Category: Child Health

Why Babies and Toddlers Should Be “Screen Time” Deprived

– Michigan State University Extension does agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics: It’s really important to minimize TV-viewing time for children under two years old. A recommendation not only valid for television, but for all screen-devices, like tablets or other hand-held devices. Advice unfortunately not followed in practice since …
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What Any Pregnant Mom Should Be Told

– When I was pregnant, a lot of people warned me about all the bad things to expect. For sure, the end of the world was coming. But they were so wrong! They missed to tell me that the first time I’d see my baby’s face my heart would burst …
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A Baby’s Experience During the First Year Is Key

– A long-lasting study about children from low-income families started in Philadelphia in the late 1980s was finally published in 2010. This research was among the first ones to demonstrate the profound impact of early childhood experience on the development of the brain, as well as the critical importance of …
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Sensitive Early Childhood Caregiving Has Strong Lasting Effect on Academic Success

– Surprisingly, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota, the University of Delaware, and the University of Illinois, sensitive caregiving during the first three years of life has a stronger impact on children’s later academic abilities than on their later social abilities. – The main …
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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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