Definitely worth giving a go! –
Now Australian researchers have discovered something that offers some hope – at least if your baby is being breastfed.It is also something desperate parents can try immediately.Research led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne published this week has found that a probiotic called Lactobacillus reuteri can help reduce crying and fussing in some babies.Lead author, paediatrician Dr Valerie Sung, said the study found that breastfeeding babies who were given the probiotic reduced crying after 21 days by an an average of almost 50 minutes a day, compared to those who did not have the treatment.
Source: Parents could be crying with relief as researchers identify a simple treatment for colic
A whole country dedicated to remaining carbon-neutral? Now that’s what we call progress! –
Creating a future of forests in Bhutan.Bhutan is one of the most important players in the global fight against climate change. Bhutan’s ranking in this regard is due to it being the only country in the world to commit to remaining carbon neutral, meaning it absorbs as much carbon dioxide as it emits into the atmosphere. And now Bhutan has a great means for bringing that commitment to life—long-term funding to ensure its protected areas, which cover half of the country, are properly managed forever. It is the first initiative of its kind in Asia and one of only a few in the world
Source: Celebrating the Biggest Conservation Wins of 2017
When there’re goats to chase, alpacas to feed, grass to cut and veggie patches to weed, there’s no good excuse to be sitting down! –
When people get up and move, even a little, they tend to be happier than when they are still, according to an interesting new study that used cellphone data to track activities and moods. In general, the researchers found, people who move are more content than people who sit.
There already is considerable evidence that physical activity is linked to psychological health. Epidemiological studies have found, for example, that people who exercise or otherwise are active typically are less prone to depression and anxiety than sedentary people.
Source: Get Up and Move. It May Make You Happier. – The New York Times
How the natural environment helps prepare babies! –
Gut bacteria may help newborn babies prepare for the bacteria that will soon enter their bodies, new research suggests.In a new paper, the researchers conclude that nonpathogenic E. coli serves a crucial function of preparing the gut for the development of the microbiome to come, and the onslaught of pathogenic, or harmful, microbes.The new results may help explain what past research has shown about the connection between the gut microbiome and the development of the newborn immune system.
Source: E. coli prepares baby bellies for a world of germs – Futurity
Why breast – when you can – is best! –
Breastfeeding could reduce the risk of eczema in children, according to new research into the impact of programmes designed to support new mothers in feeding their babies. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that babies should be fed just breast milk for six months to help protect them from infection, prevent allergies and provide nutrients and energy. But many women abandon the practice soon after the birth of their child – a situation often put down to a lack of support for new mothers. The UK, for example, has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, with just 1% of infants exclusively breastfed for their first six months.
Source: Breastfeeding could reduce eczema risk in children, new research suggests | Life and style | The Guardian
Why hair dyes are a no-no for kids! –
No dye products should be used on under-16s, according to manufacturers and the industry’s professional body. But a 12-year-old who went undercover for BBC Wales’ X-Ray was offered colouring appointments at 16 salons.
Hair dyes contain chemicals that in rare cases can cause severe, even life-threatening, allergic reactions.Hair dye manufacturers say they are not intended for anyone under the age of 16. The European Commission insists that this warning should be put on all hair dye packaging.The Hairdressing Federation, the profession’s own body, goes further.It tells its members that hair colour products should never be applied to anyone under the age of 16.
Source: Hair dye dangers warning for children – BBC News