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  • Top of the Morning: "Baby Fever" Affects Men, Too!

    Plus, see the cute IKEA plush toys patterned after real kids' drawings for a cause.
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • 1. Baby fever affects men, too!

    Research published in the journal Emotion suggests that the sudden, irrepressible urge to have kids is not limited to women, but it can also affect men. Baby fever, or the phenomenon where seeing a cute, adorable infant makes you want to have kids, affects both sexes, although the intensity is greater in women than in men. Researchers suggest that baby fever is a signal to the brain that it’s time to procreate, or in other cases, that you might be running out of time. On the other hand, seeing babies who cry and scream may suppress baby fever.(yahoo.com)

    2. Ikea turns children's drawings into real plush toys for a cause

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    Ten kids’ drawings from around the world were lucky enough to be picked by the furniture giant and turned into real plush toys to raise money for its Soft Toys for Education Campaign.  The campaign has been going on for more than a decade, but this is the first time they used toys designed by actual children. The proceeds from the sale of the toys will go to UNICEF and Save The Children. (boredpanda.com)

    3. Recall Alert: Skippy® Peanut Butter
    Hormel Foods is recalling jars of its Skippy® Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread because they might contain metal shavings. No injuries have been reported so far. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that any object found in food which is more than seven millimetres long can cause for choking, gastrointestinal perforation, or secondary infection. Customers are urged to check the “Best if used by” date and have the product exchanged. (yahoo.com)

    4. Baby formula does not reduce baby’s risk for eczema
    The British Medical Journal retracted a 1989 study about baby formula (instead of breast milk) helping reduce the risk of infant eczema for babies with a family history of the skin allergy. The study was discredited due to scientific misconduct on the part of the study's author.  The American Academy of Pediatrics, though, maintains its recommendation of a restrictive diet for breastfeeding moms solely to prevent allergies. (huffingtonpost.com)

    5. Heaven or Hospital? Girl allowed to make end-of-life choice
    In an attempt to include kids in decisions that affect their lives, five-year-old Julianna Snow was asked by her parents to choose between heaven or hospital, and she chose heaven. She was diagnosed with a severe case of incurable neurodegenerative Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease before she turned two. With her condition, a simple cold could be fatal to her, as her coughing and breathing muscles are too weak to fend off pneumonia. The last time she got an infection, she had to undergo a painful procedure, so her parents decided to ask her what she wants the next time it happens. (cnn.com)

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