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Bibs & bobs — 4 October 2019

By Mums At The Table 1 min read

Want your children to succeed in school? You better start doing this now | Boost your baby's gut health with this unexpected ingredient | Australia's first natural fluoride toothpaste launched

Want your children to succeed in school? You better start doing this now

Research has revealed that pre-schoolers whose parents regularly read and talked about books with them scored better on maths tests at age 12. Children who gained from home stimulation in their preschool years in literacy, language and arithmetic skills had higher outcomes in reading and mathematical skills in secondary school, regardless of the home learning environment then. "Our results underline the great importance of exposing children to books for development not just in literacy but numeracy too: early language skills not only improve a child's reading but also boost mathematical ability," says lead researcher, Dr Simone Lehrl of the University of Bamberg. Science Daily

Boost your baby's gut health with this unexpected ingredient

Research suggests goat milk infant formula has prebiotic properties that could protect infants against gastrointestinal infections. While cow milk formula is the most widely used alternative to breastfeeding, goat milk is considered to be closer to human milk in some respects. The study found the natural prebiotic in goat milk formula were effective in promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria (bifidobacteria) and inhibiting the ability of harmful bacteria such as pathogenic E. coli to attach to human intestinal cells. Almost one-third of all cases of diarrhoea in children are attributed to pathogenic E. coli bacteria. —RMIT University

Australia's first natural fluoride toothpaste launched

Australian Personal Care company, MooGoo, has just announced a new product to its stable: Moothpaste. This is believed to be Australia’s first natural toothpaste base with added fluoride, which the Australian Dental Association says is crucial to limit and prevent tooth decay. The problem has been that while dentists recommend toothpaste with fluoride, these toothpastes also contained a lot of artificial sweeteners, SLS, titanium dioxide, parabens and other ingredients that most health-conscious people would rather avoid. —MooGoo