Month: December 2022

10 Ways to Encourage Babies to Play Independently: Can babies play? Can babies play independently? Can babies play by themselves? I believe that Independent Play is the pillar of childhood – and can be encouraged as early as in the newborn days. Human babies are born, designed, and wired for play and exploration and it
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As concerns about youth mental health, school shootings, and other forms of violence prompt more school systems to conduct mental health screenings, a UCR-led analysis is urging school officials to proceed with deference to student family, cultural, and community backgrounds. Mental health screenings that focus solely on identifying at-risk students without taking into account their
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A team of engineers and neuroscientists has demonstrated for the first time that human brain organoids implanted in mice have established functional connectivity to the animals’ cortex and responded to external sensory stimuli. The implanted organoids reacted to visual stimuli in the same way as surrounding tissues, an observation that researchers were able to make
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Bridget Leach with St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Safety Stop discusses baby crib safety tips by following the ABCDs. The Safe Sleep for Babies Act prohibits the manufacture and distribution of crib bumpers and inclined sleepers. Crib bumpers can promote an unsafe crib environment as babies can become wedged in the bumper and may not be
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Mothers in the samples from the UK and Uganda have different attitudes toward parenting, but while on a group level the experience and development of their infants sometimes aligns with parenting attitudes, surprisingly, it did not always show such variation, according to a new study published this week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by
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We all know that common colds and other minor illnesses are common in children and that sore throats are a part of that. While sore throats caused by postnasal drip, allergies, or a mild cold are not generally cause for concern, Dr. Jamie Kondis, board-certified pediatrician, describes when to suspect something more serious, like Strep.
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Spontaneous, random baby movements aid the development of their sensorimotor system, according to new research led by the University of Tokyo. Detailed motion capture of newborns and infants was combined with a musculoskeletal computer model, to enable researchers to analyze communication among muscles and sensation across the whole body. Researchers found patterns of muscle interaction
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Many individuals who have recovered from acute infection with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) develop persistent symptoms collectively referred to as post-acute sequelae of the coronavirus disease 2019 (PASC) or long COVID. Some common long COVID symptoms include fatigue, cognitive impairment, diabetes, shortness of breath, mental health conditions, cardiovascular diseases, and adverse
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As a parent, you probably have questions about childhood asthma. First, what is asthma? In this video, Dr. Katherine Rivera, Pulmonologist, explains what asthma is and goes over how a doctor will arrive at a diagnosis for asthma. Also, find out what factors, including environmental triggers, can cause asthma or an asthma attack. Finally, learn some
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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic affected healthcare in multiple areas, including obstetric and neonatal care. A recent study published in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics examines how obstetric healthcare services differed between women considered to be natives of Europe as compared to migrants. Related Stories Study: Quality of maternal and newborn care
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With new oral hygiene products available in recent years, you might be asking which are the best toothbrushes for kids? Dr. Emily Hahn, Pediatric Dentist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, compares the effectiveness of traditional toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes and mouthpiece toothbrushes. With both traditional and electric toothbrushes, it is important to teach children to scrub
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