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Health Tips for November 30

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:22pm
Health Tip: Female Infertility

About 7.3 million females in the United States aged 15 to 44 had difficulty becoming pregnant or carrying a baby to term in 2002, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists these factors that may contribute to female infertility:

* Age.
* Stress.
* Unhealthy diet.
* Being overweight or obese, or significantly underweight.
* Strenuous exercise.
* Smoking or drinking alcohol.
* Sexually transmitted disease.
* Health conditions that affect hormone production.

Health Tip: Cut Baby's Nails

An infant's fingernails may seem soft, but they can still scratch the skin or eyes.

Here are suggestions on how to cut your baby's nails, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:

* Start clipping nails when your baby is a newborn.
* Always use nail clippers made especially for babies -- never adult nail clippers.
* Cut fingernails at least once weekly.
* Cut toenails twice each month.
* Smooth jagged edges on your baby's fingernails with an emery board.
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