Category Archives: Baby

Why Breastfed Babies Have Improved Immune Systems

Regulatory T cells expand in the first three weeks of life in breastfed babies, and are twice as abundant than in bottle-fed babies. Specifically, the bacterias Veillonella and Gemella are more abundant in the guts of breastfed babies. Veillonella and … Continue reading

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Baby’s First Breath Triggers Life-Saving Changes in the Brain

A baby’s first breath triggers a signaling system in the brain stem that helps support early breathing. The findings shed light on how problems with this neuropeptide system can increase the risk of SIDS. There are few moments in life … Continue reading

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Babies are able to Think Logically before they can even Learn to Speak

Babies might be more knowledgeable than adults give them credit for. For example, a new study claims that while some babies aren’t able to speak during the early years, that doesn’t mean they aren’t able to think — in fact, … Continue reading

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Babies kicking in the womb are creating a map of their bodies

The kicks a mother feels from her unborn child may allow the baby to ‘map’ their own body and enable them to eventually explore their surroundings, suggests new research led by UCL in collaboration with UCLH. For the study, published … Continue reading

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Babies Feel Pain More Intensely Than Adults

It may seem crazy, but until very recently most doctors were trained to believe babies don’t feel pain — or at least not as much as adults do — with the rationalization that their nervous systems weren’t fully developed. Under … Continue reading

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Babies can learn that hard work pays off

Study finds infants try harder after seeing adults struggle to achieve a goal. A new study from MIT reveals that babies as young as 15 months can learn to follow this advice. The researchers found that babies who watched an … Continue reading

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The neurodevelopmental precursors of altruistic behavior in infancy

Altruistic behavior is considered a key feature of the human cooperative makeup, with deep ontogenetic roots. The tendency to engage in altruistic behavior varies between individuals and has been linked to differences in responding to fearful faces. The current study tests the hypothesis … Continue reading

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Babies would rather talk to other babies than you

We know that babies prefer the high-pitched sounds produced by their caregivers in “baby talk” over regular speech, but a new study provides an exciting new perspective. At five months of age, it seems that babies prefer to listen to … Continue reading

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A glimpse into the workings of the baby brain

In adults, certain regions of the brain’s visual cortex respond preferentially to specific types of input, such as faces or objects — but how and when those preferences arise has long puzzled neuroscientists. One way to help answer that question … Continue reading

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Neuroscience: Mum’s bacteria linked to baby’s behaviour

Infection during pregnancy increases the risk of neurodevelopmental isorders, such as autism, in offspring. Mouse studies now reveal a link between gut bacteria and typical brain-circuit connections. Animal studies and epidemiological analysis in humans have shown that if a mother is infected by certain … Continue reading

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