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Let Crying Babes Lie: Study Supports Notion of Leaving Infants to Cry Themselves Back to Sleep

Let Crying Babes Lie: Study Supports Notion of Leaving Infants to Cry Themselves Back to Sleep

Today, mothers of newborns find themselves confronting a common dilemma: Should they let their babies «cry it out» when they wake up at night? Or should they rush to comfort their crying little one?

In fact, waking up in the middle of the night is the most common concern that parents of infants report to pediatricians. Now, a new study from Temple psychology professor Marsha Weinraub gives parents some scientific facts to help with that decision.

The study, published inDevelopmental Psychology, supports the idea that a majority of infants are best left to self-soothe and fall back to sleep on ...

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Pediatricians Promote Benefits of Recess

Pediatricians Promote Benefits of Recess

The American Academy of Pediatrics has two New Year’s resolutions for schools: Keep the school nurse and don’t drop recess.

The recommendations are part of two new policy statements published in Pediatrics.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says there’s a growing trend in schools to take away recess and use the time to teach subjects.

«There is pressure on schools to increase performance on standardized testing, and a lot of times teachers are using withdrawal of recess as a punishment for children,» says Robert Murray, MD, a co-author of the recess policy statement and a professor at ...

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Genes changes linked to Alzheimer’s can be found in infancy, study finds

Genes changes linked to Alzheimer’s can be found in infancy, study finds

Brain changes found in adults with certain gene variants linked to conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and autism can also be spotted in brain scans done on newborns, a new study indicates.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine said these brain changes could open new avenues for research.

«These results suggest that prenatal brain development may be a very important influence on psychiatric risk later in life,» study author Rebecca Knickmeyer, an assistant professor of psychiatry, said in a university news release...

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Science Confirms The Obvious: Kids With Allergies Get Bullied

Science Confirms The Obvious: Kids With Allergies Get Bullied

It’s bad enough that they have to avoid milk and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. A new study reveals that kids with allergies also get picked on at lunch.

About 8 percent of children in the United States have food allergies—to peanuts, shellfish, eggs, etc.-and a study from researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that about a third of those children are bullied. Their study appeared online December 24 in the journal Pediatrics.

The researchers surveyed 251 pairs of parents and children on visits to allergy clinics and had them fill out a questionnaire about inciden...

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Rates of Childhood Obesity Fall Slightly

Rates of Childhood Obesity Fall Slightly

New data suggest that we may have turned an important corner in the childhood obesity epidemic.

While rates of obesity and extreme obesity in preschoolers rose from 1998 to 2003, they began to plateau soon thereafter. And childhood obesity rates decreased slightly in 2010.

«We are very encouraged by this data,» says study researcher Heidi M. Blanck, PhD, of the CDC in Atlanta. «It’s pretty exciting and a nice turning of the tide. But we have to stay vigilant or it will go in the other direction.»

Researchers looked at data on 27.5 million children aged 2 to 4 from 1998 to 2010...

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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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Gene Variants Affect Pain Susceptibility in Children

Gene Variants Affect Pain Susceptibility in Children

At least two common gene variants are linked to «clinically meaningful» differences in pain scores in children after major surgery, reports a study in the January issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

«[O]ur study is highly suggestive of a genetic component in pain response among children,» concludes the study by Dr Chantal Mamie and colleagues of Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland...

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Obesity declining in young, poorer kids: study

Obesity declining in young, poorer kids: study

The number of low-income preschoolers who qualify as obese or «extremely obese» has dropped over the last decade, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

Although the decline was only «modest» and may not apply to all children, researchers said it was still encouraging.

«It’s extremely important to make sure we’re monitoring obesity in this low-income group,» said the CDC’s Heidi Blanck, who worked on the study.

Those kids are known to be at higher risk of obesity than their well-off peers, in part because access to healthy food is often limited in poorer neighborhoo...

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To help kids move, docs try Rolfing

To help kids move, docs try Rolfing

For the umpteenth time on a recent afternoon, Ethan Todd sprang to his feet and reached for a toy truck. And for the umpteenth time, the 5-year-old boy’s thin legs buckled and collapsed.

The San Mateo boy then allowed Karen Price to sit behind him in the Palo Alto studio and knead his calves and thighs. «Look how high your feet can go!» she said, lifting his right leg into the air.

To the casual eye, what Price did may have looked like a massage...

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Low Vitamin D More Common in Overweight Kids

Low Vitamin D More Common in Overweight Kids

Overweight and obese children and teens are more likely to have low vitamin D levels than kids with healthy weights, a new study suggests.

The study is published in Pediatrics.

Vitamin D is essential for bone health. Bone growth is high during childhood and adolescence. So it may be especially important to identify and treat vitamin D deficiency during that time, the researchers write.

Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to a variety of chronic conditions, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis

Previous research suggests that obesity may put you at risk for v...

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