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  • Small Mother, Small Infant?

    Small Mother, Small Infant? When an infant is very small, has low weight or does not gain in stature, the doctor often looks at the mother. If she is rather small, this is thought to be the cause of the child's own small size, i.e.   Read More...

  • Paternal Depression

    Paternal Depression There are many studies of maternal postpartum depression, but few have looked at the status of the new father. A study conducted in Liverpool, Australia (Matthey, Barnett, Ungerer and Waters) addresses, among others, this topic. Studying 157 couples who had their first child, the researchers found a higher risk of depression in the new father, when the new mother suffered depression.   Read More...

  • Excessive Crying and Medical Causes

    Excessive Crying and Medical Causes Steven Poole and David Magilner remind the reader to always take into account the possibility that a child with intense excessive crying might have a medical condition. Actually, the authors describe their experiences in evaluating babies who are brought to the emergency room of a hospital with a complaint of excessive cry. This is particularly important in the child who has cried for several hours and cannot be soothed.   Read More...

  • Incidence of Autism

    Incidence of Autism In the media and in other sources there is concern that the incidence of autism and autistic-spectrum disorders has increased dramatically. The idea has been unchallenged in the literature until now. In a very lucid article, Dr.   Read More...

  • Depression in Traditional Societies

    Depression in Traditional Societies For some time now, it has been thought that women ( and men) from traditional socities, i.e. developing countries, often do not express depressive feelings in the same way as in more “modern” societies, for example in Northern European Countries or the US. It is thought that depression manifests itself not so much by thoughts of self-deprecation, guilt and feelings of sadness.   Read More...

  • Functional Gastrointestinal Problems in Infants

    Functional Gastrointestinal Problems in Infants A group of pediatric gastroenterologists met in Rome to try to produce a “diagnostic consensus” on a number of common conditions in infancy and early childhood, about which there is little agreement on how to diagnose them and what they look like clinically. The group produced the so-called Rome II criteria for these disorders. The article is quite valuable in that it covers a number of conditions that sometimes are baffling for clinicians, it help...  Read More...

  • Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species

    Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species This book is written by Sarah Hrdy who was trained as an anthropologist, primatologist, and evolutionary theorist. She had personal reasons for delving into this topic as she experienced enormous conflicts in wanting to pursue her career while also being a mother. This book has incredible depth in the examples she provides from both the animal world and across human cultures.   Read More...

  • Breastfeeding While Taking Psychotropic Medication

    Breastfeeding while taking psychotropic medication The clinician is often faced with the question from concerned parents: should I breastfeed while taking this medication? Is it safe for our baby to breastfeed while the mother is taking, say an antidepressant medication? The response to these questions is not easy to find…This article is a review of the literature on this topic, reviewing articles since 1955.   Read More...

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