Child Development

Top 10 children’s health concerns

Top 10 children’s health concerns (and how to handle them)

Parents have plenty to worry about when it comes to their kids’ well-being. And their concerns may vary from what the general population considers a...
4 skills to teach your daughter by 13

4 skills to teach your daughter by 13

A pre-teen girl is at a unique moment in her life. The spark of her potential grows more intense, yet she'll have to fight gender...
Less sleep may mean higher type 2 diabetes risk in children

Less sleep may mean higher type 2 diabetes risk in children

A study has found that children who slept on average one hour less a night had higher risk factors for type 2 diabetes, including...
Lead in baby food: How parents can reduce the risk

Lead in baby food: How parents can reduce the risk

The news came as a shock to parents of infants: 20 percent of baby foods tested over a decade contained detectable amounts of lead,...
Community-wide effort to fight childhood obesity shows promise

Community-wide effort to fight childhood obesity shows promise

After a two-year comprehensive effort to reduce childhood obesity in two low-income communities in Massachusetts, the prevalence of obesity decreased among some schoolchildren; Some...
At the cellular level, a child's loss of a father is associated with increased stress

At the cellular level, a child’s loss of a father is associated with increased...

The absence of a father—due to incarceration, death, separation or divorce—has adverse physical and behavioral consequences for a growing child. But little is known about...
PTSD in children can be treated effectively within hours

PTSD in children can be treated effectively within hours

Children and adolescents with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be successfully treated with only a few hours of EMDR or cognitive behavioral writing therapy...
How to stay sane when your child can’t sleep

How to stay sane when your child can’t sleep?

Your child's sleep problems may be making you depressed and unsure of your parenting skills, says a new paper by UBC sleep expert and nursing professor...
Nearly two-thirds of mothers 'shamed' by others about their parenting skills

Nearly two-thirds of mothers ‘shamed’ by others about their parenting skills

Some mommy-shaming "wars" become national news headlines. Actress Reese Witherspoon was recently food-shamed for feeding her toddler cinnamon buns for breakfast. Critics were quick to judge...
Fever during pregnancy may increase the autism risk for child

Fever during pregnancy may increase the autism risk for child

Prenatal exposure to maternal fever during the second trimester raised odds of autism spectrum disorder by 40 percent. Fever during pregnancy may raise the risk...