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Study: Babies should keep same doctor

March 11, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new study boosts the theory that babies should be cared for by the same doctor, especially during the first six months of their lives. Researchers studied more than 1,500 infants born in Philadelphia between 1999 and 2001. They say those who were seen regularly by the same pediatrician were more likely to be properly screened for everything from lead poisoning to anemia.

They say children from urban, low-income families often don't receive proper screening for these illnesses, which can lead to problems later in life.


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