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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

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Lead Poisoning Guidelines Revised; More Considered at Risk
Up to 365,000 more children across the USA will be considered at risk of lead poisoning under new guidelines released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most U.S. Children Under 1 Are Minorities, Census Says
In what is a historic milestone, the population of minority children younger than the age of 1 has overtaken whites, the Census Bureau said on Thursday.

Want A Less Fussy, Easier to Soothe, Kinder Child? Make Music!
Three new studies suggest that teaching even the youngest children to make music with others can not only reduce distress and make infants smile and laugh more but also enhance brain development and boost empathy.

Maternal Deaths Plunged Over 2 Decades, to About 287,000 in 2010, U.N. Reports
The number of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth has dropped sharply in the last two decades, according to a report by a consortium of United Nations agencies set to be released on Wednesday.

Saying ‘No’ to Picture Perfect
A group of young feminists is campaigning against digitally retouched photographs in a teen magazine.

‘Chronically Absent’ Students Skew School Data, Study Finds, Citing Parents’ Role
A study by researchers at John Hopkins University found that as many as 15 percent of students miss at least one school day in 10, and have gone undetected because of the way attendance is measured.

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Daily News Roundup

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

When the snakes attack, it might be a night terror
Night terrors, which are less common and more severe than nightmares, can be stressful for parents who don’t know how to react to their child’s sudden nighttime fits of panic. During night terrors children begin screaming with their eyes open, sweating or pacing around the room while they are still asleep. Experts say parents should not talk to the child during the night terror because attempts to comfort, hug or wake them could prolong it. (MSNBC)

Health Tip: Remind Children and Teens of Pedestrian Safety
Parents should remind their children about pedestrian safety. Some reminders from Safe Kids USA include walking in the direction against traffic, wearing something reflective when sunlight is dim and walking across an intersection, instead of running. (Yahoo)

Fast-Tracking to Kindergarten?
With increasing competition in education, there has been a rapid expansion of preschool enrichment tutoring programs, such as Junior Kumon, which drill numbers and letters into the heads of 2 – 5-year-olds. Although research suggests this type of tutoring shows little benefit, parents are spending $200 to $300 a month for their children to be tutored for up to an hour twice a week. (New York Times)

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