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  • Growth Curve

    Toddlers’ screen time linked to speech delays and lost sleep, but questions remain

    One of the most pressing and perplexing questions parents have to answer is what to do about screen time for little ones. Even scientists and doctors are stumped. That’s because no one knows how digital media such as smartphones, iPads and other screens affect children.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recently put out guidelines, but that advice was based on a frustratingly slim body of...

    05/12/2017 - 09:00 Child Development, Guidelines
  • Growth Curve

    Evidence is lacking that ‘cocooning’ prevents whooping cough in newborns

    Last week, I wrote about how powerfully protective whooping cough vaccines can be when babies receive their first dose before even being born, from their pregnant mothers-to-be. As I was looking through that study, another of its findings struck me: Babies didn’t seem to get any extra whooping cough protection when their moms were vaccinated after giving birth.

    I wondered if this meant...

    04/20/2017 - 07:00 Health, Guidelines
  • Growth Curve

    Though complex, new peanut allergy guidelines are based on science

    Six hours before I gave birth to my son, our labor and delivery nurse started choking.

    The cause, we later discovered, was a jar of peanuts that my unsuspecting husband had cracked open for a snack. Our fast-acting (and highly allergic) nurse rushed out of the room and made it to her EpiPen in time. She was OK, to our immense relief, and we managed to not endanger anyone else’s life that...

    01/13/2017 - 13:29 Guidelines
  • Growth Curve

    Screen time guidelines for kids give parents the controls

    Screens are everywhere. They adorn walls, perch on the backs of car seats and warm our hands. No one knows yet whether all of these screens, and their alluring displays and connections to the world, have any long-term effects on us. There is one group of people, though, for whom these ever-present screens may be particularly worrisome — kids.

    Earlier recommendations on children’s screen...

    10/23/2016 - 06:00 Guidelines, Parenting
  • Growth Curve

    Baby-led weaning is safe, if done right

    When babies are ready for solid foods, the meal usually arrives on a spoon. Parents scoop up pureed carrots, liquefied banana or soupy rice cereal and deliver it straight to their baby’s mouth (or forehead). But a different way of introducing solids is gaining ground. Called baby-led weaning, the approach is based on letting the baby feed herself whole foods such as a soft pear or a spear of...

    10/14/2016 - 09:00 Guidelines, Parenting
  • Growth Curve

    Tired parents don’t always follow sleep guidelines for babies

    When someone uses the phrase “sleeping like a baby,” it’s obvious that they don’t really know how babies sleep. Many babies, especially newborns, are lousy sleepers, waking up every few hours to rustle around, cry and eat. For creatures who sleep up to 18 hours per 24-hour period, newborns are exhausting.  

    That means that bone-tired parents are often desperate to get their babies to...

    08/23/2016 - 08:00 Guidelines, Parenting