Many new parents think that babies should develop at their own pace, and that they shouldn’t be challenged to do things that they’re not yet ready for. Infants should learn to roll around under their own power, without any helpful nudges, and they shouldn’t support their weight before they can stand or walk on their […]

Study Says Massage Benefits Kids with Autism

According to a newly published report, A massage treatment developed for children who have autism can lessen its severity by a third in the first five months after diagnosis, making the treatment an effective early intervention. Dr. Louisa Silva, founder of the Oregon-based Qigong Sensory Training Institute and a visiting professor at Western Oregon University […]

The Neuroscience of Calming a Baby

New research published in the journal Current Biology shows that infants experience an automatic calming reaction when they are being carried, whether they are mouse pups or human babies. Kumi Kuroda of the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Saitama, Japan says, “From humans to mice, mammalian infants become calm and relaxed when they are carried […]

Study Shows Promoting Maternal Interaction Improves Growth, Weight Gain in Preemies

According to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, teaching mothers of preterm infants how to interact with their babies more effectively results in better weight gain and growth for the infants. A subsequent study showed that infants who had the benefit of a major component of this intervention more rapidly […]