This week in parenting - huge round up edition

Babies born with high birth weights have been found to be at increased risk of type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease regardless of current weight.

A review of evidence on the treatment of colic suggests drug treatments, behavioral interventions, chiropractic treatments and massage are ineffective

A Spanish study found insufficient physical activity levels in children and teenagers.  With only 37% of normal weight 9 year olds, 34% of overweight/obese nine year olds, 16.4% of normal weight adolescents and 27.3% of overweight obese adolescents meeting recommended levels.

A New Zealand study found 16% of teenagers at secondary school were engaging in high levels of risky behaviors or reporting emotional distress. 4% engaged in multiple high level risk behaviors or emotional health concerns.

Higher parent stress levels in early adolescence have been found to increase the risk of the adolescent developing somatic symptoms

A study has found no link between breastfeeding and math and reading outcomes. Reading to a child daily and being sensitive to their development was found to be more significant.

Your child may be eating more than you think. A study of two to seven year olds found no association between parental report of feeding problems and child intake but that parental anxiety was associated with their report of feeding problems.

A disconnect between parent selected bedtimes and a child's natural circadian rhythm has been found to be associated with nighttime settling difficulties in early childhood

Adolescents who were instructed to have earlier bedtimes and given advice on sleep hygiene were found not only to have better sleep but also a decrease in depressive symptoms.

General parenting
Parents thoughts about their infant has been found to be crucial for child development outcomes. The same study found that more positive mother-infant relationships predicted better language development while more positive father-infant relationships predicted better gross motor development.

A study of adaptive behaviors in 3 to 5 year olds found that parenting sensitivity, responsivity and bonding were related to the development of adaptability, social skills and functional communication skills.

Favoring one child over the other may hurt the favored child's social cognition, a recent study has indicated.

A Malaysian study found no difference in parenting stress levels between stay at home mothers and working mothers


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