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Newborn screening misses some deaf kids

Newborn screening misses some deaf kids

New research provides further evidence that some babies who pass their newborn hearing tests are found to be deaf or hard of hearing as young kids.

Some of those newborns may receive passing grades incorrectly, researchers said, but others can be born with good hearing but develop progressive hearing loss as babies and toddlers.

«A parent or a physician may think, ‘Oh, this child had passed the screen, so they must not have hearing loss,'» said Dr. David Chi, the study’s lead author from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

«Don’t depend on just the fact that (your ch...

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Moms may use TV to calm fussy babies, study finds

Moms may use TV to calm fussy babies, study finds

Many babies spend almost three hours in front of the TV each day, a new study finds, especially if their mothers are obese and TV addicts themselves, or if the babies are fussy or active.

«Mothers are using television as a way to soothe these infants who might be a little bit more difficult to deal with,» said senior study author Amanda Thompson, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill.

Other studies have shown that TV watching at such an early age can be harmful, she said, adding that TV can delay important developmental milestones.

The report w...

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All Natural Ways To Treat Your Baby’s Cold

All Natural Ways To Treat Your Baby’s Cold

Almost all babies get a cold before their first birthday. Does your baby have a cold? Many parents are hesitant to give their children decongestants, antihistamines, or other drugs. Here’s a look at natural ways to treat your baby’s sniffles and sneezes.

All of us have been inconvenienced at one time or another by the common cold. Colds aren’t usually serious, but they certainly can be annoying, even for the strongest immune systems. But the common cold can be more than an annoyance for infants and their parents...

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Coping with your Baby’s First Christmas

Coping with your Baby’s First Christmas

Are you facing up to your very first Christmas with a baby? Need some advice on how to deal with flying, the long car trip, critical relatives or even Santa? Kate Gillan is a parenting expert who has some older and wiser advice for brand new parents who are going to be highly strung this holiday season. We first posted this story a year ago but since our first timers last year are now hardened graduates of Christmas with Baby, we think there might be some worried newcomers who could use this advice!

Christmas can be a minefield of family grudges and temper tantrums...

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Having babies sit up may help them learn

Having babies sit up may help them learn

Babies may learn better when they’re sitting up, a new study suggests.
«An important part of human cognitive development is the ability to understand whether an object in view is the same or different from an object seen earlier,» Rebecca Woods, an assistant professor of human development and family science and doctoral psychology lecturer at North Dakota State University, said in a university news release.
«Cognitive development» refers to abilities like thinking, perception and memory.
She and colleague Teresa Wilcox, a psychology professor at Texas A&M University, found that infants at age...

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Swapping chips for cheese, veggies may curb calorie intake in snacking kids

Swapping chips for cheese, veggies may curb calorie intake in snacking kids

When it comes to giving children snacks, having a healthier array of options may cut down on calorie-intake while still keeping kids full, new research suggests.

Scientists found that children who were given snacks of vegetables and cheese or just plain cheese had the same levels of satiation compared to those given potato chips, meaning they were just as full. However, the vegetable and cheese groups reported significantly lower intake of calories.

«There is no magic food or ingredient that will end childhood obesity, but learning to substitute certain foods — such as choosing a combination s...

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Want Your Baby to Learn? Research Shows Sitting Up Helps

Want Your Baby to Learn? Research Shows Sitting Up Helps

From the Mozart effect to educational videos, many parents want to aid their infants in learning. New research out of North Dakota State University, Fargo, and Texas A&M shows that something as simple as the body position of babies while they learn plays a critical role in their cognitive development.

The study shows that for babies, sitting up, either by themselves or with assistance, plays a significant role in how infants learn. The research titled «Posture Support Improves Object Individuation in Infants,» co-authored by Rebecca J...

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