Breastfeeding might benefit babies by reducing stress, reveals study

Mothers have long been told that ‘breast is best’ when it comes to feeding newborn babies, but a small experiment suggests at least some of the benefits may have nothing to do with the milk itself

Breastfeeding might benefit babies by reducing stress, reveals studyPaediatricians recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed infants until they’re at least 6 months old because it can bolster babies’ immune systems and reduce their risk of ear and respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome, allergies, obesity and diabetes. While there’s plenty of research documenting these benefits, less is known about exactly how breastfeeding might cause […]

This baby toy can causing serious injuries, caution health experts

No matter how much bad press it gets, the baby walker is still very much alive and kicking. Even though this common childhood toy provides absolutely no benefit and can put children in harm’s way, many parents across the globe are still using them. Now, a new study has revealed some data on just how risky this practice truly is, and we should all pay attention

This baby toy can causing serious injuries, caution health expertsAccording to a new study, hundreds of thousands of babies have been injured while using baby walkers. The results of the study appeared in the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics this week. The team of researchers looked at emergency visits due to injuries caused while using infant walkers between 1990 and 2014. They found […]

Depression and anxiety during pregnancy can affect babies’ brains

While pregnant, the stress hormones and other physiological consequences of depression and anxiety that circulate in the mother’s system are also picked up by the developing foetus, through the placenta and in the womb. This can alter the way a baby’s stress system develops

Depression and anxiety during pregnancy can affect babies’ brainsWomen with depression and anxiety during pregnancy may be more likely to have babies with altered brain development that might be linked to behaviour problems later in childhood, a small study suggests. Researchers asked 101 women to complete questionnaires about depression and anxiety symptoms during their third trimester of pregnancy. Overall, six mothers had symptoms […]

Babies in strollers exposed to hazardous levels of air pollution, warns study

Babies in prams are exposed to high levels of air pollution at hot spots next to busy roads, according to a study that measured particles on a typical daily route. The study found little difference between the pollution levels experienced by babies in prams and adults, in contrast to some earlier research

Babies in strollers exposed to hazardous levels of air pollution, warns studyBabies and young children in prams can be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than adults, a study suggests. Experts said infants were exposed to dirtier air in prams because they were lower to the ground and closer to exhaust pipes. They are also more at risk from the health dangers of dirty air […]

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek: 3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life, states UNICEF study

Current guidelines from the World Health Organization and Unicef recommend babies should be breastfed within an hour of their birth and fed only by breastfeeding until they are six months old

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek: 3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life, states UNICEF studyAlmost 60% of babies around the world are not breastfed within the first hour after their birth, putting them at risk of sickness and even death, a new report has revealed. Breastfeeding offers both mothers and babies a host of benefits. It reduces the risk of breast cancer in women, while the first breast milk […]

Exposure to nicotine before and after birth, can cause deafness in children

Children who were exposed to smoke in the womb and as babies are more than twice as likely to be deaf, new research suggests. Three-year-olds exposed within the first four months of life are 30% more at risk

Exposure to nicotine before and after birth, can cause deafness in childrenChildren are 26% more at risk if their mothers smoked during their pregnancies Nicotine interferes with messengers that tell the brain what it is hearing Three-year-olds whose mothers smoked during their pregnancies and who were exposed to cigarettes during the first four months of their lives, are 2.4 times more likely to suffer hearing impairment, […]

What is responsive feeding? This is what parents need to know

The habits we learn early can stay with us for a lifetime - which is why it’s better to learn good habits early, not bad ones. This is especially true with eating habits. More and more, research shows that overweight babies grow into overweight children, who grow into overweight adults. One of the very best ways to prevent obesity is to start before they are two years old, preferably right at birth. That’s why parents should know about responsive feeding

What is responsive feeding? This is what parents need to knowMost parents feel better when their baby eats more – and eats on a predictable schedule. It’s comforting and reassuring. It helps parents feel certain that their baby has had enough to eat. It also makes it easier to organize the day or give instructions to babysitters. But when we push babies to eat more […]

Solapur doctors face daunting task ahead to save ‘conjoined twins’

Doctors attached with Solapur's Dr Vaishampaiyan Memorial Government medical college, have a Herculean task in front of them. The challenge they are facing is to take care of two fragile ‘conjoined twins.’ The team of doctors, who are looking after the twins who were born last morning, are doing their best to help the twins, along with best medical care facilities

Solapur doctors face daunting task ahead to save ‘conjoined twins’A women living in Solapur, has given birth to conjoined twins on Thursday morning at Dr Vaishampaiyan Memorial Government Medical College. Doctors said the twins have two heads, two hearts, two lungs and only one liver. The twins have been admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the hospital, and are placed under […]

Use of antidepressants in pregnancy can affect child’s brain development

Researchers at Columbia University found changes in the way babies brains developed if their mothers took certain antidepressants. Babies whose mothers took the drugs had more core connections in parts of their brains that control negative emotional responses. Other research has found links to antidepressant use in pregnancy and risks for autism and low birth weights in babies   

Use of antidepressants in pregnancy can affect child’s brain developmentBabies’ brains may develop differently when their mothers take antidepressants during pregnancy, a small U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined brain scans of 16 newborns whose mothers took medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression during pregnancy. They also studied 21 babies whose mothers had untreated depression during pregnancy, and 61 infants born […]

Babies with heart defects can have an impact on mother’s health too

Women who give birth to infants with congenital heart defects may have an increased risk of cardiovascular hospitalisations later in life, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation

Babies with heart defects can have an impact on mother’s health tooThe study of more than one million women is the first to show congenital heart defects in newborns may be a marker for an increased risk of their mothers developing heart problems, including heart attack and heart failure, years after pregnancy. Researchers analysed data on women who delivered infants between 1989 and 2013 in Quebec, […]
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