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  • Genetic lung disorder may impact growth of babies in womb

    London: Scientists have found that babies with fatal genetic lung infections are more likely to be underweight and at a risk of premature birth. The findings suggested that cystic fibrosis (CF) — a genetic life-threatening disorder that affects the lungs and digestive system and limits the ability to breathe over time — could also have an effect on the way babies develop within the womb.

  • Mother Teresa-founded charity employees arrested for selling babies

    Ranchi: The Missionary of Charity, set up by Nobel laureate Mother Teresa, has got embroiled in allegations that babies born to unwed mothers were being sold to issueless couples. A nun and a staff member at the charity were arrested on Thursday on charges of child trafficking, the police in the state capital Ranchi said. They could face up to five years in prison.

  • Are ACs Good for a Newborn?

    The global temperature is on an increase and we can feel it very much through our daily sweats. The in-room temperatures are also increasing and that too when you are pregnant. There are multiple ways to cool your body temperature with the help of fruits and other self-help methods. But once you have delivered and have a cute little one to whom you cannot feed these fruits or do any baby spa, the obvious

  • Breastmilk may ward off bacterial infections in babies

    New York: Protective sugars found in breastmilk can help protect babies against bacterial infections, researchers have found. Group B strep bacteria, whose common host are pregnant women, remain the leading cause of severe infections in newborns worldwide, which often leads to sepsis or pneumonia, and in severe cases death, because they do not have fully developed defence mechanisms.

  • The lullaby connect…

    Singing to newborn establishes a special bond between the mother and child (more…)

  • Babies should sleep in parents bedroom during first year

    Washington: Babies should sleep in the same bedroom as their parents during the first year of their lives, but on a separate crib or bassinet, to decrease the risks of sudden sleep-related deaths, US experts say.

  • Home-made food not always a healthy choice for babies

    Home-made food not always a healthy choice for babies

    London: Parents, take note! Home cooked meals specifically designed for infants and young children, are not always better than commercially available baby foods, a new study has claimed, reports PTI. Often perceived as the best option, home cooked meals are cheaper but they usually exceed energy density and dietary fat recommendations, researchers said. It is recommended that the introduction of solid foods, known as weaning, begins when a child is six months

  • Breastfeeding may lower ear infection risk in babies

    New York: Feeding at the breast may be healthier than feeding pumped milk from a bottle for reducing the risk of ear infection in babies, says a study.  The researchers also found that feeding breast milk compared with formula may reduce the risk of diarrhoea in the first 12 months of life.

  • Gender stereotyping may start as young as 3 months

    London: Gender stereotyping may start as young as three months, according to a new study which found that adults attribute degrees of femininity and masculinity to babies based on the pitch of their cries. Despite no actual difference in pitch between the voices of girls and boys before puberty, the study found that adults make gender assumptions about babies based on their cries. Adults often wrongly assume babies with higher-pitched cries are female

  • Mother’s antibacterial soap use may affect baby’s gut bacteria

    New York: Use of antibacterial bar soap, especially those containing a compound called triclocarban (TCC), during pregnancy and breast-feeding may alter the offspring’s composition of intestinal bacteria and other micro-organisms, called the gut microbiota, a study warns. The gut microbiota contains both beneficial and harmful microbes, and changes in its normal composition are linked to diseases including obesity, diabetes, irritable bowel disease, colon cancer, multiple sclerosis and asthma.

  • Stress during pregnancy linked to low birth weight of babies

    New York: Even before a woman becomes pregnant, her stress physiology may predict a lower-birth weight of baby — less than 2.5 kg, said a new study. The findings revealed that the mother’s stress physiology before she even conceives is also important. It suggests that a woman’s health and life circumstances before her pregnancy, especially chronic stress, matter greatly.

  • Overweight mothers have larger babies

    London: Mothers who are overweight or obese during pregnancy give birth to larger babies, according to a new study. The research, led by the universities of Exeter and Bristol in the UK, also found that having higher blood glucose (sugar) during pregnancy causes babies to be born larger. Conversely, having higher blood pressure in pregnancy causes babies to be smaller.

  • Premature birth therapy safe but ineffective

    Washington D.C: A new research has revealed that a therapy widely recommended in the UK, Europe and the US to stop babies from being born too soon is ineffective. The treatment does not appear to pose any harm to mother or baby but has no effect on preventing an early birth, the University of Edinburgh findings reveal.

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    Genetic pattern in womb linked to IVF failure: study

    London: Scientists have identified a genetic pattern in the womb that could predict whether or not IVF treatment is likely to be successful. The discovery would help clinicians understand why In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) fails repeatedly in some women, researchers said.

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    This app will tell what baby’s cries actually mean

    London: For new mothers who can’t always make a sense of baby’s cries, help is at hand. A team of researchers has developed a smartphone app that can decode what the baby’s crying for.

  • Babies can reason before age one

    New York: Infants are capable of deductive problem solving as early as 10 months of age, says a new study. “We found that within the first year of life, children can engage in this type of logical reasoning, which was previously thought to be beyond their reach until the age of about four or five years,” said lead author Stella Lourenco from the Emory University in the US.

  • Newborns sense touch differently: study

    London: Newborns do not identify the sensation of touch the same way older babies, children and adults do, a new study has found. When you tickle the toes of newborn babies, the experience for them is not quite as you would imagine it to be, researchers said. Infants in the first four months of life apparently feel that touch and wiggle their feet without connecting the sensation to you, researchers found.

  • Babies smile to make adults smile back

    Washington : Babies smile in order to make those they are interacting with smile back using sophisticated timing much like comedians who time their jokes to maximise audience response, researchers have found, reports PTI.