Category Archives: Children

How Young Children Deal with Death

Researchers consider how best to approach the subject of death with young children. “Mummy, what happens after we die?” Many parents have been asked this kind of question, and it is often difficult to know how best to reply. Should … Continue reading

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Untreated Sleep Apnea in Children Can Harm Brain Cells Tied to Cognition and Mood

Study reports reduced gray matter in areas of the brain associated with mood and cognition in children with obstructive sleep apnea. MRI scans link chronically disrupted sleep to widespread brain cell damage. A study comparing children between 7 and 11 years … Continue reading

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Depression in Pregnancy may ‘Age’ Children’s Brains

Higher levels of maternal depressive symptoms prenatally and postpartum have been linked to the thinning of the cerebral cortex in young children, new research shows. The findings suggest that maternal depression in pregnancy could adversely affect a child’s brain development, underscoring the importance … Continue reading

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Pet dogs help kids feel less stressed

Pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they’re stressed, according to a study by researchers, who were among the first to document stress-buffering effects of pets for children. Pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they’re … Continue reading

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What’s right with children who grow up in high-stress

Researchers say children’s unique traits could be used to tailor education, jobs and more effective interventions. More attention should be given to what’s right with children who grow up in high-stress environments, suggests a study, so their unique strengths and … Continue reading

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Childhood Stress in Contemporary Society

Don’t let your own reaction to stress negatively affect the children in your care! With new evidence indicating that undesirable stress is likely to have its roots in childhood, Childhood Stress in Contemporary Society is a much-needed resource for anyone … Continue reading

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It’s Fine If Your Kid Doesn’t Want to Stick to a Bedtime

Sometimes we don’t give kids enough credit — as easy as childhood can seem to those of us who are on the other side of it, it’s also essentially a long slog through a bunch of things you don’t want … Continue reading

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Older Mothers Are Better Mothers

Children of older mothers tend to experience fewer behavioral, emotional and social problems at the ages of 7 and 11, a new study reports. Children of older mothers have fewer behavioral, social and emotional difficulties. The result should be seen … Continue reading

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What Happens in the Brain when Children Learn?

Researchers looking at child development often use search-and-find tasks to look at the ways in which children apply what they are learning about the physical world. Tests carried out on toddlers reveal that something quite remarkable happens in child development … Continue reading

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Depressed Children Respond Differently to Rewards than other Kids

According to a new study, clinically depressed children show a blunted response to reward compared to those who were not depressed. Brains react less robustly to success, rewards. For many children, December often is linked to presents and excitement, but when a … Continue reading

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