Most of us do not remember precisely when we started speaking and we obviously do not remember why we chose to start speaking when we did. When exactly a child would start speaking can certainly not be predicted, but experts say that since speech and language are acquired, there always is a learning process involved. While at times there may be medical reasons for a child to pick up language skills a little later, sometimes children may set their own schedules.
A new study has tied poor reading skills in school-going girls to them getting pregnant in their teens. A study conducted by researchers from Philadelphia suggests that seventh grade girls who had trouble reading are more likely to get pregnant in high school than others whose reading skills are average or above average. The results of the study remained the same even after researchers took into consideration the race and economic status.
While many children are peaceful eaters, others are very fussy with food and parents may have a tough time just ensuring they eat proper meals. Hence, it is not uncommon for parents to bribe their children with some treats. However, the problem arises when these bribes turn into a habit and the children get hooked on to chocolates and sweets. According to experts, about 60 percent toddlers are hooked on chocolate and sweets and it is none other than their parents who are to be blamed.
A new report suggests that while some boys are actually clumsy, others are victims of abuse. A health minister was quoted as saying by The Telegraph that doctors will decide whether "clumsy" children who tend to fall and injure themselves have been abused by their family. Dan Poulter, the health minister, said that boys who fell down often while playing could be clumsy, but there are also some who are abused/attacked or neglected by their family.
Holidays and the festive season could be stressful for parents, as there are so many varieties of food and sweets all around, and it is difficult to monitor children's diet and keep them away from allergens. However, it may come as a relief for parents to know that in a new study conducted at National Jewish Health in Denver, doctors are working towards an approach to treating food allergies. In their study, children are exposed to the foods that usually make them sick, Medical Xpress reports.
A new study suggests that children who make efforts to be kind to others are happier and get more acceptance from their peers. The study by researchers from University of British Columbia and the University of California, Riverside, was published in the journal PLOS ONE and aimed at examining how happiness can be boosted in children between the ages of 9 and 11.
A recent survey of adolescents in weight-loss programs has revealed that many overweight teenagers get teased or bullied. Of the participants, apparently 64 percent were bullied or teased and while most of the bullying came from peers, some of them even reported bullying from parents, teachers and coaches.
While children belonging to minority and lower economic classes are known to be the most likely to be obese, new data suggests that things may have taken a turn for the good, with data showing a slight decrease in the rate of obesity among such children. It was earlier reported that the rate of extreme obesity kept rising among in preschoolers from the years 1998 to 2003. However, now it seems that the situation is under control and the data indicates decreased rate of obesity in 2010.
A new study suggests that about one-third of children who have food allergies suffer bullying at school. So apart from constantly watching out for allergens, parents of children suffering from food allergy also need to be highly vigilant about their children's day-to-day encounters and make sure that their child is not the favorite target of a bully in class.
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.
Social networking sites have gained immense popularity in the last decade and their usage is only increasing by the day. From the elderly to children as young as 8-year-olds, almost everyone has an account on one or the other networking site. Even though these networking sites are popular with almost all age groups, perhaps the age group most hung up on the virtual bonding sites are teenagers. With the introduction of networking sites, the whole meaning and idea of friendship and "keeping in touch" has changed. While there were times when friends used to write each other letters, decades after finishing school and people used to call each other over telephones, these days it is just way too easy to stay in touch with your friends.
A new study suggests that toddlers with better language skills are more capable of managing their anger when compared to others. According to the research, children who can speak words can manage their frustration better and are less likely to express anger by the time they're in preschool. The study has been conducted by researchers from Pennsylvania State University and appears in the journal Child Development.
Children are more inclined towards junk food and it is difficult to assure they are reaching The World Health Organization recommended five portions intake of fruits and vegetables every day. A new research suggests that parents may want to consider regular family meals round a table in order to boosts fruit and vegetable intake in children. It is known that regular intake of fruits and vegetables promotes good health and staves off serious disease and obesity in later life.
Bullying by childhood peers leaves a trace that can change the expression of a gene linked to mood. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention defines bullying among children as repeated, negative acts committed by one or more children against another. Bullying could be verbal or physical, and these days, there are an increasing number of reports of cyber bullying as well. This negative act is not only limited to children; a good number of adults experience bullying at the workplace too. Various studies have been conducted around the world to understand the impact of bullying on victims and its long-term effects.
Are you one of those parents who are tired of trying to persuade their child into healthy eating habits? Researchers might have the answer to your problem. A combo-snack of cheese and vegetables could help cut calorie intake in your children, a new Cornell study has found. The combo-snack meal may contain combined snacks of various varieties of vegetables and cheese and during the experiment, researchers found that this combination led children to eat 72 percent fewer calories while being just as satisfied as those who were served only potato chips.
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