USA: verbs not nouns make children persistent

Encouraging children ‘to help’ rather to be ‘helpers’ can make them more persistent when carrying out tricky daily tasks.

UK: AI helps predict why children struggle at school

Researchers have harnessed artificial intelligence (AI) to better identify why children struggle at school.

Denmark: poorer children more likely to commit violent crime or self-harm

Children from poorer families are at greater risk of being involved in violent crime and harming themselves as young adults, a study has shown.

Australia: dummies don’t cause speech disorder

Dummies are not associated with phonological impairment, a study has found.

Consumer overload

Could it be time to return to a more back-to-basics culture, given the pressure parents face to buy goods before their child is even born, regardless of necessity or affordability? Journalist Beverley D’Silva reports. 

Junk food ads banned on London transport

Adverts for junk food will be banned on the entire Transport for London (TfL) network, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed.
 

USA: autism biomarkers show up in blood test

Biomarkers can be detected in some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which may lead to earlier diagnosis and even targeted dietary therapy.

OCD: the unwelcome takeover

There is far more to obsessive compulsive disorder than straightening ornaments and checking light switches. Thankfully, awareness is growing. Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

Social media can raise children's unhealthy snack intake

Research from the University of Liverpool has highlighted the negative influence that social media can have on children’s food intake.

Expectation of pain is reality for children

A University of California study, published in Psychosomatic Medicine, saw researchers apply thermal heat to 20 healthy children, 20 with anxiety disorders and 23 adults, asking them to rate the levels of pain.

Use of paracetamol in pregnancy increases risk of ADHD and autism

Pregnant women who take paracetamol are up to 30% more likely to have children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests.

Curious children do better in maths and reading

Curious children are better able to grasp basic maths and reading, a study has suggested.

Scotland: ADHD survey reveals inadequate support for families

37,000 children in Scotland are estimated to have ADHD, but only around 5000 receive any treatment

Children with autism at increased risk of vaccine-preventable disease

Children with autism and their younger siblings are less likely to be fully vaccinated, a study shows. 

Parents’ teenage lifestyles may influence their offspring’s health

Parents’ teenage lifestyles may affect the growth and development of their own children, a new study suggests.

Video feedback promotes mother-baby bonding

Mothers watching videos of themselves with their babies, alongside health visitors who provide feedback, can promote early bonding, new research shows.

Probiotic’s potential to help babies with colic

Researchers have found evidence to support the use of a probiotic in babies with colic or excessive crying.

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