Brain Development May Be Linked To Newborn Baby Hiccups

Every time a newborn baby hiccups, it triggers a large wave of brain signals which could help the baby learn how to regulate their breathing, a new study led by researchers from University College London indicates[1]. “The reasons for why we hiccup are not entirely clear, but there may be…Continue readingBrain Development May Be Linked To Newborn Baby Hiccups

Autoresuscitation: The Central Role Of Serotonin

Immediately after birth, human infants transition from an environment in which they do not have to breathe to one in which they do. Simultaneous with this transition are major changes in blood circulation that require the cardiovascular and respiratory systems – which are not fully mature at birth – to…Continue readingAutoresuscitation: The Central Role Of Serotonin

Cerebral Blood Flow Is Altered In Premature Infants

Blood flow in key regions of newborns’ brains is different in very premature infants, according to a new prospective, observational study. The finding may represent an early warning flag for disturbed brain maturation well before such injury is visible on conventional imaging. “During the third trimester of pregnancy, the fetal…Continue readingCerebral Blood Flow Is Altered In Premature Infants

Older Babies Sleep Better In Separate Rooms

Babies who slept in separate rooms slept longer, got to sleep quicker, and were more likely to have a bedtime routine than those who slept in the same bed or room as their parents, a new study reports. Parents were also less likely to perceive bedtime as difficult. The international…Continue readingOlder Babies Sleep Better In Separate Rooms

One Egg Per Day May Protect Infants From Stunted Growth

Babies given one egg a day for six months had improved growth compared with controls, as well as a reduced risk of stunted growth, research involving young children in Ecuador found. Stunted growth is when a child fails to meet the expected height or weight for their age. It can…Continue readingOne Egg Per Day May Protect Infants From Stunted Growth

Baby’s Crying Can Alter Parent’s Brain

A baby crying not only demands our attention, it also changes executive function in the brain, the very neural and cognitive processes we use to make everyday decisions. A new study looked at the effect infant vocalizations, in this case audio clips of a baby laughing or crying, had on…Continue readingBaby’s Crying Can Alter Parent’s Brain

Sounds Interfere With Tactile Skills of Preterm Babies

Premature birth is a harsh change of environment for a baby. Until birth, the baby is confined to the mother’s womb, surrounded by soft lighting and filtered noise. When infants are born, they are attacked by several visual, sound, and tactile stimulations. These stimulations thus constitute unpleasant factors for them.…Continue readingSounds Interfere With Tactile Skills of Preterm Babies