Why tummy time is so important! –
(CNN) New parents at home with babies can help aid their infants’ development by having them spend supervised time on their stomachs, according to a new systemic review study forthcoming in the journal Pediatrics.
While you have a little extra free time in the house quarantining during the pandemic, it’s a good way to make sure you’re helping your baby develop optimally.
Tummy time is a type of physical activity recommended for babies who are less than 6 months old. Prior to their learning how to roll over or crawl, it’s a simple way to help babies begin to develop their basic motor skills.
Researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia reviewed the findings that researchers had reported in 16 published studies. In total, those studies had examined 4,237 participants from eight countries. The review was released Tuesday.
The new paper, “Tummy Time and Infant Health Outcomes: A Systemic Review,” concluded that tummy time is positively associated with gross motor and total development, as well as the ability to move while prone or supine, which includes crawling and rolling.
During tummy time, the time the baby is awake on his or her stomach, can help ameliorate certain negative effects, such as plagiocephaly, or flat head syndrome. Head flattening can be associated with babies spending too much time laying on their backs and can require treatment later.
Source: ‘Tummy time’ is important for your baby’s development – CNN
You might have a musician in the making from as early as six months! –
There’s a common belief that musicians are born with a natural ability to play music, while most of us have to work twice as hard to hear the difference between musical notes. Now, new research from neuroscientists at York University suggests the capacity to hear the highs and lows, also known as the major and minor notes in music, may come before you take a single lesson; you may actually be born with it.
The study examined the capacity of six-month-old infants to discriminate between a major and a minor musical tone sequence with a unique method that uses eye movements and a visual stimulus.
Previous research with adults has shown that approximately 30 per cent of adults can discriminate this difference but 70 per cent cannot, irrespective of musical training. Researchers found that six-month-old infants show exactly the same breakdown as adults: approximately 30 per cent of them could discriminate the difference and 70 per cent could not.
Source: Musical Babies May Be Able To Tell Tones Apart at Six Months | Technology Networks
What pollution can do to our oceans, a scary, scary finding –
Plastic isn’t the only human pollutant infiltrating the deepest corners of the ocean.
Two separate studies presented at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference this week found mercury in fish and crustaceans living 11,000 meters (approximately 36,000 feet) under the sea in the Mariana Trench.
“This is a surprise,” Dr. Ruoyu Sun, a scientist from Tianjin University in China who led one of the research teams, said in a Goldschmidt Conference press release published by Phys.org.
Scientists have long known that mercury, which is poisonous to both humans and animals, enters the ocean and the animals within it, concentrating in higher amounts as it works its way up the food web through a process called bioaccumulation. Swordfish, for example, contain 40 times the amount of mercury that salmon do. This means that humans who eat lots of fish are at risk from mercury poisoning, Newsweek pointed out. This can cause neurological and heart damage, and is especially dangerous for developing fetuses.
Source: Mercury Pollution Found in Deepest Part of Ocean – EcoWatch
A helpful guide! –
Sanitizing and cleanliness is at the forefront of everyone’s mind these days. Parents are being extra-vigilant in cleaning their home and car to protect the family from the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. Naturally this sanitization should also include their child’s car seat. However, bleach and other strong chemicals that work well on some surfaces may harm the car seat.
“When it comes to car seats, the components must withstand high forces and repeated use to keep kids safe in the event of a crash, so you don’t want to use any cleaners or disinfectants that may compromise any of the seat’s components in any way,” says Jennifer Stockburger, director of operations at Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center and a certified child passenger safety technician.
The simple solution: Consult your car seat owner’s manual for instructions on how to correctly wash and dry your specific car seat and its various components. If you can’t find your manual, check the manufacturer website for a digital version or call customer service to have a replacement manual sent to you.
Follow these tips to remove the coronavirus, as well as other germs and dirt, from your car seat.
Covers and Soft Goods
Many, but not all, manufacturers allow for machine washing for removable car seat covers and pads. Mild or baby-specific detergents are typically recommended. Covers and pads should then be air-dried. Do not use bleach.
Harness Webbing and LATCH Straps
Typically, harnesses and straps should be only spot-cleaned. Use a nonabrasive damp cloth, or sponge, with mild soap and warm water. Be sure to air dry these parts and not throw them into your dryer.
The common advice is to use only water when cleaning buckles or push-on LATCH connectors. The concern is that soaps or lubricants as may leave residue that can affect performance. Further, some cleaners that are recommended for tackling coronavirus in the house can be corrosive. However, some seat manufacturers allow for use of soap to clean these components. We recommend checking your owner’s manual for the specific product guidance.
Source: Clean Coronavirus From Your Child’s Car Seat – Consumer Reports
Wow! The benefits of breast-feeding go way beyond that for just your bub! –
Scientists have long understood that a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes is among the many health benefits of breast-feeding — and that the energy required to produce milk plays a role. A new study, published in April 2020 in Science Translational Medicine, further illuminates this relationship, suggesting that breast-feeding triggers lasting metabolic changes that may help protect against type 2 diabetes long after women stop nursing their babies.
The study followed 85 women who breast-fed their babies and 99 women who didn’t. The groups were similar in many ways that could impact their risk for developing type 2 diabetes: number of prior pregnancies, age, pre-pregnancy weight, blood sugar levels and glucose tolerance during pregnancy, and exercise habits.
After 3.6 YearsTwo months after delivery, both groups of women still had similar glucose tolerance, a measure of how easily the body converts sugars from food into energy.
After an average follow-up period of 3.6 years, however, the groups looked much different. Compared with women who didn’t breast-feed at all, mothers who nursed their babies had better glucose tolerance and higher insulin sensitivity, which helps the body use glucose more effectively and reduces blood sugar levels.
Source: How Breast-Feeding May Help Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk After Pregnancy | Everyday Health
Awwww….. they really are the best of us! –
Why do we humans engage in altruistic behavior, from helping neighbors to donating money to people across the globe?
This is a question that has confounded many scientists. It seems that, if our goal in life is self-preservation and passing on our genes to our children—as evolutionary biologists will tell you—then we should always make selfish choices to help ourselves first, rather than sacrificing for the benefit of others.
In response, some argue that helping others in need is only a way of feeling good ourselves. After all, we can get a quick hit of the “helper’s high”—a warm feeling activated by giving—and enjoy the gratitude of others, as well as their admiration. This view makes altruism seem, well, not so altruistic.But a new study suggests that altruism may run deeper than that. Children as young as 19 months old gave to others, even when it cost them and they received no thanks or reward.
Source: Even Hungry Babies Want to Share