Child Development News

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1/17/2012
Health Tip: Stop Your Child's Thumb-Sucking Habit

The practice can be harmful to teeth

1/16/2012
Is Continued Lip-Reading an Early Sign of Autism?

Researchers say that typically developing infants focus on a speaker's eyes after age 1

1/14/2012
Healthy Children, Safe Homes a Winning Combination

From checking for radon to selecting seafood, you can lower chemical exposure

1/12/2012
Children Exposed to HIV Before Birth at Risk for Language Delay

Researchers recommend routine screening for communication problems

1/5/2012
Missed Naps Could Put Toddlers at Risk for Mood Disorders

Study found lack of sleep hampers ability to express feelings

1/5/2012
Health Tip: Is it Time to Potty Train?

Signs your little one is ready

1/4/2012
'Safety-First' Playgrounds Linked to Bored, Inactive Kids: Study

Review of daycares suggests many preschoolers play less now, but safety experts support newer equipment

12/27/2011
More Schooling Might Raise IQ

Intelligence quotient isn't fixed at birth, and can increase with education, study suggests

12/26/2011
Mother-Toddler Bond May Influence Teen Obesity

Prevention strategies should go beyond eating, exercise, study suggests

12/23/2011
Toddlers Don't Seem to Listen to Own Voices to Correct Speech

But study finds 4-year-olds, adults do adjust their pronunciation that way

12/22/2011
Noisy Toys Might Harm Kids' Hearing

If held too close to the ear, these toys might cause permanent damage, researchers say

12/22/2011
Does Your Teen Constantly Challenge You?

The good news is teens' assertiveness may help them resist peer pressure, study finds

12/21/2011
Scientists Probe the Origins of Dyslexia

Differences in how people process sounds might be one cause of this learning disability, study suggests

12/20/2011
Early Food Choices Seem to Influence Taste for Salt Later

Infants fed starchy foods at 6 months of age tended to prefer salty flavor by preschool: study

12/19/2011
Discerning Gift-Givers Look for Toys That Offer More Than Fun

Some of the best choices spur imagination and exercise, experts say

12/19/2011
Choosing a Toy? Think 'Kid-Powered'

These are gifts that offer open-ended chances for children to explore, imagine and play

12/13/2011
Working Moms Happier, Healthier Than Stay-at-Home Peers: Study

Those with part-time jobs better able to balance work, family, researchers find

12/12/2011
Blink Patterns May Be a Window Into Autistic Mind

Watching a video, toddlers with autism reacted to action, not emotional content

12/9/2011
Behavior Problems May Surface in Preemies by Preschool

These kids might benefit from early targeted help, researchers say

12/9/2011
Broadway Strikes an Autism-Friendly Chord

Sold-out performance of 'The Lion King' was adjusted to suit needs of kids with the disorder

12/6/2011
If Parents Drink and Drive, Their Kids May Too: Study

Teens' risk for motoring under the influence rose with parents' bad example, researchers found

12/6/2011
Most Doctors Don't Tell Parents Kids Are Overweight

Or health care providers are speaking up, but message isn't sticking, study finds

12/5/2011
Abuse in Childhood May Alter Teen Brain

Study found reductions in 'gray matter,' with changes differing by gender

12/5/2011
Kids With Epilepsy Should Get Screened for Autism, Developmental Delays

The conditions often occur in the same child, experts say

11/29/2011
'Flat Head' Syndrome in Babies Usually Temporary

Rise in cases tied to 'back to sleep' campaign shouldn't worry parents, pediatricians say

11/29/2011
Girls Feel Sadder Than Boys When Friends Let Them Down

Pre-teen girls may hold friends to a higher standard than boys do, study suggests

11/28/2011
Head Size Tied to Regressive Autism in Boys

Larger head circumference not seen in early onset autism or in girls, study says

11/23/2011
Gene Shortage Might Lead to Shorter Height, Study Says

In two separate groups, shortest people were missing copies of genes

11/23/2011
U.S. Teens Don't Eat Enough Fruits and Veggies: CDC

Vegetable consumption lowest among Hispanic and black high schoolers, report shows

11/21/2011
Health Tip: Help Your Newborn Sleep at Night

Suggestions for weary parents

11/18/2011
Easy-to-Treat Condition Can Disrupt Breast-Feeding

Up to 10 percent of newborns have ankyloglossia or 'tongue-tie'

11/18/2011
Young Chimps Play Much Like Children Do

Finding could shed light on human behavior, scientists say

11/17/2011
Talking About Size, Shape May Aid Math Skills

Preschoolers who heard, used spatial terms did better on tests, study shows

11/17/2011
Mom-to-Be's Mental State May Affect Child's Development

Emotional consistency before and after birth seems best for baby, study suggests

11/17/2011
Bipolar Kids May Focus on Different Facial Features

Avoiding eyes could make it harder to determine others' emotions, study says

11/9/2011
Study Spots Early Signs of Math Disabilities in Kids

Certain difficulties in kindergarten predicted problems by fifth grade

11/8/2011
Health Tip: Causes of Failure to Thrive in Babies

Typical reasons for this condition

11/7/2011
Where a Child Is Tested May Affect Autism Diagnosis

Centers vary on how a child is deemed to have autism, Asperger or other developmental disorder

11/4/2011
Mentoring Works Best When Adults, Kids Share Common Interests

Most programs aren't effective when the kids have really serious problems, researchers say

10/31/2011
Many Parents Skipping Kids' Shots, Putting Other Kids at Risk

In California study, 1 in 5 children at some schools intentionally unvaccinated, raising concerns

10/28/2011
Preschool Peers May Boost Language Skills in Kids

Low-ability students improve when placed in classes with higher-achieving children, study finds

10/26/2011
Bond With Teacher Can Help Curb Aggression in Kids

Twins study suggests student-teacher relationship counters genetic disposition to bad behavior

10/24/2011
Outdoor Time May Reduce Nearsightedness in Children

Kids with myopia spend about four hours less outside each week than others, study shows

10/24/2011
Could Airway Abnormality Point to Autism?

Researcher noticed difference in lung structure of children with autism spectrum disorder

10/21/2011
Blocked Tear Ducts Linked to 'Lazy Eye' in Kids

These children need comprehensive eye examinations, researchers say

10/21/2011
Some Kids Respond Better to ADHD Drug Than Others

Gene variant may predict which children do better on methylphenidate

10/20/2011
Teen Drivers Prone to 'G-Force' Errors, Researchers Say

Sudden braking, high-speed turns and other common mistakes contribute to higher crash rate

10/18/2011
'Screen-Free' Play Best for Toddlers' Brains

Even 'educational' programming is less healthy than independent play, experts say

10/17/2011
Profanity on TV Linked to Foul-Mouthed Kids

But study doesn't confirm 4-letter words in media cause kids to cuss

10/14/2011
Protein May Help Spot Newborns With Brain Damage

Doctors already track GFAP levels to measure brain injury in adults