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20 Oct

Certain Baby Bottles May Release Microplastics During Formula Preparation, New Study Finds.

These findings highlight the need for further research into the effects of microplastics on human health, researchers say.

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05 Apr
Is Empathy Born in Mom's First Hugs?

Is Empathy Born in Mom's First Hugs?

Show your baby your love, and you'll get a kinder, gentler adult child as your reward, a new study suggests.

More than 20 years ago, researchers in Israel began studying the impact on newborns of time spent in physical contact with their mothers.

The investigators...

20 Mar
Spotting Asthma in Your Baby or Toddler

Spotting Asthma in Your Baby or Toddler

Diagnosing babies and toddlers with asthma is challenging, because it's difficult to measure lung function in this young group. What makes diagnosis easier is knowing your child's symptoms.

A leading pediatrics group offers some tips for parents who suspect their infants...

18 Mar
Kids' ER Visits for Swallowed Magnets Soared After U.S. Lifted Sales Ban

Kids' ER Visits for Swallowed Magnets Soared After U.S. Lifted Sales Ban

Calls to U.S. poison centers about incidents involving children and high-powered magnets surged more than 400% after a court overturned a ban on the magnets, a new study finds.

"Regulations on these products were effective, and the dramatic increase in the number of high...

11 Mar
Social Distancing Probably Stopped 2020 Outbreak of Paralyzing Disorder in Kids

Social Distancing Probably Stopped 2020 Outbreak of Paralyzing Disorder in Kids

Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have prevented an anticipated outbreak of a rare polio-like syndrome in children, researchers report.

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a spinal condition that causes weakness in the limbs, impairs motor function an...

11 Mar
THC From Pot Lingers in Breast Milk for Weeks: Study

THC From Pot Lingers in Breast Milk for Weeks: Study

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, remains in breast milk for up to six weeks and may be harmful to infants, a new study warns.

The researchers said the finding supports recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and others...

10 Mar
Breastfeeding Moms Get Mixed Messages When Baby Has an Allergy

Breastfeeding Moms Get Mixed Messages When Baby Has an Allergy

Breastfeeding mothers whose babies have food allergies often get conflicting advice from doctors on whether they should change their eating habits, according to a new study.

"We found that guidance from health care practitioners for breastfeeding mothers in this situatio...

08 Mar
New First Look at the Tiniest Babies' Lungs

New First Look at the Tiniest Babies' Lungs

Researchers who recorded the most detailed images ever made of newborns' lungs as they took their first breaths say the breakthrough could improve treatment of breathing problems in babies.

"Respiratory problems are the most common reason we need to treat babies in inten...

09 Feb
Very Low COVID Transmission in Day Care Centers: Study

Very Low COVID Transmission in Day Care Centers: Study

Children in day care centers had low coronavirus infection rates early in the pandemic, and are unlikely sources of COVID-19 transmission, a new study from France finds.

COVID-19 can infect people of all ages, but children tend to develop mild, if any, symptoms, and very...

01 Feb
Omega-3s From Fish Might Curb Asthma in Kids, But Genes Matter

Omega-3s From Fish Might Curb Asthma in Kids, But Genes Matter

Consuming greater amounts of certain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish may reduce the risk of asthma in kids -- but only those with a common gene variant, British researchers say.

They focused on the long chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosah...

23 Jan
Child Car Seat Safety Tip: Skip Puffy Winter Coats

Child Car Seat Safety Tip: Skip Puffy Winter Coats

Puffy coats have their place, but it's not inside a car seat.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a variety of tips for keeping your little ones safe and warm while traveling by car.

The first is to avoid dressing children in puffy coats or snowsuits be...

05 Jan
Study Finds No Benefit From Supplemental Oxygen During Labor

Study Finds No Benefit From Supplemental Oxygen During Labor

For decades, women have commonly been given oxygen during childbirth, but a new research review finds little evidence it benefits newborns.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women be given supplemental oxygen when fetal heart monitor...

22 Dec
Cataract Surgery in Infancy May Raise Glaucoma Risk in Childhood

Cataract Surgery in Infancy May Raise Glaucoma Risk in Childhood

Infants who have cataract removal surgery are at increased risk for sight-threatening glaucoma later in childhood, researchers say.

Glaucoma damages the optic nerve -- the connection between the eye and brain -- and can lead to vision loss.

Fewer than 2,500 infants...

17 Dec
Schools, Day Care Not a Big Factor in Kids Getting COVID: Study

Schools, Day Care Not a Big Factor in Kids Getting COVID: Study

As a rule, COVID-19 spreads rapidly in most groups, but new research suggests that schools and day care centers appear to be the exception.

Among those under 18, the virus is easily spread by close contact with family members who have COVID-19 and at gatherings where peo...

07 Dec
Parents, Don't Worry if Baby's Sleep Is Erratic

Parents, Don't Worry if Baby's Sleep Is Erratic

New parents can relax: Research suggests it's normal for infants' sleep patterns to vary widely.

"Although previous research has shown that infants start sleeping through the night at different stages of development, little is known about individual sleep patterns night ...

03 Dec
COVID Can Harm the Infant Heart

COVID Can Harm the Infant Heart

An infant diagnosed with COVID-19 showed signs of reversible heart injury and heart failure, according to a new case report.

Researchers found the 2-month-old baby experienced heart issues similar to those seen in adults. The infant later recovered and was released with ...

18 Nov
Antibiotics Before Age 2 May Up Odds for Obesity, Allergies

Antibiotics Before Age 2 May Up Odds for Obesity, Allergies

Kids given antibiotics before their second birthday may have a heightened risk for chronic conditions like allergies and obesity, a new study suggests.

The drugs' effect on the "microbiome" -- trillions of helpful microbes living in the human body -- might play a role i...

03 Nov
Neanderthal or Human, Babies Weaned at Same Age

Neanderthal or Human, Babies Weaned at Same Age

Neanderthals weaned their babies at about the same age as modern humans do, a new study finds.

Neanderthals are humans' closest cousins on the evolutionary tree, but there are many questions about their pace of growth and early-life energy requirements.

To learn mo...

29 Oct
Newborn Brains Don't Process Emotions Like Adults

Newborn Brains Don't Process Emotions Like Adults

Newborns don't have the brain circuitry to process emotions, a new study finds.

Brain scans of newborns found that the area of the brain that experiences emotions isn't connected in a mature way to areas that process visual or auditory stimuli, researchers say.

In ...

21 Oct
Fewer Painful Procedures Could Help Preemies' Brain Development: Study

Fewer Painful Procedures Could Help Preemies' Brain Development: Study

Giving fewer needle sticks to premature newborns in the intensive care unit may improve growth of a key brain area, a new study suggests.

The thalamus relays sensory data from the body to the rest of the brain, where it registers as pain, touch or temperature.

...

21 Oct
Nurses Can Make the Difference for New Moms' Breastfeeding

Nurses Can Make the Difference for New Moms' Breastfeeding

One key to breastfeeding success? Having enough hospital nurses to ensure that new moms get top-notch care.

Hospitals with higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding had nurses who provided more consistent care, according to a new report.

That care included h...

19 Oct
Microplastics Are Seeping Out of Baby's Bottle, Study Shows

Microplastics Are Seeping Out of Baby's Bottle, Study Shows

New parents preparing a bottle for their baby should know the infant may ingest unwanted microplastics along with the nourishing formula, a new study warns.

High levels of microplastic particles are released from baby bottles during formula preparation, researchers d...

19 Oct
Big Babies May Face Higher Lifelong A-Fib Risk

Big Babies May Face Higher Lifelong A-Fib Risk

Parents are usually pleased when their newborn seems big and strong, but new research suggests that large babies may be at higher risk for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation later in life.

Atrial fibrillation (a-fib) is the most common heart rhythm disorde...

15 Oct
An Expert's Guide to Safe Sleeping for Your Baby

An Expert's Guide to Safe Sleeping for Your Baby

To keep your baby safe while sleeping, experts recommend practicing the "ABCs" of sleep.

Babies should sleep alone, on their back and in a crib. That's the best way to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

SIDS is the unexplain...

14 Oct
Newborns of Moms With COVID-19 Face Little Infection Risk: Study

Newborns of Moms With COVID-19 Face Little Infection Risk: Study

In some reassuring news on the coronavirus front, a new study finds that pregnant women with COVID-19 rarely infect their newborn.

That finding suggests that it may not be necessary to separate infected mothers from their infants and that moms can continue to breastf...

28 Sep
Most Newborns of COVID-19-Infected Moms Fare Well

Most Newborns of COVID-19-Infected Moms Fare Well

Babies born to mothers with COVID-19 only rarely suffer from effects of the virus, a new study suggests.

These newborns generally do well in the six to eight weeks after birth, but more are admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) if their mothers had COV...

28 Sep
For Kids With Hearing Issues, Early Intervention Crucial to School Readiness

For Kids With Hearing Issues, Early Intervention Crucial to School Readiness

When babies with hearing impairments get help very early in life, they are more likely to be "kindergarten-ready" when the time comes, a new study finds.

In the United States, all states have government-funded "early intervention" programs designed to assist parents ...

24 Sep
Parent's Skin-to-Skin Hug Does Ease a Baby's Pain, Brain Study Suggests

Parent's Skin-to-Skin Hug Does Ease a Baby's Pain, Brain Study Suggests

Infants may feel less pain when held by a parent with skin-to-skin contact, a new U.K. study suggests.

"We have found when a baby is held by their parent with skin-on-skin contact, the higher-level brain processing in response to pain is somewhat dampened. The baby's...

22 Sep
Baby's Heart Rate Reflects Mom's Mental Health

Baby's Heart Rate Reflects Mom's Mental Health

Babies of mothers with anxiety or depression can have significantly higher heart rates than normal, a new study finds.

And this might put them at risk for long-term problems, researchers say.

Mother-infant interaction plays a crucial role in children's heal...

28 Aug
COVID-19 Not Likely to Be Transmitted by Breast Milk: Study

COVID-19 Not Likely to Be Transmitted by Breast Milk: Study

Breastfeeding mothers are unlikely to transmit the new coronavirus to their babies via their milk, researchers say.

No cases of an infant contracting COVID-19 from breast milk have been documented, but questions about the potential risk remain.

Researchers ...

21 Aug
Study Questions Need to Wait Days to Give Baby New Foods

Study Questions Need to Wait Days to Give Baby New Foods

Current guidelines on introducing solid foods to babies may hamper efforts to prevent food allergies, researchers say.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend introducing one, single-ingredient food at a time, ...

20 Aug
High Viral Loads Make Kids 'Silent Spreaders' of COVID-19

High Viral Loads Make Kids 'Silent Spreaders' of COVID-19

The largest study of its kind finds that children can carry exceedingly high amounts of the new coronavirus, even in the absence of symptoms.

Researchers say that could make them ideal "silent spreaders" of COVID-19, throwing the safety of reopening schools into que...

03 Aug
Breastfeeding OK After Mom Has Anesthesia, Experts Say

Breastfeeding OK After Mom Has Anesthesia, Experts Say

It's perfectly safe to breastfeed after a mom receives anesthesia, new British medical guidelines say.

And she can start as soon as she's alert and able to do so, according to just-published guidelines from the U.K. Association of Anaesthetists.

"The guide...

30 Jul
In NYC at Least, Routine Child Vaccinations Rebound After Lockdown

In NYC at Least, Routine Child Vaccinations Rebound After Lockdown

After the COVID-19 pandemic had millions of New Yorkers in lockdown, the rate of routine child vaccinations plummeted -- as it did in cities across the United States.

That had pediatricians worried that a second wave of illness outbreaks -- measles, whooping cough, m...

29 Jul
If Mom-to-Be Lives Near Airport, Odds for Preemie Birth Rise

If Mom-to-Be Lives Near Airport, Odds for Preemie Birth Rise

The roar of jet engines may pose a hidden danger to babies: higher odds of premature birth tied to plane exhaust.

So finds a study showing that pregnant women exposed to high levels of pollution from the exhaust of jet planes are 14% more likely to deliver premat...

24 Jul
With Safety Steps, Moms Unlikely to Pass COVID-19 to Newborns: Study

With Safety Steps, Moms Unlikely to Pass COVID-19 to Newborns: Study

Mothers are unlikely to pass COVID-19 to their newborns if they follow recommended precautions, a small study suggests.

"We hope our study will provide some reassurance to new mothers that the risk of them passing COVID-19 to their babies is very low. However, larger...

07 Jul
Exposure to Iodine in the NICU May Affect Infant Thyroid Function

Exposure to Iodine in the NICU May Affect Infant Thyroid Function

Exposure to iodine in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may increase a baby's risk for loss of thyroid function, a new study suggests.

Iodine solutions are often used as disinfectants on the skin before surgical or other medical procedures. Iodine also is give...

25 Jun
COVID-19 Typically Mild for Babies: Study

COVID-19 Typically Mild for Babies: Study

Most babies with COVID-19 have mild illness, with fever being the main symptom, according to a small study.

It included 18 infants under 3 months of age who tested positive for COVID-19 at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. None had a significa...

27 May
Clotting Tied to COVID-19 May Harm the Placenta

Clotting Tied to COVID-19 May Harm the Placenta

Women who had COVID-19 while pregnant showed evidence of placental injury, suggesting a new complication of the illness, researchers say.

The good news from the small study of 16 women is that "most of these babies were delivered full-term after otherwise normal preg...

25 May
'Kangaroo Care' Has Big Health Benefits For Preemies

'Kangaroo Care' Has Big Health Benefits For Preemies

Skin-to-skin contact between parents and babies -- often called "kangaroo care" -- provides major benefits to preemies' hearts and brains, Australian researchers say.

They assessed 40 babies born about 10 weeks early with an average weight of 2.9 pounds. Normal birth...

15 May
Newborn May Have Contracted Coronavirus in the Womb: Report

Newborn May Have Contracted Coronavirus in the Womb: Report

A Canadian newborn is a "probable" case of infection with the new coronavirus while still in the womb, doctors report.

Other such cases have been suspected and reported in prior studies. But the mother's active case of COVID-19, along with the fact that the baby boy ...

11 May
Baby's Sleep Issues Could Sometimes Signal Autism: Study

Baby's Sleep Issues Could Sometimes Signal Autism: Study

Babies who have disrupted sleep, as many with autism do, may experience delayed brain development, a new study suggests.

Sleep problems in baby's first year may affect growth of the hippocampus and may also precede an autism diagnosis, researchers say.

In...

05 May
Breastfeeding May Help Guard Against Diabetes

Breastfeeding May Help Guard Against Diabetes

Breastfeeding is good for more than babies: New research suggests it may protect new mothers from developing diabetes for years after they give birth.

The study included 85 women who breastfed and 99 who did not. They were assessed two months after giving birth and e...

20 Apr
Breast Milk May Help Shield Infants From Dangerous Viruses

Breast Milk May Help Shield Infants From Dangerous Viruses

New mothers have long been told that breast milk is best for their baby, and now there's more evidence that breastfeeding helps protect babies against potentially harmful viruses.

With the coronavirus pandemic on everyone's mind, the new research is especially timely...

08 Apr
Newborns With COVID-19 May Suffer Only Mild Symptoms, Study Says

Newborns With COVID-19 May Suffer Only Mild Symptoms, Study Says

Newborns with COVID-19 may get by with only mild infection symptoms, a small, new study suggests.

Researchers at Wuhan University in China identified four newborns with the COVID-19 coronavirus. All were born to mothers with COVID-19 and delivered by cesarean section...

08 Apr
Hugs More Calming for Baby When Given by Mom or Dad

Hugs More Calming for Baby When Given by Mom or Dad

All hugs are not created equal -- and babies as young as 4 months are proof.

Heart rates in infants less than a year old slowed more during a hug than a hold. And the hug had a greater effect when it came from Mom or Dad rather than from a stranger, according to a st...

07 Apr
U.S. Study Finds COVID-19 Seldom Severe in Kids

U.S. Study Finds COVID-19 Seldom Severe in Kids

Mirroring findings from a similar study in China, the first comprehensive tally of coronavirus infection in American children shows it's much less likely to cause severe illness.

Children under the age of 18 are far less likely to even be diagnosed with COVID-19 than...

24 Mar
Let Your Baby Cry It Out

Let Your Baby Cry It Out

Could letting your baby cry it out mean less crying later?

A new British study suggests that's the case.

Researchers from the University of Warwick investigated the issue: They followed 178 infants and their moms over 18 months, assessing how soon and how o...

16 Mar
Babies Are Spared Severe COVID-19 Symptoms

Babies Are Spared Severe COVID-19 Symptoms

Infants can become infected with the new coronavirus, but their bouts with COVID-19 appear to be milder than those of older folks and people with chronic health problems, experts say.

Doctors in China tracked nine babies infected with coronavirus that they apparently...

13 Mar
Kids Get Mild COVID-19 Symptoms, But Chance of Transmission High: Study

Kids Get Mild COVID-19 Symptoms, But Chance of Transmission High: Study

A new Chinese study of coronavirus infection in kids could bring comfort to American parents -- and highlight the wisdom of at least temporarily closing schools.

That's because the study, published March 13 in Nature Medicine, found that even though children t...

12 Mar
12 Weeks of Paid Maternity Leave Benefits Everyone: Study

12 Weeks of Paid Maternity Leave Benefits Everyone: Study

The argument against paid maternity leave in the United States often focuses on the cost, but a new study suggests that more paid leave would not only be beneficial for families, but also for society.

In the study, researchers found that new parents with paid medical...

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