Tag Archives: Pediatrics

Dr. Spock

Dr. Spock

Benjamin Spock was an American pediatrician who wrote Baby and Child Care, a perennial bestseller published in 1946. Spock was the first pediatrician to study psychoanalysis, and his revolutionary message to mothers was, “You know more than you think you do.” Retiring in 1967, he spent much of the next quarter-century living and sailing on boats, though he did serve as the People’s Party candidate for president in 1972. What extensive changes did he help bring about in child care? More… Discuss

health: Parents of Overweight Kids Failing to Recognize Problem

Parents of Overweight Kids Failing to Recognize Problem

Childhood obesity is on the rise, but parents’ ability to discern whether their children are overweight is not keeping pace. Parents of overweight and obese youngsters are increasingly identifying their children as “about the right weight,” a problem because they are then less likely to take steps to foster healthy behaviors in their kids. The issue is compounded by the fact that many overweight and obese children underestimate their weight problems and are therefore less likely to push themselves to get healthy. More… Discuss


Mobile Devices Distracting Parents at Mealtimes

Face-to-face interactions with their caregivers are crucial to children’s cognitive, linguistic, and emotional development, yet the allure of mobile devices is increasingly pulling parents’ attention away from their kids at valuable bonding times, like meals. Researchers observed a number of families dining at fast food restaurants in various Boston, Massachusetts, neighborhoods and found that nearly three-quarters of the adults used a mobile device during the meal, with about a third using the device throughout. More… Discuss


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US Bullying Emergency Room Visits Down

Nowadays, fewer kids are ending up in US emergency rooms as a result of violence in school, but fights with classmates are still responsible for about 100,000 such visits each year. This accounts for about 10 percent of all in-school injuries. These injuries tend to be more severe, with a greater risk of hospitalization than accidental ones. Boys and minority students are the most frequent bullying victims that need emergency medical attention.More… Discuss

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Spare the Rod Lest You Spoil the Child

Evidence is mounting that parents should not put too much stock in the age-old adage “spare the rod and spoil the child.” In a recent study, researchers linkedspanking in early childhood to later behavior problems,aggressiveness, and even slight vocabulary deficits. Experts suspect that children who are spanked are more inclined to use their fists rather than their words to solve problems because this is the sort of behavior that has been modeled for them. It is less evident why spanking might hinder vocabulary development, but one possibility is that parents who spank may speak to their children less often than parents who use other forms of discipline. More… Discuss