Growth Curve

The inexact science of raising kids

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  1. Health & Medicine

    In the third trimester, a pregnant woman’s sense of personal space grows

    Women’s sense of personal space grows to accommodate a larger belly during pregnancy, a small study suggests.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Probiotics don’t help puking kids, two large trials suggest

    Parents might want to spend their money on ginger ale and Jell-O instead.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Many babies are crummy sleepers, confirming what millions of parents already know

    A new survey suggests that lots and lots of babies aren’t sleeping through the night. The results may prompt new parents to lower their expectations.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Don’t spank your kids. Do time-outs and positive talk instead, pediatricians say

    A pediatrician group recommends against spanking children — ever — and points instead to positive reinforcement and time-outs to cool off.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Marijuana use among pregnant women is rising, and so are concerns

    Pediatricians are urging caution as data show more pregnant women are using marijuana. More research is urgently needed on the drug’s effects during pregnancy.

  6. Health & Medicine

    40 years after the first IVF baby, a look back at the birth of a new era

    Like many scientific breakthroughs, IVF took persistence and luck in the lab.

  7. Health & Medicine

    No matter their size, newborn stomachs need frequent filling

    Studies on newborn stomach size help explain why the tiny humans need to eat so frequently.

  8. Health & Medicine

    How to help your toddler be helpful (with caveats)

    Even very young toddlers like to help, a social skill that’s linked to later success in school and life.

  9. Health & Medicine

    There are benefits to prenatal yoga, but lingering questions remain

    Prenatal yoga offers benefits to pregnant women, but a bigger and more rigorous body of research is needed.