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Health Tips for May 13

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:22pm
Health Tip: Baby's Transition From Liquid Diet

Most babies typically stick to a diet of formula or breast milk up until about 4-to-6 months of age. When she's ready to start to add solid foods to her diet, she'll give you some signs to let you know.

Here are some signs your baby may be ready for solid food, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:

* She is now double her birth weight.
* She can support her own head and neck well.
* With some help, she is beginning to sit up.
* Expressing that she is full by closing her mouth or turning her head away from the food.
* Expressing an interest in solid foods that other people are eating.

Health Tip: Using Hair Dyes

Some studies have associated certain chemicals found in some hair dyes and coloring products to an increased risk of various types of cancer.

While there has not been a definite cause-and-effect established, it's important to take precautions when dying your hair.

Here are some safety tips to follow to reduce skin exposure when using hair dyes, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

* Don't leave the dye in your hair longer than required -- rinse it out after the time stated on the directions.
* Be sure to completely rinse your hair and scalp of the dye and residue.
* When putting the hair dye on your hair, wear gloves.
* Always follow the instructions carefully.
* Don't mix multiple hair dyes or other products together.
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