphalt under the swings), playground injuries are still surprisingly common. Sure, the asphalt has…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

What You Need To Know About The Measles Outbreak That's Spread To 21 States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a concerning report on Wednesday detailing the largest measles outbreak since 2015. As of this week, according to USA Today, 107 cases of measles have been identified across 21 states, and it's…
By Gillian Walters

Turns Out There's A Real Reason Why You Keep Dropping *Everything* During Pregnancy

One of the wonders of pregnancy, aside from sleepless nights and morning sickness, is the profound inability to get a freaking grip. After dropping your car keys for the hundredth time and retrieving them from the floor with the grace of water…
By Lindsey Nesmith

Here's How To Keep Your Pups Safe If You're In An Area Affected By Wildfires

Wildfires are raging across the country, and this is turning out to be yet another deadly season for the blazes. Anyone in the affected areas can feel the oppressive weight of the poor air quality looming over them like a dirty, decrepit blanket,…
By Cat Bowen

The Foods A Nutritionist *Refuses* To Pack In Her Kid's Lunch Actually Make Sense

I'll admit I'm a little bit obsessive over my kids' lunches — when I post them to Instagram. The rest of the time? I'm pretty laid back in my approach. As an example, yesterday, as I "packed" their lunch for summer camp, I went to the local Chinese…
By Cat Bowen

If Your Area Is Full Of Wildfires, Here's How To Keep That Smoke Out Of Your Home

Fire season in 2018 has been intense. My friends in California, Utah, and Oregon have been lamenting on social media about their fears that the fire might come too close, and also that the smoke and the air quality in the region is growing worse by…
By Cat Bowen

I'm A Mom With Rheumatoid Arthritis & This Is What It's Like

"Mommy, will you play with me?" my 5-year-old son asks from the doorway of my bedroom. "No," I respond quietly, "I can't right now. I don't feel good. Maybe later." I can't get out of bed, let alone chase my son around the yard like I used to, and…
By Steph Montgomery

My Son Has To Wear A Helmet & It’s NBD

I first noticed it when I was changing my 8-week-old son’s diaper last fall. “Hey,” I said to my husband, summoning him over to the changing table. “Have you noticed his head is getting flat on one side?” “Hmm…” he said, peering at the baby’s head,…
By Caroline Hand

A Back-To-School Letter To All Moms: My Child Has A Life-Threatening Food Allergy

Dear Fellow Moms, As another school year begins, I feel my anxiety creeping in. Like most of you, I'm sure, I worry about my kids being successful, making friends, following the rules, and staying safe while at school. I think sending our children…
By Steph Montgomery

7 Common Household Appliances That May Make You Less Fertile

When you initially think that it might be time for you and your partner to start a family, you might begin thinking far more about your (and their) fertility. And when you consider the impact that a variety of different things might have on your…
By Lauren Schumacker

Study: This New Pain Relief Drug Could Reduce The Need For Epidurals During Childbirth

Childbirth is painful — that is a fact the medical field has done their best to navigate around, searching for pain relief methods suitable for labor. Although epidurals and pain medications exist, they can definitely stand to be improved upon. Now,…
By Vanessa Taylor

7 Signs Your Bloating Is Actually A Larger Inflammation Issue

Bloating isn't fun for anyone. It's uncomfortable, sometimes painful, and occasionally embarrassing, depending on if the bloating is obvious or noticeable. But sometimes your bloating isn't as benign or innocent as you might think, sometimes there…
By Lauren Schumacker