Category: Child Health

4 Important Things Babies Need to Learn

- Parents have a powerful influence on their children from day one, even as early as conception, as soon as the fetus starts growing in the womb. In their first 12 months, infants practically have no language and their learning process is essentially determined by emotions and thoughts, instead of …
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How Can American Children Still Be Unhappy?

- Despite the American strong addiction to parenting advice, how can so many US children remain miserable? This may seem surprising but, when compared with their peers from other developed countries, American kids are still among the most unhappy.  – Does it help to know that more than three-quarters of American parents …
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Educators Recommend the Use of the Correct Words – Like Penis and Vagina – When Talking to Children

-  When talking to children, Australian educators generally prefer to use the words “penis” and “vagina”, instead of slang words like “peepee” or “twinkle”, to name private body parts. However, some people can be embarrassed when their kids use this kind of vocabulary in front of other people. As a consequence, many many …
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The Soothing Influence of Mom on her Suffering Baby

- According to a study by Dr. Regina Sullivan, a neurobiologist at NYU School of Medicine, and colleagues, a mother has a soothing and powerful influence on her suffering baby. The mother’s presence has not only a comforting effect on her infant, but goes as far as to induce genetic shifts and …
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Nature vs Nurture: The Paradigm Shift in Early Childhood Development

- We are on the verge of a paradigm shift in matters of children’s education. Scientific research is continuously bringing up more evidence that the human brain is shaped by both our genes and the interactions we have with our environment; and that the early years are really crucial for a child’s development. This critical time sets …
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Neuroscience and Epigenetics Increasingly Support Nurture over Nature

- A big recurrent question in the field of education is to know which has the greater effect on a child’s brain development: nature or nurture? Research in neuroscience and genetics has an increasing inclination to nurture over nature. A growing number of studies underline the importance of quality bonding time of children with other human beings from …
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High School Classes Should Start Later in the Morning for Better Academic Performance

- According to recent biological research, a change in the level of the hormone melatonin in the brain of teenagers results in a shift of their circadian rhythm, pushing them to go to bed later at night and get up later into the morning. For this reason, the later high …
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Spanking? Never a Good Parenting Method!

- A US national survey done in 2012 showed that over 50% of women and 75% of men think that kids occasionally need a “good hard spanking” to behave. Researchers though beg to differ, stating that corporal punishment alters the brain – not only in the way of trauma, but also in …
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34-Week-Old Fetuses Can Recognize Mom’s Voice and Nursery Rhymes

- A baby’s capacity to learn should not be underestimated, even while still in the womb. University of Florida’s College of Nursing researchers have discovered that after only 34 weeks into a pregnancy fetuses can already recognize mom’s voice and nursery rhymes. – A growing number of pregnant women give their unborn …
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Baby Talk Is Good for your… Baby

- Researchers from the University of Washington – using a Magnetoencephalography machine – looked into what happens in the brains of 7 to 12 month-old infants when people are talking to them. Until then, it was believed that only the parts of the brain involved in “listening” to speech would …
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