Category: Child Health

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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Parenting Expert’s Advice: How to Boost your Baby’s Brain Development

– A long time ago, before supernannies, British child psychologist Penelope Leach was an education expert trusted by generations of mothers. She sold millions of her book, Your Baby and Child, that became the bible for early childhood education. Today, at age 77, the expert is still giving precious advice, based …
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Why Fathers Are Important for their Children’s Happiness

– Research has shown that fathers, in some aspects, have more impact than mothers on their children’s development. Rejection by their father, for example, is more likely to cause psychological and behavioral problems to children than rejection by their mother. Being sure of their dad’s love seems to be more important …
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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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