Daily News Roundup

Encouraging Results For Rocking The Cradle After 45
Career women who put babies on hold until after 40, or even 45, will be reassured by new research from Tel Aviv University. Even though there are associated risks for babies when postponing child-bearing, the neonates can overcome them, says Prof. Yariv Yogev of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine and the Hospital for Women at Rabin Medical Center. (Medical News Today)

International Law Permits Abusive Fathers Custody Of Children
A new survey of court cases against battered women living abroad shows that when the women left their abusive partners and returned with their children to the United States, half of the time, U.S. courts sent the children back, usually to their fathers. (Medical News Today)

Word Learning In Tots Accelerated By Exposure To More Diverse Objects
Two toddlers are learning the word “cup.” One sees three nearly identical cups; the other sees a tea cup, a sippy cup and a Styrofoam cup. Chances are, the second child will have a better sense of what a cup is and — according to a new University of Iowa study — may even have an advantage as he learns new words.  (Medical News Today)

Parents’ Influence on Children’s Eating Habits Is Limited

As primary caregivers, parents are often believed to have a strong influence on children’s eating behaviors. However, previous findings on parent-child resemblance in dietary intakes are mixed. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reviewed and assessed the degree of association and similarity between children’s and their parents’ dietary intake based on worldwide studies published since 1980. (Science Daily)

How Effective are Children’s Cough and Cold Medicines?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), over-the-counter cough and cold medications should not be given to infants and children younger than 2 years “because of the risk of life-threatening side effects.” The AAP also points to the fact that several studies show that cold and cough products “don’t work in children younger than 6 years and can have potentially serious side effects.” (Fox News)

Secondhand smoke tied to childrens’ poor mental health

While the findings add urgency to the push for parents to quit smoking or at least smoke outside the home, it remains unclear whether tobacco fumes actually take a toll on childrens’ brains or if something else is at play, said researchers led by Mark Hamer of University College London. (Reuters)

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