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A World of Babies

A World of Babies Finally we have “manuals on child rearing” from other cultural perspectives. A new book, by Judy DeLoache and Alma Gottlieb is a collection of such manuals. The authors of the different chapters of this book, A World of Babies.

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The Fragile Male

The Fragile Male This is a fascinating and compelling article about the innate fragility of males (Kraemer, Sebastian.British Medical Journal. 2000. 1609.

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Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Everything you always wanted to know about obstructive sleep apnea. This article is a very thorough, even though not very extensive review of the features of this, often neglected or ignored, problem. The piece provides an excellent review of the multiple causes of sleep apnea in the infant and young child, from malformations of the mandible, palate and soft palate, to tonsillitis and adenoiditis.

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Gastroesophageal Reflux

Gastroesophageal Reflux Pediatric advice to parents changes from time to time, on issues like feeding, the position of the child while asleep, holding, etc. In this comprehensive review, Dr. Susan Orenstein, who is one of the world’s experts on gastroesophageal reflux has some new advice for clinicians and parents.

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Poverty and Children

Poverty and Children In an issue of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, James Garbarino includes a chapter on being poor in the United States. Ixchel finds that the author offers a fresh and more “in depth” account of what being a poor child is, including some personal memories of his own childhood. The review is historical and includes data up to the late 90’s regarding poverty.

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Small Mother, Small Infant?

Small Mother, Small Infant? When an infant is very small, has low weight or does not gain in stature, the doctor often looks at the mother. If she is rather small, this is thought to be the cause of the child’s own small size, i.e.

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Paternal Depression

Paternal Depression There are many studies of maternal postpartum depression, but few have looked at the status of the new father. A study conducted in Liverpool, Australia (Matthey, Barnett, Ungerer and Waters) addresses, among others, this topic. Studying 157 couples who had their first child, the researchers found a higher risk of depression in the new father, when the new mother suffered depression.

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Excessive Crying and Medical Causes

Excessive Crying and Medical Causes Steven Poole and David Magilner remind the reader to always take into account the possibility that a child with intense excessive crying might have a medical condition. Actually, the authors describe their experiences in evaluating babies who are brought to the emergency room of a hospital with a complaint of excessive cry. This is particularly important in the child who has cried for several hours and cannot be soothed.

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