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Parenting Bulletin - February 2012 Archives


Study: Impulsive kids play more video games (2/29/2012)

Impulsive children with attention problems tend to play more video games, while kids in general who spend lots of time video gaming may also develop impulsiveness and attention difficulties, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. ...> Full Article


How 1-year-olds can recognize beliefs of others (2/28/2012)

The question as to when children become able to attribute mental states such as beliefs and desires to others is answered differently by different tests. A new model by Bochum's philosophers now integrates seemingly contradictory empirical findings. ...> Full Article


Exposure to micronutrients pre-pregnancy associated with gene modifications in offspring (2/27/2012)

The offspring of women who were given micronutrient supplements (minerals needed in small quantities, such as iron, iodine and vitamin A) before they became pregnant had gene modifications at birth as well as when they were tested at nine months. ...> Full Article


Babies' colic linked to mothers' migraines (2/26/2012)

A study of mothers and their young babies by neurologists at the University of California, San Francisco has shown that mothers who suffer migraine headaches are more than twice as likely to have babies with colic than mothers without a history of migraines. ...> Full Article


Deadly carbon monoxide prevents miscarriage (2/25/2012)

Both miscarriage and pre-eclampsia are associated with low levels of Heme oxygenase -1 (HO-1) in the placenta, however research suggests that carbon monoxide can mimic the effects of HO-1. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Medical Gas Research has shown that low dose carbon monoxide therapy is able to restore placental function and prevent fetal death in mice, without any detrimental effects. ...> Full Article


Can consuming caffeine while breastfeeding harm your baby? (2/24/2012)

Can consuming caffeine while breastfeeding harm your baby?Babies are not able to metabolize or excrete caffeine very well, so a breastfeeding mother's consumption of caffeine may lead to caffeine accumulation and symptoms such as wakefulness and irritability, according to an interview with expert Ruth Lawrence, M.D., published in Journal of Caffeine Research, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert Inc. ...> Full Article


Over-reactive parenting linked to negative emotions and problem behavior in toddlers (2/22/2012)

Researchers have found that parents of young children who anger easily and overreact are more likely to have toddlers who act out and become upset easily. ...> Full Article


Babies know what's fair (2/21/2012)

"That's not fair!" It's a common playground complaint. But how early do children acquire this sense of fairness? Before they're 2, says a new study. "We found that 19- and 21-month-old infants have a general expectation of fairness, and they can apply it appropriately to different situations," says University of Illinois psychology graduate student Stephanie Sloane, who conducted the study with UI's Renée Baillargeon and David Premack of the University of Pennsylvania. ...> Full Article


Puzzle play may help boost learning math-related skills (2/18/2012)

Children who play with puzzles between ages 2 and 4 later develop better spatial skills, a study by University of Chicago researchers has found. Puzzle play was found to be a significant predictor of cognition after controlling for differences in parents' income, education and the overall amount of parent language input. ...> Full Article


Owning a dog encourages exercise in pregnant women (2/17/2012)

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that women who own dogs are more physically active during pregnancy than those who don't. ...> Full Article


Many babies born to immigrants are being labeled too small incorrectly (2/16/2012)

Researchers led by Dr. Joel Ray, have developed the first "newborn weight curves" for specific ethnic groups across Canada. ...> Full Article


Digital photos could put kids at risk (2/15/2012)

A study published in the International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics this month suggests that parents and carers could be putting children at risk if they upload digital photos that are automatically "geotagged" by their camera. ...> Full Article


New research shows C-section not always best for babies (2/14/2012)

New research challenges conventional wisdom that c-sections have few or no risks for the baby. The findings presented at the 32nd Annual Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Meeting, "The Pregnancy Meeting," are consistent with the March of Dimes effort to end medically unnecessary deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy. The study is the ninth by SMFM members to be honored by the March of Dimes for innovative research focused on preventing premature birth and its complications. ...> Full Article


High-quality child care found good for children -- and their mothers (2/13/2012)

A longitudinal study of more than 1,300 children and their families found that mothers whose children spent their early years in high-quality nonparental care, starting from birth and in either center-based or home-based settings, were more likely than other moms to be involved in their children's schools later, regardless of the moms' socioeconomic status. The study also found that the quality of children's early care was more important than the type or setting of care. ...> Full Article


After-school program can reduce alcohol use among middle school students, study finds (2/12/2012)

A voluntary substance prevention program held after school and presented by trained facilitators can help reduce alcohol use among young adolescents, according to a new study. ...> Full Article


Playing school sports affects youths' smoking (2/11/2012)

A new study of middle schoolers and their social networks has found that teammates' smoking plays a big role in youths' decisions about smoking, but adolescents who take part in a lot of sports smoke less. The study looked at 1,260 ethnically diverse, urban, middle-class sixth through eighth graders and used a new social network method designed by the researchers to examine how participation in sports with teammates who smoked affected adolescents' smoking behavior. ...> Full Article


Breastfeeding can be tougher for women when pregnancy is unplanned (2/10/2012)

Women who did not plan to get pregnant are much more likely to stop breastfeeding within three months of giving birth, according to a study published in the journal Current Anthropology. The research suggests that women whose pregnancies were unplanned often experience more emotional and physical discomfort with breastfeeding compared to women who planned to get pregnant. ...> Full Article


Competitive soccer linked to increased injuries and menstrual dysfunction in girls (2/9/2012)

In the US, there are nearly three million youth soccer players, and half of them are female. New research presented today at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that despite reporting appropriate body perception and attitudes toward eating, elite youth soccer athletes face an increased risk for delayed or irregular menstruation. ...> Full Article


Parents blame child sex abuse victims more if perpetrator is another youth (2/8/2012)

Parents are much more likely to blame and doubt their children when their child has been sexually abused by another adolescent instead of an adult, according to new research from the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. ...> Full Article


DNA test that identifies Down syndrome in pregnancy can also detect trisomy 18 and trisomy 13 (2/7/2012)

A recent study by Drs. Glenn Palomaki and Jacob Canick of Women & Infants Hospital shows that a new DNA test that identifies Down syndrome in pregnancy can also detect trisomies 18 and 13. ...> Full Article


Sleep deprivation tied to increased nighttime urination in preadolescence (2/6/2012)

Study sheds light on why some children may need to urinate more often during the rest cycle. Researchers found sleep deprivation caused healthy children, ages 8-12, to urinate significantly more frequently, excrete more sodium in urine, and have altered regulation of the hormones important for excretion. ...> Full Article


Mom's love good for child's brain (2/5/2012)

Mom's love good for child's brainSchool-age children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have brains with a larger hippocampus, a key structure important to learning, memory and response to stress. The new research, by child psychiatrists and neuroscientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is the first to show that changes in this key region of children's brain anatomy are linked to a mother's nurturing. ...> Full Article


Consuming fish during pregnancy improves offspring's cognitive development and prosocial conduct (2/4/2012)

A study conducted within the framework of the NUTRIMENTHE project -coordinated by the University of Granada- revealed that infants born to mothers who consumed a considerable amount of fish during pregnancy score higher in verbal intelligence and fine motor skill tests, and present an increased prosocial behavior ...> Full Article


Study urges parents to enforce booster seat use when carpooling (2/3/2012)

Most parents report that they typically require their child to use a life-saving booster seat, but more than 30 percent said they do not enforce this rule when their child is riding with another driver. The study, conducted by child health experts at University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, also revealed that 45 percent of parents do not require their kids to use a booster when driving other children who do not have one. ...> Full Article


Divorce hurts health more at earlier ages (2/2/2012)

Divorce hurts health more at earlier agesDivorce at a younger age hurts people's health more than divorce later in life, according to a new study by a Michigan State University sociologist. ...> Full Article


Brainiac babies (2/1/2012)

A Northwestern University study has found that the evidence for intuitive physics occurs in infants as young as two months ? the earliest age at which testing can occur. According to a review of literature, infants show an understanding that unsupported objects will fall and that hidden objects do not cease to exist. Scientific testing also has shown that by five months, infants have an expectation that non-cohesive substances like sand or water are not solid. ...> Full Article


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