Latest baby and child news: September 20, 2010

Consumer Reports News: September 20, 2010 05:08 AM

News headlines about the effects of parent technology use on kids, BPA in dental sealants, and more.

Kids and technology
Your baby can read. Really? Experts question the value of teaching infants to recognize written words.—

While researchers are still figuring out how constantly using technology impacts parent-child communication, some negative effects are already being seen.—iVillage Pregnancy & Parenting

Helping your children use the Internet safely is similar to teaching them to navigate the offline world. There are parts of the real world that you wouldn't let your children explore unsupervised—and that goes for the online world as well.—Google

Grounding once meant being confined to the house or handing over the car keys. Isolating a teen to reflect on his misbehavior is harder in the age of Facebook and cell phones. One expert describes how more parents are taking away social media tools to keep kids in line.—

Ten environmental games that teach kids about earth, ecology & conservation.—parent hacks

Baby care
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. envisions an American culture that values the enduring benefits of breastfeeding and human milk for mothers, babies, and society.—Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative

September is National Baby Safety Month, but if you're the mom of a tot who's just become mobile, you probably don't need a specially designated date to make you worry that your home is properly babyproofed.—iVillage Pregnancy & Parenting

As part of a five-year $200 million annual donation, Johnson & Johnson has launched a mobile health initiative...for the more than 20 million expectant mothers in China, India, Mexico, Bangladesh, South Africa and Nigeria.—mobi health news

Child health
A recent study conducted by the Pediatrics medical journal revealed that numerous sealants and fillings offered by dentists contain traceable levels bisphenol A (BPA).—inhabitat

Although basketball-related injuries treated in the emergency department have decreased among children and teens in recent years, the number of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) has increased, researchers found.—MedPage Today (free registration required)

Scientists and safety experts at CPSC and Health Canada have reviewed consumer safety reports involving Pampers Dry Max Diapers. Yet thus far, the diaper research done in the U.S. and Canada has not identified a specific cause linking the complaints from parents and caregivers to the Dry Max diapers.—Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Back-to-Routine Survey…shows that children play a large role in what goes into their meals—whether it's influencing the meal decision all together or personally being responsible for their own breakfast.—Business Wire

One child in 10 in the US lives with a grandparent. The share of US children living with a grandparent increased slowly and steadily during the past decade before rising sharply from 2007 to 2008, the first year of the Great Recession.—Pew Research Center (via MarketingCharts)

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