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18 Nov

Long Hours in Day Care Won’t Cause Behavioral Problems, Study Finds

Researchers find little evidence that spending extensive time in day care causes behavioral issues from biting to bullying.

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05 Dec
Girl Toddlers Have Bigger Vocabularies, and Researchers Now Know Why

Girl Toddlers Have Bigger Vocabularies, and Researchers Now Know Why

Young girls tend to babble their way to bigger vocabularies earlier than boys, and researchers now think they might know why.

It has nothing to do with gender, and everything to do with parental interaction, researchers assert.

Parents tend to talk more to young ch...

30 Nov
Exposure to Zika Virus in Womb Might Alter Kids' Development

Exposure to Zika Virus in Womb Might Alter Kids' Development

Children exposed to the Zika virus may need more support as they start school, even if they were not diagnosed with Zika-related birth defects and congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), a new study suggests.

Children may still have differences in brain development, including th...

29 Nov
As Kids' Obesity Rises, Brain Health Declines: Study

As Kids' Obesity Rises, Brain Health Declines: Study

Kids who are overweight or obese often struggle with school work, and now new research provides clues on how excess weight may harm the developing brain.

“The main takeaway is to raise awareness about brain health consequences of obesity besides physical health co...

22 Nov
Even a Little Drinking in Pregnancy Can Reshape Fetal Brain

Even a Little Drinking in Pregnancy Can Reshape Fetal Brain

Exposure to even low levels of alcohol while in the womb can change the structure of the fetus' brain, according to Austrian researchers.

The study results suggest that pregnant women...

17 Nov
Time Spent in Day Care Won't Harm Child's Development

Time Spent in Day Care Won't Harm Child's Development

Millions of parents drop their toddlers off at day care centers so they can go to work, but some are racked with guilt about it.

One of their main concerns? Time spent in group day care could encourage their toddler to start acting out.

Now, a large, new study...

17 Nov
Brain Imaging Shows How Young Kids Learn Quicker Than Grownups

Brain Imaging Shows How Young Kids Learn Quicker Than Grownups

Ever wonder why kids seem to pick up new knowledge and skills faster than adults?

A new study attributes the kids' mental prowess to differences in a brain messenger called GABA.

"Our results show that children of elementary school age can learn more items within a...

10 Nov
Growing Up With Lead in Drinking Water May Dull Brain in Old Age

Growing Up With Lead in Drinking Water May Dull Brain in Old Age

Lead is known to damage young children's brains, and a new study suggests the effects may still be apparent in old age.

Researchers found that among nearly 1,100 older U.S. adults, those who grew up in cities with lead-contaminated drinking water generally scored worse o...

28 Oct
No Sign That Anesthesia in Pregnancy Affects Child's Later Development

No Sign That Anesthesia in Pregnancy Affects Child's Later Development

Moms who have had emergency surgery during pregnancy can rest assured that exposure to anesthesia is not linked to developmental issues in their children, a new study reveals.

While surgery and anesthe...

26 Oct
400-Year-Old Mummy Reveals a Nobleman's Child, Kept From the Sun

400-Year-Old Mummy Reveals a Nobleman's Child, Kept From the Sun

A “virtual autopsy” of a mummified 17th century Austrian infant has shed new light on Renaissance childhood — as well as the importance of vitamin D to health.

The researchers use...

25 Oct
Toddlers Nap a Lot - and Then They Don't. New Research Uncovers Why

Toddlers Nap a Lot - and Then They Don't. New Research Uncovers Why

Why do some preschoolers refuse naps while others have a meltdown without an afternoon snooze? Researchers suspect it may have a lot to do with a specific memory-related part of the brain.

While young children all need a lot of sleep, they do vary widely in when they sto...

24 Oct
Video Games May Bring Cognitive Benefits to Kids: Study

Video Games May Bring Cognitive Benefits to Kids: Study

School-age kids who spend hours a day playing video games may outperform their peers on certain tests of mental agility, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that compared with children who never played video games, those who regularly spent hours gaming had higher sc...

13 Oct
Children & the Truth: A 'Complicated' Relationship

Children & the Truth: A 'Complicated' Relationship

While kids are told not to lie, they also get mixed messages about being honest in different situations.

In a new study, researchers looked at how adults reacted to kids' lev...

13 Oct
Measuring Up: Scientists Spot Genes Linked to Height

Measuring Up: Scientists Spot Genes Linked to Height

The answer to how tall a child will be is typically an estimate based on an average of the parents' heights.

But an Australian study that included more than 5 million people has found that m...

12 Oct
Pandemic Lockdowns May Have Slowed Babies' Communication Skills

Pandemic Lockdowns May Have Slowed Babies' Communication Skills

When social interaction came to a halt during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, newborn babies missed out on vital communication milestones, researchers say.

A new Irish study found about 25% of these new babies spent a year without ever meeting a child their ow...

11 Oct
When Stroke Harms One Side of a Newborn's Brain, Other Side Takes Over

When Stroke Harms One Side of a Newborn's Brain, Other Side Takes Over

Many language skills are "left brain," but a new study shows that when a newborn suffers a stroke in that region, the brain is able to shift those language duties to the right.

The researchers said the fi...

06 Oct
Another Sports Bonus for Kids: Healthier Eyes

Another Sports Bonus for Kids: Healthier Eyes

Sometimes allergies can lead to pink, irritated eyes. But allergic conjunctivitis, or "pink eye" may have a simple fix: physical fitness.

That's the concl...

03 Oct
Not All Kids With Autism Will Benefit From Therapy Dogs

Not All Kids With Autism Will Benefit From Therapy Dogs

For many kids with autism, Rhett, a black Labrador retriever, has been a calming and comforting influence in his seven years as a therapy dog.

But parents shouldn't assume that a service pooch is the solution for every child on the

27 Sep
COVID Infection Raises a Child's Odds for Type 1 Diabetes by 72%

COVID Infection Raises a Child's Odds for Type 1 Diabetes by 72%

Children who fall ill with COVID-19 may have a slightly increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that of more than 285,000 children with COVID, 0.04% were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes over the next six months. While that's a...

22 Sep
First Good Evidence That Babies React to Taste, Smell in Womb

First Good Evidence That Babies React to Taste, Smell in Womb

At the kitchen table, babies trying different foods might look eager or offended, depending on the flavor of what they are asked to eat.

It turns out infants may develop those taste differences while still in the womb, according to a new study that delivered the first di...

14 Sep
Walking, Sitting: What Works Best to Help Baby Stop Crying?

Walking, Sitting: What Works Best to Help Baby Stop Crying?

A new study hands parents what seems like a miraculous gift: A simple, free technique that takes just 13 minutes to put wailing infants to sleep.

Researchers in Japan fo...

09 Sep
Getting Kids Walking, Biking to School Can Lead to Long-Term Fitness

Getting Kids Walking, Biking to School Can Lead to Long-Term Fitness

Kids who walk, skateboard or ride their bikes to school when they are young are more likely to keep it up as they get older, reaping the health benefits, recent research suggests.

“The walk to school is a wonderful moment in the day that provides children a glimpse of ...

02 Sep
One Form of Fertility Treatment May Raise Long-Term Cancer Risk in Offspring

One Form of Fertility Treatment May Raise Long-Term Cancer Risk in Offspring

Children born as a result of a common fertility procedure involving frozen embryos may have higher risk of cancer, Swedish researchers report.

In frozen-thawed embryo transfer, an embryo is created in a laboratory from an egg and sperm,

01 Sep
Half of Moms of Children With Autism Have Depression

Half of Moms of Children With Autism Have Depression

While half of mothers of children with autism suffer symptoms of depression, a new study has di...

31 Aug
Tight Blood Sugar Control Boosts Brain Power of Teens With Type 1 Diabetes: Study

Tight Blood Sugar Control Boosts Brain Power of Teens With Type 1 Diabetes: Study

When teenagers with type 1 diabetes get better control of their blood sugar, their brains may benefit, a new clinical trial shows.

Researchers found that when teenagers started treatment with a newer technology — often dubbed

29 Aug
Leading U.S. Pediatricians' Group Issues Guidelines to Prevent Patient Abuse

Leading U.S. Pediatricians' Group Issues Guidelines to Prevent Patient Abuse

Recent years have seen several high-profile cases of doctors sexually abusing young patients. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is issuing new recommendations aimed at prevention.

Medical visits are usually a safe place for children and teenagers, but when abu...

26 Aug
Breastfeeding Can Protect Hearts of Mom, Baby Long Term

Breastfeeding Can Protect Hearts of Mom, Baby Long Term

Breastfeeding can deliver long-term heart benefits to both mother and child, a new statement from the American Heart Associatio...

20 Aug
Tips to Food-Fueling Your Active Vegan Child

Tips to Food-Fueling Your Active Vegan Child

Kids can take part in sports while on vegetarian and vegan diets, but parents and caregivers must help them select foods that will fuel them and meet their nutrition needs.

Vegan athletes can become deficient in vitamin B12, vitamin D, long-chain omega-3 fats, riboflavin...

18 Aug
Kids Born Premature Lag in Elementary School, But Most Catch Up Later

Kids Born Premature Lag in Elementary School, But Most Catch Up Later

While babies born prematurely may lag behind their elementary school peers, they eventually catch up, British researchers report.

By the end of high school, only the kids born before 32 weeks of gestation were continuing to struggle, according to a new study published on...

17 Aug
The More Words Your Preschooler Knows, the Better They Do in Class

The More Words Your Preschooler Knows, the Better They Do in Class

Kids who enter preschool with good vocabulary and attention skills have a head start on academic success.

That's the takeaway from a new study of nearly 900 4-year-olds and t...

16 Aug
Lead Poisoning Plus Systemic Racism Are Harming Black Kids' Test Scores

Lead Poisoning Plus Systemic Racism Are Harming Black Kids' Test Scores

It's well known that exposure to lead can harm young children's brain development. Now a new study suggests that racial segregation may be compounding the detrimental effects of lead on Black children.

The

16 Aug
Premature Birth Tied to Higher Risk for ADHD

Premature Birth Tied to Higher Risk for ADHD

Children born a little early -- before 39 weeks of pregnancy -- are more likely to have symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests.

While birth before 37 weeks' gestation has known links to hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattentio...

16 Aug
If a Child's Grades Falter, Consider Hearing Loss

If a Child's Grades Falter, Consider Hearing Loss

While some may think of hearing loss as something that happens with age, it can also happen to kids.

Parents and teachers should consider hearing loss if a child's academic performance declines or he or she develops behavioral issues, lack of focus and depression, the Am...

03 Aug
Too Little Sleep May Harm Young Kids' Brains

Too Little Sleep May Harm Young Kids' Brains

For peak performance, school-age children need more than a healthy diet and exercise. They also need plenty of sleep.

A new study finds that elementary school kids who get less than nine hours of sleep each night show significant differences in some brain regions respons...

31 Jul
Tough to Get Your Kid to Take Medicine? An Expert Offers Tips

Tough to Get Your Kid to Take Medicine? An Expert Offers Tips

Sometimes it's difficult for parents to get their child to take necessary medication.

One expert who spends part of her workday guiding parents through this challenge offers some suggestions to make the ordeal easier.

Emily Glarum, a child life specialist at the H...

25 Jul
Neighborhood Factors Could Raise Your Child's Odds for Asthma

Neighborhood Factors Could Raise Your Child's Odds for Asthma

Inner-city kids are known to be at greater risk for uncontrolled asthma. Now, new research suggests that violent crime and poor school achievement may be two reasons why.

“Experiencing violent crime can result in toxic stress, and decreased educational attainment is as...

20 Jul
Lonely Childhoods Make Adult Drinking Problems More Likely

Lonely Childhoods Make Adult Drinking Problems More Likely

Having friends in childhood may help keep you clean and sober as a young adult, new research suggests.

Researchers from Arizona State University (ASU) interviewed more than 300 college students who participated in assessments that focused on childhood loneliness, stress ...

14 Jul
Snuggling With Dad: Fathers' Contact Can Help Preemies Thrive

Snuggling With Dad: Fathers' Contact Can Help Preemies Thrive

Decades of research have shown the power of skin-to-skin contact between preemies and their moms, but would the same technique, dubbed "kangaroo care," work with fathers?

Yes, claims a new...

13 Jul
Breastfeeding May Be Key to Letting Preemie Babies Thrive

Breastfeeding May Be Key to Letting Preemie Babies Thrive

Preterm infants who are breastfed do better in school and are less likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a new study.

Preemies have a higher risk of doing poorly in math, reading and other academic skills, previous studies have shown. T...

13 Jul
Can Anxiety Disorders Pass From Parent to Child?

Can Anxiety Disorders Pass From Parent to Child?

From the ongoing pandemic and the monkeypox outbreak to the charged political landscape, New York City mom and entrepreneur Lyss Stern has been increasingly anxious.

Stern worries that she will pass all of this fretting down to her 8-year-old daughter, and a new study su...

11 Jul
Long, Regular Sleep Key to Kindergarten Success

Long, Regular Sleep Key to Kindergarten Success

Long, restful and - most importantly - regular sleep is key to helping kindergarteners adjust to school, and a new study urges parents to start forming good sleep habits a full year ahead of time.

Researchers found that

08 Jul
How Childhood Abuse Can Haunt the Senior Years

How Childhood Abuse Can Haunt the Senior Years

Poor mental and physical health among older adults may trace back to childhood abuse, a Canadian study suggests.

The study, published online July 7 in the journal

06 Jul
About 1 in 7 U.S. Kindergarten Kids Now Obese

About 1 in 7 U.S. Kindergarten Kids Now Obese

Despite reports that rates of childhood obesity are decreasing, kids seem to be packing on pounds at younger ages.

In 1998, just under 73% of children entering kindergarten in 1998 had a normal body mass index (BMI), while 15.1% were overweight, and 12% were obese.

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06 Jul
Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

In yet another report that illustrates the dangers pot poses to the young, developing brain, a new British study finds teenagers are much more likely than adults to develop an addiction to mariju...

05 Jul
Most U.S. Kids Score Low on Heart Health

Most U.S. Kids Score Low on Heart Health

Most U.S. children and adults have poor scores for heart health, according to a new assessment tool called "Life's Essential 8."

Fewer than 30% of 2- to 19-year-olds had high scores for cardiovascular health on the new American Heart Association scoring tool. And their s...

30 Jun
Study Spots Key Factor in Kids' Friendships

Study Spots Key Factor in Kids' Friendships

While kids in a classroom are likely to be familiar with all their classmates after a short time, the children they are assigned to sit near are likely to become their closer friends, a new study suggests.

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University found that after se...

29 Jun
Kids Happier, Healthier Away From All Those Screens: Study

Kids Happier, Healthier Away From All Those Screens: Study

New research confirms the dangers of too much screen time for kids and teens: Those who play sports, take music lessons, or socialize with friends after school are happier and healthier than children who are glued to a screen during these hours.

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14 Jun
Why Getting Along in Preschool Is So Important

Why Getting Along in Preschool Is So Important

The expression "plays well with others" is often tossed around to describe people who are less likely to ruffle feathers, and new research shows these sandbox skills really matter.

It turns out that kids who play well with others in preschool are less likely to experienc...

10 Jun
Neurodevelopmental Issues Double in Babies Exposed to COVID in Womb: Study

Neurodevelopmental Issues Double in Babies Exposed to COVID in Womb: Study

The babies of women infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy may have developmental difficulties during their first year, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that pregnant women with COVID-19 were more likely to have preterm births and infants with developmental probl...

25 May
Another Study Finds Kids of Same-Sex Parents Do Just Fine

Another Study Finds Kids of Same-Sex Parents Do Just Fine

Children raised by same-sex parents are just as well-adjusted as kids raised by different-sex parents, researchers say.

In the new study, the researchers compared 62 Dutch children (aged 6 to 16 years) whose parents were the same sex with 72 kids whose parents were diffe...

24 May
A Child's Pet Dog May Shield Them From Crohn's Disease

A Child's Pet Dog May Shield Them From Crohn's Disease

Add a lower risk of Crohn's disease to the many benefits of having a dog during childhood, a new study suggests.

Sorry, cat lovers, researchers didn't find a similar benefit for you.

"We did not see the same results with cats, though we are still trying to determin...

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