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“Juice all over again!”

So why all the conversation about juice? After all, for generations, giving babies juice early in life has been an honored tradition, one felt to be of great nutritional value.
Now, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no juice at all for the first year of life and only limited amounts of freshly squeezed fruit juice for the next two years of life. The reason is simple: fruit juice, contrary to popular opinion, has little nutritional value AND is loaded with calories and sugar. So, for now, stick with breast milk as long as possible and use regular baby foods or those pureed at home.

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Avoid Smartphone Monitors for Vital Signs

Medical research has not proven that new smartphone applications to track babies’ vital signs work.
 
Experts understand the anxiety of new parents around newborn issues like SIDS. Yet they warn against these apps linked to sensors in babies’ socks, onesies, leg bands and diaper clips. They aren’t tested or approved for U.S. sale like medical devices.
 
New smartphone-integrated monitors for vital signs currently available in the U.S. or expected to debut soon include Baby Vida, MonBaby, Owlet, Snuza Pico and Sproutling.
 
Instead, parents should rely on prevention efforts proven to work. These efforts include breastfeeding and sleeping in the same room with their babies.
 
Babies should sleep in the same bedroom as their parents – but not in the same bed – for at least six months to cut the risk of sleep-related deaths. The safest spot for infant sleep is on a firm surface such as a crib or bassinet without any soft bedding, bumpers or pillows.
 
SOURCE: bit.ly/2kpM40I JAMA

Updated Peanut Allergies Guidance

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has issued updated guidance, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, regarding the peanut allergies in infants.

This guidance says that babies with severe eczema, egg allergy or both should first receive pureed or finger foods with peanuts at ages 4 months to 6 months after prior allergy testing and intake of other solid foods.

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avoid peanut allergies in infants by following these guidelines

While those with mild to moderate eczema should be exposed to peanuts at around age 6 months.

Those without eczema or food allergies can have peanut-containing foods “freely.”

Implementation of the guidelines, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and five other journals, may significantly lower pediatric food allergies, said NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

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