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. Image Credit: depositphotos.com Use of toys in bathroom can help children take to bathing and enjoy the process. Toy ducks are usually made of plastic materials, which e...

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? Image Credit: depositphotos.com / GekaSkr The mechanisms behind asthma and a whole host of other conditions related to the immune system going haywire are not yet fully understoo...

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. Image Credit: gettyimages.com / Noah Clayton Imagine a small girl wielding an axe and chopping wood. What would be a typical Ameri...

Having More Books Around In Adolescence Indicative of Better Educational Outcomes

Even if you are not that much of a bookworm, having a lot of household books in adolescence is associated with being better educated when you grow up, recent findings reported by Australian scientists suggest. Their study also revealed which countries scored best in terms of being a proud owner of their own library. Image Credit: shutterstock.com / Jack Frog Is it considered a norm to have a lot of books in the house in your country? It appears that different traditions mean different home libraries – though inc...

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. Image Credit:Flickr / Richard Potts From Kavanaugh to Ronaldo, more famous people now have a not-that-pl...

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? Image Credit: gettyimages.com / shapecharge Why does a giraffe have such a long neck? Why is the sky blue? And why on earth cannot I have another cookie before dinner...

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? Image Credit: shutterstock.com / Bartosz Budrewicz The term denotes the people born between 1998 and 2016. They are still very young, with the oldest of them being only 19. How...

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? Image Credit: shutterstock.com / Dmitry Naumov In the quest for identifying the mechanisms behind the development of ADHD, people have looked into a wide range of factors which may be contributors to the risk. What makes...

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. Image Credit: iStock.com They stay in bed till afternoon and refuse to revise – how is that even possible to stay at home when all the others ar...

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. Image Credit: gettyimages.com / Image Source Isn’t baby food carefully regulated? It is now widely known that fish can contain quite a lot of merc...

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. Image Credit: shutterstock.com / Pressmast...

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. Image Credit: shutterstock.com / Tom Wang Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder rates have recently skyro...

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. Image Credit: Amazon Children hunched over their tablets for hours on end are now a norm, and a child riding a bike or–do you still remember what it is like?–flying a kite is...

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? Image Credit: shutterstock.com / MPH Photos Proprioception is a sense which enables you to feel where your b...

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. Image Credit: Adam Fenster / University of Rochester What is the marshmallow test? The first time kids were asked to put their ...

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. Image Credit: depositphotos.com / nimitostock.gmail.com What’s on your child’s menu? Do you follow the guidelines issued by...

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? Image Credit: gettyimagesbank.com They know it all, and some of them dread the moment. ‘What was the best thing you did today?’ The question is as unnatu...

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. Image Credit: depositphotos.com / zurijeta Reactive attachment disorder is a condition that develops in infants, toddl...

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. Image Credit: iStockphoto.com Human papillomavirus, which is often abbreviated as HPV, is a major contributor to the risk of developing cervical cancer and some other forms of ...

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. Image Credit: shutterstock.com The largest of its kind A team of scientists from the University of California has recently reported ...