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5 Recent Children's Health Studies That You Should Read

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Sometimes I think children's health studies should come with a disclaimer; "This study may cause feelings of crippling guilt and inadequacy in new parents. If you experience any of these feelings of ineptitude, consult your doctor. It means you are probably doing everything wrong." I am not a fan of those sort of children's studies, but I do believe in research, especially the kind of research that makes you say, "Oh yeah! That makes sense!" These five recent children's health studies are of the latter variety.

For starters, let's take a moment to discuss the types of studies you might want to avoid: studies by businesses that tell you their company is great for your kid. You know the kind, "Doctors in X study found that X juices are amazing for making kids brilliant and docile. Yay for X juice!" No offense to fictitious X juice, but I'm not buying what you're selling.  Also let's not waste our time on the super obvious studies that share compelling news like, "Studies show babies like hugs," or "A recent, explosive study found that toddlers get cranky sometimes." Instead, let's focus on studies that either tell us something we didn't already know, or happily confirm something we already suspected.

Risky Outdoor Play Is Good For Your Kid's Health

According to research from the University of British Columbia and Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children's Hospital, letting your kid climb that tree is good for his or her health. The study found that children who got in a decent amount of rigorous physical activity like climbing, jumping, roughhousing, tumbling, and exploring displayed greater physical and social health. Author of the study Mariana Brussoni said:

Food Commercials Are Messing With Your Kids

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AURORA, CO - NOVEMBER 20: Karley Workman, 14, examines a healthy snack during the Shapedown program for overweight adolescents and children on November 20, 2010 in Aurora, Colorado. The 10-week family-centered program held by the Denver area Children's Hospital teaches youth and their parents ways to lead a healthier more active lifestyle, as a longer lasting weight-loss alternative to dieting. Nationally, some 15 percent of children are overweight or obese, as are some 60 percent of adults. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

A study performed by the University of Kansas Medical Center found that kids chose food for taste over health after watching food commercials on television. Author of the study Amanda Bruce said:

Most Moms Are Breastfeeding, But Not For A Full Year

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Women --some of them breastfeeding-- carry out a 'mamaton' (from Spanish 'amamantar' ,breastfeed and 'marathon') outside the Legislative Assembly in San Jose on August 3, 2016 protesting against the recent dismissal of a secretary who was breastfeeding by a deputy of the Partido Accion Ciudadana (PAC) . / AFP / Ezequiel Becerra (Photo credit should read EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

While a recent survey found that 80 percent of moms in America are breastfeeding their babies, many are not doing it for the full year the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. While the CDC reported that over half of new moms were still breastfeeding at six months, the number of moms still nursing at one year dropped down to just 30.7 percent. Why? Some experts blame work; moms find it too difficult to breastfeed and go back to work so soon.

Dads Get Postpartum Depression, Too

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According to a new report by the University of Massachusetts’ Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health, postpartum depression in dads is almost as common as it is in moms. The report found:

“For both men and women, PPD is defined as moderate to severe depression diagnosed in the postpartum period, which is shortly after or up to one year following delivery. Studies suggest anywhere from 4 to 25 percent of fathers experience paternal PPD, rates that are not dissimilar to mothers. Fathers are most likely to experience a first onset of paternal PPD in the first 3 to 6 months of the postpartum period.”

Domestic Violence Damages Children

Unicef conducted a recent study telling us what we already know, but this time around in no uncertain terms: children suffer long-term affects when raised in a household with domestic abuse. The study found that:

Raising our children is the most important job we will ever have. And while not all studies will resonate with you, one thing remains a constant; we want our children to be healthy, happy, productive human beings.