Child Development

Children’s books may boost appetite for unhealthy food

Children’s books may boost appetite for unhealthy food

Reading picture books aloud remains a cherished ritual of childhood – one enjoyed by adults and children alike, whether at bedtime, in pre-school, or...
School night bedtime tips every parent should know

School night bedtime tips every parent should know

Poor sleeping habits can have far worse effects on children and adolescents than just irritability or a rash of midmorning yawns. “If kids aren’t getting...
Doctors might be giving too many kids growth hormones, study shows

Doctors might be giving too many kids growth hormones, study shows

Doctors are more likely to prescribe growth hormones for a child who does not meet federal guidelines for the therapy if the child’s family...
Can too much fatty food harm young brains?

Can too much fatty food harm young brains?

Eating a very high-fat diet early in life may disrupt development of the prefrontal cortex in young brains, according to new research in mice. Scientists...
Why families should play Pokémon Go together

Why families should play Pokémon Go together

Beyond the thrill of the quest to catch ‘em all, other curious benefits have emerged from the worldwide Pokémon Go craze. Among the potential perks:...
Large increase in eye injuries linked to laundry detergent pods among young children

Large increase in eye injuries linked to laundry detergent pods among young children

Between 2012 and 2015, the number of chemical burns to the eye associated with laundry detergent pods increased more than 30-fold among preschool-aged children...
Cutting sugar causes drop in heart disease risk factors among obese children

Cutting sugar causes drop in heart disease risk among obese children

Reducing sugar consumption in obese children, rather than cutting calories or starch, or losing weight, leads to a sharp decline in triglycerides and a...
Low back pain in school-aged children a common occurrence

Low back pain in school-aged children a common occurrence

Adolescents are three times more likely to experience low back pain as prevalence increases with age Low back pain in school-aged children is a common...
Pets are a child’s best friend, not their siblings

Pets are a child’s best friend, not their siblings

Children get more satisfaction from relationships with their pets than with their brothers or sisters, according to new research from the University of Cambridge....
Prenatal vitamins, nurturing help boost child development

Prenatal vitamins, nurturing help boost child development

Women who take vitamins during pregnancy appear to boost their child’s cognitive abilities at age 9-12 by up to a year of schooling, according...