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Child Health Chat, Issue #017 -- Peep into The Mind of Newborn Baby
September 23, 2013

Striving For A Happy Childhood

Caring for newborn baby is surrounded by myths.
Delicate and dependent babies are surely demanding.
These weak underdeveloped infants control their own parenting.

But only if cared for affectionately!
Traumatic experiences blunt their emotional development.
Yes, it could also mean defiant temperament!

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The article of the month:
Peep into The Mind of Newborn Baby
And lots more.
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Table of Contents


Peep into The Mind of Newborn Baby

Macrosomia: Large for Gestational Age IDM

Child Health News

Parent Child Bonding and Parenting

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Search For Causes Continues

Pearls From The Forums

Tobacco Effects During Lactation

Over Riding of Skull Bones in Infants

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Peep into The Mind of Newborn Baby

Newborn baby, battered by the stress of child birth, finds instant solace from skin to skin contact with the mother – a new feel!

Exhausted mother turns her head to look at the little face and places her hand affectionately on the baby. The crying, soaked and cold newborn baby suddenly quietens and looks intensely at the affectionate face: the face, touch and smell that she remembers for rest of her life.

All parents and health care providers have witnessed this scenario, yet for centuries the myth that newborn baby cannot feel prevails. Their needs are considered to be limited to milk supply, comfortable sleep and change of wet diapers. Do parents need to be around for that?

Newborns need parents around

The myth that newborn baby does not really need the mother has been implied in various situations, including for admissions in newborn care units. A newborn baby when separated from the mother feels physically unsafe. Even the most caring staff of the newborn intensive care unit cannot provide the same care as the mother can; certainly not in the newborn baby’s own perception.

Separation from the mother is an emotional trial for the newborn baby.

Neonates can sense their mothers’ emotions. They need to know that the mother is well and happy. They perceive this from close physical contact with the mother, when they can listen to her heart rhythm, hear her voice, smell the familiar body odors and see the facial expressions.

Physical separation hampers baby’s immune system development.

Mother’s bacterial flora provides probiotic effect to her baby; whereas, even friendly bacteria from other sources turn virulent. Moreover, nutritional, physical, emotional and body defense benefits of breast feeding can never be overemphasized.

Newborn mind

Newborns have an active mind that needs an interactive social environment to nurture their psyche for healthy emotional development. Biased by their small size, limited muscle power and yet not developed speech we disregard the newborn mind that is highly capable of perception, learning, and communication. It is well known that little pitchers have big ears, and also bright observant eyes. Their senses constantly imbibe information from experiences that often leave permanent mark on their brain growth and behavior. And without any vocabulary they can efficiently communicate their pleasures and displeasures, thereby modulate their own parenting.

Newborn traumatic experiences

The myth that newborn babies do not feel pain has succumbed them to various types of traumatic medical, cultural and religious procedures. It is now proved beyond any doubt that neonates experience as much pain as we adults do. Their cry of distress is genuine. Provision of prompt and affectionate care builds baby’s trust in people around her, and form strong positive emotional relationships.

Affection and care cannot spoil newborn behavior

Yet another myth prevails; "the result of responding to baby’s each and every cry will be a spoilt brat". But newborn baby cannot be spoiled. Newborns form close relationships. Like all children, they too are social beings. They can think, correlate and make their specific choices, which they do not hesitate to express – also forcefully if the need be.

Inadequate response to baby’s needs leads to disorganised attachment. Baby thus affected develops opposing attitude towards her caretaker/parents right from a very early age. Disorganised attachment indicates traumatic experiences during early infancy. It is often normally seen among newborns who have had prolonged neonatal intensive care management. Therefore if seen in normal newborn, it indicates child abuse or negative parenting. Parents who provide appropriate stimulation to baby’s needs lay good foundation for proper physical, intelligence and psychosocial development.

Myths of newborn care have deprived newborn babies emotionally, and made newborn parenting tougher than it already is.

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Macrosomia: Large for Gestational Age IDM
Gestational diabetes alters fetal growth. Macrosomia, large for gestational age, signifies its fetal overgrowth effect. More maternal factors determine birth weight of IDM. IUGR, intrauterine growth retardation is attributed to microvascular disease of long standing diabetes, but mother’s addictions and health factors also contribute to impaired fetal growth...
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News on Child Health

Parent Child Bonding and Parenting
Infant bonding is believed to be a natural phenomenon, but it is a crucial part of newborn infants' neurodevelopment. Must read!!!

Autism Spectrum Disorder Search for Causes Continues
Autism spectrum disorders are known to have a strong genetic predisposition and disturbed immune system, which get emphasized by the environmental factors... Continue reading ...

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Pearls From The Forums

Tobacco Effects During Lactation
Does tobacco chewing impede weight gain of breast fed infants?
Tobacco taken in any form is known to threaten fetal development and impede adequate breast milk production. Breast milk is not only crucial for newborn growth but also for overall infant development.
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Over Riding of Skull Bones in Infants
Precise underlying cause for abnormality in development of the skull is unclear, but in up to 20% of cases genetics is the cause. Therefore
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