A health worker measures an infant’s growth. Children who are undernourished in their first 1000 days of life, could suffer from stunting later.
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Research around the importance of the first 1000 days has been gaining traction. The latest links stunting to malnutrition in children.
Was that the F-bomb, mummy?
Is children swearing a bad thing? Should I scold him for using words he doesn't know the meaning of? Should I discourage him from using swear words and refrain from swearing in front of him?
Calm down, kids. You don’t want to end up short like uncle Harry now do you?
Infant monkeys who play more develop better motor skills even though they grow more slowly, a study has found.
Dire predictions on the future of children’s brains are shocking, not least because of how flimsy the evidence is to support these views.
Baseless claims about the damage done to kids' development create needless panic. And they distract from legitimate, evidence-based concerns with which parents need to engage.
Vasopressin may be used to treat social deficits in children with autism.
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Increasing autistic children's levels of vasopressin, a hormone that regulates social behaviour, could help treat the social deficits common to autism, research suggests.
A cross-country move – just when middle school is about to start – can be emotionally draining for most children.
In some ways, it's spot-on. In others, not so much.
During the first few minutes after birth a baby can receive 80-100 millilitres of blood – nearly a third of their blood volume.
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One of the most common surgical procedures undertaken in the world today – one that every human alive has undergone – is the clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord at birth.
Does training relentlessly and regularly lead to greatness?
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Parents want to simultaneously support and push their kids. But when it comes to sports, this mentality can backfire in subtle ways.
Can you say ‘elephant’?
Out research showed that motor skills in 7-month-old babies predicted the rate of language development in children that went on to develop autism spectrum disorder.
Children love interactive devices and can’t recall a time without them, so it may be best to manage rather than ban them.
Despite occasional panic about the negative impact they may be having on children's social and intellectual development, interactive devices give parents a much-needed break and can benefit kids.
Investments like reading to a child can make a big difference to how she performs later in life.
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Investment gaps may be key to understanding why poorer children perform so much worse throughout life.
Linguist and mother ignoring Steven Pinker’s advice.
There's nothing like raising an infant to help galvanise one of the greatest debates in modern linguistics.
Institutional care for young children can impact on their health later on.
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A new study has shown the impact of institutional care on the way children deal with stress can be reversed if they are fostered early.
A 2012 survey found playing was top of dads’ caring list.
Efforts to get fathers more involved in raising their kids often entail changing leave provisions, but research shows that's not helping dads get more involved in caring for their children.
Oh, that’s what you meant!
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What if babies could tell us what they want, before they start crying for it? Bring in baby signing, a system of symbolic hand gestures for key works such as “milk”, “hot” and “all gone” that are taught…
Watch your head.
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This fall, the deaths of three high school football players were linked to direct head injuries on the field of play and one collegiate football player’s death has been potentially attributed to unresolved…
Small hands need small sporting equipment … but what about less bouncy balls?
Smaller footballs, lighter tennis racquets and mini playing fields: it makes sense to have these for children, right? Well, in recent years there’s been strong opposition against children playing modified…
Andreas Scheuer, secretary general of the German party considering proposals for make migrants speak German at home and in public.
A proposal in Germany to make all migrants speak German in public and at home has ignited a heated debate about immigration and language. The proposals come from the German Christlich-Soziale Union (CSU…
Getting ahead of your cohort.
As they reach the end of primary school, the UK’s children face persistent inequalities in their cognitive development. New findings from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), a survey of children born between…
Children exhibit signs of psychotic illness in very rare cases.
News this week that as many as 100,000 prescriptions for anti-psychotics were written for Australian children in 2013 is cause for concern. Though the drugs may be appropriate in a small number of cases…