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A mask expert who's also a parent shares what masks he buys for his son to reduce his risk of COVID-19

Close-up of KF94 mask.unoL/Getty Images Aaron Collins goes by the "Mask Nerd" now that his unofficial job is reviewing face masks in his bathroom. Collins, an aerosol expert, compiled a list of the best child-sized masks to protect against COVID-19. His son's favorite mask is a KF94 made in South Korea, which is effective and comfortable. Thousands of parents turn to Aaron Collins for advice on which face masks they should buy for their kids.Since January 2021, Collins has put his backgro...
Tags: South Korea, Science, Kids, Parenting, US, Trends, Collins, Collin, Aaron Collins, NIOSH, Face Masks, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Andrea Michelson, Mask Nerd, Mask Nerd Jr


See some of the first 5- to 11-year-old kids get their COVID-19 vaccines

Benjamin Hayes, age 5, at Children's National Hospital in Washington, DC. Children’s National Hospital The CDC signed off on a low dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for young kids. Five- to 11-year-olds can now get vaccinated through their pediatricians. Vaccinations kicked off in Washington, DC, where some young kids got their first shots as soon as the authorization went through. Kids ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to get Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. Gilberto Talley, age 1...
Tags: Science, Kids, News, Parenting, Washington, White House, Trends, Features, Washington Dc, Delta, Pfizer, Jordan, Wall Street Journal, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Kaiser Family Foundation, Children s National


Parents are mixing human milk into their kids' cereals in hopes of giving them COVID-19 antibodies, report says

Cavan Images/Getty Images Some parents are breastfeeding their toddlers in hopes of protecting them from COVID-19. Parents who breastfeed for two years or more have been found to have higher antibody levels in their milk. However, it has yet to be seen if any immunity could be provided via nursing. Some California parents have decided to continue nursing longer than officially recommended in hopes of passing COVID-19 antibodies onto their kids via breast milk, the Los Angeles Times report...
Tags: Science, Parenting, California, Cdc, US, Trends, Breastfeeding, Evans, Vaccine, Times, Antibodies, Los Angeles Times, Gonzalez, Cavan, Marissa Evans, Coronavirus


What to do if your child is exposed to COVID-19 at school, from quarantine etiquette to testing

Kids in masks returning to school Los Angeles Times If your child is exposed to COVID-19, the whole family should prepare for some level of quarantine. An unvaccinated child should quarantine for 10 days, and even vaccinated teens should mask up around others. They should get tested 5-7 days after the exposure regardless of vaccination status. See more stories on Insider's business page. With kids back in classrooms in the US, the risk of your child being exposed to the coronavirus has...
Tags: Science, Kids, News, Parenting, Cdc, US, Trends, Cnn, Delta, Los Angeles Times, Wen, Leana Wen, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Andrea Michelson


Galaxy Glow Jar Tutorial Hold the entire universe in your Hands!

Learn how to make a galaxy glow jar in this easy perfect tutorial that brings an entire universe in a jar straight to you! The galaxy glow jar is different from the fairy glow mason jar in that it doesn’t take a glow stick, but rather paint, so it’s a lot more kid friendly for... Read More » The post Galaxy Glow Jar Tutorial Hold the entire universe in your Hands! appeared first on .
Tags: Science, Kids, Parenting, Crafting, Educational, Jars, Messy Play


OBGYNs say pregnant people should feel safe getting the coronavirus vaccine

Crystal Cox/Insider Two physicians said they recommend the COVID-19 vaccine for all pregnant and breastfeeding people. The only exception is that people who've had a serious reaction to a vaccine or part of the COVID-19 vaccine should consult their doctor first. If you're "super fearful," don't feel forced: "There's so many things to worry about when you're pregnant." See more stories on Insider's business page. OB-GYN Dr. Jessica Shepherd cannot think of a sing...
Tags: Science, Parenting, Pregnancy, Trends, Mental Health, Vaccine, Women's Health, OB GYN, Madden, Crystal Cox, Jessica Shepherd, Coronavirus, BI Photo, Anna Medaris Miller, Jessica Madden, Aeroflow Breastpumps


Fertility experts debunk 19 myths about getting pregnant and fertility

Fertility specialist Cindy Duke and reproductive urologist Sriram Eleswarapu debunk common myths. They talk about how IVF isn't guaranteed to work and how stress does not cause pregnancy loss. Dr. Duke and Dr. Eleswarapu dive deep into these infertility myths on this episode of Debunked. See more stories on Insider's business page. Duke: "Sex position matters."Eleswarapu: So, that is a myth."IVF guarantees pregnancy."Duke: Oh, boy. It's a tough myth for patients to hear.Eleswarapu: ...
Tags: Health, Video, Science, Parenting, Pregnancy, Trends, Fertility, Pregnant, Debunked, Duke, Ucla, Cindy, Las Vegas Nevada, Video Format Debunked, Abby Tang Michelle Yan Huang Ally Giannini, Cindy Duke




Anti-vaxxers are using a doctor's miscarriage to claim the COVID-19 vaccine affects pregnancy - but the doctor lost her baby before getting the shot

Getty A Facebook post allegedly claimed the coronavirus vaccine caused an OB-GYN's miscarriage.  But the doctor suffered the loss before receiving the vaccine, according to her Instagram posts. Based on how it's made and data so far, scientists say it's likely the vaccine is safe in pregnancy. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. When Dr. Michelle Rockwell woke up Sunday morning, just a couple months after suffering a pregnancy loss, she said she saw her photos plaster...
Tags: Facebook, Usa, Science, Parenting, Cdc, Miscarriage, Pregnancy, Trends, World Health Organization, Getty, Women's Health, Reproductive Health, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Shepherd, Tulsa


Pregnant women aren't prioritized for coronavirus vaccinations, despite being a high-risk group for complications

A half-dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine initially could mean we have double the number doses available when it's approved by regulators. Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool via AP Pregnant women, particularly racial and ethnic minorities, are at increased risk for serious COVID-19 complications and death.  But they're not among prioritized populations for vaccine distribution because they've been excluded from clinical trials, which is typical of vaccine development.  Until it's known...
Tags: Science, Parenting, Pregnancy, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Ap, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Vaccine, Women's Health, Reproductive Health, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Adams, Ramirez


Pregnant women will have to wait for a COVID-19 vaccine, despite being a high-risk group for complications

A half-dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine initially could mean we have double the number doses available when it's approved by regulators. Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool via AP Pregnant women, particularly racial and ethnic minorities, are at increased risk for serious COVID-19 complications and death.  But they're not among prioritized populations for vaccine distribution because they've been excluded from clinical trials, which is typical of vaccine development.  Until it's known...
Tags: Science, Parenting, Pregnancy, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Ap, Healthcare, Vaccine, Women's Health, Reproductive Health, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Adams, Ramirez, Gupta


How one of the world's biggest STEM programs is teaching students to build their own robotics startup during an uncertain school year

Seniors Maya and Clayton, and junior Nick, students in Camdenton's R-III school district, work on their robot project in their high school's workshop. Sherry Comer The COVID-19 pandemic has required schools and organizations running extracurricular programs to rethink their approach to education for the 2020-2021 school year. FIRST, the global STEM program for elementary, middle, and high school students, has created guidelines for its leagues that schools can follow whether they'r...
Tags: School, Science, Education, Parenting, Washington, US, Stem, Trends, Tech, Missouri, Robots, Michigan, Robotics, Qualcomm, NICK, Maya


How one of the world's biggest STEM programs is still teaching students to build robots during one of the most uncertain school years ever

Seniors Maya and Clayton, and junior Nick, students in Camdenton's R-III school district, work on their robot project in their high school's workshop. Sherry Comer The COVID-19 pandemic has required schools and organizations running extracurricular programs to rethink their approach to education for the 2020-2021 school year. FIRST, the global STEM program for elementary, middle, and high school students, has created guidelines for its leagues that schools can follow whether they'r...
Tags: School, Science, Education, Parenting, Washington, US, Stem, Trends, Tech, Missouri, Robots, Michigan, Robotics, Qualcomm, NICK, Maya


A study says new moms with COVID-19 do not need to be separated from their babies after birth — wearing a mask may be enough protection

Getty COVID-positive new moms don't necessarily need to be separated from their babies after birth in order to prevent transmission, the most detailed study on the topic to date suggests.  Good hygiene, mask-wearing, and social distancing while resting seem to effective in keeping babies safe while also allowing them to benefit from breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact.  While two of the 101 babies studied tested positive for COVID, they were asymptomatic and healthy. Past research show...
Tags: Science, News, Parenting, China, Pregnancy, Trends, Getty, Childbirth, Newyork, OB GYN, NewYork Presbyterian, Cynthia Gyamfi Bannerman, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians, COVID, Anna Medaris Miller, Jane van Dis


A study finds new moms with COVID-19 do not need to be separated from their babies after birth — but they should wear masks

Getty COVID-positive new moms don't necessarily need to be separated from their babies after birth in order to prevent transmission, the most detailed study on the topic to date suggests.  Good hygiene, mask-wearing, and social distancing while resting seem to effective in keeping babies safe while also allowing them to benefit from breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact.  While two of the 101 babies studied tested positive for COVID, they were asymptomatic and healthy. Past research show...
Tags: Science, News, Parenting, China, Pregnancy, Trends, Getty, Childbirth, Newyork, OB GYN, NewYork Presbyterian, Cynthia Gyamfi Bannerman, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians, COVID, Anna Medaris Miller, Jane van Dis


Children are spending more time online and in front of screens than ever before. Parents and experts reveal their best tips for managing kids' tech use.

Jessica Nelson, pictured above with her family, has set boundaries around screen time by having her kids help out with chores around the house. Jessica Nelson COVID-19 has seen an increase in children’s screen time, with many now clocking six hours per day according to one study — up 500% since before the pandemic. Business Insider spoke to parents and experts about how to best manage kids’ screen time Their advice varied from establishing offline routines to focusing more on what childr...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Science, Parenting, Life, Trends, Tech, Nelson, Parenting Tips, Screen Time, Oklahoma City, Parenting Advice, Buffalo New York, Duke University, Vancouver British Columbia, Alana


CDC: Maine overnight camps hosted over 1,000 kids and counselors, and only 3 contracted the coronavirus. Here is the safety plan they followed.

Thomas Barwick/Getty Images The camps all followed the same plan that included rounds of screening, testing, and quarantining before and after camp arrival.Campers and counselors were split into cohorts that quarantined together like family units.Three asymptomatic attendees at three different camps tested positive for COVID-19 after arrival, but none of them spread the virus to others at camp.Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.Four overnight camps in Maine implemented a multi-layer...
Tags: Science, News, Parenting, Cdc, US, Trends, Georgia, Maine, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Summer Camp, Blaisdell, Masking, Coronavirus, Thomas Barwick Getty, Laura Blaisdell, Andrea Michelson


Chemistry for kids: Make a DIY bubble snake!

Most of us are staying home to help flatten the curve of COVID-19, but that doesn't mean there isn't learning and fun to be had.It's important to take a break from screen time. Kate the Chemist, professor, science entertainer, and author of "The Big Book of Experiments," has just the activity: Creating a bubble snake using common household ingredients including dish soap, food coloring, rubber bands, a towel, and a small plastic bottle.In this step-by-step tutorial, Kate walks us through the sim...
Tags: Science, Learning, Education, Parenting, Children, Youth, Water, Play, Teaching, Creativity, Chemistry, Innovation, Kate, Simplicity, Curiosity, Kate the Chemist


Dad bod & dad brain: how a man's brain changes when he becomes a father

In the first days and weeks of fatherhood, a man's testosterone and cortisol levels decrease and oxytocin, estrogen, and prolactin levels surge, promoting an important bonding experience between a father and his newborn child.One of the most significant changes in a new father's brain is the new neurons that are formed that have been proved to be directly linked to the time spent with their newborn child.This neurogenesis (forming of new neurons in the brain) happens in the areas that are linked...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Learning, Parenting, Biology, Children, Love, Memory, Neuroscience, Empathy, Brain, Genetics, Innovation, Men, Evolution, Emotions


Grandmas may be key to species survival, says new study

New research on killer whales suggests that post-menopausal grandmothers play a powerful role in the survival of generations that follow them."The Grandmother Hypothesis," theorizes that by surviving long past menopause, a woman improves the survival and reproduction of her children's children and, thus, her own genes.Not only do grandma whales help raise and share their own food with their grandoffspring, they bequeath decades of foraging wisdom onto the next generation, guiding them to the bes...
Tags: Science, Parenting, Biology, Women, Nature, Innovation, Ecology, Washington State, PNAS, British Columbia Canada


95% of U.S. baby foods contain toxic metals. Here's what parents should know.

A new investigation tested 168 baby food products for arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, all of which are toxic metals that can damage brain development in infants.Nearly all of the foods tested contained at least one of the metals, and 1 in 4 contained all four metals.The authors of the report recommended five steps for finding alternative baby foods with less toxins. None Almost all of the baby food products tested in a new investigation contained traces of toxic heavy metals that can damag...
Tags: Food, Science, Parenting, Children, Brain, Innovation, Fda, Brody, Gerber, Charlotte Brody, Healthy Babies Bright Futures HBBF, Toxic Elements Working Group, Baby Food Council, HBBF, WebMD Brody


Snoo Saved My Sanity in the Early Newborn Chaos

I knew being a new parent meant sacrificing sleep, but when our newborn son was waking up every hour...on the hour...every night...for six weeks...I realized I was walking a very fine line when it came to my mental health. I needed to sleep, or I was about to lose it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Parenting, Sleep, Baby, Harvey Karp, Snoo


Parents Can Expect Less Sleep for the First Six Years of Their Child’s Life

Moms and dads shouldn’t expect their sleep habits to bounce back to the way they were before kids for at least the first six years of their child’s life, according to a new long-term study involving nearly 5,000 parents.Read more...
Tags: Science, Parenting, Sleep, Children, Pregnancy, Caregiving, Sleep Duration


Screen time inhibits toddler development, study finds

In news that will surprise few but still alarm many, a study has found that kids 2-5 years old who engage in more screen time received worse scores in developmental screening tests. The apparent explanation is simple: when a kid is in front of a screen, they’re not talking, walking, or playing, the activities during which basic skills are cultivated. The topic is a thorny one, as there are plenty of arguments on both sides as to the possible pros and cons of screen use at an early age, and as wi...
Tags: Travel, Psychology, Apple, TC, Science, Kids, Parenting, Children, Screen Time, Dora, University of Calgary, Madigan, Sheri Madigan


Want your kid to cut down screen-time? Put away your phone, study suggests

A recent study tracked the media habits of families with preschool-age children.The results found that the screen-time of mothers was positively associated with the screen-time of their children, and that offering screens as a reward for good behavior is also linked to increased screen-time among kids.It's important to study the effects of technology on preschool-age children because they're at a stage in development when it's especially easy to form habits and routines that carry on into adulth...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Parenting, Mental Health, Canada, Innovation, BMC Obesity, Paediatrics Child Health


Take Your Little One Hiking with These Four Excellent Kid Carriers

Pre-baby, you hit the trail two or three times per week at least. But postpartum, it’s easy to understand why outdoor playtime falls to the wayside for families. It takes work! Thankfully, outdoor gear companies understand that new parents still want to log trail time with their new family members. Below, I’ve…Read more...
Tags: Science, Parenting, Hiking, Osprey, ERGObaby, Deuter, Lillebaby


How hands-on learning fires up your brain

Learning is a mental and physical pursuit, says retired astronaut Leland Melvin. Recalling his childhood, Melvin explains how working with his dad to turn a $500 bread truck into a family RV camper ultimately made him a better astronaut, able to maneuver the $2-billion dollar Columbus Laboratory out of the payload bay of a shuttle and attach it to the International Space Station. Experiential learning — like hands-on DIY, engineering kits, and Duplo games — wires your brain for problem solvi...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Learning, Education, Parenting, Children, Nasa, Play, Brain, Creativity, Engineering, Innovation, Mind, Melvin, Leland Melvin


Spider Milk Is Real and Their Babies Love It, New Study Shows

Jumping spider mothers provide milk to their spiderlings far into development, according to a new study that might turn your understanding of invertebrate parenting on its head.Read more...
Tags: Science, Parenting, Biology, Milk, Evolution, Spiders, Spider Milk


Spider Mothers Produce Milk for Their Young, Incredible New Study Shows

Jumping spider mothers provide milk to their spiderlings far into development, according to a new study that might turn your understanding of invertebrate parenting on its head.Read more...
Tags: Science, Parenting, Biology, Milk, Evolution, Spiders, Spider Milk, Spider Mothers Produce Milk


Cleaning Your Baby’s Pacifier by Sucking on It Prevents Allergies, New Research Suggests

It’s a scene parents and caregivers are all too familiar with: an infant’s pacifier falls to the floor. When this happened with my first born, I rushed to clean the soiled soother by boiling it in water or carefully washing it in the sink. But by the time my second child was born, I was considerably more relaxed, and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Parenting, Babies, Allergies, Germs, Pathogens, Pediatrics, Pacifiers



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