Questions tagged [children]

Term has many and varied definitions depending on context, but is generally accepted as the period in life between birth and puberty, although this can be argued. Can also refer to offspring at any stage in life.

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What is the impact on climate change of having a child?

I found one study from 2017 that says (emphasis mine): We recommend four widely applicable high-impact (i.e. low emissions) actions with the potential to contribute to systemic change and ...
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Does rocking a child help their brain to grow?

Nature Play claim that a child's movement in the first two years helps them grow, specifically a rocking motion like in the womb. The link to the supposed scientific source is now dead. Is there any ...
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Can marijuana cause seizures in children?

Today on NBC on TV they mentioned a study that says 3000 kids between 2000 and 2017 ate marijuana and half of those kids ended up in the hospital. One of the symptoms mentioned was drowsiness (...
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Does having one fewer child reduce my carbon footprint as much as 71+ people going vegan?

In July 2017, ScienceMag reported on a study: Eating no meat cuts an individual’s carbon footprint by 820 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year [...] by choosing to have one fewer child in ...
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Does bodybuilding at early age stunt growth?

Can excessive bodybuilding at an early age inhibit or stop growth (height increase)? I am getting mixed answers; some say several selective exercises can do so and some say it is not a problem at all. ...
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Do UK background checks successfully ‘prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups’? [closed]

When working with children in the UK, it's common to hear griping about the restrictions and administrative overhead imposed by compliance with the Disclosure & Barring (DBS) regime. Despite this ...
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Are North American children adopting British accents because of Peppa Pig?

Several news items have surfaced today which report that North American children are adopting British accents at a very young age due to watching Peppa Pig episodes. The only source quoted is Romper ...
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Do day-care centres lower the IQ of children?

Toni Bortoluzzi, a former Swiss politician, has recently claimed that the more time a child spends in "nursery" (a.k.a. crèche or day-care centres), the lower their IQ will be in their pre-teen or ...
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Do lullabies help children fall asleep?

Singing of a lullaby is commonly depicted as a good way to put a baby to sleep. Wikipedia follows this trend: The purposes of lullabies vary. [...] Perhaps one of the most important uses of ...
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Male circumcision causes eardrum to burst?

I have seen a post circulating Facebook which is also cited by this source: http://joseph4gi.blogspot.com/2017/09/drs-may-ask-if-baby-is-circumcised-for.html (The source is clearly biased against the ...
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“Give me a child” Quote from B. F. Skinner

B.F. Skinner has been quoted all over the place on the internet (e.g. PsychologyDegreeGuide) to say Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything I am starting to think he didn't as I am yet to ...
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Did Time and CNN conduct a poll showing that most parents believe their children are spoiled?

I have come across this claim (which, btw, I have no reason to disbelieve) numerous times today. ...according to one poll, commissioned by Time and CNN, two-thirds of American parents think that ...
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Does breastfeeding affect patience, altruism, and risk taking (even as an adult)

A 2016 paper from DIW Berlin unambigously states: In a sample of preschool children we find that longer breastfeeding duration is associated with higher levels of patience and altruism as well ...
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Is this Swedish government pamphlet a guide for men who have married underage girls?

From this tweet, by a tweeter who claims to be located in Sweden: No Joke: Sweden’s board of health and welfare and the migration authority just released this pamphlet called “information to the ...
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Is child's development in danger if living in institutions, like “orphanages”?

Decades of international research shows that living in institutions, like “orphanages”, is harmful to a child’s development. The Source of this statement doesn't provide any reference to this ...
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Are statistics in controversial Australian antigay posters true?

According to the photo of an anti-gay poster depicted here: 92% of children of gay parents are abused 51% have depression 72% are obese My questions: Are these stats supported by other studies? If ...
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At what age do children develop a sense of gender identity?

To make things clear, I want to state that I have no doubt about whether people are transgender and what that means. I simply am asking about what age children are able to comprehend their personal ...
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Are seat straps in child restraints less effective when they are twisted?

My wife and I have seen many parents in a rush buckle their kids in a car seat despite one of the straps being twisted (I've even done it myself a few times- don't tell my wife- because I had a hard ...
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Are Unvaccinated Children Healthier?

Got this today on my facebook wall... Alarming New Study: Unvaccinated Kids are Healthier The study’s findings really make you wonder. Here’s some of the specifics: Vaccinated children ...
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Is 'elimination communication' a common traditional way to 'toilet-train' babies in non-Western countries?

('toilet-train' in the loosest sense, obviously, I didn't want to write 'avoid getting poo all over the house' in the question title...) I saw this line in an article about "elimination communication"...
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Do babies from the United States cry more then babies in other parts of the world?

In the Cracked article 5 Universal Experiences That Are Different In Other Cultures the third claim made is that American Babies Cry Way More Than Other Babies I would like to know if the claim ...
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Are one in five children in Europe victims of sexual violence?

I was recently asked to sign a petition for a campaign against sexual violence against children. The petition claimed that one in five children are victims of some form of sexual violence in Europe. ...
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Does teaching 6-12-month old infants to back float reduce their risk of drowning?

The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend water safety lessons for babies less than one year old: The water-survival skills programs for infants may make compelling videos for the ...
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Are scary fairy tales beneficial for children's psychological development?

There seems to be a popular claim amongst psychiatrists that scary, cruel and other ethically questionable traditional fairy tales are beneficial for the development of a child's mind. People ...
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Do children in daycare have elevated cortisol levels?

An article named Children's elevated cortisol levels at daycare is used to argue against daycare. Our main finding was that at daycare children display higher cortisol levels compared to the home ...
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Does homework improve student performance?

There is a post circulating social media reportedly from a second grade teacher in North Texas stating that she will not assign homework for the upcoming school year to her students: After much ...
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Does playing electronic games interfere with a child's healthy dopamine response?

In this August 2015 Psychology Today blog article, a child psychiatrist and author, Dr Victoria Dunckley makes a number of claims about how screen time is causing symptoms of mental health problems. ...
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Does banning fictional portrayal of child abuse reduce actual child abuse?

The United Kingdom's Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (part 2, chapter 2) makes possession of images portraying fictional child abuse punishable by law. Wikipedia has a summary, but here's a snip from ...
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Does a child die from malaria every two minutes?

A child dies from malaria every two minutes. -- CNN article on Faso Soap This doesn't sound right to me. I know Africa (the main location of malaria) is a big and populous place, but this seems too ...
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Is breastfeeding while drunk dangerous?

Is it dangerous for a child to breastfeed from a drunk mother? It doesn't seem to be culturally acceptable, but if breast milk contains roughly the same percentage of alcohol as that person's blood, ...
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Is it dangerous to run with scissors?

It was common when I was growing up to be told not to run with scissors. It seems the adults were particularly concerned about the risk of severe injury should I fall. Is there evidence that running ...
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Is the correlation in betwen childhood trauma and addiction stronger than the correlation in between diabetes and obesity?

I came across this image on the internet, which makes the claim, "There is a stronger link between childhood trauma and addiction, than there is between obesity and diabetes. Two thirds of addicts ...
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Can children with peanut allergies be triggered by the mere presence or smell of peanuts nearby?

I've heard this claim a lot (usually by schools who take a lot of measures to prevent peanut exposure in the classrooms and lunch area, or by parents of allergic children), but is there any scientific ...
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Do Vietnamese schools officially require students to write with their right hands?

The Wikipedia article about bias against left-handed people states that In Vietnam, schools officially require students to write with their right hands, and some teachers of Grade 1 (when writing ...
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Do nightlights during childhood cause myopia later in life?

I've heard this claim many times, including this CNN report from 1999 which claims that "Night-light may lead to nearsightedness". From the article: ...research in chicks [demonstrated] that the ...
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Are babies natural swimmers?

This 1980 New Scientist column article says that Human babies can swim instinctively at a few weeks old, and although they lose this ability at a few months they learn quickly if introduced to ...
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Can the use of technology result in addiction in kids?

I recently read an article on the New York Times website that stated Steve Jobs limited his kids' use of technology at home: “So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change ...
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Does student selection by private schools negatively affect nearby public ones? [closed]

I've heard several times that the existence of private or "charter" schools near public schools in the US harms public schools specifically because it draws "stronger"(grade-wise or socioeconomically) ...
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Does Shh.. sound help kids to urinate? [duplicate]

It may be an old wives tale (http://www.city-data.com/forum/health-wellness/626346-why-does-sound-feel-water-make.html). Is there any truth to it? Need definitive sources.
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Does stretching help children grow taller?

This article claims: Stretching is a great way to increase height. Get your child to start with simple stretches like the wall stretch. Make him stand against a wall with the back towards it. ...
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Is ISIS beheading children in Mosul, Iraq?

On the Gateway Pundit, this claim by Chaldean-American businessman Mark Arabo is posted: “There is a park in Mosul, where [ISIS] they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and ...
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Do infants have fussy periods at well-established periods after birth?

This idea was shared with me tonight by the mother of a 6-month old. The Wonder Weeks is a book that describes the mental development of babies. In particular, it claims that mental development ...
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Do 7 to 12 year olds need 10 to 11 hours of sleep per day?

WebMD: 7-12 Years Old: 10 - 11 hours per day At these ages, with social, school, and family activities, bedtimes gradually become later and later, with most 12-years-olds going to bed at about 9 ...
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Do poor children hear 30 million fewer words by age 3?

According to PolitiFact.com, Barack Obama stated that: By the time she turns 3 years old, a child born into a low-income home hears 30 million fewer words than a child from a well-off family. ...
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Does driving affect women's ovaries, pushes their pelvis upwards and cause clinical problems in their children?

Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan who is either a leading Saudi cleric or a judicial adviser to an association of Gulf psychologists, has been reported to have told sabq.org (original site down, ...
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Has lead poisoning in kids in St. Louis (Mo.) decreased since 2001?

[The mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, Francis] Slay cites the efforts to… and reduce lead poisoning in children as some of his most fulfilling work. Regarding the latter, "The drop has been ...
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Are there benefits to holding a child back a year before starting kindergarten?

My wife and I are having a bit of a debate (I won't reveal which side I'm on!). Our situation is perfect for this question, as we have two daughters: one was born Sept. 15th, and the other on Aug. ...
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Does Gripe Water work for fussy babies?

All parents have to deal with a fussy infant at one time or another and it seems like nothing will sooth them*. Hence, there are many over-the-counter tonics and formulas that are said to calm a ...
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Does taking paternity leave make you live longer?

I've just come across the following PubMed article (referenced here and here) which claims that taking paternity leave causes one to live longer: It has also been suggested that paternity leave [......
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Does drinking cow's milk make children grow taller?

A popular claim is that drinking cow's milk make children grow taller. Is that belief scientifically supported? Suggested (by editor) (notable?) claim that strongly suggests causality: As people ...