Category: Child Health

Why Parents Should Listen Sensitively and Respond Promptly to a Crying Baby

– During their first weeks, most newborns cry for about two hours a day – or night! The crying of a baby has a powerful effect on his or her parents’ amygdala – a key part of the brain – that push them to take urgent measures to ensure the well-being …
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Children Raised in Poverty May Have Underdeveloped Brains

– According to a small population-based, longitudinal study, children raised in poverty show brain development deficits and score worse in test scores in comparison to their peers living in better environments. However, this effect seems to be limited to the poorest households: there are significant differences between kids in poverty and …
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Television During the Early Years Can Cause Social Skills Deficits and… Being Bullied

–  Watching television during the early years is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Babies and toddlers exposed to prolonged screen time will have more sleep problems, weight issues, attention deficits and school difficulties. Moreover, according to a new study, one more inconvenience can now be added to …
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Screaming at Young Children Can Cause Long-Term Damages

– Seeing a mother screaming “Sit back and shut up!” to her 18-month-old daughter, even in public, is a disturbing but not so uncommon situation. Many parents still need to understand that screaming at a crying baby or toddler is highly counter-productive and may cause serious long-term damages to the child’s brain development. Moms and …
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Why Are Girls Better Protected Than Boys from Autism?

– Why are girls better protected from autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and are diagnosed less often than boys from the condition? On average, only one girl is diagnosed with ASD for every four boys. The ratio is even higher in cases of high-functioning autism, with as many as seven boys …
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Meaningful Interaction with Parents Is Key for a Child’s Brain Development

– Parents who want to optimally foster their children’s brain development don’t need to look farther than themselves – from the very first day. According to Dr. Erin Frank, pediatrician at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, constant and meaningful interaction with parents is best for a child’s development: “Talking to them, singing to …
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How to Make your Baby Smarter – in the Womb!

– Babies are already able to absorb information during the last ten weeks of pregnancy. According to a recent study, when mothers talk to their fetus while touching their belly, infants in the womb display more reactions – like arm, head, and mouth movements – compared to when mothers only talk …
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The Secrets to Raising Happy Babies

– During the past month, HuffPost UK Lifestyle was celebrating Happiness and sought to know the secrets behind having happy babies. According to Jeni Hooper, a child psychologist and well-being coach, infants’ first needs are for food, warmth, sleep, to be kept clean and comfortable and protected from harm. As …
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Talk and Sing to your Fetus! Language Skills Development Starts in the Womb

– According to a new research on premature infants led by scientists at Harvard Medical School, a mother’s voice has a direct effect on the language skills development of her fetus. Hearing sounds – like words and music – is one of the first sensory experiences of a human being …
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Nine-Month-Old Babies Are the Most Amazing Creatures on Earth

– For Sir David Attenborough, nine-month-old babies are the most amazing creatures on earth. Tanith Carey explains why infants’ development is so incredible. Babies are experts at making you love themAccording to scientists, evolution designed infants to capture our hearts, a big advantage when you are so little and vulnerable. …
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