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Newborns + Infants

Posts about children from birth to approximately age 1.

Rear-Facing Car Seats Until Age 2 … And Beyond

By July 22, 2015 1 Comment
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Several readers have written in to say that grandparents claim that keeping toddlers in rear-facing car seats until they are age two (and beyond) is cruel or can damage the child’s legs. We tapped an expert for answers. – The Scientific Parent Editorial Staff Why is rear-facing safer? Instead of having your head pull violently […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Ages + Stages, Newborns + Infants, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Toddlers + Preschoolers


I Shared A Bed With My Infant and Lost My Son to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUID)

By July 12, 2015 36 Comments
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It’s the type of nightmare that you hear about and it brings you to tears as you cling to your children, feeling so grateful that it’s not your family. This is the type of nightmare that only happens to other people. Until one morning you wake up, and the nightmdare becomes your life. It happened. […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Newborns + Infants, Science 101 + Mythbusting


Crib Notes: Is Cosleeping Really Unsafe?

By June 23, 2015 10 Comments
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This post was written in response to a question by TheScientificParent.org reader Kate. It has been every parent’s worst nightmare for generations – finding their infant dead suddenly and unexpectedly. As a father of two, I remember the sleepless nights alternating between crying infants and complete silence, wondering if my boys were actually breathing. The […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Ages + Stages, Newborns + Infants, Science 101 + Mythbusting


Talking to Children About the Death of A Parent, or, Don’t do What Betty and Henry Francis Did

By May 13, 2015 2 Comments
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 I watched Mad Men since the first episode aired, so as the series came to an end this year, I had some thoughts on where the characters were likely to wind up in the last few episodes. The penultimate episode, which aired on May 10, confirmed one of my suspicions about the fate of Betty […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Newborns + Infants, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


Pediatric Emergencies: Prepare to Avoid Them and Prepare To Deal With Them

By May 5, 2015 1 Comment
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Summer break is nearly upon us – which means that about now, parents everywhere are weary of slogging through their kids’class projects and are ready for a break (yes, please!). But with the delicious siren song of summer comes all of the typical childhood shenanigans that lead to injury  – plenty of free time to putter around outdoors, attend […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Ages + Stages, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


Has A Seattle Doctor Found the Cause of SIDS?

By April 29, 2015 3 Comments
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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) looms over many new parents like a poltergeist, an unpredictable thief of life and joy. It is the third most common cause of infant mortality in the US (0.6 deaths per 1,000 live births), yet it is still little understood. SIDS is such a visceral fear for parents that an […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Ages + Stages, Newborns + Infants


What’s Up With That? Can Parents Really Tell Their Child’s Cry from Other Children’s?

By January 29, 2015 1 Comment
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The Scene: One rainy Saturday I decided to take my newly minted toddler to a large indoor play area, as did apparently every other parent in the area. The sound was cacophonous, music playing in the background, children giggling, squealing, crying, calling for their friends and parents, I struggled to hear the mother next to […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Newborns + Infants, Science 101 + Mythbusting