Poland is depopulating. Although in the first half of the year Polish women gave birth to 193,9 thousand children, which is 3.9 thousand (2.1%) more than a year ago at this time, it is still not enough to say that it is good. Demographers from the Central Statistical Office believe that the same number of children will be born in 2012 as in 2011. Other figures are more illustrative.
According to the prime minister's expose, the richest parents will not be getting soon. The municipality will refuse to pay benefits to people whose income exceeds PLN 85,528 per year. A draft amendment to the Act on family benefits was submitted to the public consultation. The new assumptions are to specify that the allowance will be paid only to families where the sum of income earned by individual members in the calendar year preceding the year in which the application for benefits was submitted will not exceed PLN 85,528.
Researchers from the Guttmacher Institute in the US in the medical magazine "The Lancet" published statistics on the number of abortions. They show that 30% of European pregnancies end in abortion. Most abortions are performed in Eastern Europe. The researchers note that the rate of treatments performed in 1995-2003 from 35% fell to 29%.
Legislators are preparing another revolution for us. From September, young people in high schools will have less Polish, history, geography, biology and chemistry lessons. They will be replaced by more 'specialized' subjects - health and beauty classes. The reform will change general high schools, in the shape they exist today, into more directional schools.
Scientists in "Psychological Science" made a revolutionary discovery. They proved that six-month-old babies remember things that were taken from their field of knowledge. Even though they can't see them, they know they exist! Until now, development psychology textbooks have held that infants at this age are unaware of the parent's existence as he leaves the room!
The military, being the last group after policemen, firefighters, security officers of BOR and ABW, who cannot take paternity leave, will now be able to stay with the child for two weeks before the child reaches the age of one. The Ministry of Defense is finishing work on an act that will allow all the rights that the provisions give to parents.
A snoring little child is a cause for concern. Specialists recommend action instead of passively waiting for the moment when the toddler grows out of it. Otherwise, one must take into account the disturbances in brain development and behaviors that are often difficult to accept for the environment. The biggest problem with snoring is the degradation of sleep quality.
The first breast milk bank will be opened in Warsaw at the end of March. It is the fruit of an innovative program in the country conducted under the title "Mother's milk for premature babies". The breast milk bank is intended to help feeding premature babies with mother's milk. Which is very important for young children born prematurely whose immunity is virtually zero.
Women who are slimming during the period when they are applying for a child are at risk of raising a child prone to obesity and diabetes of the second degree. Scientists from the University of Manchester have come to such conclusions. Conducting tests on sheep, they noticed that those who at the time of conception received less food, later gave birth to lambs who were prone to excessive weight gain.
Swap of newborns today is much less common than several dozen years ago. It's safe to say that it doesn't happen almost at all. The risk has been naturally minimized to almost zero. How? During birth, a woman is more and more often accompanied by a child's father, mother, friend, doula - persons who accompany the child's first measurements and in the bath.
Scientists do not stop at trying to produce effective drugs free of side effects. Their recent discovery proves that caffeine contained in coffee can be effective for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which improves concentration and helps cope with the most unpleasant effects of ADHD.
First there was the theory suggesting that sexual position allows you to choose the sex of the child. It was believed that making love in a missionary way bred a daughter and a boy from behind. Then the theory was made that the sex of a child depends on the time of intercourse. Dr. Landrum Shettles suggested that by making love as close to ovulation as possible, we would conceive a boy and a girl a few days before ovulation.
The thirteenth world Mother Report prepared by the Save the Children organization emerged in May this year: the best and worst countries where it comes to raise children. Norway turned out to be the best adapted to the needs of young mothers, and Nigeria the worst. Poland came 28th behind Sweden, Iceland, Belgium, Ireland, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria and Belarus.
We live in strange times. Or rather, in a strange country where honesty is perceived as incorrect and unprofitable, and even naive, and the call for help for your own child is criminalized. Little revealing thoughts? Maybe ... but provoked by a certain denunciation and its effect: fear among bloggers.
Recently, we can read in the online media that soon a church wedding for pregnant women may be out of reach. The church is to prepare changes according to which the marriage ceremony will be reserved for properly prepared people. The basis is to be a few years of engagement and conscious preparation for the wedding from early childhood.
Eco-parents who refuse vaccination for various reasons may have reason to be satisfied. Their decisions, which a few weeks earlier were subject to the risk of punishment, are today under the watchful eye of the Chief Sanitary Inspector and deputies. Stanisław Biliński, GIS, gives MPs a clear signal: "it is time that not vaccinating children would no longer be punishable".
We have another reason to buy a pet for your child. Studies have shown that children who are brought up in a home where a dog or cat also lives are more resistant to illness: viral infections, are more likely to undergo respiratory diseases and otitis. These conclusions were reached by Finnish scholars who noticed that animal allergens and contaminants carried home with their hair have a positive effect on the immune system in children.
Marketing specialists like children. They are happy to use the opportunity to cooperate with them. In this way, increasing brand awareness and selling new products. Mostly the little ones from the spots are delightful babies, ideal children of equally flawless parents. Recent years and a few glorious examples show that something is changing in this respect.
The H&M brand is very popular among parents. It is chosen primarily because of the high quality of the products proposed and good availability. However, recent press reports confirm that not all proposals are acceptable. H&M (pink and blue) bottles that are endangering the lives of children are being withdrawn from the market.
The interministerial consultation on the draft law on the payment of contributions by the state budget for persons bringing up children is ending. Thanks to this, women running a business will be able to take up childcare leave, just like colleagues working full-time. Self-employed persons, persons insured in KRUS, as well as persons who are not subject to any social insurance after the birth are to gain.
Human pregnancy is too short. Scientists have come to such conclusions. In many ways it would be better if it lasted longer. Not only because three months after birth, the child is very vulnerable, and this period is increasingly considered to be the fourth trimester, but also from the point of evolution that has set a kind of trap for our species.