Month: December 2020

Image: iStock IN THIS ARTICLE Self-feeding refers to an infant’s ability to eat or drink independently, using fingers, a spoon, or a cup (1). Most babies between six and 12 months learn and practice this essential skill. Experts advise parents to encourage their babies to self-feed as soon as they start receiving complementary foods (2).
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There has been continual progress in expanding immunization programs over time, but even before the COVID-19 pandemic, tens of millions of children worldwide were not receiving basic doses of vaccines. New research finds that there continue to be significant disparities in childhood vaccination, and poorer children from under-represented and minority groups in most countries are
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Baby-led weaning is an alternative feeding method first introduced in the UK more than a decade ago. In this feeding technique, a baby begins complementary feeding by self-feeding instead of spoon-feeding.It means that the baby skips commercial baby foods and purees and directly begins eating bite-sized, solid food items independently
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Mongolian blue spots, also known as congenital dermal melanocytosis, lumbosacral dermal melanocytosis, slate gray nevus, or dermal melanocytosis, are a type of birthmark that is flat and blue or blue-gray in appearance. It usually appears at the base of the spine, buttocks, upper back, or shoulders. Some babies may have
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Through small, neighborhood classes, researchers at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Promundo-US significantly reduced sexual violence among teenage boys living in areas of concentrated disadvantage. The study, published today in JAMA, is the culmination of a large Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clinical trial spanning 20 racially segregated neighborhoods in the Pittsburgh area
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Image: Shutterstock Children are curious to learn new things about their surroundings. They keep asking questions about the world around them. Of all things, perhaps, they are most fascinated by animals. These creatures cohabit the world with us and are an integral part of the ecosystem. Every animal has a unique trait and is responsible
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Image: iStock IN THIS ARTICLE Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is an opening between two major blood vessels of the heart after birth. The opening is normal before birth and is known as ductus arteriosus, which plays a vital role in fetal circulation. However, if the opening persists after birth, it could cause health problems. Doctors
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Pregnant women may be especially vulnerable to developing more severe cases of COVID-19 following SARS-CoV-2 infection, but little is known about their anti-SARS-CoV-2 immune response or how it may affect their offspring. In a study published in JAMA Network Open, a group led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) provides new insights that could
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Image: iStock IN THIS ARTICLE Chewing is the first step in the digestion process since compounds in the saliva break starches in our food inside our mouths. The chewing process, also called mastication, is a skill that infants need to master to eat solid food. Besides helping break food into smaller pieces, chewing helps exercise
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One of the most recognizable characteristics of autism is an amazing diversity of associated behavioral symptoms. Clinicians view autism as a broad spectrum of related disorders, and the origin of the disease’s heterogeneity has puzzled scientists, doctors, and affected families for decades. In a recent study, researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and
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Has your child ever complained about an irregular heartbeat? This is a complaint that many children have. Often, children use the phrase “irregular heartbeat” for many different reasons. They may feel like their heart is beating too fast, or they may feel like their heart is skipping beats. In this video, Dr. Jennifer Silva, Pediatric
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