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How do I get my baby to sleep through the night?

The answer to the question, “How do I get my baby to sleep through the night?” has been the proverbial unicorn or Bigfoot for many parents, probably for many centuries: easy to imagine but much harder to find.

And while parents search for the magic formula to get their little bundles of joy to finally sleep through the night, Health Talk is here to offer five tips and suggestions from our resident sleep expert, Michael Howell, M.D.

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Mealtime with children: Let them feed themselves

It’s fair to say that mealtime with children may not always be the most appetizing experience. Peas all over their face. Oatmeal in their hair. Some of each course being spit back in your direction. It’s magical.

But for parents, serving a child during a family meal and watching them feed themselves can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

Now, a new understanding of children and portion control shows that in addition to letting children feed themselves, it may also be beneficial for parents to take a hands-off approach when it comes to serving their kids during mealtime.

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research-and-clinical-trials

U of M study finds pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation provides significant sustained pain relief in children with chronic pancreatitis

Researchers in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Surgery have found that total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation (TP-IAT) can provide significant, sustained pain relief and improve the quality of life in children with chronic pancreatitis (CP). Traditionally, surgeons would refrain from operating on younger patients, especially children, however this research shows that younger children actually fared better after surgery and had fewer complications than their counterparts.

The study was led by Srinath Chinnakotla, M.D., associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and was recently published in the Annals of Surgery.

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U of M Expert Perspectives: The problem with wipes, or how to protect delicate skin

A report out of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine is causing chatter in parenting groups nationwide, but for dermatologists, the findings simply confirm what they’ve been saying all along.

Preservatives in baby wipes may be causing skin reactions, and parents should limit exposure of these types of chemicals to a child’s skin.

HealthTalk spoke with Ingrid Polcari, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology and a practicing pediatric dermatologist, for more.

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in-the-news

In the News: Electronics no substitute for conversation at family meals

Cutting down on media time at family meals may provide a leg up on child health, according to new research from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

University of Minnesota researchers found families who allowed frequent device use at the dinner table served less healthful meals and reported lower levels of family communication. Families who established rules limiting electronics use were more likely to report just the opposite: better communication and more nutritious meals.

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Research snapshot: U of M researcher finds genetic variant may contribute to infant leukemia

Findings recently published in the journal, Leukemia, show new genetic links to infant leukemia. The work was conducted by Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota member Julie Ross, Ph.D., director of the Division of Pediatric Epidemiology & Clinical Research in the University of Minnesota Medical School, and her colleagues from the University of Minnesota and Washington University in Saint Louis.

After examining the entire coding DNA in healthy cells of 23 infant leukemia patients and their mothers, they found the infants had an enrichment of potentially harmful variants in their healthy DNA making them especially susceptible to developing the disease…

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