A national poll found that 40 percent of parents give children under four-years-old cough syrup and medications that have not been found to be safe for young toddlers.
The CDC reports that from 2005 to 2011, the infant mortality rate in the United States has continued to decline steadily.
Immune system development in newborn babies has been proven to vary based on birth month and vitamin D levels, according to new research.
A Massachusetts study reported the lowest percentage of teenage births in the state's history.
Researchers found that the number of vaccinations an infant receives in one day does not increase the risk for autism.
Researchers found that arguing near a sleeping infant can still have negative effects on the infant's brain.
Researchers found that obese pregnant women have an increased chance of giving birth to infants with iron deficiency.
A new study found that babies who were at most three months premature could already distinguish between different parts of speech, reacting to distinct sounds known as phonemes.
A new report published by the Save the Children campaign revealed that breastfeeding right after birth can significantly increase a child's chances of survival.
When children are very small, even at the stage of their infancy, parents and babies communicate with each other through smiles, laughs and cooing at each other. However, scientists have questions as to how this kind of communication or interaction helps or effects the development of babies. "Parents tend to put a lot of emotional energy into these interactions," says University of Miami psychology professor Daniel Messinger. "And, the job of the baby is to do whatever they want, and they take that job very seriously."
There have been studies earlier linking premature birth to increased risk of lower IQ and impaired cognitive and motor skills in babies. However, a new study has found that programs for helping such infants and their families after they leave the hospital apparently increases IQ in the period up to school age, and provides lasting improvements in cognitive skills. For the study, researchers conducted a review of 21 studies of early developmental intervention programs for babies born before the 37th week of pregnancy.
In a new study, researchers with the help of brain-monitoring technology have found that the brains of infants respond to faces in a very similar way as adult brains do, even while the rest of their visual system lags behind. Parents often feel that their child stares at their faces. While many may regard it as wishful thinking, studies do show that even babies, less than an hour old, tend to stare at face-like images longer than at any other pattern, Medical Xpress reported.
A new study suggests that sitting up, either by themselves or with someone's help, is crucial for how babies learn as they grow up. The study by Rebecca J. Woods, assistant professor in the human development and family science department at North Dakota State University has revealed that sitting up, unsupported has a very significant positive effect on their learning abilities about objects around them.
Health officials warn parents against using bolsters, used to keep sleeping babies on their backs, as they say that the pillows pose a threat of suffocation in infants. The warning comes after the number of deaths caused by the 'sleep positioners' rose to at least 13 U.S. infants recently. Bolsters are long narrow pillows or cushions filled with cotton, down, or fibre and are used as bumpers in cribs.
A new study by Dutch researchers suggests that if children are fed fish in the first year of their life, it reduces their chances of contracting asthma in the future. The study was released Friday. Asthma affects over 40 million people around the world. "Asthma is a disorder that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing," the U.S. Public Health Med website states.
For all intents and purposes, the "War on Drugs" ended when nearly every state passed a law for recreational or medical marijuana use. The truth is, however, that law enforcement officers everywhere still actively pursue drug arrests. If you've been arrested for illicit drug use, you need to take the charges seriously. While there may be a valid defense or a program that can get you out of trouble for a first offense, the stigma can haunt you for a lifetime.