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$6.3 million grant will fund video library of moms and babies at play

Sep 11, 2018

When toddlers play, there’s more going on than meets the eye. Play and other natural activities parents engage in help developing children build social, emotional and locomotor skills, among others. To help tease apart these processes, a team of researchers led by Penn State and New York University…

Study finds dramatic rise in Pa. babies affected by opioids

Apr 4, 2018

A new study shows the number of babies born in Pennsylvania with opioid withdrawal symptoms has increased 1,000 percent since 2000. The Health Care Cost Containment Council released the data, saying more babies are born diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Joe Martin of the council says…

Parenting and personality work together to affect baby’s weight gain

Mar 21, 2018

Offering a snack may be a sure way to soothe a fussy child, but researchers say making it a habit can result in unnecessary weight gain in babies with certain temperaments. The researchers studied the babies’ temperament and how their mothers soothed them when the babies were six months old. When…

Moms who co-sleep beyond six months may feel more depressed, judged

Feb 27, 2018

Recent trends and popular advice telling moms not to sleep with their babies may make mothers who do choose to co-sleep with their infants more likely to feel depressed or judged, according to Penn State researchers. After analyzing moms’ sleeping patterns and feelings about sleep for the first…

Baby brains help them figure it out before they try it out

Jan 17, 2018

Babies often amaze their parents when they seemingly learn new skills overnight — how to walk, for example. But their brains were probably prepping for those tasks long before their first steps occurred, according to researchers. Researchers are using new statistical analysis methods to compare how…