April 19, 2013 |
Babies wise up fast. By the time infants are 3 months old, their unfinished brains are laced with a trillion connections, and the collective weight of all those firing neurons triples in a year. But the indecipherable babbling and maladroit wiggling so beloved by parents just leave scientists in baby labs scratching their heads. What do those little people know, and when do they know it? A team of French neuroscientists who compared brain waves of adults and babies has come up with a tentative answer: At 5 months, infants appear to have the internal architecture in place to perceive objects in adult-like ways, even though they can't tell us. "I think we have a pretty nice answer," said Sid Kouider of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, whose findings were published Friday in the journal Science.
May 17, 2011 |
Giving acetaminophen to young children is not as straightforward as parents might think, or hope. So on Tuesday and Wednesday, federal officials will weigh whether to add new dosing information to Tylenol and other over-the-counter acetaminophen medications. The Food and Drug Administration committees will consider instructions for children under age 2 as well as instructions based on weight, in addition to age, for children ages 2 to 12. Currently, instructions on acetaminophen packages say to consult a doctor for children under 2. But that advice might not match reality, according to an FDA background package on the meeting: “Despite the fact that over-the-counter (OTC)
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December 31, 1989
Bravo to Orangewood and other shelters that receive with love the abandoned babies, and a curse on society's hypocrites who see the mothers (and sometimes fathers) of these infants as "pigs" and drive them underground when they become pregnant. When these girls and women are treated with even a fraction of the reverence shown to women who are married and expectant, then we might see an end to the abandonment of helpless infants by their equally helpless mothers. JAN KNOWLTON Anaheim
June 29, 2012 |
With the constant drumbeat of reminders to put sunscreen on your skin, it might be confusing to consider what to do about that especially vulnerable skin of an infant. The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationrecommends that, generally, babies younger than 6 months old should not have sunscreen put on their skin. "The best approach is to keep infants under 6 months out of the sun, and to avoid exposure to the sun in the hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when ultraviolet (UV)
April 25, 2011 |
A meningitis vaccine already in use has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for children as young as 9 months old. The two-dose vaccine, Menactra, which produces antibodies against a strain of meningococcus bacteria, was approved in 2005 for 11- to 55-year-olds and in 2007 for 2-year-olds. Though meningitis cases are relatively rare - about 1,000 to 2,600 cases per year - the disease can be deadly. The FDA announcement states: “Meningococcal disease is a life-threatening illness caused by bacteria that infect the bloodstream (sepsis)
June 15, 2012 |
In an attempt to replicate the early experiences of infants, researchers in England have created a robot that can learn simple words in minutes just by having a conversation with a person. The work, published this week in the journal PLoS One, offers insight into how babies transition from babbling to speaking their first words. The 3-foot-tall robot, named DeeChee, was built to produce any syllable in the English language. But it knew no words at the outset of the study, speaking only babble phrases.