Healthy DevelopmentInfo Center

Too Much TV, Too Little Sleep
It may be tempting to park a child in front of the TV for a couple hours a day. But that peace and quiet may backfire if the child sleeps less at night.
Children Born Early Faced Later Breathing Issues
Babies born before their due date often have multiple health problems because they are not fully developed. And it seems their problems often don’t end there.
How Parents Use Cell Phones at Mealtime
Mobile phones have become an increasingly important and often demanding part of life today. But do they get in the way of parent and child interaction?
Bedroom TVs Predicted Youth Weight Gain
By the time they reach adolescence, many children have a television in their bedroom. These bedroom TVs might reveal something about their weight.
Breastfeeding Didn't Beat the Bottle
It's often said that "breast is best" when it comes to feeding infants. However, a recent study found that it's possible the benefits of breastfeeding are not as dramatic as past studies may have shown.
Acetaminophen During Pregnancy Might Affect Child's Behavior
Acetaminophen is the most common over-the-counter pain reliever in the United States, and is generally considered safe for pregnant women to use. A new study, however, showed that the medication may affect a child's behavioral development.
Many Women Not Taking Folic Acid Before Pregnancy
Is it ever too early to start thinking about the health of a child? A new study suggests that more women should be thinking ahead and taking folic acid supplements before they become pregnant.
A Child's Heart and Mind
Certain birth defects can affect both the body and the mind. Children with heart birth defects, for example, may also have delays in their development.
Good News for Older Pregnancies
Many women are now choosing to give birth later in life. However, older age has often been associated with abnormal fetal development.
Overweight Children May Grow Into Obese Teens
Childhood obesity poses a large health problem for the United States. Yet, there is still very little data on when the risk for obesity begins.