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Infants Cared for in Another Home Become Heavier Toddlers
Date:7/30/2009

lanning for breast-feeding are important, and this study shows you need to have some pretty strict rules for caregivers. Put limits on TV time, no sweet beverages and make sure infants have enough space to crawl around and eventually walk. Also, make sure they don't start solids too soon. Caregivers should maintain a stimulating environment with no TV, and toys or something for babies to move toward."

Benjamin said that "parents can be advocates and child-care providers are generally really open to suggestions. They're usually looking for ways to provide better care," she said.

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The U.S. government's Weight-Control Information Network offers advice for helping overweight children.



SOURCES: Sara Benjamin, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., postdoctoral research fellow, department of population medicine, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Boston; Goutham Rao, M.D., clinical director, Weight Management and Wellness Center, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; August 2009 Pediatrics


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