Your Baby's Development

Learn about feeding, sleeping habits, baby care, safety, and many other topics concerning your baby's development. ... read more »

Behavioral Assessment in VLBW Infants

The Infant Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Program (IBAIP) supports cognitive and physical development of very low birth weight (VLBW) infants. ... read more »

Autism and Glutamate Receptors

Using data on the action of mGlu5 receptors on the cell's surface, pharmaceutical companies developed drugs that would lower the volume of the surface receptors and control autistic behavior. ... read more »

Mom’s Exercise Powers Up Baby’s Brain

The value of exercise makes headlines everywhere - on TV, on the internet, and in newspapers and in magazines. Exercise energizes us, helps us sleep better, builds stronger bones and muscles, keeps excess weight off, and helps fend off many common ailments. ... read more »

Baby’s Brain Injury May Have Occurred Long Before Delivery

Recent advances in medical science indicate many brain injuries occur during pregnancy, long before labor begins. In these cases, medical personnel are not at fault. ... read more »

1 in 6 Kids Suffers Neurodevelopmental Disorder

One in six American children suffers from a neurodevelopmental disorder, including but not limited to, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders ASD), or delays in speech and language. ... read more »

Chemotherapy During Pregnancy: No Developmental Problem Risk

Using chemotherapy during pregnancy for the treatment of cancer comes with great concern for the health of the fetus. Researchers have recently completed a study involving a small number of children born after in-utero exposure to chemotherapy. ... read more »

Children With Autism May Grow Out of Symptoms

One of the most common symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is trouble integrating audio and visual cues. Recent studies show that these symptoms may go away in some adolescents. ... read more »

Effect of Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnancy

Does iron deficiency anemia (IDA) during pregnancy affect the mental development of the fetus? Researchers from United Nations Children'sFund Office for China recently completed a study claims there is aconnection between the two. ... read more »

Social and Emotional Skills for Toddler in the First Year

Welcome to Toddlerhood: Social and Emotional Development 12 - 24 months ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 3

You are getting the hang of this parenting thing, but you can't forget your partner along the way. You have more than enough love for your partner and your baby, but you need to focus on what's best for you sometimes to be the best mom and partner you can be. ... read more »

Walker Warburg Syndrome

WWS, also known as Walker Warburg Syndrome, is a genetic condition passed on to children of parents with two recessive genes. Both parents must have the recessive gene for children to be born with the condition. ... read more »

Perinatal Anti-Depressant May Slow Brain Development

When researchers exposed rat fetuses to a serotonin-selective reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) during the final fetal stages and immediately after birth, they showed significant signs of slowed and impaired brain development. Researchers found the behaviors similar to those presenting in autism cases in humans. ... read more »

Global Insecticide May be Altering the Brain

Chlorpyrifos is an insecticide that used to be used in households in the US to kill insects in yards and gardens. When pregnant women are exposed to even the smallest amount of the chemical it can affect the fetus. ... read more »

The Fetus Knows Pain Earlier Than We Thought

Most mothers believe baby is immune to pain while in-utero, but new research reveals the fetus can feel the difference between pain and normal touch as early as 35 weeks gestation. ... read more »

Is It Safe to Put Headphones on Your Belly During Pregnancy?

While music is generally considered safe for the fetus, there are some rules about playing music through your belly aimed at protecting baby and preventing possible risk during development. ... read more »

Is Neurodevelopment Affected by Iodine Intake?

In most developed countries, iodine intake is sufficiently managed with table salt intake. Researchers in the United Kingdom recently addressed the possibility that iodine deficiency could contribute to neurodevelopmental problems in offspring. ... read more »

Three Minutes to Improved Iron Levels

When clamping the umbilical cord, doctors should wait a full three minutes after birth to reduce the risk of iron deficiency later in life. A study published in BMJ supports waiting to clamp the umbilical cord. ... read more »

Extreme Prematurity Linked to Increased Risk of Neurodevelopmental Problems

According to a new meta-analysis study published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers from the Ottawa Hospital in Canada report increased risk of neurodevelopmental problems in infants with extreme risk associated with gestational age at birth. ... read more »

Delay in Language Development Reduced With Folic Acid

A new study was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealing that folic acid intake during the first eight weeks of pregnancy has a significant impact on language development up to three years after birth. ... read more »

New Study: Autism Begins in the Womb

The mystery of autism is one step closer to being solved, thanks to a meticulous study conducted by researchers in Washington and California. The team discovered that autism begins in the womb. ... read more »

Move More During Pregnancy for a Healthier Brain

Exercise during pregnancy is a healthy option for most pregnant women to improve sleep and maintain a healthy body. Today, doctors haveanother reason to suggest an exercise program during pregnancy ' reduced risk of neurological disorders in offspring. ... read more »

Maternal Depression Increases Risk for Lifelong Depression in Offspring

A pregnant woman may pass depression onto her unborn child, according to a new study. Doctors have long suspected a connection between maternal depression and mood disorders in offspring; this research helps scientists understand how and when this occurs. ... read more »

Brain Development and Slower Growth in Preterm Infants

Researchers recently published a study in the journal Science Translational Medicine regarding a possible link between brain development and slower growth in preterm infants. ... read more »

Neurons Associated with Autism Found in Prefrontal Cortex

Researchers at the University of California found excessive neuron development in the prefrontal cortex in boys with autism. The neurons affect the part of the brain responsible for social development. ... read more »

Acetaminophen, Tylenol During Pregnancy Raises Risk of Baby’s ADHD

The general perception has been that it's OK to take Tylenol during pregnancy but a recent study of Danish mothers and their children suggests some rethinking may be in order. ... read more »

Improved Care for Preemies Associated with Cognitive Disabilities

The death rate of premature infants dropped from 90% to 20% from 1950 to 2000. The drop is associated with advances in critical care. ... read more »

Inflammation During Pregnancy May Hinder Brain Development in Offspring

The over-activation of a woman's immune system during pregnancy, such as when she has a cold or the flu, may influence the brain development of the child she carries. ... read more »

Consume Fish During Pregnancy For Smarter, More Social Children

Fish is a food that many pregnant women avoid due to potential mercury content. Consumption of fish during pregnancy may positively impact cognitive development and social prowess. ... read more »

Separating Mother from Baby After Birth Causes Stress

Immediately after birth most infants are rushed off to the nursery or placed in a bassinet beside mom. According to researchers, separating infants from their mothers causes stress. ... read more »

Can Consuming Fish Make My Child Smarter?

All you have to do is feed your child more fish and their IQ will go through the roof ' well, not exactly. ... read more »

Exposure to Alcohol During Pregnancy Disrupts Brain Network Development

Neuroscientists at the University of California, Riverside, have found strong new evidence that consuming alcohol during pregnancy causes developmental problems in unborn babies. ... read more »

Fetus Gets Psychological Messages from Mom

As every mother knows, the fetus is constantly listening to the mother's heartbeat, the sounds of her digestive system and even the music sheplays outside the womb, but researchers believe the fetus hears morethan just physical sounds. ... read more »

Developmental Problems in Children May be Related to Mother's Mood Disorders During Pregnancy

Many women struggle with depression and other mood disorders while pregnant. Exposure to these mood disorders during pregnancy may cause the offspring to exhibit long-term emotional and behavioral problems later in life. ... read more »

PAX3 Gene May Be Linked to Birth Defects in Diabetic Mother

A team of researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have identified an enzyme that may increase the likelihood of birth defects in children born to mothers with diabetes. The enzyme, known as AMPK, signals cells to stop producing a specific gene, PAX3. ... read more »

Brain Development Affected by Environment and Experience

Recent studies have revealed that maternal stress, weight and eating habits can affect infant health well into adulthood. A new study now reports that life experiences of the mother during pregnancy may also have an impact on health. ... read more »

Impact of Chorioamnionitis on Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

Bacterial infections, typically associated with long labor and bacteria that moves from the vagina to the uterus, can cause chorioamnionitis or an inflammation of the fetal membranes. ... read more »

Childhood Behavior and Umbilical Cord Testosterone Levels

Researchers from the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research recently published a study in PLoS One on the potential role of testosterone levels of umbilical cord blood and behavior in boys and girls. ... read more »

Children’s Literacy Associated with Iodine Deficiency in Womb

According to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, iodine intake must be supplemented during pregnancy to ensure adequate levels to prevent a possible neurological defect. ... read more »

Effects of Zinc and Selenium Levels on Neonatal Neurological Behavior

Researchers from the Shanghai Institute for Pediatric Research were involved in a recent study published in the journal Neurotoxicology. The study focused on the impact of differing zinc and selenium levels on neonatal neurological development. ... read more »

Viral Infection Disrupts Neural Development in Offspring, Increases Risk for Autism

A recent study shows that activating a woman's immune system duringpregnancy interferes with the development of neural cells in the brainsof her offspring in a way that damages the cells' ability to transmitsignals and communicate with other cells. ... read more »

Fatty Molecule Linked to Brain Damage Via Lack of Oxygen

When babies are deprived of oxygen in utero, brain damage can result. Researchers have found a connection between brain damage and a fatty acid molecule, which could spark new treatment protocols to reduce the risk of brain damage. ... read more »

Psychiatric Disorders Linked to Environmental Stressors During Gestation

A team of researchers based at Yale University seem to be one giant step closer to solving the riddles of when and how some psychiatric disorders start. ... read more »

Placenta May Hold Key to Early Autism Diagnosis

Researchers recently published a study that could hold the key to early diagnosis of autism, giving parents and clinicians time to plan treatment and provide the best care imaginable for children with autism. The key is in the placenta. ... read more »

Higher IQ in Breastfed Babies May Be All About Mom

A higher IQ and better grades in school have long been associated with breastfed babies but a new study suggests it's more likely about the mom, instead. ... read more »

Vitamin C and Baby's Brain Development

The lack of proper Vitamin C levels in the diet during pregnancy could be linked to impaired brain development of the fetus, according to a new study. ... read more »

Fetus Smells Odors and Brain Development Alters

The fetus is more aware than many pregnant women understand. When pregnant women eat and drink certain things, the fetus can smell those foods and drinks and the development of the brain is altered. ... read more »

Do Fish Oil Supplements Increase Children’s Intelligence?

Two essential omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil, EPA(eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid) are extremelyimportant during pregnancy, but can extra supplementation beyond dietincrease a child's intelligence? ... read more »

Toddler Communication Skills: 2 to 4 years

Toddler Communication Skills: 2 to 4 years ... read more »

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) Survivors and Neurocognitive Outcome

The object of a recent study from authors at Tufts University School of Medicine was to ascertain a connection between CDH (congenital diaphragmatic hernia) survival and neurocognitive development. The study was published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery. ... read more »

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