Category: Child Health

The “Sugar High” Concept: Another Parenting Myth

– According to popular wisdom, if you give give candy or cookies to young children they will turn into rabid monsters until their metabolism returns to a normal level. Nonetheless, the “sugar high” concept is just another parenting myth, an urban legend. Much scientific research has shown that giving children …
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The Transforming Power of Parent’s Touch

– Humans are born eager for social bonding. Children need to be held and touched by dad or mom from the very first minutes and days. According to a new study published by researchers in Germany, beyond improving bonds, a parent’s touch can literally change a baby’s brain. “We explored …
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India Sets the Good Example in Early Childhood Education

– India invests in early education as part of a national strategy, as do Bangladesh, China, Turkey, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malaysia. These are good examples of an important and rather recent trend. The leaders of these countries are fully aware – perhaps more than their counterparts …
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Forget ADHD, Your Child Is Probably Simply Immature

– ADHD is one of the most over-diagnosed disorders around the world. Many childrenĀ that are diagnosed, especially the youngest in their class, may just actually be too young and not mature enough. The acronym ADHD is generally used to describe a range of behavioral problems like poor attention span, hyperactivity, …
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Very Interesting Things About Babies’ Brain Development

– During the last few years, some very interesting things were discovered about babies’ brain development. Until the last century, for example, it was believed that infants did not feel pain, an assumption that seems ridiculous today. Not only do babies feel pain but they have an even lower threshold …
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A Mother and Her Baby, So Close

– This great magnetic resonance image (MRI) of a mother and her baby curled up together, a symbol of close human bonding, was taken in April 2015. Such a picture needs several minutes to capture, a move of only a millimeter leaving a blur on the screen, so the mother …
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What Do the Smiles of Your Baby Mean

– Until the past century, infants’ early smiles were often considered as “just gas.” But according to new research, even if a newborn’s earliest ethereal grins are indeed only primitive impulses, first smiles are fundamental elements of emotional and social development, some of the first steps of lifelong social interactions. …
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The First 1,000 Days Are Vital for Your Baby

– Today, most parents know that the first years are of vital importance for their baby’s development, who needs the best care during this crucial time. Early experience has indeed a lifelong impact. According to Professor Kevin Nugent, founder and director of the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children’s Hospital and …
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The Critical Period When Everything Can Turn Right or Wrong for your Baby

– Human babies are born with incredibly sophisticated brains that look exactly like adult brains, even if they are four times smaller. Then, in the first three years of life, the infant’s brain will triple in size. According to neuroscientists and child development experts, the baby’s brain malleability is at …
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Do You Know What Happens in your Baby’s Brain During the “Fourth Trimester?”

– Incredible growth happens in a baby’s brain in the first three months, a period that some pediatricians and early childhood development experts call the “fourth trimester.” According to a recent study, a newborn’s brain is only one-third as developed as an adult’s brain, increasing to nearly 55 percent to …
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