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iPads could hinder babies' sleep and brain development, study suggests
The Telegraph Apr 13, 2017

Babies' sleep and subsequent brain development may be being harmed by use of ipads and other touchscreen devices, research suggests..

Iron deficiency causes damage to infants brain
The Hans India Apr 11, 2017

Experts said, besides anaemia, iron deficiency is one of the leading risk factors that may hinder proper brain development which cannot be reversed. Therefore, providing nutrition dense food to infants is essential. This will contribute to improved brain functions and better productivity in the long run.

Reading, talking and singing helps boost your child's brain power
The Amery Free Press Apr 14, 2017

The first five years of a child's life are critical for speech and language development - the brain is best able to absorb language during this period. That's why it's important to talk, listen, read, sing, and play games with young children, every day!

DHA supplements during pregnancy don't raise kids' IQ
WHTC Mar 28, 2017

Children of women who took DHA supplements during pregnancy are no smarter than peers whose mothers didn’t take the supplements, a recent study concludes.

Study shows breastfeeding has little impact on long-term brain development
WHSV Mar 27, 2017

A new study in the Journal of Pediatrics shows that breastfeeding may not make kids sharper or better behaved than their non-nursed peers over the long-term. Researchers found that children who were breastfed for at least six months have improved problem solving skills at age three. But those results were barely noticeable by the time the child turned five.

Touch in infancy is important for healthy brain development
The Conversation Mar 23, 2017

Touch underpins our social world and, evidence suggests, it may even help to reduce anxiety and provide pain relief. But can touch shape the actual organisation of our brains? Research is now revealing that experiences with touch – especially in infancy – do indeed shape brain development.

Sleep apnea in children may stunt brain development
Medical News TodayMar 18, 2017

Sleep apnea, a common condition in which breathing briefly stops during the night, may reduce the amount of gray matter in a child's brain, finds a recent study. Although further research is needed, the results are worrying.

Tips For Your Baby's Brain Development
Boldsky Jan 18, 2017

The brain of the baby tries to understand the world bit by bit. As a parent, when you can offer enough attention and love in the process, it helps a great deal in brain development of the baby.

A host of common chemicals endanger child brain development
Knowridge Science Report Jan 21, 2017

In a new report, dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children's health advocates are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages.

Too much screen time is harming your child's brain: How to protect your family
WTAE Jan 19, 2017

Why should parents be concerned? Children ages eight to 18 spend at least seven hours a day on social media, a survey concluded in 2010. These numbers are especially disturbing because brain development in young children can be hindered by constant stimulation.

Can Eating Fish During Pregnancy Really Help Boost A Child's Brain Development?
Latinos Health Feb 7, 2017

Nutrients in fish can help improve brain cognitive functions in an infant. Studies show that the children of mothers who had more quantity of fish during their pregnancy show better IQ performance, Live Science reports. There didn't seem to have the chance of developing autism in these children.

Pregnant? Never yield to these cravings
Standard Media Feb 10, 2017

A study published last August suggests that a diet high in fat and sugar during pregnancy could potentially affect the baby's brain development.

The Serious Business of Play
Yahoo News Feb 6, 2017

Research on the emotional connection between parents and children and the development of complex brain circuitry teaches us that a parent's capacity to understand a child's serve - her mood and approach to play - and to match that serve with our own engagement, builds the neural circuitry and leads to the development of important cognitive, social and language skills.

King School focuses on developing young minds
NC Advertiser Feb 2, 2017

Leading experts say a commitment to early childhood education is no longer a choice - it's a necessity. Research shows that this period is a time of rapid growth and brain development for children.

Study finds brain connections key to reading
Medical Express Aug 8, 2016

The brain's cortex, where most cognitive functions occur, has areas specialized for reading as well as face recognition, language comprehension, and many other tasks.

How Screen Addiction Is Damaging Kids' Brains
Vice Aug 7, 2016

Kids' brains develop during key developmental windows when they engage their active imagination in such things as creative play. These windows are when the body builds the most neuronal connections. Kids who are just passively stimulated by a glowing screen don't have to do the neural heavy lifting to create those images. The images are provided for them, thus stunting their own creative abilities.

Folic acid: An essential for child bearing mothers – Experts
Today Aug 7, 2016

“Folic acid is essential for brain development and function,” Dr. Oluwaseun said. Its deficiency in pregnant women would affect the foetus, as it is one of the basic micronutrient requirements for cell synthesis and development, especially neurological development.”.

Music training speeds up brain development in children
The Conversation Aug 4, 2016

Music training has been found to be related to better language and mathematical skills, higher IQ and overall greater academic achievement. Also, differences between musicians and nonmusicians have been found in areas of the brain related to hearing and movement, among others.

Breastfeeding Brain Benefits
GoodTherapy Aug 3, 2016

Breastfeeding may improve brain development, boost IQ, and sharpen memory in preterm infants, according to a new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics.

Parent's Touch Can Mold Child's Brain Development Until Adulthood
Science World Report Jul 30, 2016

A parent's touch is powerful and goes beyond forming bonds between parents and their children. From the first breathe of life, it is natural that a child would want to be touched. Studies show that a parent's touch goes from boosting a baby's development to shaping its brain in the future. A parent's touch is a very strong communicator in channeling emotions and forming an intimate bond.

How does music fuel your brain, not just your ears?
Lancaster Online Mar 13, 2016

There is a fascinating new research study going on at the National Institutes of Health regarding brain maturation and playing a musical instrument. In this study, published in the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, researchers have proven that playing a musical instrument actually changes the architecture of the brain.

Brain food for your unborn baby
Stripes Okinawa Mar 8, 2016

Folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and iron are three of the necessary thirty-eight nutrients which are essential for a healthy nervous system. A balanced diet of all-natural sources including vegetables, fruit, beans and legumes, whole grains, and quality sources of meat will provide the aforementioned brain-boosting nutrients.

Smart Ways To Play Games With Your Baby
Parent Herald Mar 1, 2016

Babies start to develop their brain even in prenatal stage and this speeds up once they are born. When they start to use their senses, learning becomes faster. The baby's brain develops by stimulation. By the time they hear, smell, taste, see and touch, their brain creates more connection between neurons. The more connections created, the smarter the child becomes.

Want intelligent kids? go for exclusive breastfeeding
Punchng Feb 27, 2016

Many factors have been adduced for what makes a child to be intelligent, including heredity, school quality, environment, exposure, etc., but not much emphasis has been placed on the impact of exclusive breastfeeding, which experts have described as one of the most fundamental factors that influence a child's intelligence.

How Do I Boost My Baby's Brain Development?
Newswise Feb 18, 2016

During infancy and throughout a child's first year of life is when the brain develops the most and has the best potential to be influenced. “By the time a child enters kindergarten their brain is 90 percent developed and formed,” said Alison Pittman, R.N., a clinical assistant professor at the Teas A&M College of Nursing and certified pediatric nurse. “Focusing on your child's brain development in the first year is extremely important.”.

Pediatricians Might Be Able to Boost Brain Development and IQ in Premature Babies
Foxnews Feb 15, 2016

A new study suggests that pediatricians could soon have the tools to boost brain development and IQ in premature babies. Two blood-building drugs: Erythropoietin and Darbepoetin injected soon after birth may give premature babies a lasting long-term edge building red blood cells and brain development by age 4.

Environmental intervention may improve IQ of kids
Business Standard Mar 15, 2016

Environmental intervention can raise general intelligence in young children but the effects are not permanent, a new study has found. John Protzko from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) analysed an existing study to determine whether and how environmental interventions impacted the intelligence levels of low birth weight children.

Reading improves a child's brain
Digital Journal Sep 30, 2015

The human brain is plastic; that is, it is ever changing, influenced daily by sights, sounds and learning. Modern Magnetic Resonance Imaging has shown that creative activities enhance and develop various parts of the brain. The days of early childhood are especially critical brain development years. One of the best and earliest interactive activities between parents and children is reading.

Is your technology hurting your child's development?
Goerie Oct 8, 2015

Suskind and others worry that parents and caregivers, too distracted by their smart phones and other devices, aren't talking to babies enough. And researchers say talking is critical, activating little brains and filling their heads with words they'll figure out more quickly than babies who sit in silence.

How poverty affects children's brains
Washington Post Oct 2, 2015

In a study published this year in Nature Neuroscience, several co-authors and I found that family income is significantly correlated with children's brain size - specifically, the surface area of the cerebral cortex, which is the outer layer of the brain that does most of the cognitive heavy lifting. Further, we found that increases in income were associated with the greatest increases in brain surface area among the poorest children.

How to boost your baby's brain development
Telegraph Sep 26, 2015

Her talk is based on the latest neuroscience, particularly the work of Dr Allan Schore, of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. “Genetic inheritance is only a small part of the story,” she explains. “The process of building the brain - linking one neuron with another - crucially depends on social and emotional experiences concerning the baby's attachment to their primary carer.” It's a theory that sits uncomfortably with modern parenting, given how many parents leave their children in daycare or with nannies.

The Academic Downside Of ‘Western' Diets
thinkprogress Sep 29, 2015

Proponents of healthier school lunches have one more reason to frame the issue as a public health matter. A new study suggests that the “Western” diet - defined as selections of red meat, sugary desserts, high-calorie food, and refined grains - may be detrimental to a child's cognitive development, ultimately hampering their academic performance.

Severe poverty affects children's brain development, study finds
The Star Aug 30, 2015

A six-year study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has added to the mounting evidence that growing up in severe poverty affects how children's brains develop, potentially putting them at a lifelong disadvantage.

Why Talking to Your Baby Is So Important
Yahoo Sep 18, 2015

Every word you say builds your child's brain. Within the first three years of life, 85% of our physical brain is developed. Inside that lovable baby's head is a veritable hub of activity where 700 to 1000 neural connection are being made each second. At no other time in life is brain growth so rapid. And one of the most important things making these connections is words.

Air Pollution Might Lower Your Child's GPA
Science World Report Aug 31, 2015

Findings revealed that due to high levels of motor vehicle emissions from trucks, cars and buses on the roads and highways near their homes, the childrens' GPAs were significantly lower, accounting for other factors that were known to influence school performance.

Some studies show breastfed babies score higher on IQ tests
State Journal Aug 8, 2015

There are studies that have been done to compare infants who breastfed to infants who are fed with formula. Several of these studies indicate that breastfed babies do have higher IQs.

How to Tell If Your Kid Is a Prodigy, and Why It's Probably Better If They're Not
Daily Telegraph Sep 17, 2015

Researchers are concerned that growing numbers of children are starting school uncertain whether they are right or left-handed and that this is hindering their academic and physical development.

Study Finds Iodine Intake During Pregnancy Might Raise Baby's IQ
ScienceTimes Aug 12, 2015

Iodine is a nutrient often associated with thyroid health and how it helps fight goiter in most women. However, a new study has discovered that iodine may also greatly affect the brain development of a fetus and can be directly linked to the possibility of increasing the child's intelligence quotient (IQ).

The not-so-magic activity that can boost your child's brain activity
Connectstatesboro Aug 12, 2015

A new study suggests that reading with children as young as 3 and 5 years old can change their brain development. The study used functional magnetic resonance imaging to look at the brain activity of children who were listening to prerecorded stories, Carina Storrs reported for CNN.

Family Struggles May Affect Boys' Brain Development
HealthDay Aug 17, 2015

Family problems early in life might raise boys' risk of depression and anxiety, which is also tied to altered brain structure in their late teens and early 20s, a new study suggests.

How a C-section can affect your baby's BRAIN development: Procedure 'slows a newborn's ability to concentrate'
DailyMail Aug 12, 2015

Having a baby via Caesarean section can affect a child's brain development, a study has revealed. The delivery procedure affects at least one form of a baby's ability to concentrate, scientists found. It is known that factors such as birth weight and a mother's age impact on the development of a child's cognitive functions. But little is known about how the actual birth event influences a baby's brain and thinking abilities.

Child Poverty: Negative Impact on Brain Development
MedScape Jul 28, 2015

Children raised in poverty show significant differences in brain structures linked to learning and education that correspond with impaired academic performance and standardized test achievement, new research shows. "We knew that poverty affects brain development and that there is an educational achievement gap between poor children and middle-class children," coauthor Seth D. Pollak, PhD.

Reading to Young Kids Promotes Brain Development
Laboratory Equipment Apr 27, 2015

Now, there is evidence that reading to young children is in fact associated with differences in brain activity supporting early reading skills. The research was presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego..

Organic milk 'is less healthy than regular milk and could harm child IQ'
The Telegraph Aug 28, 2015

Organic milk is less healthy than regular milk and could cause unborn babies to have lower IQs, a study suggests. Compared with conventionally-produced milk, organic milk contains around one third less iodine which is essential for maintaining a strong metabolism.

Study: Poor children have smaller brains than wealthy peers
Yahoo News Apr 29, 2015

New research shows that low-income kids may be lagging behind their peers because a crucial part of their brains is underdeveloped.

Study links low and high levels of manganese to lower IQ scores in children
MedicalXpress Apr 23, 2015

Both low and high levels of manganese in blood and hair were associated with lower IQ scores in children living in eastern Ohio, according to new research from the University of Cincinnati (UC).

Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids' brains
The Monitor Sep 02, 2014

A two-year study of 44 children in the program shows that the training changes the brain in ways that make it easier for youngsters to process sounds, according to results reported in Tuesday's edition of The Journal of Neuroscience. That increased ability, the researchers say, is linked directly to improved skills in such subjects as reading and speech.

Ignore the IQ test: your level of intelligence is not fixed for life
The Conversation Aug 27, 2014

We're getting more stupid. That's one point made in a recent article in the New Scientist, reporting on a gradual decline in IQs in developed countries such as the UK, Australia and the Netherlands. Such research feeds into a long-held fascination with testing human intelligence. Yet such debates are too focused on IQ as a life-long trait that can't be changed. Other research is beginning to show the opposite.

Why Kids Need to Play
Psych Central Aug 31, 2014

It is so important for kids to have unstructured, free play time. In these days of schedules, routines, and many demands and responsibilities, it is increasingly important for children to be allowed to just play.

Learning rewires the brain
Society for Science Sep 02, 2014

Musicians, athletes and quiz bowl champions all have one thing in common: training. Learning to play an instrument or a sport requires time and patience. It is all about steadily mastering new skills. The same is true when it comes to learning information - preparing for that quiz bowl, say, or studying for a big test.

IQ: the eternal debate of nature vs. nurture
GM News Aug 14, 2014

The first thing you need to know is that anyone's ability to do math is based on the strength of his or her IQ, which is simply a measurement of your cognitive skills.These are things like working memory (e.g. holding a number in your brain long enough to use it in the next step), logic and reasoning (e.g.“Obviously the radius can't be a negative number ...”), and visual processing (e.g. deciding which side of the triangle is the longest).

Scientists say child's play helps build a better brain
SCPR Aug 06, 2014

When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground. "The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain," says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. " And without play experience, those neurons aren't changed," he says.

Brain scans reveal how children's minds learn math
CT News Aug 18, 2014

Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math.

High maternal perchlorate levels may impact child's IQ
Endocrinology Update Aug 11, 2014

Researchers have discovered an association between high maternal perchlorate levels during pregnancy and subsequent adverse IQ in children. The Cardiff University and Boston University School of Medicine-led study looked at the age-three IQ of 487 children born to mothers who had suboptimal thyroid function and iodine deficiency during pregnancy.

Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain
NPR Aug 06, 2014

When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.

3 Insights Into Baby Brains
NY Mag Aug 04, 2014

What's going on inside those little baby brains? You can get a lot closer to understanding the minds of these tiny humans with a new book, The Psychology of Babies, written by Lynne Murray, a psychologist specializing in child development at the University of Reading.

What Do Great Musicians Have in Common? DNA
Scientific American Aug 05, 2014

At age 13, jazz great Thelonious Monk ran into trouble at Harlem's Apollo Theater. The reason: he was too good. The famously precocious pianist was, as they say, a “natural,” and by that point had won the Apollo's amateur competition so many times that he was barred from re-entering.

Spanking the gray matter out of our kids
CNN July 23, 2014

How to discipline the next generation is a hotly debated topic. In 2012, a national survey showed more than half of women and three-quarters of men in the United States believe a child sometimes needs a "good hard spanking."

How 'Good Mothering' Hardwires a Child's Brain: Mom Impacts Her Babies
Science World Report July 18, 2014

Could having a good mother impact a child's brain? That just may be the case, according to a new study. Researchers have taken a look at rat pups and have found that their mothers and their nurturing roles directly mold the early neural activity and growth of their offspring's brains.

Babble to your baby from birth! Cooing at newborns is vital to speech development
The Daily Mail July 14, 2014

Cooing at a newborn baby is not just a sign of affection - scientists think it is vital part of teaching them to speak.

The importance of good food on your baby's development
The Independent July 05, 2014

It is never too early to tune into infant's nutrition especially if you are planning a family, as healthy brain growth in children begins before conception. For example, folic acid (400mcg) should be taken 14 weeks before you get pregnant, and that's because folic acid has been linked specifically to early brain functioning.

Study examines how cellphones affect children's brains
WCAX June 12, 2014

Children today are exposed to cellphones at a very early age. Researchers in Britain want to know what effect all that talking and texting may have on a child's developing brain.

Brain-boosting activities to avoid the ‘summer slide'
GM News June 03, 2014

With summer approaching, many parents worry about how to keep their children's brains occupied with something other than TV, video games and tablets. It's a legitimate concern, as kids lose an average of two months of grade-level equivalency in math computation skills and 25 percent of their reading skills over the summer.

Pregnant and nursing women should eat more seafood, could raise children's IQ, federal agencies advise
Nola June 10, 2014

Among women who consumed more fish during the pregnancy, or at least the amounts that we are recommending, there were improvements in IQ in their children.

Exercise is good for the brain
Citizen Times June 11, 2014

It's no secret that students' brains are less active during the summer months. Without tests, grades, projects, reading logs and college applications to worry about, many children and adolescents choose to ride bikes, swim and play as opposed to reading or doing math problems for fun.

11 ways to tell if your child is a genius
Yahoo June 23, 2014

So you think your baby's gifted? Join the club. We all want to believe our progeny is exceptional, but just because they've grasped “mama” two months before their peers doesn't mean you have the next Kim Ung-Yong on your hands.

The secret to a smarter baby? Iodine!
Daily Mail May 27, 2014

Recent studies show that many American women have too little iodine and if pregnant, is a deficiency that may affect their child's brain development.

Thoughtful Parenting: Not more brain development
Steam Boat Today May 11, 2014

Are you ready to put all you've learned about brain development to good use with your children? Remembering the basics of brain development, its progress from lower to higher functioning as well as its dependence on experience, will be helpful when you choose how to manage your children's challenging behavior.

Study links lower IQ to fire retardants
Poughkeepsie Journal Jun 1, 2014

A new study bolsters the concerns of some scientists that hazardous levels of fire retardants in furniture and other products may harm children before they are born.

Thyroid disorders can lead to lower IQ in babies
DNA May 28, 2014

If a two-month-old baby is detected with the ailment, he would have already lost 40-45 points on IQ. Also, babies born to mothers with thyroid disorders (about 8-10% pregnant women) are at the risk of thyroidism, if not treated well during pregnancy.

How children's brains develop - new insights
UNICEF May 14, 2014

On April 16th, a remarkable, and probably the first-of-its-kind meeting took place at UNICEF New York. Sixteen (no coincidence with the date) neuroscientists discussed and debated the influence of early experience on brain development and function.

6 Real-life Scenarios to Train Your Tiny Tot's Brain
I Diva May 15, 2014

An educator, an avant-garde educational activist, a teaching expert and aparenting guru, Swati Popat Vats is the director of Podar Jumbo Kids, one of the most successful and the parent preferred brand of preschool chains in India, she's also the person behind India's superlative daycare chain, called Podar Jumbo Kids Plus daycare.

Kick Back, Relax, and Help Your Children Develop Neural Pathways
Brookings May 20, 2014

Imagine six, red, three-by-two LEGO bricks. How many unique combinations can be made? This was the opening question posed at the LEGO Foundation's IDEAs conference in Denmark last month.

Fluoridating water does not lower IQ: New Zealand research
Science Codex May 19, 2014

New research out of New Zealand's world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study does not support claims that fluoridating water adversely affects children's mental development and adult IQ.

First Years Critical for Healthy Brain Development
Sun Sentinel Apr 21, 2014

When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development.

Challenging A Child's Mind
The Connection Apr 06, 2014

Arlington mother Holly Karapetkova reserves time for reading in the schedules of her two young children. It has become such an important part of their daily routine that it is a treasured family activity. It is also vital to her children's development says Karapetkova.

Genetic discovery could boost IQ, offset brain's decline from age and disease
RT May 8, 2014

By increasing the action of a cell receptor crucial to forming memories. KL-VS, researchers found, improved cognitive functions regardless of age by the equivalent of around six IQ points.

Clinical research: Low maternal thyroid raises autism risk
SFARI May 2, 2014

The thyroid hormone plays an important role in brain development, and fetuses rely on the mother's supply of the hormone for the first trimester and much of the second2. As a result, abnormal maternal levels may have lasting effects on her child's brain.

Genetic Screening to Enhance IQ Should be Embraced
politix Apr 29, 2014

There could be a way of predicting - and preventing - which children will go on to have low intelligence, according to the findings of a study researchers at Cardiff University presented on Monday. They discovered that children with two copies of a common gene (Thr92Ala), together with low levels of thyroid hormone are four times more likely to have a low IQ. This combination occurs in about 4% of the UK population.

Tips to boost infant and toddler brain development
The News Star Mar 20, 2014

When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development.

How to make your kids smarter: 10 steps backed by science
The Week Apr 02, 2014

But what makes children - from babies up through the teen years - smarter? Here are 10 things science says can help.

Music Positively Influences Brain
Daily Sabah Mar 28, 2014

Music has an impact on infant development and notably contributes to the cognitive process. It is reported that the impact of music on a baby starts in the mother's womb. The auditory system in the human fetus starts to develop at 21 to 22 weeks of gestation. By age three, 80 percent of brain development is com- plete and by age eight, 85 percent of mental development is reached.

Boost infant, toddler brain development - Early years more critical than you realize
The Charlotte Post Apr 03, 2014

When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development.

Tips to Boost Infant and Toddler Brain Development
Scoops and Diego Mar 12, 2014

When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development.

Leaving infants in buggies 'may cause long-term harm'
The Telegraph Mar 13, 2014

Parents risk damaging children's long-term development by leaving them in buggies and car seats with little face-to-face interaction, a leading psychologist has warned. Overuse of baby equipment prevents infants from exploring their physical environment and building up social skills in the vital first three years of life, it is claimed.

The Flynn effect: your kids are smarter than you
ABC Science Mar 12, 2014

We've all heard of the IQ test, or Intelligence Quotient test. It supposedly measures how smart you are. What you might not have realised is that the scores or results that people achieve are adjusted, or 'fiddled'. This is to both get the average IQ to be 100 points, and to make sure that about two-thirds of people will lie in the IQ band between 85 and 115 points.

Family Conflicts Can Impair Child's Brain Development: Study
Health US News Feb 21, 2014

Exposure to common family problems early in life can impair a child's brain development, according to new research.

Chatting spurs baby development
iAfrica Feb 16, 2014

Baby talk is more than just bonding: chatting with your infant spurs important brain development that sets the stage for lifelong learning, researchers said on Thursday.

Training Brains: Preschool years crucial for child's development
Tyler Paper Feb 22, 2014

Nothing makes Jackie Cannon angrier than the thought of young children in day care who are not being nurtured with enriching activities.

Music training raises a child's IQ
Irish Examiner Feb 16, 2014

It's an intuitive love, with more than a thousand research studies demonstrating how music can boost a child's intelligence, emotional and social development and self-esteem.

Long sentences better for babies' development than baby talk
Health 24 Feb 14, 2014

The sooner parents start explaining the world to their baby, the better. That does not mean flash cards for tots, or merely pointing out objects: "Here's an orange. That's a bowl."

Not just baby talk: chatting spurs brain development
Sowetan Live Feb 17, 2014

Baby talk is more than just bonding: chatting with your infant spurs important brain development that sets the stage for lifelong learning, researchers said Thursday.

The Importance of Everyday Interactions for Early Brain Development
HHuffington Post Feb 03, 2014

Can you remember the last time you played peek-a-boo with a young child? You may think it is just a fun child's game, but actually it is helping brains of very young children develop.

Children who watch too much TV may have 'damaged brain structures'
Daily Mail Jan 10, 2013

Watching too much television can change the structure of a child's brain in a damaging way, according to a new study. Researchers found that the more time a child spent viewing TV, the more profound the brain alterations appeared to be

Puzzles Good for a Child's Developing Brain
Brookfield Now Jan 27, 2014

Did you know that puzzles can do more than just keep young ones and even older children entertained? Puzzles can help strengthen important brain skills.

Read/Talk/Sing -- To Build Strong Brains in Very Young Children
Huffington Post Dec 31, 2013

We now know that the first three years of life are the years when the brains of children build their internal connections and become strong.

Good Parenting Heals Your Child's Brain
Hitche MD Jan 21, 2014

Surprisingly, when matching up the parents' behavior to their child's brain size, it became clear that the kids with the supportive parents had a hippocampi & amygdalae that were completely normal.

Cool facts about the human brain
VOXXI Jan 21, 2014

The human brain is more than just that thing we use to solve complex math problems during our high school years; our brains are the computers that tell our bodies what to do, a complex network of electrical impulses that decide who we are and how we approach our day-to-day lives. Despite the universal acceptance that the brain is important, not a lot of people know much about it.

Food for Brain News

Iron deficiency causes damage to infants brain
The Hans India Apr 11, 2017

Experts said, besides anaemia, iron deficiency is one of the leading risk factors that may hinder proper brain development which cannot be reversed. Therefore, providing nutrition dense food to infants is essential. This will contribute to improved brain functions and better productivity in the long run.

DHA supplements during pregnancy don't raise kids' IQ
WHTC Mar 28, 2017

Children of women who took DHA supplements during pregnancy are no smarter than peers whose mothers didn’t take the supplements, a recent study concludes.

Prenatal Fish Oil Supplements May Not Boost Child's Brain Health, Study Finds
Healthday May 3, 2014

Toddlers whose mothers took extra omega-3 daily were no smarter than other tots, researchers say. Despite public health recommendations that women consume omega-3 fatty acid supplements while pregnant, new research suggests that offspring do not gain any mental health benefit from the intervention.

Iron deficiency predicts lower IQ scores in children adopted from institutional settings
Medical News Mar 6, 2014

Iron deficiency predicts lower IQ scores and poor higher-order thinking skills in children adopted from institutional settings like orphanages, according to a new longitudinal study.

How a Pregnant Mother's Diet Could Change a Child's Brain
The Atlantic Feb 18, 2014

Scientists have pursued every possible avenue to try and figure out why we keep getting fatter. They've explored our genes, our brains, our hormones and our gut bacteria, not to mention our fatty, sugary diets and sedentary lifestyles.

Early Child Development News

Playing can stimulate child development
ABC30 Apr 24, 2015

"Their brain development is huge; that is what we want to encourage the most through play, through music and just hands-on with the child care providers," said Michelle Robbins, director of New Harvest Child Care Center.

How to raise successful children
Gulf News Sep 04, 2014

We all want the best for our children. We invest in their education, hoping to secure their financial and emotional wellbeing for the future. But sometimes children just need that additional bit of support and guidance that will help them go the extra mile and succeed.

Limit Use Of Electronic Devices By Children
Courrant July 15, 2014

With the use of electronic devices being a huge part of our everyday lives, many teachers, parents and caregivers fail to recognize the profound danger these devices can be imposing upon our developing children.

Must-have parenting hacks for raising young children
Great Falls Tribune July 26, 2014

Before having children, people warned us about many aspects of parenthood: laundry piles the size of Texas, how sleep is craved so deeply you can taste it and that there was a new-fangled torture device called "walking on Legos."

Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth
NY Times June 24, 2014

With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child's life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the group, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor.

Old-time children's games are best for a child's development
SnoValley Star June 04, 2014

Kerry Beymer, who has been teaching moms and dads parenting practices for 15 years, recently learned a new trick herself: The old-time games are best for child development.

Gifted or Hard-Working? Which is Better for Long-Term Success for our Children?
Huffington Post May 27, 2014

Giftedness is revered in our culture and viewed as a guarantee to a child's future success. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth.

Techno-Tots - Is Tablet Technology Changing Our Children?
The Huffington Post May 20, 2014

Half of all children in the UK live in a household with a tablet computer or reading device. For pre-schoolers, who were born since the first iPad was introduced 2010, life without tablets will be as unimaginable as life without cars or TV for older generations.

Good Parenting Skills: 7 Research-Backed Ways to Raise Kids Right
Time May 10, 2014

I've posted about the research behind happy families and solid marriages, but what does science say about good parenting skills?

The top 10 things you must do when bringing up baby
The Independent Apr 03, 2014

An Apple a day? Babies' concentrations may be affected by early exposure to tablets and smart phones. It might not look like they're doing much but your baby's early days are actually the most important in their lives.

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12
Huffington Post Mar 21, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day

A good night's sleep helps a child make connections
Register Guard Jan 20, 2014

Now that the holidays are over and the unique and exciting activities surrounding them have come and gone, it's a good time to help children get back into regular schedules. 

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