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The heartwarming reason a police chief follows a school bus for special-needs children every day

Before sunrise every morning, Ralls, Texas, Police Chief Steven Longoria follows a school bus as it picks up seven special-needs students.

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“It started probably mid to last school year,” Longoria told KLBK.

Longoria said he got several complaints from concerned parents that people were not stopping for the bus as kids were boarding in the dark, early hours of the morning.

“Safety is a top priority, especially for special-needs kids,” Longoria said. “It’s just something we have to do. It’s hard enough to keep a lot of them on the bus. You don’t want one getting off and getting hit by a car that doesn’t want to stop.”

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Longoria lives in a small town and knows all the kids on the school bus. His kids often play with them at his house.

He said he’s happy to go the extra mile in the morning to make sure everyone gets to school safely.

“We have pretty good citizen support here,” Chief Longoria said. “But to know the kids appreciate it as well as the adults – it makes us feel like we are doing the right thing here.”

Mamas & Papas Armadillo stroller recalled

A popular line of strollers is being recalled because of a potential falling hazard.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that Mamas & Papas has issued a voluntary recall of its Armadillo Flip Strollers.

A loose latch can allow the seat to tip back which poses a falling hazard to infants.

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About 3,000 strollers have been sold. There have been 10 reports of the seats falling back.

No children have been hurt.

The company is instructing parents to stop using the stroller and send it to them for repair. Officials said it hopes to return the stroller to owners within two weeks.

They were sold at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby and Amazon among other retailers from December 2014 through July. The strollers cost between $500 and $550.

The recalled strollers have lot codes 00814 to 00416 for the Armadillo Flip and 01214 to 00416 for the Armadillo Flip XT.

For more information, as well as information on where to send the strollers for repair, consumers can call Mamas & Papas at 800-309-6312 or visit the company's website and click on the button that says "Voluntary Recall Notice" in the upper left corner. 

FDA: 10 children's deaths may be linked to homeopathic teething tablets

The deaths of 10 children may be linked to homeopathic tablets that claim to relieve babies' teething pain, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

CNN reports that the FDA is looking into the deaths and 400 "adverse events" reported to the agency.

>> Don't give kids homeopathic teething tablets, FDA warns parents

"The relationship of these deaths to the homeopathic teething products has not yet been determined and is currently under review," the FDA said in a statement, according to CNN.

The news comes less than two weeks after the FDA warned parents against using the products amid reports of infants and children having seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy and other health issues after taking the tablets.

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On Tuesday, Hyland's announced it will no longer distribute its teething products in the U.S.

"Many retailers, because of the announcement, have chosen to stop selling homeopathic teething medicines in their stores while others have not," the company said in a letter on its website. "We are confident that any available Hyland’s teething products, including those you already have, are safe for use. Of course, parents who may have concerns should consult with their physicians before using any medicines, read labels carefully and follow all instructions."

Read more here.

Hospital worker explains why parents pay to hold their newborns

A Reddit post recently went viral when a man claimed that he and his wife were charged $39.35 to "hold (their) baby after he was born."

>> Hospital charges couple $39.35 to hold their newborn baby

The charge was listed as "skin to skin after c sec," or skin to skin contact between the woman and her newborn son after the she underwent a caesarean section.

"During the C-section, the nurse asked my wife if she would like to do skin to skin after the baby was born. Which of course anyone would say yes to. We just noticed it in the bill today," the Reddit user, Ryan Grassley, wrote on the social media site.

Days after the post went viral, a Canadian doula wrote a message on Facebook explaining the charge. A doula is a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born.

"During a caesarean, many people become shaky, nauseous, uncomfortable, even faint. These are normal physiological reactions. In order to facilitate skin to skin in the OR, an extra nurse needs to be available to assist," Meaghan Grant wrote. "And before people scream that 'there's a nurse for the baby,' there is, but that nurse has other responsibilities in the OR. They aren't either holding the baby or twiddling their thumbs. So yes, an extra nurse is needed."

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Grant, who said she works on an advisory board at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, said nurses are often hospitals' "biggest budget item" and "their time and their presence ... should be valued."

Instead of "screaming about the big, bad, awful hospital system," Grant urged people to shift their focus.

"Let's (acknowledge) that this hospital is doing skin to skin in the OR! That's amazing! We should be celebrating that," she wrote.

One Reddit user who claimed to be a nurse first explained the charge, commenting on Grassley's post saying: "I didn't know that hospitals charged for it, but doing 'skin to skin' in the operating room requires an additional staff member to be present just to watch the baby. We used to take all babies to the nursery once the NICU team made sure everything was OK. 'Skin to skin' in the OR is a relatively new thing and requires a second labor and delivery RN to come into the OR and make sure the baby is safe."

A representative at Sunnybrook confirmed Grant's post, telling The Huffington Post, that "In the case of a C-section, where the bedside caregiver is occupied caring for the mother during surgery, an additional nurse is brought into the OR to allow the infant to remain in the OR suite with the mother."

Some Facebook users thanked Grant for explaining the charge, while others maintained their belief that it is "ludicrous."

"I'm guessing since the nurse is already at work, she's already being paid and that has already been figured into the hospitals budget. So why they need to charge people for that, no clue," one Facebook user wrote.

"It's not really about disrespecting the nurses in the hospital nor ignoring safety - it's that hospitals in the US are full of exorbitant costs and nurses aren't paid nearly enough in many cases," another commented.

Today an image went viral. This picture was of a hospital bill. On that bill was a line item for "skin to skin after...Posted by Meaghan Grant on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Viral sensation 'Baby Buns' leaves hospital days before his 1st birthday

An 11-month-old nicknamed “Baby Buns” is finally leaving the hospital just nine days before his first birthday.

Kaleb Graves was born 16 weeks early last October, but his story started weeks before that.

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His parents, Dana Griffin-Graves and Arkell Graves, went viral when Arkell broke down upon finding out his wife was pregnant. After four miscarriages and a stillbirth during their 17 year marriage, the couple had given up on trying to have a child.

At age 41, Griffin-Graves found out she was 19 weeks pregnant and decided to surprise her husband by putting a bag of buns in the oven with the sonogram picture. Graves openly wept as his wife filmed the moment.

Related: Couple in viral pregnancy video to deliver baby at 24 weeks

Since his birth, Kaleb has struggled with many medical issues, including undergoing a tracheotomy, and had to remain in the neonatal intensive care unit at a Virginia hospital.

The family posted on its Facebook page Tuesday that Kaleb and his family are finally going home.

Kaleb will still require medical care at home, but the Griffin-Graves said on Facebook they spent time preparing to care for him, taking 12 hours to do so.

The initial video of Arkell finding out about his wife's pregnancy has more than 10 million views.

In October 2015, Griffin-Graves' sister Melanie Griffin-Hamlin set up a GoFundMe page to help with Kaleb's medical costs. It has rasied ovr $9,000 toward its $20,000 goal.

 We all know Practice makes perfect and in preparation of Kaleb's release we've practiced using the home ventilator,...Posted by Arkell & Dana's Baby Bun on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Mom who had 6 miscarriages celebrates 'rainbow baby' with must-see photo shoot

A pregnant Connecticut mom who suffered six miscarriages is welcoming the newest member of her family with a stunning maternity photo shoot.

Rainbow baby:  It was an incredible and collaborative effort to get this shot.  I thought for sure Mary Maloney, was...Posted by From Labor to Love on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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According to the Huffington Post, Jess Mahoney and her husband, Kevin, had their first child, Corbin, four years ago. After Corbin's birth, the couple experienced the painful loss of six pregnancies.

Now, Jess is pregnant with her "rainbow baby," a term for a child "born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss,"according to Kicks Count. And photographer JoAnn Marrero of From Labor to Love knew just how to mark the occasion.

"I knew I had to do something extra special for her family," Marrero said in an interview with CBS News.

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Marrero teamed up with Mary Maloney of Pebbles and Polka Dots Photography for a fiery photo shoot, complete with rainbow smoke bombs and colorful hair dye.

“With each burst of color, we watched this portrait coming to life behind my lens,” Marrero told CBS News.

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Marrero and Maloney shared the photo on Facebook, where it quickly went viral.

"I am excited and honored to share this beautiful moment and cannot wait for this baby to be born," Marrero wrote. "She will be spoiled for sure!"

>> See a behind-the-scenes photo here

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Hospital charges couple $39.35 to hold their newborn baby

A man who posted a photo of a hospital bill after his wife delivered their baby said they were charged to hold their newborn.

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Reddit user halfthrottle said he and his wife "got a chuckle" when they saw the $39.35 charge, which was billed as "skin to skin after c sec."

"During the C-section, the nurse asked my wife if she would like to do skin to skin after the baby was born. Which of course anyone would say yes to. We just noticed it in the bill today," he wrote. "The nurse let me hold the baby on my wife's neck/chest. Even borrowed my camera to take a few pictures for us. Everyone involved in the process was great, and we had a positive experience." 

Many Reddit users voiced outrage about the charge, but one user who claimed to be a nurse said there was a valid explanation for the fee.

"I didn't know that hospitals charged for it, but doing 'skin to skin' in the operating room requires an additional staff member to be present just to watch the baby," user FiftySixer wrote. "We used to take all babies to the nursery once the NICU team made sure everything was OK. 'Skin to skin' in the OR is a relatively new thing and requires a second labor and delivery RN to come into the OR and make sure the baby is safe."

According to the La Leche League of Canada, skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby immediately after birth "helps regulate the baby's temperature, breathing, heart rate and sugar levels. It also calms the baby so he (or she) doesn't get stressed out or cry a lot."

"This is part of the operating procedure, where after the baby is removed, it is placed on the mother's chest and monitored while she is being stitched back up. It should be free, and it's ridiculous it's not," another Reddit user wrote.

I had to pay $39.35 to hold my baby after he was born.

Don't give kids homeopathic teething tablets, FDA warns parents

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week warned parents against using homeopathic teething tablets and gels as regulators investigate reports of infants and children suffering seizures and other health issues after taking the natural remedies.

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The FDA zeroed in on tablets and gels distributed by CVS Pharmacy and Hyland's Homeopathy in a warning released Friday, although regulators noted that other retailers might sell the products or similar ones in stores nationwide and online.

The tablets and gels are unnecessary to get children through teething, Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a news release.

"We recommend parents and caregivers not give homeopathic teething tablets and gels to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives," she said.

Regulators warned parents to be particularly careful if children suffer from seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating or agitation, all signs of belladonna toxicity, after taking the teething remedies.

The warning comes six years after the FDA warned parents against using Hyland's Teething Tablets. Regulators said a laboratory analysis found that the tablets used an inconsistent amount of belladonna, a substance that can be toxic in large doses.

Belladonna, also known as deadly nightshade, is not uncommon in homeopathic remedies and is used by Hyland's to combat redness, inflammation and general discomfort.

In a statement, Hyland's described the FDA warning as a "surprise" and said the company is "confident that Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets remain safe."

The company is cooperating with the FDA investigation, although it said it had yet to learn of any of the data supporting the FDA's warning.

The company's teething tablets are sold over the counter and are tested for excessive belladonna content and contaminants, Hyland's said.

"A 10-pound child would have to accidentally ingest, all at the same time, more than a dozen bottles of 135 Baby Teething Tablets before experiencing even dry mouth from the product," the company said in a statement.

"Additionally, the body clears belladonna alkaloids from any single dose in a matter of hours," making it unlikely that the substance would build in a person's system, the company said.

The company also worried about "rumors" that cause "fear and worry" about belladonna.

"This new FDA statement increases the confusion," the company said. "The safety and effectiveness of Hyland's natural homeopathic medicines is our top priority. That's why we work with regulators to ensure that our products meet the highest standards."

However, the FDA said the tablets and gels have not been evaluated or approved for either safety or efficacy by the government agency. Regulators said they were unaware "of any proven health benefit of the products."

The FDA is investigating the issue. Among other steps, regulators are testing product samples to determine whether there are unsafe levels of belladonna or other substances.

6-year-old victim of South Carolina school shooting to have superhero funeral

The family of Jacob Hall, the 6-year-old who died days after he was critically injured in a South Carolina school shooting, will pay tribute to the boy with a superhero-themed funeral.

The family of 6-year old Jacob Hall speaks about his passing. The first-grader died this afternoon, three days after being shot at Townville Elementary School.Posted by Fox Carolina News on Saturday, October 1, 2016

According to WHNS, Jacob, a first-grader at Townville Elementary School in Townville, was on the playground Wednesday when police say a 14-year-old gunman opened fire, shooting the boy in the leg. The loss of blood caused Jacob to suffer a "major brain injury," The Associated Press reported. He died Saturday afternoon.

>> Coroner: 6-year-old victim of South Carolina school shooting has died

The teen, who authorities believe fatally shot his father before the rampage, also injured two others at the school – a teacher and a student – before he was taken into custody, police said. 

Anderson School District 4 and the staff and students at Townville Elementary mourn the loss of 6-year-old Jacob Hall. ...Posted by Joanne Avery on Saturday, October 1, 2016

Jacob's mother, Renae Hall, told reporters Saturday that Jacob loved superheroes – especially the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – and "wanted to save everybody," WHNS reported.

>> South Carolina school shooting: Suspected gunman's father found dead

So that's how his family will remember him at his funeral Wednesday.

"I don't want suits and ties and all that," Hall said of the service, set for 11 a.m. at Oakdale Baptist Church. "There will be a lot of children there, and I don't want it to be scary for them. Jacob will be dressed in his superhero costume."

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The pallbearers also will wear superhero costumes, said Hall, who is encouraging guests to dress as their favorite heroes.

Batman and a special Batmobile will be at the funeral, as well, thanks to charity group Heroes 4 Higher.

“We’re just going there to honor his life and celebrate him,” John Buckland, founder of Heroes 4 Higher, told the Huffington Post. “We’re really just there to go and support his family, and at the same time, we want to take this situation and inspire people to take pain and turn it into power.”

Read more here and here.

The Townville Tragedy; Jacob Hall update 10/1/16 3:40pm: The saddest news... Little Jacob has been removed from life...Posted by Alan Clemmons on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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