What helps babys brain development?
not happen until after birth."
The early years are critical for later life. For years, scientists have known that what happens--or doesn?t happen--during the first few years makes a big difference in a child?s later life. Babies who do not get enough love and attention in infancy are less likely to be well-adjusted adults.
Scientists recently have learned even more about how important the early years can be. Thanks to new technologies, we now have a much clearer idea of how the brain functions at birth. And we?ve found out that the brain goes through some dramatic changes even after birth.
Wiring the Brain
A baby is born with more than 100 billion brain cells. Some of these cells are already connected to other cells at birth. These connections regulate the heartbeat and breathing, control reflexes, and regulate other functions needed to survive.
But much of the brain?s wiring does not happen until after birth. In the first months and yea ...more