Category: Child Health

Study: Women Who Give Birth Later Live Longer

- According to a recent study, a woman who has her last child at age 33 has twice the odds of living longer than a woman who has her last child at 29. Women who give birth between the ages of 33 and 37 have an even bigger chance of “exceptional longevity” …
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US Pediatricians Are Invited to Promote Daily Reading – from Birth – to their Patients

- A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians explain to parents - particularly those from low-income families – the high value of books and the benefits of daily reading to their babies, until at least kindergarten age.  – The authors of the report advise doctors to take …
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A Growing Number of Parents Opt for Co-Sleeping with their Babies

- An increasing number of parents are bringing their babies to bed with them, regardless of some negative advice and cautionary tales. “Attachment parenting”, which encourages co-sleeping alongside breastfeeding, skin-to-skin, and infant-mother bonding, has increased in popularity. The American National Infant Sleep Position study found that bed sharing doubled between …
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Keeping your Children Too Clean Deprive Them of Beneficial Bacteria

- Researchers from Cambridge University and University College London warn that keeping your kids too clean can destroy beneficial bacteria which keep their immune system strong. Parents who intend to keep their families healthy should for example suck their infants’ pacifiers to clean them, let their toddlers eat food off the floor, …
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Autism May Be Linked to Hormones Levels in the Womb

- A study led by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen at Cambridge University, in the United Kingdom, has shown that male children who develop autism were exposed to higher levels of specific hormones in utero than those not affected by the disorder. – The researchers discovered that the 128 boys of the …
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Why Screen Devices and Digital Media Are Not Recommended for your Toddlers

- The pervasive use of screen devices brings up complex issues in the matter of education. The majority of previous studies analyzing the effects of screens used by children were mainly focused on television, but recent studies are now raising the same kind of questions about the time spent on other devices, …
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Three Key Messages to UNICEF about Child’s Brain Development

- A prominent gathering was held last April at UNICEF New York. Sixteen scientists – representing highly specialized fields as various as biology, chemistry, neuroscience, epigenetics, psychiatry, nutrition, and early childhood development – deliberated the weight of early experience on brain development and function. The experts discussed about the impact of early childhood development …
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The Most Vulnerable Children Need Help

- Javed Khan, chief executive of Barnardo’s - a charity with the aim to change the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children - recognises that the matter of birth is still by chance. Some kids are lucky to be born into families that can provide for their economic and psychological needs to prosper, …
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ADHD Medication: A Cheap and Fast Fix for Toddlers?

- According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 15,000 American children 2-3 years old (a majority from low-income families) are being treated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). On its side, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) regulations for ADHD recommends therapeutic alternatives - like training and behavioral interventions - as the …
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Why the “Crying It Out” Method Is Not Recommended for your Baby

- “Ferberizing”, otherwise known as the “Cry It Out” method is a technique that was developed by Dr. Richard Ferber. The method focuses on training your baby to cry herself to sleep or to “self-soothe” and using the same practice when she wakes up at night or during a nap. …
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