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Dentist says controversial restraint technique can help soothe younger patients

While some providers said a new restraint technique can help children cope better at the dentist’s office, opponents say it can actually traumatize children. 

Dr. Brian Martin, division chief of pediatric dentistry at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, said that although the “papoose board” is controversial, it can be crucial to a child’s dental visit. 

“A lot of things we do in dentistry involve a lot of instruments that are near the face, obviously, and we don’t want to have a circumstance where we put the patient at risk,” Martin said. 

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The restraint devices are used in Pittsburgh and nationwide, but not every dentist or parent approves. found a case in California where a girl suffered cuts and bruises in a papoose board. In Texas, a 4-year-old is said to have suffered brain damage, and other critics said it causes “dental PTSD.” 

Those are all risks that Martin said he doesn’t take lightly, and he admits that things can go very wrong if the device isn’t used properly. For example, if a restraint is very tight, it could limit the ability to breathe, or limit circulation to a child’s limbs. 

Martin said that every doctor needs to follow the guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry when deciding if a child needs to be restrained. That includes assessing a child’s developmental level, dental attitudes and temperament. Additionally, Martin said he will never use the papoose board without a parent’s consent. 

Melissa Hartman, whose son C.J. is 8 and was trying out the papoose board, said she reassured her son and explained how the restraints work. 

“I think, just a parent explaining it to him, to them, that, ‘You’re OK. It’s for your safety,' (helps)," Hartman said. 

Martin said the papoose board can be very soothing for children on the autism spectrum. His best advice for parents is to come up with a treatment plan together with their dentist. 

Formerly conjoined twins move to rehab after emotional farewell from hospital staff

Twin boys born conjoined at the head are now in rehab after being discharged from the New York hospital where they recovered for months following a successful separation surgery.

Jadon and Anias McDonald have captured the hearts of the country as CNN followed their tricky separation at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center.

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Two months ago, the boys underwent a 27-hour-long surgery to separate them. CNN reports that their recovery was one of the fastest ever.

Earlier this month, the boys left Montefiore Medical Center and are now at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in suburban New York, where they will undergo months of physical therapy.

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On their way out of the hospital, more than 30 medical staff lined the hallways to bid a festive farewell to the boys they have grown to love over the past two months. The boys’ father, Christian McDonald, and mom Nicole say the medical staff has become more like family over the past few months.

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“We’ve all come to an agreement that it’s not goodbye. It’s just ‘See you later,'” Nicole told CNN.

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Click here to read more about the McDonald twins’ journey.

Separated twins move to rehab after emotional hospital farewellTwo months since their separation surgery, it's now time for formerly conjoined twins Jadon and Anias McDonald to begin the next step of their journey -- months of physical, occupational and speech therapy #JadonAndAniasPosted by CNN on Thursday, December 15, 2016

Posted by Nicole McDonald on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Is it OK to leave children alone in a car? Facebook post sparks debate

An Alaska mayor's viral Facebook post about finding two children alone inside a running car in a supermarket parking lot has sparked a heated debate among parents. 

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"I am so angry right now," Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly wrote Dec. 20. "I just stood next to an UNLOCKED car, running with keys in the ignition with TWO little kids in the back seat. Fred Meyer parking lot. People everywhere. 10 minutes I stood there. Finally, Mom came out with Starbucks. I tried talking to her, warning her about her choice. She kept saying 'they're fine' and she was angry with me. Not even a 'thank you.' Unreal. Do NOT leave your kids alone in a running car, especially with unlocked doors. And YES (Fairbanks police) will be calling her."

I am so angry right now.  I just stood next to an UNLOCKED car, running with keys in the ignition with TWO little kids...Posted by Jim Matherly on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

In a follow-up comment, Matherly clarified that the children – one sleeping, one playing – were about 4 and 6 years old. 

The post prompted hundreds of reactions and comments. 

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3-year-old strikes pose for adorable photo to celebrate adoption

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

After 832 days in foster care, 3-year-old Michael Brown was adopted just in time for Christmas, when he got the greatest gift of all: family.

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Tara Montgomery had been taking care of Michael since he was 18 months old, but didn't initially intend to adopt him. 

"As a single parent, I was not looking to adopt, just to help kids during transition," she told ABC News

But after plans to reunite him with his biological mother didn't pan out, Montgomery filed for adoption papers, saying she had to make sure he would never wonder where he might end up next.

"He's been through a lot," she told CNN. "This is his third foster family, but he had been with us for so long, and he was a part of our family."

Montgomery calls Michael her "Valentine's baby" because he joined her family on Valentine's Day last year.

On Tuesday, the adoption, which Montgomery calls "meant to be," became official.

Fist raised in the air, Michael celebrated the occasion in front of a sign that reads, "Some things are worth the wait." One of his new sisters caught the special moment on camera and shared it on Twitter. Since then, the photo has garnered more than 57,000 retweets and more than 142,000 likes.

"This photo is the definition of his personality," Montgomery told ABC.

Michael already had the same last name as his new sisters, and Montgomery said people always say the siblings look alike. She said her daughters have been a big influence in Michael's transition into the family. 

"He is a sick kiddo who had visited the doctor 26 times in just a year, and they always helped," she told ABC. "Breathing treatments, meds, ear drops and most of all, snuggles. They never tell him no."

Montgomery described Michael as "loving," "smart" and "always smiling."

"We are so happy to have Michael in our lives," Montgomery said. "He wakes in the morning and says, 'Mom, I so happy.'"

Stranger leaves note to shame mother over handicapped parking spot

A Tulsa, Oklahoma, mother said a stranger left a note on her car shaming her for using a handicapped parking spot Wednesday afternoon.

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“We watched you pull into handicap spot and get out carrying a toddler," the note read. "You have no right to park in a handicap! It is for handicap people! Shame on you!”

Mom Colleen Stice said the stranger was too quick to judge, because her 4-year-old son uses a wheelchair. They didn’t have it with them at the time because it was being cleaned after her son had an accident. She said her handicapped tag was in full view on her car's rear view mirror.

Stice said that what the stranger didn’t see was how much she struggled to hold her son after a long day of shopping for Christmas presents.

She wrote a response in a Facebook post Wednesday night.

"It is not your place to judge me or my decisions on where to park. It isn’t your place to shame me the way you did. Don’t let today’s society make you think otherwise," Stice wrote. "I know shaming has become a huge part of our culture these days, but please, please, don’t do this to another person. You don’t know what they may be going through. I was having an alright day today, but I was doing what I could to ignore the sad feelings that arise around Rowan’s birthday every year. These feelings happen to all special needs parents when they see their children turning another year older, but mentally not aging more than a few months if they’re lucky.

"What you did made me cry. What you did blew away the wall I had put up to keep those feelings from getting to me. What you did hurt me more than you can possibly understand. And I was having an alright day.

"Imagine how bad days can get for special needs parents. The possibilities are endless," Stice wrote. "You don’t know me, and you don’t know the next person you see parking in a handicapped spot. Don’t shame them. They probably don’t deserve it. Just be kind."

 Posted by Colleen Scarlett-Stice on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Former '16 and Pregnant' star found dead at 23

Former "16 and Pregnant" star Valerie Fairman, 23, was found dead in a friend's home Wednesday.

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According to TMZ, Fairman's mother told the publication that the former reality star was found in the bathroom at a friend's home in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. When Fairman didn't come out of the bathroom, her friend knocked down the door and found her unresponsive.

The coroner has yet to perform a toxicology test, but according to her family, it appears that her death was most likely due to a drug overdose.

The cause of death remains under investigation.

Since being on the second season of the MTV reality show in 2010, Fairman has had a number of run-ins with the law. She was ordered to rehab earlier this year after a parole violation, court records showed.

She has been arrested on charges of prostitution and providing false identification.

Fairman's 7-year-old child, Neveah, is currently in the custody of Fairman's mother.

"We are saddened by the news of Valerie Fairman's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time," an MTV representative said in a statement.

WATCH: Girl with autism stuns with heartwarming performance of 'Hallelujah'

A schoolgirl from Donaghadee, Northern Ireland, is warming hearts this holiday season after a video of her moving rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" went viral.

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According to BBC Newsbeat, 10-year-old Kayleigh Rogers, who has autism and ADHD, recently sang the song at Killard House School's Christmas concert. A video of her performance was shared Sunday on Facebook and quickly went viral, with more than 716,000 views by Thursday morning.

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Florida woman awakens to dead newborn in bed for second time

A 25-year-old Florida woman faces a charge of aggravated manslaughter in the death of her 18-day-old baby.

The incident was the second time Erin Piche-Pitts woke up to find that her newborn baby had died in her bed.

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According to WFTS, Piche-Pitts took her newborn out of a bassinet Oct. 6, when she heard the baby crying. Piche-Pitts fell asleep with the baby in her arms.

When she woke up hours later, the infant was dead. This is the second time this had happened.

The first time was in December 2009, when Piche-Pitts fell asleep while breastfeeding her 13-day-old infant.

The baby was asphyxiated. It was ruled that the cause of death was "due to probable overlay and co-sleeping." It was ruled an accidental death.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Piche-Pitts has been arrested at least nine other times for crimes including battery domestic violence, aggravated battery, larceny and possession of meth.

Since the October incident was the second case in which Piche-Pitts was responsible for the death of a newborn, she was charged with aggravated manslaughter.

The Polk County Sheriff’'s Office said that because Piche-Pitts received "multiple warnings on the dangers of co-sleeping and multiple face-to-face counseling sessions" after the first death, there was probable cause to charge her.

"This lady doesn't get it," Sheriff Grady Judd said, according to WTVT. "This is a very, very sad situation that these children died."

Sheriff Grady Judd said Piche-Pitts was warned and counseled multiple times about the potential dangers of co-sleeping prior to the death of her second child. Police said Piche-Pitts assured her doctor she would not co-sleep with her newborn.

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Whoa, baby: Naturally conceived quadruplets born in Georgia

Multiples run in Kortney Miller’s family. But she’s the first to give birth to quadruplets.

On Friday, Miller and her husband, Justin, welcomed four babies: Brandon, Brayden, Bryant and sister Kenlee.

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“I am doing so much better now that they are here,” Miller said in a hospital news release.

Piedmont Newnan received a holiday miracle early when these quadruplets were delivered Friday! Kortney and Justin Miller...Posted by Piedmont Healthcare on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Delivered at 29 weeks, each baby weighed about 3 pounds. The babies were conceived naturally, a one-in-700,000 chance, according to Piedmont Newnan Hospital, where the babies were delivered.

“Things could not have gone better,” said Adegboyega Aderibigbe, a Piedmont neonatologist. “Everyone knew what to expect. When the day arrived, we had a few hours’ notice and everything went smoothly, thanks to the ‘quad squad’s’ teamwork.”

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The hospital’s “quad squad” started planning for the babies’ arrival months earlier when Miller was about four months along.

Heather Turner, an OB-GYN at the hospital, delivered the babies via Cesarean section. Turner previously delivered the couple’s 4-year-old son, Bentlee.

“We are so excited and blessed to have four healthy babies,” Miller said.

Amy Schumer buys back farm her family lost as gift for dad

Christmas came early for Amy Schumer and her family.

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The comedienne reportedly bought the farm her family lost years ago and surprised her father with the gift earlier this week. Schumer revealed the exciting news to fans on Instagram on Monday.

“Today I bought my father’s farm back,” she captioned a photo of herself on FaceTime with her father.

Today I bought my father's farm back. A photo posted by @amyschumer on Dec 19, 2016 at 1:39pm PST

Schumer also shared a sweet old video of herself running in the cornfields at her family’s farm.

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“Video from the farm when I was running away in the cornfield and my dad was taunting me because I wanted him to come with me,” she wrote. “We lost the farm when we lost everything else. But today I got to buy it back for him.”

Video from the farm when I was running away in the cornfield and my dad was taunting me because I wanted him to come with me. We lost the farm when we lost everything else. But today I got to buy it back for him. A video posted by @amyschumer on Dec 19, 2016 at 1:42pm PST

According to People, Schumer’s father, Gordon, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was a child, and the family lost everything when they were forced to file for bankruptcy. She drew inspiration from her father for the movie “Trainwreck” and has been vocal about how comedy helped her get through the tough times.

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