Child Development

Math difficulties may reflect problems in a crucial learning system in the brain

Math difficulties may reflect problems in a crucial learning system in the brain

Children differ substantially in their mathematical abilities. In fact, some children cannot routinely add or subtract, even after extensive schooling. Yet the causes of...
When should kids stay home sick from school?

When should kids stay home sick from school?

It can be a nerve-wracking, game time decision for parents: whether their sick child should stay home from school. But opinions among parents differ when...
Superhero culture magnifies aggressive, not defending behaviors

Superhero culture magnifies aggressive, not defending behaviors

There’s a lot of good that kids can take away from watching their favorite superheroes — defending and protecting the weak, using their talents...
Teens Unlikely to Be Harmed by Moderate Digital Screen Use

Teens unlikely to be harmed by moderate digital screen use

Parents and pediatricians alike may worry about the effects of teens' screen time, but new findings from over 120,000 adolescents in the UK indicate...
In teens, strong friendships may mitigate depression associated with excessive video gaming

In teens, strong friendships may mitigate depression associated with excessive video gaming

Teenagers who play video games for more than four hours a day suffer from symptoms of depression, but frequent use of social media and...
Crybaby The Vitamins in Your Tears

Crybaby: The vitamins in your tears

Babies cry easily, but those tears may help shed light on the role and potential uses of vitamins in tears. Maryam Khaksari, a research specialist...
Children gain more weight when parents see them as 'overweight'

Children gain more weight when parents see them as ‘overweight’

Children whose parents considered them to be 'overweight' tended to gain more weight over the following decade compared with children whose parents thought they...
Nutritional quality of kids’ menus not improving

Nutritional quality of kids’ menus not improving

U.S. chain restaurants participating in a National Restaurant Association initiative to improve the nutritional quality of their children’s menus have made no significant changes...
Dose of dextrose gel lowers risk of low blood sugar in newborns

Dose of dextrose gel lowers risk of low blood sugar in newborns

A single dose of dextrose gel, rubbed inside a newborn's mouth an hour after birth, can lower their risk of developing low blood sugar,...
The science of baby's first sight

The science of baby’s first sight

When a newborn opens her eyes, she does not see well at all. You, the parent, are a blurry shape of light and dark....