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Reference and Periodicals
Reference and Periodicals
Reference and Periodicals
Reference and Periodicals
Reference and Periodicals
- Immunization Recommendations for Babies (Immunization Action Coalition)
Provides recommendations for vaccinations.
- Babies Learn Sign Language First (ABC News)
"At 18 months old, Aiden now knows how to sign more than 150 words, allowing him to manually communicate what he can't say, Briant said."
" 'Really, a baby's brain is capable. They're capable of communicating by signing long before they can talk,' said Briant." 02-06
- -12-10-06 Study: Don't Let Babies Sleep in Car Seats (ABC News)
"Newborn babies should not sleep in car seats and be left alone, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal. The consequences could be fatal." 12-06
- -03-29-08 Million Dollar Babies (Time.com)
"On Tuesday, the annual Expenditures on Children by Families report, which tracks how much it costs to raise a child in America, was released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (yes, that's the government bureaucracy charged with this particular tally). According to its latest estimate, a child born in 2007 costs $204,060 to watch over, feed, cart around, educate and house from birth to the age of 18." 03-08
- -12-05-09 Face Recognition in Babies May Help Diagnose Autism (ABC News)
"Nelson's work has shown that infants are capable of distinguishing happiness, fear, anger, sadness and disgust even before they can speak. Humans are especially good at recognizing fear." 12-09
- Farm Animal Babies Grade K - 2 (Houghton-Mifflin)
- Immunizations Recommended for Babies (Immunization Action Coalition)
Provides a chart of recommended vaccinations by age. 5-00.
- Breast-Feeding Babies Improves Intelligence (Washington Post - Kaufman)
"Infants breast-fed for nine months grew up to be significantly more intelligent than infants breast-fed for one month or less, according to a study published in today's Journal of the American Medical Association." 1-04
- Babies (Geoparent.com)
Provides suggestions for parents who have babies. 7-02
- Essay - Babies Need Diapers (Slate.MSN.com)
"Unlike their predecessors in the long-running debates on toileting, the latest proponents of early potty training mercifully refrain from remonstrating that you'll turn your child into a mess of an adult if you wait too long to introduce her to the toilet (or make her anal if you start too soon). Still, however gently, the diaper-free gurus are preaching a dogma." 10-05
- Helping Babies Sleep Better (ABC News)
Provides recommendations. 11-05
- Sleep Tips for Babies (ParentingScience.com)
"Welcome to your source for baby sleep tips and articles based on the latest scientific research in sleep, pediatrics, and anthropology." 04-08
- Beanie Babies and Teddy Bears (Wauer-Ferus)
Provides games, clipart and more. 09-09
- Generation of Meth Babies (CBS News)
"Deep in America's heartland, hidden among the river towns and rolling farmland, lies a heartbreaking epidemic, CBS News Correspondent Kelly Cobiella reports."
"There is a generation of children being born to Methamphetamine-addicted mothers." 7-05
- SIDS Research Reported (CTNow.com - Hathaway)
"Babies who die suddenly in their sleep may have abnormalities in brain cells that help regulate breathing, Yale University researchers reported Monday." 5-02
- Oldest Hominids - Sahelanthropus Tchadensis (CNN - Walton)
"A team of researchers in central Africa say they've uncovered what appears to be the earliest evidence of the human family ever found -- a skull, jawbone and teeth between 6 million and 7 million years old." "Chadian authorities are nicknaming the specimen 'Toumai,' a name usually given to babies born before the dry season in the region." The name of this earliest hominid is S. tchadensis.
- 09-04-03 Dean Kamen Invents Water Purifier (Truthtrek.com)
" 'In the emerging world, in the under-developed world, a gallon of water is so precious that without it, you're going to die,' he says. 'In some places, the average amount of time per day spent looking for water that's safe for their kids by women is four hours. And they carry this stuff, which weighs 62 pounds per cubic foot, four or five miles. And if it didn't turn out to be the right stuff, or they put their hands in it and contaminated it, they spend the next day or two burying the babies.' "
"Kamen began experimenting with a Stirling engine. The Stirling engine is named after its designer, Robert Stirling, a 19th Century Scottish minister. Basically, it is non-polluting device that plays heat against cold to create energy. It is a closed box with two chambers, one filled with gas."
"When the gas chamber is heated from the outside, with anything from burning wood chips to charcoal, the gas expands, creating pressure. That pressure drives a piston from the hot chamber into the cool chamber. In Kamen's design, that mechanical power achieves two goals: it creates electrical power, 300 continuous watts – enough to run a few electrical devices - and, as a bonus, creates enough heat to distill contaminated water, making it drinkable." 9-03
- Editorial: Conflict of Interest in Setting Voting Machine Standards (VoteTrustUSA.org - Gideon)
"Those who have conflicts of interest usually say they can still maintain objectivity, but the rules on conflicts of interest put no weight on those kinds of self-serving statements. It is apparent that, in appointing Dr. Williams and Mr. Craft to the committee, NASED 'stacked the deck' with pro-industry partisans.
"The committee's proceedings on April 20/21 reveal that the standards established by this committee will be heavily favorable to the voting machine industry and not necessarily what is in the public interest. What this committee is doing is tantamount to the federal government allowing the baby crib industry to write their own safety standards for cribs. If that had been done, poorly designed cribs would still be causing the deaths of thousands of babies every year." 5-05
- One-Legged Cyclist Transforms Others (ABC News)
"Yeboah was born 28 years ago with a severely deformed left leg in the African nation of Ghana. There, where an estimated 10 percent of the people are disabled from birth defects or diseases, disabled babies often are despised, seen as omens of bad fortune, and often killed or left by their parents in the wilderness to die."
"Yeboah decided he would ride a bike across his entire country, nearly 400 miles, to prove what the disabled can do. So in 2002, for 10 days, he rode, pedaling on one leg, right across Ghana."
"The country was astonished and inspired." 8-05
- 09-02-05 Help Arrives -- Too Late for Some (USA Today)
"Four days after Hurricane Katrina struck, the National Guard arrived in force Friday with food, water and weapons, churning through the floodwaters in a vast truck convoy with orders to retake the streets and bring relief to the suffering."
"Rolling through muddy water up to their axles, the trucks began arriving at the New Orleans Convention Center, where 15,000 to 20,000 hungry and desperate refugees had taken shelter — many of them seething with anger so intense that the place appeared ready to erupt in violence at any moment."
"An old man in a chaise lounge lay dead in a grassy median as hungry babies wailed around him. Around the corner, an elderly woman lay dead in her wheelchair, covered up by a blanket, and another body lay beside her wrapped in a sheet." 9-05
- Pacifiers Greatly Reduce Risk Of SIDS (Scientific American)
"Pacifiers aren't just for soothing colicky babies anymore. A new study has found that use of a pacifier during sleep reduced the chances of a baby suffering from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by 90 percent. Furthermore, pacifiers eliminated the increased risk associated with babies who slept on their stomach or in soft bedding--factors that have been shown to increase the risk of SIDS as much as 10-fold."
"Myths persist that the use of pacifiers (or thumb sucking) will affect tooth development or the infant's ability to take to breast-feeding, but by simply waiting a few weeks to start using a pacifier and stopping when the baby becomes a toddler such impacts can be avoided, Li notes." 12-05.
- Study: Milk "Essential" During Pregnancy (TimesOnline.co.uk)
"Women who don’t drink enough milk during pregnancy — perhaps to limit weight gain or because of concerns about allergies — may stunt their babies’ growth in the womb, research suggests." 9-05
- Five Uncommon Tips for Expecting Parents (MSNBC News)
"According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies under six months should NEVER be under direct sun. To shield that virgin skin without blocking the breeze, dress baby in thin, loose, light colored clothing, and cover as much skin as possible." 07-07
- Baby Einsteins Not So Smart (Time.com)
"Led by Frederick Zimmerman and Dr. Dimitri Christakis, both at the University of Washington, the research team found that with every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and videos, infants learned six to eight fewer new vocabulary words than babies who never watched the videos. These products had the strongest detrimental effect on babies 8 to 16 months old, the age at which language skills are starting to form. 'The more videos they watched, the fewer words they knew,' says Christakis. 'These babies scored about 10% lower on language skills than infants who had not watched these videos.' " 09-09
- Parrot Pictures (Parrots.com)
"Over 700 photos of our breeder birds and the babies we have produced over the last 8 years...." 09-07
- A Transsexual Vs. the Government: What Is Gender? (Time.com)
"At the trial last month, Schroer's expert witness, a University of Minnesota psychologist named Walter Bockting — the incoming president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health — testified that sex is a multifaceted notion comprised of several elements, one of which is one's mental gender identity. Part of his evidence was that thousands of babies are born each year with uncertain sex. They have XY chromosomes but no visible male sex organs. Or they have XX chromosomes but do not appear, outwardly, to be normal girls. Or they have even more complicated chromosomal constructions — XXY, for instance — which render their sex entirely indeterminate."
"These individuals, who are called intersexed, are usually assigned a gender by the obstetricians who deliver them. As intersexed children grow up, they and their parents must decide whether they agree with the sex assigned to them at birth."
"It seems likely that sex is some combination of chromosomes, psychology and environment." 09-08
- -11-14-08 Safe Haven Law Misses the Mark (Time.com)
"Safe haven laws [in Nebraska] were instituted in the 1990s to deal with the problem of parents who were abandoning their babies and leaving them essentially for dead in dumpsters, alleyways, or restrooms. The laws were really designed as a mechanism for these overwhelmed new parents to get their kids to a safe place right after they were born. They were always designed for newborns and infants."
"Our legislators, though, were uncomfortable trying to pick a specific age, so they decided to leave the term "child" undefined. Unfortunately that had the unintended consequence of preteens and teenagers being left." 11-08
- Japanese Workers Urged to Go Home Early (CNN News)
"In a country where 12-hour workdays are common, the electronics giant has taken to letting its employees leave early twice a week for a rather unusual reason: to encourage them to have more babies."
"Japan in the midst of an unprecedented recession, so corporations are being asked to work toward fixing another major problem: the country's low birthrate."
"At 1.34, the birthrate is well below the 2.0 needed to maintain Japan's population, according to the country's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare."
"Analysts say the world's second-largest economy faces its greatest threat from its own social problems, rather than outside forces. And the country desperately needs to make some fixes to its current social and work structures, sociologists say." 01-09
- Can a Mother's Affection Reduce Anxiety in Adulthood? (CNN News)
"Babies whose mothers are attentive and caring tend to grow into happy, well-adjusted children. But the psychological benefits of having a doting mother may extend well beyond childhood, a new study suggests." 08-10
- -06-15-11 Scientists Study Murderous Mama Monkeys (Time.com)
"For any species hoping to survive in the wild, the lifetime to-do list is agreeably brief: eat, mate, defend your turf and above all, protect your young. It's that last one that seems the most primally encoded, and for good reason: it's hardly possible to pass on your genes if your babies die before they're old enough to have offspring of their own. And yet not only do animals sometimes fail to protect the young of their species, they often kill them themselves." 06-11
- -A Good Way to Start Your Day (Time.com)
"So what would our mornings look like if we re-engineered them in the interest of maximizing our creative problem-solving capacities? We’d set the alarm a few minutes early and lie awake in bed, following our thoughts where they lead (with a pen and paper nearby to jot down any evanescent inspirations.) We’d stand a little longer under the warm water of the shower, dismissing task-oriented thoughts (“What will I say at that 9 a.m. meeting?”) in favor of a few more minutes of mental dilation. We’d take some deep breaths during our commute, instead of succumbing to road rage. And once in the office — after we get that cup of coffee — we’d direct our computer browser not to the news of the day but to the funniest videos the web has to offer."
"For decades, psychologists have manipulated the emotions of subjects in the lab by showing them short film clips. But now there’s YouTube — and, in fact, the clip that made the participants in Ruby Nadler’s study happiest of all was a YouTube video of a laughing baby. Laughing babies and a double latte: now that’s a way to start the day." 02-12
- Fetal Viability (Wikipedia.org)
"There is no sharp limit of development, age, or weight at which a fetus automatically becomes viable. According to data years 2003-2005, 20 to 35 percent of babies born at 23 weeks of gestation survive, while 50 to 70 percent of babies born at 24 to 25 weeks, and more than 90 percent born at 26 to 27 weeks, survive. It is rare for a baby weighing less than 500g (17.6 ounces) to survive." 02-12
- Specialist Warns About Leaving the Family Dog With a Baby or Toddler (CNN News)
A one-year--old baby was killed by the family dog because the parents left the two alone together. The specialist warns that babies and toddlers should never be left alone together. 05-12
- Infants and Childrens Health (CDC) 2-00
- Daily Nutrient Needs for Infants and Toddlers (Health World - Haas)
- Immunization Guide (CDC)
Provides a guide to immunizations, including a guide to different shots and a schedule for immunizations.
- Sleeping Guidelines (CNN)
Provides pediatric guidelines to help with sleep. 1-00
- Strep - Group B (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Provides a fact sheet for the public on streptococal infection, group B, "the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborns." 5-00
- Thrush (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Provides a fact sheet for the public. "Candidiasis of the mouth and throat, also known as a "thrush" or oropharyngeal candidiasis (OPC), is a fungal infection that occurs when there is overgrowth of fungus called Candida. Candida is normally found on skin or mucous membranes. However, if the environment inside the mouth or throat becomes imbalanced, Candida can multiply. When this happens, symptoms of thrush appear." 1-04
- Folic Acid and Spina Bifida (Spina Bifida Association of America)
Provides basic facts about folic acid, which research has shown prevents spina bifida and other neural tube defects. 8-02
- -03-22-05 Graco Pays $4 Million to Settle Charges (USA Today)
"Graco Children's Products (NWL) has agreed to pay a record $4 million to settle charges that it belatedly reported problems with car seats, high chairs, strollers and other products that resulted in hundreds of injuries and at least six deaths." 03-05.
- Breast-Feeding Ad Controversy (ABC News)
"Do you cringe when you see a woman breast-feeding in public? Or do you pass judgment when you see a woman buy milk formula for her newborn? Americans have mixed visceral reactions to breast-feeding, and a recent breast-feeding ad campaign has brought those reactions to a roiling boil." 07-06
- Secrets of Supermoms (MSNBC News)
"Should you return to work or stay at home with your new baby? We explore both sides of the stay-at-home vs. work-outside-of-home debate." 11-06
- Study: Genetic Link to SIDS Deaths Suspected (DailyNewsCentral.com)
"The difficulty seems to center on the chemical serotonin and the brain's ability to use and reuse it. In addition to being a mood regulator, seratonin is involved in the regulation of breathing." 10-06
- Nursing a Baby: A Human Rights Issue? (MSNBC News)
"Over the last 30 years, it has become increasingly clear that breastfeeding is the best way to launch most children. As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics now urges moms to breast feed for 'at least' a year, adding that up to three years is healthy."
"But studies show that six months later [after starting breastfeeding], only about half are still nursing. If you want to know one reason why, consider the experience of Emily Gillette, a 27-year-old mom from Santa Fe, N.M.,who made national headlines this month when she was forced off a commercial plane for breastfeeding."
"She has filed a complaint with the Vermont Human Rights Commission; Vermont law recognizes a woman’s right to breastfeed as a civil right. The commission has the option of resolving the issue with the airline, or it could file a civil rights lawsuit against the airline. 'No matter what, it’s a woman’s right to breastfeed. It’s not anyone else’s right to decide for her,' Gillette says." 11-06
- Baby Development Resources (BabyClassroom.com)
Provides books, puppets, and more. Awesome Library does not endorse these products but provides them as examples. 01-07
- Out-Sourcing Breast Milk (Time Magazine)
"Studies show that children who nurse may be healthier and happier and, if they breast-feed for longer than seven months, have a higher IQ. Equally important, many believe, is the intense bond that develops between mother and child."
"Which is one reason most American moms don't want to share the experience with anyone else. Yet wet-nursing (hiring a woman to breast-feed your baby), which most of the Western world abandoned in the 19th century, is making a minor comeback among young moms." 07-06
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