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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Children's Health: Household items, toys key to infant motor skill development ♦ Lower birth weight associated with proximity home to gas wells ♦ School Curriculum changed to help boost achievements of summer born children

Household items, toys key to infant motor skill development, New research is helping parents and pediatricians better predict what household items and toys will help infants develop their motor skills.
New study calls for radical shake-up of the Early Years curriculum to help boost achievements of summer born children A new study has suggested that summer born children struggle at school entry because of unrealistic education targets and a curriculum that is out of step with their developmental levels
Lower birth weight associated with proximity of mother's home to gas wells Pregnant women living close to a high density of natural gas wells drilled with hydraulic fracturing were more likely to have babies with lower birth weights than women living farther from such wells, according to an analysis of southwestern Pennsylvania birth records.
Babies who can resettle are more likely to 'sleep through the night' Young infants who can 'resettle' themselves after waking up are more likely to sleep for prolonged periods at night, according to a video study. The researchers also looked for times when the infants woke up but were able to "resettle autonomously"--to go back to sleep without parental involvement

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