Growth Curve

The inexact science of raising kids

  1. Health & Medicine

    Autism spike may reflect better diagnoses, and that’s a good thing

    As doctors get better at spotting autism spectrum disorders, kids may get help earlier — and the numbers of diagnoses will increase.

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    Health & Medicine

    Telling kids lies may teach them to lie

    In a new study, kids who were told a lie were more likely to later tell a fib themselves. The results should encourage parents not to lie to their kids.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    Sugar doesn’t make kids hyper, and other parenting myths

    There’s no shortage of advice out there for parents, but some pearls of wisdom simply aren’t true.

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  4. baby reading
    Health & Medicine

    Overheard, baby edition: Making sense of new words

    Eavesdropping babies learn new words when they understand familiar ones.

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    Health & Medicine

    Should you hush that white noise?

    Some sleep machines can pump out a dangerous amount of noise, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be used safely.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    Brush kids’ teeth with just a little fluoride toothpaste

    The American Dental Association has released new brushing guidelines for infants.

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    Health & Medicine

    Does breast milk come in pink and blue?

    A new analysis of cows shows that mamas make more milk for daughters. Other studies have hinted that human moms produce different milk for sons than for daughters, so perhaps lactating women also boost production for daughters.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Should your kid eat organic? The answer is complicated

    The science behind kids’ pesticide exposure is complicated and patchy.

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  9. Health & Medicine

    Your baby knows who your real friends are

    Infants are surprisingly good judges of who ought to be friendly to each other.

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    Health & Medicine

    How to read a book to your baby

    To help your baby get the most out of story time, turn the story into a conversation, not a monologue.

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  11. Health & Medicine

    Baby-cam captures an infant’s world

    What do babies see all day? Faces. Lots of faces.

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  12. Health & Medicine

    Babies tune in to happy sounds

    High pitched, cutesy voices prove irresistible to infants.

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