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What babies remember and why

What babies remember and why

A study from Germany with 96 nine-month-old babies has thrown light on why babies can sometimes remember what they’ve learned and sometimes can’t.

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Talking to young children about Covid-19

Talking to young children about Covid-19

This excellent and timely commentary argues that the impact of the Covid pandemic on very young children has been overlooked.

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Poor neighbourhoods and poor health

Poor neighbourhoods and poor health

Children who grow up in deprived neighbourhoods are likely to have poorer physical health later in life compared to children from better-off areas.

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The state of babies in the USA

The state of babies in the USA

This important report on the wellbeing of babies born in the United States highlights and explains the disparities in terms of health and opportunity between babies born into White families and those born into families of Colour.

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Air Pollution and Premature Birth

Air Pollution and Premature Birth

A systematic review which included 68 studies and more than 32 million births in the United States explored whether women exposed to particulates, ozone and heat were more likely to have a baby who was born prematurely, or small for dates.

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Parental stress and children’s screen time

Parental stress and children’s screen time

A recent study from the University of Guelph (a public research university in Ontario, Canada) has drawn a link between high levels of stress in the lives of mothers and less monitoring of their young children’s screen time.

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Decision making and informed choice

Decision making and informed choice

A systematic review of qualitative studies of how and why women make choices about their maternity care reveals how complex women’s decision-making is.

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Fewer Pre-term Babies

Fewer Pre-term Babies

The Irish Times has reported that the number of underweight babies born at University Maternity Hospital in Limerick in the Republic of Ireland fell considerably during the first four months of the year.

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Extra choline during pregnancy may protect babies of mothers with coronavirus

Extra choline during pregnancy may protect babies of mothers with coronavirus

Choline is a vitamin B nutrient found in many vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dairy products as well as fish, beef, poultry, eggs, some beans and nuts and in dietary supplements. It is essential for healthy brain development in the foetus.

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Babies know when you imitate them

Babies know when you imitate them

Early interactions with infants are a crucial part of infant development, how a parent responds to cues helps build a child’s internal working model and sense of self, but a in new study scientists from Lund University in Sweden have shown that imitation is a great way to catch a baby's interest, drive social cognition and increase bonding.

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Child’s play lost in pandemic fear

Child’s play lost in pandemic fear

Social and community disruptions caused by the COVID-19 restrictions could have a lasting effect on child wellbeing.

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Foetal alcohol syndrome in womb

Foetal alcohol syndrome in womb

This study explored the impact of a binge-level intake of alcohol [4-6 drinks] in non-human primates early in pregnancy. 

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