Past child development research often ignored fathers. But new studies are finding that non-maternal caregivers play a crucial role in children’s behaviour, happiness, even cognitive skills. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on WhatsApp Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email By Sophie Hardach 12 June 2019 The Aka tribesmen in the Central African Republic often look after their young children while the mothers are out hunting. They soothe, clean and play with their babies, and spend more time holding them than fathers in any other society. Their devotion has earned them the title of “the world’s best dads” from online commentators – which is somewhat ironic given that the Aka are strictly egalitarian and shun … [Read more...] about The secret of being a good father
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(StatePoint) As a parent, you are probably tracking every move your young child makes, paying special attention to developmental milestones such as sitting, standing and talking.“While the pace of development does vary from child to child, parents should pay attention when things seem amiss. Sometimes the cause of a delay is a medical problem, and in many cases, early intervention is important,” says Dr. Garey H. Noritz, a pediatrician who cares for children with disabilities, and who authored an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) clinical report on motor delays. “You are the best expert on your child, so if you have any concerns, you should address them with your pediatrician.”For parents of young children who have concerns about their child’s intellectual or physical development, Dr. Noritz offers the following advice:• Make an appointment: Don’t wait until your next scheduled appointment to speak with your pediatrician about your concerns. … [Read more...] about What Every Family Should Know About Childhood Development
It’s easy to miss out on what your baby is doing because you’re distracted by your phone. Striking the right balance between screen time and time with your child is essential, writes Sharon Ní Chonchúir.MÁIRE Toomey from Cabinteely, Co Dublin, didn’t realise she had a problem until her husband told her to put down her phone. “He told me that one of our children had been trying to talk to me and I hadn’t heard them because I was so engrossed in the screen,” she says. “I immediately felt terrible.”Toomey is a mother of three who works from home, which is why she had got into the habit of always having her phone to hand. “I would respond to everything straightaway,” she says. “Emails, texts, social media; as soon as I heard a ping, the phone was out of my pocket.”She is far from the only parent to be distracted by technology. Now that 90% of the Irish population has smartphones, most of us are subject … [Read more...] about Screened out: What happens when a parent is distracted by technology?
We’re spending the last, five-week chapter of Decoding Cancer in Italy, where we’ll examine the challenge of caring for Europe’s 12.5 million cancer survivors and look at what needs to be done to ensure that health systems and other social support structures are up to the job. POLITICO’s Global Policy Lab: Decoding Cancer is a collaborative journalism project seeking to explore how patients, communities, policymakers and the private sector are grappling with one of Europe’s most pressing health challenges. This interactive editorial series is presented by Pfizer Oncology and IBM Watson Health. View in your browser. By Sarah Wheaton | @swheaton | Send tips to [email protected] Good problems to have Welcome back to our fourth and final chapter of the Global Policy Lab: Decoding Cancer. We’re calling it The Long Run, and if you’ve been following along with all 14 weeks’ worth of newsletters, this is your reward. … [Read more...] about POLITICO Global Policy Lab: Good problems — Supply and demand — Living longer with cancer
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Orin Levine is the Director of Vaccine Delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He leads the Gates Foundation's efforts to accelerate the introduction of new vaccines and related technologies to increase access to immunization in poor countries. The views expressed in this piece are those of the author. What would you wait in line for? A concert ticket, a slice of pizza? How about a vaccine? For many parents around the world, ensuring their kids are protected from debilitating and devastating illnesses requires them to travel long distances and wait — sometimes for many hours — to get their kids immunized. As an epidemiologist and the director of the Vaccine Delivery team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, I see a lot of these parents. On one trip to Nigeria, I met a woman at a remote health clinic. She had walked for miles with her malnourished 17-month-old son to get him a measles vaccine and nutritional supplements. When … [Read more...] about Measles anywhere is a threat to kids everywhere