Pediatrics

Maternal stroking can modify the effects of Prenatal Stress

In a recent study published in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers have found that frequent stroking by the mother can modify the effects of prenatal stress in the infant. The researchers from the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester, and King’s College, London have found that stroking the baby’s body in the first few weeks after birth can alter the physiological and behavioral changes which result in a baby due to prenatal stress. Researchers from around the world have found that babies exposed...

Maternal Depression and Antidepressants affect Language Development in Children

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Prenatal maternal depression and its treatment with a commonly used group of antidepressants has been linked to the development of language in babies, according to a new study published in the latest issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study, which was led by Prof. Janet Werker, from the Psychology Department at the University of British Columbia, has found that maternal depression when treated with serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) accelerates the...

Involving Children in Home Meal Preparation helps them make Healthier Food Choices

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  It is a constant struggle for the parents to make their children pick healthy foods rather than gorging on junk food. Scientists have also been trying hard to find why children prefer junk food over healthy food. Now, a new study conducted by the researchers from the University of Alberta may come as a ray of hope for the hapless parents. According to the study, which has been published in the latest issue of the journal Public Health Nutrition, children are more likely to make healthier...

Adding Micronutrients in the Prenatal Diet can lower Child Mortality Rates

The high infant mortality rates seen in several Asian countries can be attributed to poor nutritional status of the mother and her infant.  Mal-nourishment is said to be the cause of at least 3.5 million deaths annually. Experts believe that nutritional imbalance in fetal or early life not only leads to an increased infant mortality rate but also leads to cognitive impairment and several chronic diseases as the child grows. In a recent study published in the Journal of American Medical...

Almost Half of All Preschoolers miss Outdoor Play Activity

A study was undertaken to find out the frequency of daily parent supervised outdoor play among the preschoolers in the U.S. and the researchers were amazed to find that almost 50% of the preschoolers were missing out on it. The study has been published in the April 2 online issue of the journal Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Researchers from the Seattle Children’s Research Institute and University of Washington, led by Dr. Pooja S. Tandon, analyzed the activities of 8,950...

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