Child Development News

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11/10/2015
Some Kids With Heart Defects Struggle in School

Deficits in academic performance tend to rise along with severity of the defect, study finds

11/3/2015
Childhood Whooping Cough Tied to Small Rise in Epilepsy Risk

But chances of any one child getting the seizure illness remain low, one expert says

11/2/2015
Dogs in the Home May Lower Kids' Odds for Asthma

Study findings support notion that early life exposure to microbes, allergens may prevent illness, experts say

11/2/2015
Weight, Exercise May Affect Children's Thinking Skills

Kids who participate in dance or sports better able to pay attention and solve problems, research suggests

11/2/2015
Most Preschoolers Use Tablets, Smartphones Daily

New study suggests an income-based 'digital divide' is narrowing

10/27/2015
Oxytocin 'Love Hormone' Nasal Spray Shows Promise in Kids With Autism

Small Australian trial suggests it could boost social skills; larger U.S. trials are planned, expert says

10/24/2015
Kids in Foster Care Have Tripled Rates of ADHD, Study Finds

However, most do tend to get treatment, CDC researchers report

10/23/2015
The Long and (Financial) Short of Fixing Leg Length Differences

More common treatment for children may mean lower earnings throughout adulthood, researchers report

10/23/2015
Doctors Key to Stopping Child Hunger

American Academy of Pediatrics statement says all kids should be screened for signs of malnutrition

10/23/2015
Furry Friends May Be Stress Relievers for Kids With Cancer

'Therapy dogs' appear to help ease heart rate, anxiety in children fighting the disease

10/22/2015
Secondhand Smoke in Infancy May Harm Kids' Teeth

Exposure increased risk of cavities, researchers report

10/20/2015
Kids More Likely to Be Overweight If Mom Gains Too Much in Pregnancy or After

Child's weight influenced by environments in 'womb and living room,' expert says

10/19/2015
Very Young Babies Sense Touch Differently

Study says until 4 months of age, infants can't really place origin of tickle

10/19/2015
No Amount of Alcohol Safe During Pregnancy, Doctors Say

American Academy of Pediatrics issues new warning to women of childbearing age

10/9/2015
Frequent School Changes Linked to Poorer Performance

For low-income kids, moving every year may hurt math skills, behavior, study suggests

10/9/2015
Weight, Growth Early in Life May Affect Adult Brain

Poor nutrition during childhood tied to poorer sight, hearing, and even thinking later on, study finds

10/8/2015
Scientists Get Closer to Genetics of Homosexuality in Men

Researchers able to make accurate predictions 70 percent of time in study of twins

10/6/2015
Hospitals Doing Better Job of Promoting Breast-feeding: CDC

Still, nearly 4 million babies are born each year in U.S., but only 14 percent in 'baby-friendly' hospitals

10/5/2015
State Anti-Bullying Laws May Lead to Fewer Bullied Kids

But laws alone won't prevent the behavior among children and teens, experts say

10/2/2015
For Teens, Late Bedtime May Lead to Weight Gain

But study doesn't prove night owls are doomed to extra pounds

10/1/2015
Secondhand Smoke Linked to Behavior Issues in Kids

Risk is greatest among children exposed both in the womb and at a young age, study suggests

9/28/2015
Preschoolers Can Learn Heart-Healthy Lifestyles

Kids benefit from being taught good food and exercise habits, study reports

9/28/2015
Childhood Trauma May Boost Heart Disease Risk for a Lifetime

Learning how to manage stress effectively might help, experts say

9/28/2015
Children in Foster Homes Need Better Health Care

American Academy of Pediatrics says kids may be traumatized and require more consistent treatment

9/25/2015
Exposure to BPA in Pregnancy Tied to Low Birth Weight in Girls: Study

But research doesn't prove the chemical caused the lighter weight

9/24/2015
Gene Tied to Adult Depression After Childhood Abuse

But the same DNA variant is linked to more happiness in people without such abuse histories, researchers say

9/24/2015
10 Percent of U.S. Women Drink During Pregnancy: Study

And 3 percent binge drink while expecting

9/24/2015
Short Legs May Explain Why Toddlers Teeter

Study suggests the smaller limbs give children less time to push up away from the ground

9/22/2015
Girls Who Are Impulsive, Poor Planners May Be Prone to Weight Gain

They're also more likely to binge eat, study suggests

9/21/2015
Though Rare, Some Disabilities Seen Long After Newborn Heart Surgery

Study authors suggest a lack of oxygen before the procedure may play a role

9/18/2015
'Preemie' Birth Linked to Less Wealth, Education in Adulthood

British study found many people who were born preterm had poor math skills

9/14/2015
ADHD May Mask Autism in Young Kids

This might lead to delay in getting the right diagnosis and treatment, experts say

9/14/2015
Home Pesticide Use Tied to Child Cancer Risk

Indoor insecticides may increase chances of leukemia or lymphoma a bit, research review reports

9/11/2015
Short Lunch Periods Leave Kids Eating Less, Study Finds

Schools should take steps to expedite long lines to give students more time to eat, researchers say

9/10/2015
9/4/2015
Autism Behaviors May Differ in Boys and Girls

Study also found gender differences in brains of children with the disorder

9/3/2015
One-Third of U.S. Kids With ADHD Diagnosed Before Age 6: Report

But researchers add that few valid tests exist to support diagnosis in children that young

9/3/2015
Light From Smartphones, Tablets May Lower Sleep Hormone in Kids

Finding suggests use of electronic devices before bedtime could delay slumber

9/1/2015
Day Care Won't Cause Aggressive Behavior in Child, Study Finds

Results from children in Norway could reassure working parents

8/27/2015
Health Tip: Balance Homework With Down Time

Do what works for your child

8/27/2015
Oldest Sister at Greater Risk of Obesity, Study Contends

Researcher suggests firstborns may have decreased blood supply, nutrients in womb

8/26/2015
Mixed Findings on Pot's Effect on the Developing Brain

One of two new studies suggests marijuana use in teen years might be more harmful for males

8/25/2015
Many Parents Put 'Food Pressure' on Their Kids, Study Finds

Overweight moms, dads often limit food intake, while those of normal weight push children to eat more

8/24/2015
Brief Drop in Blood Sugar at Birth Tied to Poorer School Performance

But researchers say it's too soon to recommend routine screening

8/24/2015
CT Scan Use in Kids Fell Over Past Decade

More children are undergoing MRI scans and ultrasounds, which don't carry radiation risks

8/18/2015
Vocabulary at 2 May Help Predict Kindergarten Success

Researchers recommend reaching out to children in disadvantaged homes

8/17/2015
How Parents Can Ease Transition to First Grade

Remain positive with your child, get involved in school life, expert says

8/14/2015
Clubs, Adult Support Can Help Kids Stay Slim

Being active and having positive role models is key, new study finds

8/14/2015
More American Children Diagnosed With ADHD

U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers tips on coping with attention disorder

8/11/2015
Antidepressants During Pregnancy Have Benefits, Risks: Study

Birth complications may be reduced, but some health issues for babies might increase