Category: Child Health

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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Up to 50% of 5-Years-Old Kids Have Basic Developmental Problems

- Sally Goddard Blythe, director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology in Chester and early education expert, states that developmental problems can have a major impact on later academic performance and that there is an obvious connection between poor physical dexterity in primary school and performance in literacy and numeracy tests taken …
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Reading to Babies Contributes to their Brain Development and Later School Achievement

- About half a century ago, research has found that not only is babies’ brain development faster and more pervasive than previously assumed, but also that newborns are highly reactive to the care they get from their parents or caregivers. To many people, it is still amazing to learn that reading to infants during …
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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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