Archive for the ‘Child Development’ Category

Toilet Training tips

Reader question of the day: Q. My 2 1/2 year old seemed like he was ready to potty train so he has been wearing underwear for the past four weeks. He was interested at first and we used a sticker chart for his successes. He’s only told me once that he needs to pee and […]


Binkies and breastfeeding can mix

This week actually brought health news other than H1N1 virus. A study in this month's Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine sought to debunk a myth that's been circulating for quite some time: Pacifiers don't make a baby or mom choose to stop breastfeeding. Once again, correlation does not necessarily mean causation. Although babies who […]


New Autism Screening recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that ALL children be specifically and systematically screened for autism at their 18 month and 2 year old well checks. A questionnaire should be given to parents at both visits and reviewed by the doctor. While there is no one perfect screening test, the one being recommended by […]


Infant TV and language skills

A study published in the August issue of Journal of Pediatrics reports that children under 16 months of age who watch at least one hour a day of baby-geared DVD’s have poorer language skills than those who don’t. As we’ve pointed out in both Baby 411 and Toddler 411, the American Academy of Pediatrics discourages […]


Freakeconomics and Autism?

A recent study from Cornell University economics department looked at a possible association between television watching in young children and autism. The researchers compared autism rates, weather reports, and rates of subscriptions to cable TV. The study did not look at individual TV usage. It assumed there is more TV watching going on inside when […]