Mother/infant skin-to-skin touch boosts baby’s brain development and function

As the world prioritizes social distancing due to COVID-19, research shows that extended use of Kangaroo Care, a skin-to-skin, chest-to-chest method of caring for a baby, can positively benefit full-term infants and their mothers, with important implications for post-partum depression. … Read more…

Women need professional emotional support during high-risk pregnancies, study finds

Little is known about how women manage emotional distress during high-risk pregnancies, but researchers learned that without psychosocial support, many women struggle with fears and tears while feeling isolated and worried. Parenting News — ScienceDaily SPECIAL CHILDREN DEAL UPDATE:

Learning difficulties due to poor connectivity, not specific brain regions

Different learning difficulties do not correspond to specific regions of the brain, as previously thought, say researchers. Instead poor connectivity between ‘hubs’ within the brain is much more strongly related to children’s difficulties. Parenting News — ScienceDaily SPECIAL CHILDREN DEAL … Read more…

False negatives: Delayed Zika effects in babies who appeared normal at birth

Colombian infants exposed to Zika virus in the womb showed neurodevelopmental delays as toddlers, despite having ‘normal’ brain imaging and head circumference at birth, a finding that underscores the importance of long-term neurodevelopmental follow-up for Zika-exposed infants. Parenting News — … Read more…