Slow Baby Weight Gain OK, Experts Say


Story Updated: Mar 5, 2013

Babies who are slow to put on weight are not necessarily at risk for heart problems. And the American Cancer Society has important information for former and current smokers.

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Low-dose CT scans for former and current smokers could prevent an estimated 12,000 lung cancer deaths every year.
The American Cancer Society analyzed data from a national trial and found smokers who got the scan and discovered they had cancer were better able to treat it early.
But not all doctors agree with the low-dose scans because they have a high rate of false positives and are expensive. Forty-three million Americans are smokers.
Babies who are born by Caesarian section are five times more likely to develop allergies by age 2.
That's according to a study of over 12,000 babies by Henry Ford Hospital.
Researchers believe a baby's exposure to bacteria in the birth canal is a major influencer on a baby's immune system.
Don't worry if your newborn baby is gaining weight slowly.
New research at the University of Bristol shows many infants who fail to put on weight quickly during their first nine months usually catch up over time with the right care.
Experts say calorie intake for underweight babies should not be increased because it may lead to obesity later in life.

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