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Babbling with your baby speeds up language development


You might feel funny talking back to a baby's incoherent babbling, but new research shows that responding to an infant's goo-ing and gah-ing shows them they can communicate and speeds up language development.

Smoking in pregnancy affects grandchildren's health


Adding to the plethora of reasons why pregnant women ought to quit smoking, a new study has found that smoking in pregnancy won't just put your unborn baby at risk, but it could also affect the growth of their children.

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Prenatal exposure to antidepressants could increase risk of ADHDExposure to antidepressants in the womb may be linked to an increased risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but not autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a new study has found.

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Babies on antibiotics could have higher risk of obesity: studyPrescribing long courses of antibiotics to babies and toddlers could make them more likely to be obese when they're older, according to US researchers.

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