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When mothers have network of peers, malnourished children are better fed

When mothers have network of peers, malnourished children are better fed

Women in rural India who participate in a vocational training program learn more than just life skills. A recent University of Illinois study found that mothers who participated in a program designed to educate and empower women gained a network of peers that led to increased bargaining strength in the home, and significantly improved their children’s consumption of rice and dairy.

«Prior to participating in Mahila Samakhya, which loosely translates to women of equal value, most of the participants reported regularly communicating with fewer than five women outside their families,» said U of I...

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How smartphones steal attention from your child

How smartphones steal attention from your child

Mealtime is supposed to be family time, but a new study suggests that ever-present smartphones are impeding parent-child communication at the table.

Researchers who observed more than 50 family-type groups eating out found a significant number of adults were preoccupied with their smartphones.

«We know from decades of research that face-to-face interactions are important for cognitive, language and emotional development. Before mobile devices existed, mealtime would’ve been a time where we would’ve seen those interactions,» said study author Dr...

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2-year-old boy saves mom using FaceTime app

2-year-old boy saves mom using FaceTime app

A 2-year-old boy is being hailed a hero after using FaceTime to save his mother after she was gravely injured.

According to a report from KGUN, Laura Toone was trying to break up a fight between a foster dog she had been caring for and one of her own dogs — when the foster dog bit part of her middle finger almost completely off.

Toone tried to dial 911 herself, but she said her hands were too bloody to make the call.

«I begged my daughters to call 911, and they’re 4, and they were quite afraid to even touch the phone, because it was covered in my own blood from me trying to call 911,» Toone, f...

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How to quit smoking while pregnant

How to quit smoking while pregnant

Quitting cold turkey

«Symptoms … are the most difficult in the first two weeks of quitting.»

Tossing your pack and swearing off cigarettes is an ideal way to avoid the risks of smoking while pregnant, but, «the side effects of quitting during pregnancy can range depending on whether you’re a light or heavy smoker,» advises Dr. Alyssa Dweck, OB/GYN and healthy mama brand medical advisory board member, «but can include restlessness, jitteriness, irritability and in severe cases seizures can occur...

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Parents help kids develop positive body image

Parents help kids develop positive body image

Parents play a crucial role in helping children develop a positive body image and healthy eating habits, an expert says.

«Sometimes we parents forgot how important our words, thoughts, and feelings are in the lives of our kids,» Dr. Aaron Krasner, director of the adolescent transitional living program at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut, said in a news release.

«‘We make the weather in our homes, a wiser-than-me parent once told me,» Krasner added. «I think it’s true – especially when it comes to eating behaviours and body image...

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Five Natural Remedies For Your Baby’s Ear Infections

Five Natural Remedies For Your Baby’s Ear Infections

There may be no common pain worse than an earache—for babies, kids and parents alike. Even a mild one can be crippling, and the misery can usually be traced to acute otitis media, a.k.a. the dreaded ear infection.

Ear infections occur in the middle ear region behind the eardrum, when the Eustachian tube that connects the throat to this space swells and prevents air from entering the middle ear. The resulting suction can pull in fluid instead. If this fluid becomes infected, an earache isn’t far behind.

Once upon a time, that meant antibiotics, but experts say that only one in eight childre...

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From sushi to sandwiches: What’s safe to eat during pregnancy

From sushi to sandwiches: What’s safe to eat during pregnancy

The list of foods you’re not supposed to eat during pregnancy can be mind-boggling. Will one sushi roll or a tuna sandwich really make a difference? Registered dietician Bridget Swinney weighs in on the dos and don’ts of food safety when you’re expecting.

Giving up your favorite foods isn’t fun, and it’s OK to give in to pregnancy cravings once in a while. The question of what’s safe to eat during pregnancy is best answered by what’s not.

Some fish is fine, but skip sushi

High mercury content in fish like ahi tuna, orange roughy, swordfish and others can be dangerous, but it doesn’t mean you ...

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Does Cold Medicine Work on Kids?

Does Cold Medicine Work on Kids?

When a child comes down with a cold, many parents head straight for a bottle of children’s cold medicine. Don’t bother.

A common cold is the most frequent illness people get with more than 200 viruses causing these infections. Older children and adults get two to four colds per year; young children get them six to 10 times a year. Because colds are more common during the school year, some kids will get a cold every month between fall and spring.

It’s worth it to give children lots of fluid, acetaminophen or ibuprofen if they are uncomfortable and liberal doses of books, games and TV...

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Museums for kids who love dinosaurs

Museums for kids who love dinosaurs

Most kids go through a dinosaur phase, and who could blame them? The mysterious creatures come in so many shapes and sizes that there’s an endless amount of detail to study. Here are five great ways to take kids to learn more about dinosaurs beyond just checking out the skeletons on display in the museum’s collection.

  • Field Museum (Chicago)

    Sue, the world’s largest, best-preserved, and most complete T-Rex anchors the Field Museum’s excellent collection, and on Friday nights you can have a slumber party with Sue...

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American Families Increasingly Let Kids Make Buying Decisions

American Families Increasingly Let Kids Make Buying Decisions

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — so why are you letting your kid pick what you’ll eat? A new study from the NPD Group shows that parents defer to their children about a third of the time when it comes to deciding what to eat for breakfast, and about a quarter of the time for lunch. (The family members who are old enough to bring home the bacon are still the ones calling the shots on dinner, with only 3% of kids dictating that menu...

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