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How does nutrition affect intelligence?

How does nutrition affect intelligence?

Many ways: Low intake of omega-3s for example, would deny the brain access to dha, an important fatty acid, certain vitamins, like B12 and e are needed for normal nerve and brain function. Low iron can also cause brain related problems. Certain antioxidants, like the anthocyanins in blueberries can reduce brain inflammation. Get your nutrition from whole foods and never from pills if avoidable. ...Read more

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Child Development (Definition)

Child development is the established norms for a child developing certain skills, such as sitting up, walking, talking, and making compromises socially. Parents and professionals refer to these established norms to see if a child is developing physically ...Read more


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How does nature affect a child's growth and development?

How does nature affect a child's growth and development?

Nature vs nurture: A child's growth and development begins at birth. Nature dictates stages and changes in development in physical, social, behavioral, and emotional areas. Gross motor skills precede fine motor skills (e.g.crawling before walking), isolated play precedes co active and cooperative play, babbling precedes word formation, and self-focus precedes recognition of others opinions all leading to adulthood. ...Read more

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How does child obesity affect the health?

How does child obesity affect the health?

Adversely: Obesity should be considered as the mother of ill health, especially in children, who will get more complications from the longer time to develop complications like heart disease, type 2 diabetes etc ...Read more

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How does nutrition affect a child's ability to learn?

How does nutrition affect a child's ability to learn?

See below: Think of it this way. If you were to work out vigorously every day but not eat well, you would not expect to develop large muscles, correct. The same goes for your brain - if we exercise it (learning) without adequate nutrition, it won't develop as we would hope. ...Read more

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How does obesity affect a child's physical development?

How does obesity affect a child's physical development?

In many ways: Obesity is due to lousy diet and that interferes with cellular efficiency so she can never each her physical and mental fullness of function. ...Read more

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How does our mental health affect growth and development?

How does our mental health affect growth and development?

Mental health: Mental health can affect growth and development through child but not beyond that. Any concerns with growth and development deserves a consultation with a psychologist as soon as you can be seen. ...Read more

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How does homework affect a child's intellectual health?

How does homework affect a child's intellectual health?

Positively: any repetitive behavior is a re-enforcement of a skillset ...Read more

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How can health affect a childs development?

How can health affect a childs development?

It can be huge...: A child's general health can definitely affect a child's development, both neurologically and physically. Chronic malnutrition or specific nutritional deficiencies or serious health problems and their treatments (cancer, cystic fibrosis, etc.) can have profound affects on a child. ...Read more

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How can healthy eating affect a child's development?

How can  healthy eating affect a child's development?

Healthy in = growth: A proper diet of grains, greens and proteins provide the necessary building blocks for cell development - can minimize illness - neurological, obesity, diabetes, etc healthy in- means maximum growth and development and reduces certain risk factors for add, adhd and other childhood related issues...It does not garantee a perfect child- but it will provide a healthier one. ...Read more

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How does marriage affect your emotional development?

How does marriage affect your emotional development?

As long as married: Throughout the course of a marriage, or any significant relationship, the emotional development of the individuals is effected. It can be altered for the better or for the worse. Much is dependent on the patterns of communication, role expectations, and rigidity versus flexibility. If you need help, seek guidance from a therapist. ...Read more

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Interested to know how does asthma affect child's development?

Interested to know how does asthma affect child's development?

Should not: The goal of asthma therapy is for the patient to be able to do whatever they want. So well treated and well controlled asthma should have no effect on a child's development. ...Read more

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How does paternal age affect a baby's health?

How does paternal age affect a baby's health?

While further research is needed, studies suggest that a father's age at the time of conception (paternal age) might pose health risks for his children: For example, studies have shown that the offspring of men over age 40 might face an increased risk of: Miscarriage. , Autism. , Birth defects. , Schizophrenia. . Researchers believe that the increased risk of health conditions might be due to age-related genetic mutations in older men. Despite the increase in these risks, however, the overall risks remain small and less certain than those associated with being born to a woman over age 40. If you're older than 40 and you're considering fathering a baby or you're concerned about your reproductive health, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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How does gaming affect a teens social development?

How does gaming affect a teens social development?

Badly: There is more than enough evidence that gaming, especially violent games, desensitizes people to emotions. It messes with your neurotransmitters, makes you irritable, harder to get along with, and promotes isolation. People, no just teens, need social interaction..Need to be with people, talking, learning how to resolve conflict, developing relationship skills. Media time= 2 hours a day. ...Read more

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How can nutrition affect a child's growing teeth?

How can  nutrition affect a child's growing teeth?

Adversely: Poor nutrition, especially as concerns getting adequate calcium means the teeth won't be as decay resistant as they should be. Fluoride supplement will help this decay resistance. Lack of vitamin c means the gums won't be healthy either. ...Read more

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How does excess xbox use affect childrens development?

How does excess xbox use affect childrens development?

Good and bad: Not an expert, but my opinion is that: video games have positive points such as improved coordination, problem solving skills and memory development. The problem with abuse and/or age inappropriate games is that it exposes kids to subjects and imagery that may deform their perception of reality. Also, playing too much prevents kids from engaging in more normal social and physical activities. ...Read more

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How does homework affect a child's mental health?

How does homework affect a child's mental health?

Homework: can and should help a child learn self discipline, improve self confidence and give a child a sense of mastery. However, at times, when it becomes a battle with parents, it can do harm. Encourage your children to do their best, ask for help if they need it and take responsibility for their homework. ...Read more

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How does the mental health of parents affect their children's development?

How does the mental health of parents affect their children's development?

Nature/nurture: As children develop they are shaped by two factors, their genetics and their enviornment. The mental health of the parent would impact both. Genetically many mental health disorers are generationally passed on. The stability of a parent greatly affects the child developmentally. Different theories of development identify different levels of impact. Overall, most theories agree childhood is. ...Read more

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Does asthma affect a child's development?

Does asthma affect a child's development?

No: If asthma is poorly controlled in children, they may be excluded from some physical activities or be picked-on by other children. This could affect social development however, physical development would be expected to be normal, even among children who use inhaled steroids. ...Read more

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How do daycare and homecare affect a child's development?

How do daycare and homecare affect a child's development?

Daycare: Both daycare and homecare can be great experiences for a child. Most important is that a child have a safe, comforting and stimulating environment where his or her needs are communicated and receive responses. Look for more adults to the number of children served so that each child can receive more individual time and attention. Look for age appropriate toys and books. ...Read more

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How does obesity specifically affect infants?

How does obesity specifically affect infants?

Bad future.: Obese infants would be expected to have poor health in later life. For example, the "fatty streak", the first manifestation of an arterial blockage, could be present at birth, and obesity can act upon that to cause heart disease at a very early age. ...Read more

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Might a mans past drug use effect child development?

Might a mans past drug use effect child development?

No: Unless your current actions and interactions with the child are an issue there should not be any effect on development. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: child development?

What is the definition or description of: child development?

Established norms: Through observations of groups of kids, normative stages have been established for children, i.e. We know the approximate ages that kids begin to sit up, walk, talk, use the potty, and make compromises socially. In referring to these established norms, parents and professionals can see if individual kids are within the expected range of physical and psychological development. ...Read more

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Can levothroid pills during pregnacy lead to child development issues?

Can levothroid pills during pregnacy lead to child development issues?

Not likely: Untreated thyroid disease may create some complications. Congenital hypothyroid(low) can lead to retardation but is usually screened for in the newborn nursery in the U.S. ...Read more

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How is child development impacted by having a stay-at-home mom as opposed to a working mom?

How is child development impacted by having a stay-at-home mom as opposed to a working mom?

Complicated: In the early months/years family care will give the child more individual attention. Older toddlers/children can benefit from the social stimulation of daycare. The decision has to be what's best for your family emotional/economically. First two sons home cared by father - second set daycare and I see no difference in their development. Be sure to research a daycare facility thoroughly. http://www.livestrong.com/article/72423-daycare-vs.-stay-home-parent/ ...Read more

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Is there any websites or cartoons that help with child development ? I'm looking for some that help small children learn faster .

Is there any websites or cartoons that help with child development ? I'm looking for some that help small children learn faster .

No: Babies interact and learn best when they interact with their parents and other people around them. Not multiple media. Involve your baby in your daily activities, keep him around people. Read and sing to him. Take him outside, let him explore with different textures, shapes and colors, encourage explorative behavior. Nothing substitutes the parents! ...Read more

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Child development and psychological child development my baby lives w his mom renting a room at 1 family home. The couple that own the house has 1 kid almost 3 yrs old. My baby is 2.3 yrs old. I see already that there is a huge conflict of interest. Two m

Child development and psychological child development my baby lives w his mom renting a room at 1 family home. The couple that own the house has 1 kid almost 3 yrs old. My baby is 2.3 yrs old. I see already that there is a huge conflict of interest. Two m

When parents are: Separated, each can control only what goes on in his/her own home. Other than increasing financial support to mom ; child for their own home and nurturing child-care, there is little you can do, unless you observe signs of reportable child abuse or neglect. Chronic parental conflict can cause post-divorce emotional child abuse at any age. Co-parenting classes can help prevent or remediate this. ...Read more

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Which nutritional supplements should my child take to grow taller?

Which nutritional supplements should my child take to grow taller?

Well balanced diet: For most people, your potential height is genetically predetermined and cannot be positively affected by diet. However, malnutrition can certainly affect growth negatively. Most experts (mds, nutritionists, etc) recommend a well balanced diet, with adequate protein, carbs, fats, vitamins and minerals. Fad diets and expensive supplements are not necessary and may be harmful. ...Read more

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How can I encourage my child to take nutritional supplements?

Do Not: Why should they. These are unnecessary in a healthy child. I would never use them without consulting your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What nutritional supplements should my child take to help her grow taller?

What nutritional supplements should my child take to help her grow taller?

Common question: The best way to assure a kid reaches their tallest height includes proper nutrition (balanced diet), proper rest, exercise and good health.There is no supplement, stretches,exercises, etc. that makes you taller than your genes let you grow. The expected final height is the average of her parents less 2.5 inches. (+/-)Once girls hit 16-17 their growth centers close & linear growth ends. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on moringa olfeira? I've heard it's great to boost supply and nutritional value of mothers milk but i also read that women of child-bearing age shouldn't take it?

What's your opinion on moringa olfeira? I've heard it's great to boost supply and nutritional value of mothers milk but i also read that women of child-bearing age shouldn't take it?

Not well-studied: It is great for mother to provide breast milk to their infants. There are many health benefits for both involved. However, I do not recommend substances like moringa olfeira because of the lack of data. Does it help, i'm skeptical; could it harm either the baby or mom, not worth the risk. Disclaimer: I am a physician-scientist who likes data. ...Read more

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I am told I have beginning cataracts. Is there anything I can do do prevent further development:nutritional supplements?

I am told I have beginning cataracts.  Is there anything I can do do prevent further development:nutritional supplements?

Yes and no....: Unfortunately there is no known method to completely stop the progression of cataracts. The rate of progression can be slowed by using uv protection, quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy diet. No nutritional supplement has been clinically proven to significantly slow cataract progression to date. Regular eye exams for early detection is the best management of cataracts. ...Read more

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Child gets chronically tired in winter and lacks energy, falls asleep during the day and behaviour gets poor.Was tested for nutritional deficiency- ?

Malaise: If a child has seasonal problems, address possible seasonal allergies. Perhaps, there are increased molds or mildews in your house if you have a basement and your area has a lot of rain in the winter. Also, a lack of vit d may cause symptoms of depression. I would limit artificial light after sunset: no tv, computer, or cellphone use. I would increase exercise to maximize sleep quality. ...Read more

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What are the best nutritional baby foods for my 1 year old baby?

What are the best nutritional baby foods for my 1 year old baby?

Healthy: At one year of age, your child should be eating veggies, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein - just like all of us. You must be careful that she isn't fed anything that could choke her. ...Read more

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Can the types of foods and nutritional ingredients influence the sex of the baby, if you're trying for a baby?

Can the types of foods and nutritional ingredients influence the sex of the baby, if you're trying for a baby?

No: There are a lot of old wives tales on influencing the sex, but no i don't think there is any scientific evidence that this makes any difference. ...Read more

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Is baby food good as nutritional supplement?

Is baby food good as nutritional supplement?

Baby food in adults: The amount of nutrients in baby food is suited for infants, and although not harmful, would not be the best choice for supplementing an adult diet. Multivitamins made from whole food, available at health food stores, would be more appropriate. ...Read more

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How much baby food should 7mth eat?when will food start to be main source of nutritional value?

How much baby food should 7mth eat?when will food start to be main source of  nutritional value?

Not much: The reason for baby foods at that age is to introduce a new method, not overtake the value of breast milk or formula. A tablespoonful or two is fine for starters. If the kid seems to want more, that is one of the goals, but they should not drop their other intake below 16-20 oz. By 1 yr, they should have a balance between the two. ...Read more

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If i gave my baby pear after steaming and boiling so become smooth does it loss its nutritional value?

If i gave my baby pear after steaming and boiling so become smooth does it loss its nutritional value?

Cooking food: In general, any cooking depletes food of some nutrients. On the other hand, it makes other nutrients more accessible by making the food more digestible. It can also denature irritants in food that can cause stomach upset and kill harmful bacteria. This is about cooking in food in general. Perhaps another contributor has something to say about pears in particular. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink boost nutritional drinks? I'm 15 weeks pregnant and feel like I don't get all the calories and nutrients I need for a healthy baby

Sure: It's ok to drink the nutritional drinks. However, you only need an additional 300 calories per day during pregnancy in terms of nutritional requirements. This can be gotten with a cup of yogurt, cheese, peanut butter, etc. ...Read more

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Is it effective to drink some type of nutritional drink to help me get some nutrition?

Is it effective to drink some type of nutritional drink to help me get some nutrition?

Ensure: Ensure is an over the counter supplemental nutritional drink of 250 calories with vitamins and minerals and all you need to supplement your intake. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more