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4 months old and standing

With practice, children can stand without support even before they are 4 months old. This is much earlier than has been reported in the literature.

Painkiller use during pregnancy damages baby boys' testicle development

Over the counter painkillers have a negative effect on boy embryos' production of testosterone, shows new study.

Low birth weight babies cope better with fasting later in life

New study suggests that low-weight babies apparently have an evolutionary advantage during periods of hunger and food shortage.

A nurturing father has a positive influence on a child's development

But only if he spends a considerable amount of time with the child during its first year.

New way of visualizing young hearts can save lives

A new kind of ultrasound technology easily shows how blood flows through the heart in foetuses, newborns and children. It’s a tool that can save lives.

Asthma seems to start before birth

People with asthma, hay fever and eczema probably developed their ailments in the womb. Researchers think the future may bring ways of averting these afflictions.

Absent-minded lullabying does not put your baby to sleep

The good news is that you needn't be a great singer.

Gruel ups the odds of overweight toddlers

Six-month-old infants who are given gruel instead of breast milk are more often overweight a year later.

Limit exclusive breastfeeding to four months

Scientists used to think that babies could thrive on nothing but breast milk for their first six months. Now experts are calling for the introduction of solid foods from the age of four months to avoid delays in development of the infant’s brain and nervous system.

When two is company and three is a crowd

A Norwegian psychologist thinks parents should be given couples or marriage counselling both before and after having their first baby. His research shows that many fledgling parents struggle with their relationship.