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Newborns know more than we think

Newborns know more than we think

Free breastfeeding advice helpline

Free breastfeeding advice helpline

The Allegheny County Health Department’s Maternal and Child Health Program and Healthy Start, Inc. will collaborate to extend the Department’s free breastfeeding advice helpline hours for new mothers.

This kid’s safety product is dirtier than a toilet seat

This kid’s safety product is dirtier than a toilet seat

How do car seats get so dirty? Life happens! If you feed your child in the car seat, odds are pretty good that food will end up getting on the fabric, harnesses and in all the cracks and crevices.

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 Everything we need to know about social media – we learned in

Everything we need to know about social media – we learned in

We live in a culture virtually enveloped by digital media, 24/7. For adults and children alike, social media has become central to our very identities -- both in how we interact with our close friends and family, and in the many ways we present ourselves to, and engage with, our broader worlds.

More books, better grades: Parents hope for improving resolutions

More books, better grades: Parents hope for improving resolutions

One in five (19 percent) parents of children under the age of 18 will be encouraging them to make a New Year’s resolution. Moms (23 percent) are more likely to want to steer their children towards making a resolution than their dads (15 percent) and much more likely than the men to hope for a resolution to improve behavior at home (21 percent women, 13 percent men).

Kids choose at one of country's largest restaurants: the school cafeteria

Kids choose at one of country's largest restaurants: the school cafeteria

More than meals: How school cafeterias teach nutrition, too. This guided independence in the lunch line provides an important sense of empowerment for students as well as a chance to develop healthy eating habits for home.

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Six smart things college students should do for their eyes

Six smart things college students should do for their eyes

While accurate vision plays a vital role in learning, college students can be susceptible to a host of vision and eye problems such as injury, infection and increased nearsightedness that can complicate life in and out of class.

BBB tips to avoid college financial aid scams

BBB tips to avoid college financial aid scams

The college application process is an exciting, but expensive time for high school students. Scholarships, grants and financial aid are all common elements in the process and unfortunately, so are scams. With a new school year right around the corner, your Better Business Bureau is warning college-bound students and their parents to be wary of financial aid fraud.

Be careful what you wish for: The smart mom's guide to gifting teen books

Be careful what you wish for: The smart mom's guide to gifting teen books

For those of us that don’t want to only give the gift card to their favorite online store or for the parents who want to keep an eye on what their teens are reading, online gift book selection proves much harder. Reviews often contradict each other, the "Look Inside" shares only a glimpse, and categories confound.

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Happy holiday hints for your child with special needs

Happy holiday hints for your child with special needs

Holidays bring joy and family traditions that warm the hearts of many. For those of us who have children with special needs, the holidays take on an entirely new dimension. Like everyone, we have shopping, cooking, decorating and preparation. However, there are additional ways in which we must ready our children for the holiday season. Children who have autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and self-regulation difficulties need some assistance to navigate the

Children with Autism who live with pets are more assertive

Children with Autism who live with pets are more assertive

Dogs and other pets play an important role in individuals’ social lives, and they can act as catalysts for social interaction, previous research has shown. Although much media attention has focused on how dogs can improve the social skills of children with autism, a University of Missouri researcher recently found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lived in the home.

Facts about the history of autism

Would you ever think that autism is related to schizophrenia? And would you ever think that autism was treated with LSD? While most people may not relate autism with these things, scientists and families once did

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