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Child Health and Safety

Pleasant touch may be helpful for your infant's development

2014-04-03 20:21
A caring mother and child

When it comes to raising infants positive parental interactions including pleasant touch can be very beneficial. It has long been postulated that high quality parental interactions are very important for the healthy development of kids. In this regard certainly softly speaking to your child, playing with your child, and feeding your child well all appear to be beneficial. New research shows that caregiving touch of infants can also have very positive effects on the healthy development of kids.

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Violent video games can set off aggression in kids

2014-03-25 20:48
A kid playing video games online

There has been a great deal of concern among parents, educators and law enforcement officials among others that violent video games may set off aggressive behavior in kids. Yet, in spite of these concerns violent video games have been flooding the market with young kids often being able to slaughter scores of fictional video characters, who often appear real to life, in a flash with rapid fire machine guns and bombs.

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Kids exposed to methamphetamine prior to birth have more cognitive problems

2014-03-19 21:23
Examining a newborn baby

Methamphetamine use by pregnant women can cause catastrophic cognitive problems for their kids as they develop. It would seem like a common sense understanding that pregnant women should stay away from all illicit drugs. It would also appear reasonable to assume that by instinct pregnant women would gravitate away from doing anything which could harm their developing children. However, many women place the cognitive development of their kids at risk by using methamphetamine while they are pregnant.

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Could breastfeeding benefits be overstated?

2014-03-02 08:13
A new study contends breastfeeding benefits have been based on flawed studies.

Breastfeeding may not be all it's touted to be when it comes to child health, contends one researcher. According to a new analysis, breastfed and formula fed infants have the same long-term health outcomes. Breastfeeding studies may be flawed and biased, according to scientists.

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Children with involved parents become thinner as adults

2014-02-22 20:32
Study finds parents who are involved in their children's lives help them become slimmer as adults.

Researchers at Cornell University report that children with parents who are actively involved in their lives tend to be slimmer when they become adults. Their findings, published in PLOS ONE, are the result of one of the first-of-its-kind studies to use a method called “crowdsourcing” to discover predictors of obesity.

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Neurodevelopmental disabilities in kids are increasingly linked to chemicals

2014-02-17 00:15
A young child

When we keep babies in ultra hygienic environments which smell fresh and clean, it is possible their nervous systems are being harmed from the toxic chemicals they are being exposed to in cleaning agents.

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