Duck or Yuck: Bath Toys Teem with Bacteria

For the vast majority of Americans, rubber ducks are an indispensable part of taking a bath. While it’s a toy for kids, even adults appreciate the ambience these ducklings can create. However cute they may be, their dark side (i.e. inner surface) can pose a threat to your health. A recent study showed that rubber ducks harbor millions of germs.

Pets Help Reduce Risk of Asthma — Especially Female Dogs

Yes, you heard it right – you should have let your child have a dog when he asked for it. Studies have shown that having a pet in the household, be it a dog or a cat, reduces the risk of your child suffering from asthma or having some other form of allergy. An even more effective way is living on a farm. Fancy moving to the countryside?

Childhood in Denmark: Why the Danes Favor Risky Playgrounds

Bringing up children is no child’s play. In the US, the wish to make the environment as safe for children as possible appears to deprive them of something invaluable, something characteristic of childhood that is intrinsic to it – adventures, risk-taking and playing freely which all children love. In Denmark, the situation is different: their playgrounds are risky – and full of fun.

It’s All About Consent: How to Teach Your Child to Say No

News after news, we are being told that many people who only appear to be normal are criminals in disguise. The #MeToo movement, accusations of famous people, assaults happening to ordinary citizens – the world seems to have gone mad. In such an environment, it is evident that we should prepare our children for living in this world. Teaching about consent is tricky, and here are the tips for you to consider.

Why Talking to Children is Art, or How to Manage Those Why’s

Children love to bombard their parents with questions – just as much as they love to misbehave. It is natural for them to do so, since they have so much to learn about the world they now live in, but the abundance of questions can drive parents crazy. What can one do about the flow of questions? And are long lectures an effective way of parenting?

Generation Z: Who are They?

As time goes by, generations come and go, and each of them is characterized by a special set of traits, preferences and habits. Millennials, who have been the main object of many a study in the recent years, are now grown-ups, and it is their children who are now on the sociological agenda. Who are they – the youngsters dubbed Generation Z?

Vaccination Controversy: Can Vaccines Cause Autism in Children?

Heated debates about the safety of vaccines are being constantly fueled as the epidemic of ADHD is raging in the U.S. Everyone is pointing the finger at various possible culprits, and vaccines remain the most widely blamed suspect. Is there any science-based link between vaccines and the disorder?

Vulnerable Years: Why Teenagers Behave The Way They Do

Teenagers are usually seen as lacking circumspection and failing to do diligently everything their parents say and to resist the temptation to plunge into the world of unreasonable pleasures their peers lure them to. Such behavior is conventionally attributed to the hormonal storms teens face, but it’s actually the way their brain is developing, a neuroscientist says.

Contamination of Baby Food with Heavy Metals: Levels Detected May be Dangerous

It is natural for a parent to want to provide their baby with the best they can find, and food is no exception. It is widely believed that baby food is strictly regulated and supposed to undergo more rigorous safety testing. However, it appears that the industry leaves much to be desired: heavy metals were detected in many baby foods, and the levels are concerning.

Scientists Claim Stubborn Kids Are More Likely to Become Successful

Raising a gifted child is surely an exciting and interesting experience. But this may also be quite stressful, exhausting and require lots of energy and patience. Due to the spirit that such children have, they have all chances to become a successful adult in their future life. However, are you sure your kid is a genius and not just a spoiled brat? Both of them demand hard work from their parents but have an absolutely opposite meaning, which we are going to find out today.

Dangers of Fluoridation: Fluoride in Tap Water Linked to ADHD

Conspiracy theory adepts now have a scientific evidence to back their claims that fluoridation of tap water is used to make people dumb: according to a newly published study, the rate of ADHD is much higher in the states where the highest levels of fluoride are found in tap water. The findings suggest our children’s health is affected by it to a significant extent, and the news is going to fuel the debates.

How Screentime Affects Children

Well, assuming you have already understood from the title that nothing beneficial is going to be highlighted in this article, we can state it right here: screentime has a wide range of effects on a child’s health, and while computers and devices can be used for educational purposes, in most cases it leads to more problems. Here they are.

Dangerous Games: Physical Activity at an Early Age Contributes to Development of Proprioception

How often do you hear warnings from other people when your child is climbing a slide or enjoying a merry-go-round? ‘He’s going to fall!”, “Someone’s going to break their leg!” and so on. Of course, safety really matters, but overprotection can lead to your child not developing proper proprioception. Should you encourage your children to do diverse physical activities even if they can result in an injury?

New Study Casts Doubt On Marshmallow Test

Considered one of the standard tests in social-science research, the marshmallow test is designed to predict whether a child is likely to succeed in the future and achieve affluence. While it has been touted as indicative of having the willpower to achieve prosperity, new scientific evidence shows that changing the test design leads to a different result, rendering the test unreliable.

Intake of Added Sugar Among Toddlers Too High, Researchers Say

Fat, sugar and salt are deemed chemicals non grata by many a health organization. However, it does not prevent most people from consuming foods rich in added sugar, which contributes to development of a variety of diseases. Toddlers are affected too: either willingly or not, they consume too much added sugar from sources, which may look healthy but be piles of sweet compounds in disguise.

Should You Ask Your Child About Their Day?

So you have heard another single-syllable reply from your kid. Fine. Nothing. Grunt. You sigh and drive your child home. It’s quite clear why kids do not want to discuss what happened that day: they are fed up with school. But should you actually shut up and keep silent while dining and doing other things as a family? Is the approach really that horrible?

Can Adults Suffer From Reactive Attachment Disorder?

RAD is a condition diagnosed in children who do not receive enough nurturing from parents or caregivers and thus do not establish bonds with them. The condition affects the child’s relationships with other people significantly, and the effects are long-lasting, so adults can suffer the consequences of their parents’ failure to provide them with an appropriate environment and care in childhood.

Why Skipping HPV Vaccination Dangerous

The vaccine against HPV is a breakthrough in the scientific approach to disease prevention. While it is becoming more popular, as more children are being vaccinated, there are still a lot of things we fall short of achieving. A recent research revealed that fewer teenagers complete the shot series, thus making the vaccine less effective.

Poor Grades? Consider Classes Rescheduling

Are you a morning lark or a night owl? Or a finch is a more appropriate simile? These terms, which describe activity patterns, appear to be able to boost your academic performance if taken into account when scheduling classes. A new research has revealed that academic outcomes can be affected by the time you attend classes, with night owls being more susceptible to such mismatches.