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Parenting Bulletin - November 2011 Archives


Babies embrace punishment earlier than previously thought (11/30/2011)

Babies as young as eight months want people who commit or condone antisocial acts to be punished, according to a new study led by a University of British Columbia researcher. While previous research shows that babies uniformly prefer kind acts, the new study suggests that eight-month-old infants support negative behavior if it is directed at those with antisocial behavior -- and dislike those who are nice to bad guys. ...> Full Article


Life-threatening condition in preemies linked to blood type (11/25/2011)

New research suggests that a simple change in blood transfusion practices in neonatal ICUs could significantly reduce the incidence a life-threatening intestinal condition in preemies called necrotizing enterocolitis. ...> Full Article


Babies who eat fish before 9 months are less likely to suffer pre-school wheeze (11/24/2011)

Children who started eating fish before nine months of age are less likely to suffer from pre-school wheeze, but face a higher risk if they were treated with broad spectrum antibiotics in the first week of life or their mother took paracetamol during pregnancy. Swedish researchers analyzed responses from 4,171 randomly selected families, who answered questions when their child was six months, 12 months and four-and-a-half years of age. ...> Full Article


A fetus can sense mom's psychological state (11/18/2011)

As a fetus grows, it's constantly getting messages from its mother. It's not just hearing her heartbeat and whatever music she might play to her belly; it also gets chemical signals through the placenta. A new study, which will be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that this includes signals about the mother's mental state. ...> Full Article


Big, little, tall and tiny: Words that promote important spatial skills (11/17/2011)

Big, little, tall and tiny: Words that promote important spatial skillsPreschool children who hear parents use words describing the size and shape of objects and who then use those words in their day to day interactions do much better on tests of their spatial skills, a University of Chicago study shows. The study is the first to demonstrate that learning to use a wide range of words related to shape and size may improve children's later spatial skills, which are important in mathematics, science and technology. ...> Full Article


New mothers, newborns happy with home visits (11/16/2011)

Home nursing visits are as safe and effective as office-based care for initial post-delivery well-baby check-ups, according to medical researchers. ...> Full Article


Sowing the seeds of the obesity epidemic in babyhood (11/15/2011)

The growth charts pediatricians use at well-baby visits can predict a baby's risk for obesity later in life, finds a population-based study from Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. ...> Full Article


Fatherhood can help change a man's bad habits (11/14/2011)

After men become fathers for the first time, they show significant decreases in crime, tobacco and alcohol use, according to a new, 19-year study.Researchers assessed more than 200 at-risk boys annually from the age of 12 to 31, and examined how men's crime, tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use changed over time. While previous studies showed that marriage can change a man's negative behavior, they had not isolated the additional effects of fatherhood. ...> Full Article


Routine iron fortification of infant formula linked to poorer development (11/13/2011)

Iron fortification has helped babies around the world, but a long-term study led by the University of Michigan raises questions about the optimal amount of iron in infant formula. ...> Full Article


Interactive play with blocks found to facilitate development of spatial vocabulary (11/12/2011)

Parents and researchers have long speculated that play with construction toys might offer a rich environment that would support later learning in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Researchers at Temple University's Infant Lab found that when playing with blocks under interactive conditions, children hear the kind of language that helps them think about space, such as "over," "around" and "through." ...> Full Article


Conflicting views of a child's behavior problems from parents, teachers, and the child may be helpful to clinician (11/11/2011)

Conflicting views of a child's behavior problems from parents, teachers, and the child may be helpful to clinicianClinicians often face the challenge of trying to make sense of conflicting reports from parents, teachers, and children about a child's behavioral problems. However, a better understanding of the source and nature of these disagreements may provide important information that could improve treatment and outcomes. ...> Full Article


Study uncovers clues to young children's aggressive behavior (11/10/2011)

Children who are persistently aggressive, defiant, and explosive by the time they're in kindergarten very often have tumultuous relationships with their parents from early on. A new longitudinal study suggests that a cycle involving parenting styles and hostility between mothers and toddlers is at play. ...> Full Article


Good parenting is just a joke (11/9/2011)

Parents who joke and pretend with their toddlers are giving their children a head start in terms of life skills. Most parents are naturals at playing the fool with their kids, says a new research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. However parents who feel they may need a little help in doing this can learn to develop these life skills with their tots. ...> Full Article


Maternal separation stresses the baby (11/9/2011)

Despite common practice, new research published in Biological Psychiatry provides new evidence that separating infants from their mothers is stressful to the baby. ...> Full Article


Animal study suggests that newborn period may be crucial time to prevent later diabetes (11/8/2011)

Pediatric researchers who tested newborn animals with an existing human drug used in adults with diabetes report that this drug, when given very early in life, prevents diabetes from developing in adult animals. If this finding can be repeated in humans, it may become a way to prevent at-risk infants from developing Type 2 diabetes. ...> Full Article


Preschoolers' language skills improve more when they're placed with more-skilled peers (11/8/2011)

Preschool children with relatively poor language skills improve more if they are placed in classrooms with high-achieving students, a new study found. Researchers found that children with relatively poor language skills either didn't improve over the course of one academic year, or actually lost ground in development of language skills, when they were placed with other low-achieving students. ...> Full Article


Good relationship with teacher can protect first graders from aggression (11/7/2011)

A new study of 217 Canadian seven-year-old twins finds that children who were genetically vulnerable to being aggressive were more likely to be victimized by their classmates than others. However, these children were protected from acting aggressively and being the target of other children's aggression if they had a very good relationship with their teacher. The study included both identical and fraternal twin pairs who were not in the same classroom. ...> Full Article


Babies understand thought process of others at 10 months old, MU research finds (11/7/2011)

Babies understand thought process of others at 10 months old, MU research findsNew research from the University of Missouri indicates that at 10 months, babies start to understand another person's thought process, providing new insights on how humans acquire knowledge and how communication develops. ...> Full Article


Researchers show how motherhood alters brain function (11/6/2011)

Instinctive mothering behavior towards care of newborns has long been recognized as a phenomenon in humans and animals, but now research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has shown that motherhood is associated with the acquisition of a host of new behaviors that are driven, at least in part, by alterations in brain function. ...> Full Article


Exposure to chemical BPA before birth linked to behavioral, emotional difficulties in girls (11/5/2011)

Exposure in the womb to bisphenol A (BPA) -- a chemical used to make plastic containers and other consumer goods -- is associated with behavior and emotional problems in young girls, according to a study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health, Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center, and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. ...> Full Article


Harsh discipline fosters dishonesty in young children (11/4/2011)

Young children exposed to a harshly punitive school environment are more inclined to lie to conceal their misbehavior than are children from non-punitive schools, a study of three- and four-year-old West African children suggests. ...> Full Article


Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain in teens (11/3/2011)

Sleeping less than eight hours a night may be linked to weight gain in teens, shows a new study presented at CHEST 2011, the 77th annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians. Furthermore, obesity was linked to short sleep duration in teenage boys, with the fewest hours slept linked to the highest BMI levels. ...> Full Article


Video games used in new treatment that may fix 'lazy eye' in older children (11/2/2011)

Video games used in new treatment that may fix 'lazy eye' in older childrenA new study conducted in an eye clinic in India found that correction of amblyopia, also called "lazy eye," can be achieved in many older children, if they stick to a regimen that includes playing video games and standard amblyopia treatment. Today at the 115th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Somen Ghosh will report on the approaches that allowed about a third of his 10 to 18 year old study participants to make significant vision gains. ...> Full Article


Hard times during adolescence point to health problems later in life (11/1/2011)

According to Dr. Per E. Gustafsson from Umeň University in Sweden and colleagues, experience of social and material stressors around the time of transition into adulthood is linked to a rise in disease risk factors in middle age, including higher blood pressure, body weight and cholesterol. Their work is published online in Springer's journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine. ...> Full Article


More time outdoors may reduce kids' risk for nearsightedness (11/1/2011)

More time outdoors may reduce kids' risk for nearsightednessA new analysis of recent eye health studies shows that more time spent outdoors is related to reduced rates of nearsightedness, also known as myopia, in children and adolescents. Myopia is much more common today in the United States and many other countries than it was in the 1970s. Today at the 115th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Dr. Anthony Khawaja of the University of Cambridge, will present a summary analysis of the evidence. ...> Full Article


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