Talking to a baby in “parentese,” with its elongated vowels and exaggerated tones of voice, can improve the infant’s language skills over time, according to a new University of Washington study. Credit: UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences When it comes to helping infants learn to talk, it’s not just how much parents say, […]Continue Reading ...
Four in 10 parents overall say they base their decisions about the flu vaccine on what they read and hear — and those who do are less likely to have their child vaccinated than parents who follow their health care provider’s recommendation. Credit: C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Parents may plan for transportation and childcare ahead of holiday gatherings but are they prepared for a potential, day-after “parenting hangover?” A quarter of parents of young children who drink alcohol on special occasions do not think about limiting how much they drink or whether they’ll be able to take care […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain The high head impact and concussion rates in football are of increasing concern, especially for younger players. Recent research has shown that limiting contact in football practice can reduce the number of head impacts. But what is the correct formula to lessen exposure while still developing the skills necessary to safely […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Screen-time has little impact on the quality of children’s sleep, according to new Oxford University research. Screens are now a fixture of modern childhood. And as young people spend an increasing amount of time on electronic devices, the effects of these digital activities has become a prevalent concern among parents, caregivers, […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain From games inspired by popular TV shows to digital play labeled as educational, children’s apps continue to explode on smartphones and tablets. But parents may not realize that while their little ones are learning letters and numbers or enjoying virtual adventures, they’re also likely being targeted by advertisers. Ninety-five percent of […]Continue Reading ...
Sleep guidelines for children. Credit: University of British Columbia Sleep hygiene, which includes practices like providing a cool and quiet sleeping environment or reading before bed time to help kids unwind, is increasingly popular among parents looking to ensure their children get a good night’s rest. But are these practices all they’re cracked up to […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain When residential fires happen at night while people are sleeping, deaths are more likely to occur. Smoke alarms are important for preventing these deaths, yet many young children don’t wake up to traditional high-pitch tone alarms. In a study published online today in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers in the Center […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Almost all children with restricted growth live to see their 18th birthday as long as they survive their first month of infancy. This is indicated in a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, which is published in the journal PLOS Medicine. Reducing child mortality is one of the U.N.’s […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Many parents probably think nothing of sucking on their baby’s pacifier to clean it after it falls to the ground. Turns out, doing so may benefit their child’s health. A Henry Ford Health System study found that babies whose parents sucked on their pacifier to clean it had a lower level […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—If your 6-month-old still wakes up at 2 a.m., a new study suggests you don’t lose any additional sleep worrying about it. Even if she’s still not getting six to eight hours of uninterrupted shut-eye at night by her first birthday, it doesn’t mean your baby isn’t developing normally. And, rest assured, it probably won’t […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—A lack of preventive care in infants and children is associated with an increased rate of unplanned hospital admissions, according to a study recently published in BMC Medicine. Elizabeth Cecil, Ph.D., from Imperial College London, and colleagues investigated the relationship between preventive primary care and risk for unplanned and ambulatory care sensitive (ACS) hospital admissions […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—The interpretation of genomic epilepsy tests has evolved rapidly in the last five years, and genetic variants identified in pediatric patients are often reclassified, according to research published online Nov. 5 in JAMA Pediatrics. Jeffrey A. SoRelle, M.D., from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and colleagues conducted a retrospective review and […]Continue Reading ...
In this Jan. 26, 2013, file photo, handguns are displayed on a vendor’s table at an annual gun show in Albany, N.Y. In a study looking at data from 2006-14, serious gun injuries including many from assaults sent 75,000 U.S. children and teens to emergency rooms over the nine years. Results were released on Monday, […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain A recent study completed at the University of Helsinki investigated the amount and quality of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in breast milk and gut of mother-infant pairs. The findings have been published in the journal Nature Communications. The researchers report three findings. First, infants who were breastfed for at least six months had […]Continue Reading ...
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