Nov 6, 2013 — Parents of new babies know they get sick a lot. That may be because infants deliberately suppress their immune systems so that essential microbes have a chance to settle in. An immune suppression system in the blood of newborn babies could be key to building a healthy microbiome.
Oct 28, 2013 — Researchers are still learning about the effects of touch-screens on kids. But scientists say that certain kinds of screen time, involving interaction with other people, can help youngsters learn.
Oct 2, 2013 — Since most fish contain some amount of mercury, public health officials suggest that pregnant women limit their intake to 12 ounces a week. But fresh research suggests current recommendations may be too cautious, and that fish may not be a huge source of mercury for expecting moms. Still, some doctors remain cautious.
May 6, 2013 — Instead of rinsing off the pacifier when it falls out of your baby's mouth, new research suggests that sucking it clean for them could help keep them from developing eczema and asthma. Researchers say the harmless bacteria in parents' saliva works by stimulating the babies' immune system.
May 2, 2013 — Like many parents around the world, some moms and dads in Brooklyn are choosing to raise their children without using any diapers. How does this work and does it make any sense? Commentator Barbara J. King checks in with anthropologist Meredith Small, who embraces the idea with enthusiasm.
Apr 16, 2013 — Even very poor countries, like Ethiopia and Nepal, are making rapid progress against malnutrition in babies and young kids. A report from UNICEF finds that while stunting in kids worldwide is prevalent, it has dropped by a third in the past two decades.
Nov 29, 2012 — Fewer babies now means fewer working-age people a few decades from now. And that means less support for Medicare, Social Security and other programs.
Apr 23, 2012 — Nobody wants to hear a baby cry. Researchers say the same techniques that soothe a colicky infant can help relieve the pain of vaccinations.
Apr 18, 2011 — For a second time, I find myself envying the lives of small children. Last month, I complained about the lost art of adult temper tantrums and now I kind of want the new Bugaboo Donkey, a $1,500 stroller. For myself.
Dec 24, 2010 — If "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" wasn't sung so cheerfully, the lyrics might be interpreted as kind of creepy: "He sees you when you're sleeping." That's what some of the kids in these photos must have been thinking about that bearded man in red.