Child Development News

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4/8/2016
Mom's Obesity, Diabetes May Spur Fetus to Grow Too Fast

Finding suggests doctors might want to screen at-risk women sooner

4/7/2016
Short Gap Between Pregnancies Tied to Higher Autism Risk?

Data review can't prove cause-and-effect, but suggests that ideal spacing between children is 2 to 5 years

4/6/2016
Health Tip: Is Your Child Ready for Potty Training?

Motor and language skills are a must

4/6/2016
Pot Use During Pregnancy Tied to Low Birth Weight Babies

Study also finds raised risk of newborns needing intensive care, but it doesn't prove cause-and-effect

3/31/2016
U.S. Autism Rate Unchanged at 1 in 68 Kids: CDC

It's not yet clear if the rate will stabilize over the long-term, experts say

3/31/2016
Even Controlled, Epilepsy May Still Cause Problems for Kids

Study finds social and educational issues may be a concern as children get older

3/31/2016
Smoking During Pregnancy Seems to Alter Fetal DNA, Study Finds

Discovery could help explain link between expectant moms' tobacco use and kids' health problems

3/24/2016
Kids' Fruit Drinks, Juices Contain Day's Worth of Sugar

Study was conducted in Britain, but experts say similar results would be found in U.S.

3/18/2016
Could Growing Up Poor Raise Obesity Risks Later?

Kids raised in low-income neighborhoods were more likely to put on weight as adults, study found

3/18/2016
Psychological Disorders Affect 1 in 7 U.S. Kids Under 9: CDC

Parents' mental health, lack of medical care contribute to disabilities, researchers say

3/16/2016
Kids Who Aren't Ready for Kindergarten May Suffer Long-Term Consequences

Study finds such youngsters more likely to be held back, or even expelled by fourth grade

3/15/2016
Repeat C-Section May Have No Long-Term Health Risk for Baby

Scottish study finds no significant differences in learning disabilities, risk for various conditions

3/14/2016
School-Based 'Overweight Warnings' May Not Keep Girls Slim

NYC study found no effect for students at or near the cutoff for being overweight

3/11/2016
If Younger Sibling Arrives Before 1st Grade, Kids Less Likely to Be Obese: Study

But children who didn't have a younger sibling by first grade much more likely to be obese

3/11/2016
Mom's Smoking May Put Kids at Higher Risk of COPD in Adulthood

Risk was almost tripled when mothers smoked heavily, but study didn't prove cause and effect

3/9/2016
U.S. Pediatricians to Add Poverty to Well-Visit Checklist

One simple question might help families avert serious health risks, American Academy of Pediatrics says

3/9/2016
Special Infant Formulas Don't Shield Against Asthma, Allergies: Study

Review of nearly 70 years of data found no protective effect; experts urge breast-feeding instead

3/7/2016
Low Prenatal Vitamin D Linked to Later MS in Offspring

Study compared Finnish adults with and without multiple sclerosis, but more research is needed

3/3/2016
Lawn Mowers Can Cause Severe Injuries to Kids

Study found that more than half of accidents required amputation

3/1/2016
Parents, Take Heed: Your Kids Copy Your Heart Health Habits

Study found that when a caregiver was obese or had a heart risk factor, children often followed suit

2/29/2016
Fidgeting May Help Students With ADHD Learn

Study found symptoms increased when kids faced more challenging memory tasks

2/26/2016
For Transgender Kids, Support Is Key to Emotional Well-Being

Study did not find higher depression levels when parents backed children's choice

2/25/2016
Gene Abnormality May Be Key to Down Syndrome, Scientists Say

Results might eventually lead to new treatments, study authors suggest

2/25/2016
'Preemie' Babies May Face Long-Term Anesthesia Risks

Study tracked higher rate of complications up to age 22

2/25/2016
Study Details Dire Consequences of Fetal Alcohol Disorders

Behavioral, mental health issues require early attention, researcher says

2/24/2016
Exercise + Classwork May = Better Math Scores

Dutch study also found bringing exercise to the classroom boosted spelling grades

2/23/2016
Prenatal Use of HIV Drug May Slow Child's Development Slightly

Small language delays seen in babies after mothers took atazanavir to prevent transmission of virus

2/23/2016
Could Adults' Expectations Drive Up ADHD Diagnoses in Kids?

Rates of disorder have risen alongside increasing academic demands, researchers say

2/23/2016
CDC Cites 14 Potential New Cases of Zika Transmitted By Sex

Men who've recently traveled to endemic areas should abstain from sex or use a condom, agency says

2/23/2016
Parents' Depression, Anxiety May Contribute to Kids' Fussy Eating

If mom or dad had mental health issues, children were pickier about what they ate, study finds

2/23/2016
Obama Asks Congress for $1.9 Billion to Battle Zika Virus

Money would go toward mosquito-control programs, vaccine development and tests to better spot the virus

2/19/2016
Kids With Autism More Likely to Wander, Less Likely to Recognize Danger

Researchers concerned about risks to children with developmental issues, as well as the stress on parents

2/19/2016
Check Newborns of Women Who Visited Zika-Prone Areas for Infection: CDC

Advisory is for babies of any woman who's been in such a locale within 2 weeks of delivery, CDC says

2/19/2016
Obesity Can Send Kids' Blood Pressure Soaring: Study

Losing weight can bring it back in line, expert says

2/18/2016
Finding Suggests Zika Virus Can Move From Mother to Child During Pregnancy

Discovery adds to signs it might have caused thousands of Brazilian babies to be born with birth defect

2/17/2016
Prenatal Diet Rich in Vitamin D May Cut Allergy Risk in Kids: Study

But supplements don't offer the same protection, researchers say

2/17/2016
Extremely Small Preemies May Face Bullying, Mental Health Risks

Long-term Canadian study followed participants until age 36

2/16/2016
Do Benefits of City Gardening Outweigh Risks?

Lead and other soil contaminants aren't a concern for all vegetables, expert contends

2/16/2016
Pregnancy May Ease PTSD for Some Women, Study Finds

But symptoms may worsen for 1 in 4 with low levels of the stress disorder, research suggests

2/16/2016
Panel Undecided on Screening All Kids for Autism

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says more data needed to say yes or no to universal testing

2/15/2016
Standardized Test Scores Decline With Each Passing Hour of School

But, short breaks provide a mind boost, study suggests

2/15/2016
Teen Dating Violence Is Target of New CDC Program

Twenty percent of girls, 10 percent of boys say they have been victimized by a dating partner, agency says

2/15/2016
Lots of Fish in Pregnancy Tied to Higher Obesity Risk in Kids

Study couldn't determine what's causing the link, but certain toxins, such as mercury, may be to blame

2/15/2016
Sleep Loss May Be Tied to Raised Diabetes Risk in Teen Boys

Research, which focused on 'slow-wave sleep,' did not find same effect among girls

2/12/2016
Uncorrected Eye Problem Linked to Learning Issues for Preschoolers

Farsightedness can affect kids' readiness for school and may lead to literacy problems

2/12/2016
Study Ties Parents' Criticism to Persistent ADHD in Kids

If harsh comments focus on the child, rather than the behaviors, symptoms may linger, researcher says

2/11/2016
Study Links Child Abuse, Neglect to Earlier Onset of Bipolar Disorder

Researchers also found greater risk of suicide and more severe manic and depressive symptoms

2/11/2016
Lasting Damage Seen in LGBT Teens Who Suffer Harassment

Severe cases were tied to high risk for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder

2/10/2016
Prenatal Acetaminophen Use Tied to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids: Study

But the effect was small and experts say there's no reason to switch to other painkillers

2/10/2016
Many U.S. Women Still Smoke Before, During Pregnancy: Report

Smoking puts about 300,000 infants at risk each year, experts say