Olfaction plays a role in signaling key dynamic changes in the mother-child relationship.
Allowing a child to play in nature helps improve their physical health, motor skills, learning ability, social development, and emotional wellbeing.
Children who experience elevated prenatal exposure to air pollution and exposure to early life stress have an increased risk of developing both attention problems and cognitive difficulties.
Researchers report increases in cortical responses to infants' faces between the prenatal to postnatal period is associated with more positive relationships with the baby after birth.
Researchers report spanking is related to lower social development of 3 to 4 year old children.
Frequent angry outbursts in children may be a sign of deeper mental health issues, researchers report.
Using EEG, researchers have identified smaller spikes in the P3 brain wave is associated with aggressive behavior in young children. The findings could help to diagnose toddlers with aggressive tendencies before their behaviors become ingrained, researchers say.
Contrary to popular belief, researchers report infants who co-sleep in their parent's bedroom do not experience an increased risk of developing behavioral problems later in childhood. The study reports there are beneficial outcomes of co-sleeping, such as improved child sleep quality and increased prosocial behavior.
A new study reports mothers who feel more connected with their baby during pregnancy are more likely to have positive interactions with the infant when it is born. This can have a positive effect on the child's development.
According to researchers, postnatal depression that last longer than 6 months can have severe implications for children as they grow. The study reveals children of mothers who experienced persistent PND were more likely to have behavioral problems, achieve lower grades in exams and have an increased risk of developing depression by age 18.