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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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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Is the depiction of nudity or sex harmful to minors?

In other words, are the censorship & ratings of movies and other forms of art based on something more than nothing? ;) Or, in a broader sense, I am questioning the very widespread belief that kids ...
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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 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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Does marriage between first cousins double the risk of birth defects?

From The Guardian: Marriage between first cousins doubles risk of birth defects... Is this true? After all, the Rothschilds (richest banking family in human history) are known for inter-marriages ...
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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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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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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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Is “strawberry quik” and chocolate flavored meth going around schools?

I've been seeing this scary letter making the rounds on Facebook: Quite simply, is this a real thing? Is the letter authentic? Is there candy flavored meth floating around elementary schools? Is the ...
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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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Is “co-sleeping” (infant sleeps in bed with parents) safe?

Among some circles, co-sleeping is highly advocated for newborns/infants due to ease of breastfeeding and potential developmental bonding to the mother (for more examples, read about proposed ...
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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 ...
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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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Do flashcards for babies improve literacy or numeracy?

Baby flashcards have grown in popularity. They are advertised with seemingly amazing effects, like 1½ year old reading and counting. On the other hand academics seem to either say that they don't ...
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Benefits and detriments of attachment parenting

Attachment parenting (AP) is often succinctly defined as “Parents focus on forming strong emotional bonds with their children as they grow, using techniques such as co-sleeping, baby wearing and ...
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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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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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Do children accidentally suffocate themselves with plastic bags?

My one year old daughter picked up a typical plastic supermarket grocery bag and I watched her with it briefly before taking it away, as it's common knowledge that kids aren't supposed to have plastic ...
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Do Disney movies have “adult content” subliminally embedded in them?

It's long floated around my ears that Disney movies have "adult content" secretly/intentionally "embedded" in their various movies. I've heard examples from Lion King, Aladdin, and the Little Mermaid. ...
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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 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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Can hiding nudity from children stunt their mental health? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any documented evidence of depiction of nudity or sex being harmful to minors? Related to this question - Is the depiction of nudity or sex harmful to minors? - I feel the ...
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Are university research studies involving children a money making scheme?

I would like to point out that this question is from a dubious and unverified claim that I had encountered. I thoroughly searched the internet for any information on such claims but could not find ...
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Is there a negative correlation between parenthood and pet ownership?

That's what a friend of mime recently stated. I.e. if one owns a pet one is less likely to be parent and vice-versa. Are there any data available to support such a claim? I'm sceptical, because there ...
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Can toddlers learn sign language?

The other day came across a commercial of a 'course for sign language' for infants and toddlers. I was a bit sceptical from the start and my suspicions only rose, then I discovered that there is what ...
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Is the microwave bad for heating baby food? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is food cooked in a microwave oven considered harmful for the health? I am well aware that there are concerns about "hot spots" (small areas which are hotter than others that ...
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Can't spoil a young baby with attention?

Your Baby's First Year by the American Academy of Pediatrics[1], in a chapter about very young babies, includes the following paragraph: The best way to handle crying is to respond promptly to your ...
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Is it possible to influence the sex of a baby by controlling the mothers' diet?

Can a mother decide whether a baby will be born male or female through careful control of her diet?
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Do volatile organic compounds from common household fixtures pose a threat to infants?

Volatile Organic Compounds seems to be a catch-all phrase describing a variety of organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at room temperature. Many sources for parenting, expectant ...
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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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Do babies have their own language?

Is it true that when babies make their little noises, they are understood by surrounding babies? Is there a regular pattern in their actions and noises they make to signify their meaning?
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Is water or tea dangerous for young infants?

Is there evidence that introducing liquids (tea, boiled water) to infants earlier than 6-months' old damages their health? At Circle of Moms, I read an answer to a question about feeding a 1-month ...
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Does breastfeeding affect the risk of Adult Onset Allergies

A radio program over the weekend had a doctor who stated that people who were breast fed as babies were at a greatly reduced risk of adult onset allergies and that the vast majority of patients she ...
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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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Does the “sugar high” exist at all?

I've heard numerous times that eating1 a high quantity of sugar will give you a "sugar high" or "sugar buzz" The high one gets after consuming large amounts of sugar. Also called a "sugar rush." ...
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Is there any harm in forcing/re-educating a left-handed child to use their right hand?

Backstory: Many of my relatives were subjected by their parents to a "training process" to "prevent" left-hand-dominance. This method started at a very young age and basically consisted of politely ...
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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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Do children have “immature Immune Systems”?

In this answer to "Does regular handwashing with antibacterial soap prevent disease?", the responder claims: Daycares (children) are a slightly unusual situation: children put their hands in their ...
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Does Montessori daycare lead to higher educational achievement?

A Montessori curriculum contains these elements as essential elements: Mixed age classrooms, with classrooms for children aged 2½ or 3 to 6 years old by far the most common Student choice of ...
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Is this image about child teeth development accurate?

There's a picture on Pinterest depicting a child's skull with all deciduous teeth (baby teeth) still attached, and adult teeth showing in a quite developed stage underneath: The picture is described ...
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Is vaccination from polio necessary in first world countries?

Last week I stumbled upon an article which stated that vaccination from polio is totally unnecessary for infants in first world countries. The article cited a bunch of questionable sources like ...
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Are there 40,000 children of same-sex couples in California?

In 2008, California citizens passed a controversial amendment to the state constitution, Proposition 8, defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Recently, the US Supreme Court has begun ...
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Are children raised in single parent households more prone to sexual abuse?

This article in the Catholic Education Resource Center claims In the United States, the media and opinion makers have finally come to recognize that unwed pregnancy is a major source of social ...
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Do frank (but not gratuitous) discussions or depictions of sexuality traumatize children?

I've heard many parents, on several occasions, make statements to the effect that they believe it to be harmful to discuss sexuality openly and directly with young children (I'm talking about kids ...
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Is participating in competitive sport harmful to young children?

There is a proposal for all primary school children (ages 4 to 11) in England to play competitive team sports: Competitive team sports will be made compulsory for all primary age children, David ...
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Is the fertility rate of women who work over 2 children anywhere in the world? [closed]

Does women working outside the home automatically drive below the replacement threshold? In a developed country, to ensure at least the replacement of its population, the fertility rate needs to be ...