Your baby’s brain development is just as important as his entire physical development. Did you know that there is something you can do yourself to help make this development effective?
Undoubtedly, one of the organs that requires the most care and attention in a newborn is the brain, and not only by avoiding sudden movements or stimulating it through mother-child interaction, as the specialists say. A new study reveals that the brains of newborns and babies born prematurely like touch and touch more than we think.
He study made by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital of Columbus, Ohio, found from a survey of 125 mothers of newborns and premature infants, that a caress or contact with the baby, by their relative, produces not only pleasure and affection, but also a positive response from the brain.
It also revealed that when performing these small caresses, premature babies had a stronger brain reaction when receiving injections or pain medication due to their premature condition. From what it could be seen that any unpleasant brain response that arises from the application of medications can be counteracted with a simple caress.
The research survey concluded that, “the more supportive caresses the premature baby receives from parents or hospital staff, the better brain response it will present.”
The anatomy of a baby’s brain
The brain of the newborn is not very different from those of an adult; of course in size and weight yes. But their anatomical generalities are very similar; It is divided into three parts: the brain, cerebellum, and brain stem.
The connections are made through the cells of the central nervous system, which send the necessary messages to begin to move, think, speak and feel emotions.
An important functional difference
While the anatomy A child’s brain is similar to that of an adult, its functioning is not completely the same.
The connections between neurons are not yet complete, they are connected through “interaction” with the mother-father or other adults in the family. This process is completed throughout the baby’s first year of life.
The good result of the functional development of the brain of this first year will be seen through the achievements made by the child, such as language initiation, starting to walk, toilet training, responses to different auditory, visual or tactile stimuli, etc.
The best way to help your baby to finish making these important intercellular connections is through care, love and interaction (playing, talking, etc). Avoid as much as possible moments of stress, which come through arguments, fights or child abuse.
Why do babies get stressed?
The rush of life today has increased stress on people by 50%, and this does not exclude newborns. What stresses babies the most is a lack of communication and a disorganized or changing lifestyle in daily habits.
The most common way for a baby to show stress is through continuous crying, irritation, alteration in the hours of sleepñoo feeding. Stress also affects her psychological and physical states, self-confidence is affected, and she does not laugh at external stimuli. Also, under stress, babies are more likely to suffer from ongoing allergy problems or stomach problems.
Remember that all these indicators reveal that the development of the baby’s brain function will be somehow interrupted or affected by stress.
-Babies need to play every day, and you talk about daily activities, etc.
-Good feeding, whether with a bottle or breast.
-Visual and physical contact.
-Once solid foods are added, make sure that have the necessary nutrients for the growth of the baby. Also, remember that during mealtime, you should always interact with the baby, and in the future, include it at breakfast, lunch or dinner, together with the family.
-Children do not need expensive toys, or be in front of a tablet. They need constantly interact with those who care for them; It is the best and effective way to stimulate your baby and his brain as well.
-Establishing a daily routine is important. Babies, no matter how small, quickly begin to recognize what comes ” after .” Routines considerably lower stress levels in a baby, and this of course helps the proper development of brain activity.
A baby’s brain needs a strong foundation based on love, protection, and interaction. Every experience we bring them contributes to the functioning and construction of these very important intercellular connections, especially in the future. It costs nothing, you don’t have to pay for any expensive treatment, it’s all a matter of love.