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5 reasons we need to help kids live “heads up” instead of “heads down”

15/04/2019 Claire McCarthy, MD 0

The presence and influence of smartphones in our lives has benefits, but it also creates hazards. For children and teens, too much attention to phones is not just a safety risk, but also deprives them of opportunity to gain life experience and understanding of the world.

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Something else to avoid in pregnancy: Phthalates

15/03/2019 Claire McCarthy, MD 0

Chemicals called phthalates are in all kinds of products we use every day, making them nearly inescapable. But research has found that children whose mothers were exposed to phthalates during pregnancy were more likely to have problems with motor skills or language development, so pregnant women should try to avoid them.

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Younger kindergarteners more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD

12/01/2019 Claire McCarthy, MD 0

A study found that kindergarteners born in August are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, and treated for it, than children born in September—but only if the school has a September 1 cutoff for enrollment. This raises the concern that teachers and doctors are misjudging normal behavior for a child’s age as ADHD.

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Getting your baby to sleep through the night: The good (and maybe not-so-good) news

19/11/2018 Claire McCarthy, MD 0

Parents of newborns may be disappointed to learn the results of a Canadian study: even at one year, nearly half of the babies in the study did not sleep a full eight hours. However, the babies did not experience any adverse developmental effects, and parents should remember that children will eventually sleep through the night.

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