Amazing Facts about a Child's Brain - Things that Most Parents Never Knew!
By Andrew Loh
The human brain is a super efficient and highly refined organ that
defies everyone's imagination. It is a mysterious organ that poses
serious learning challenges to scientists and child experts. In this
article, you can find tens of facts about child brain including its
formation, working mode, patterns of learning, and its anatomy, mode of
control and acquisition of various cognitive skills.
#1 The normal weight human brain is about three pounds.
#2 Infants have a
brain that contains more than 100 billion neuron cells as soon he takes
his birth. At birth, all cells are priory connected with one another and
this marvelous sewing is known as “brain wiring.”
#3 The rudimentary
brain already knows perform things right away and at a young age. The
brain is equipped with ability to perform most basic functions like
breathing and feeding.
#4 Many cells would nit connect with each
other until at a later stage although more than 90 percent of wiring is
over by the age of five.
#5 Before the age of three, the baby makes
more connections than it needs. The overflow of brain cells has been
equated with a garden where the gardener manages seeds, plants them,
removes unnecessary and weak seedlings and replaces them with new ones.
S growing baby is smart enough to enough which brain neuron circuit
works the best and which does not.
#6 No two brains are alike. All
brains are different. The type of connections that babies make depends
on the prior experiences. A deaf baby may not make connections that
relate to listening. Similarly, a baby that can hear voices and sounds
will always makes connections that relate to talking, communication and
#7 The type and kind of care that the baby receive in its
early life would decide the formation of neuron network. If you keep on
talking to your baby, then the baby brain works towards creating a
network that relates to language and linguistics. Emotional connections
are made when you soothe your baby when it cries. In other words, early
experiences play a vital role.
#8 More than sixty percent of energy
consumed by the baby is spent towards brain development.
#9 The period up to three years is considered to be the peak time for brain
#10 Babies usually follow the actions of their parents
like pointing, making faces, smiling and gazing based on the process of
#11 Brain grows at an amazing speed! If baby's body were
to grow at similar speed, it would weigh as many as 170 pounds as soon
as first month is reached.
#12 By the age three, there would be more
than 1000 trillion connections between different neurons.
#13 There are more than 100,000 miles of blood vessels inside a grown baby brain.
#14 Neurons inside the brain grow at the rate of 250,000 neurons per
minute during child birth.
#15 The brain stops growing at age eighteen.
#16 New neurons continue to develop throughout the life.
#17 Reading aloud to your children is known to promote and boost child
#18 Even emotions are developed when the baby is exposed
to an environment that is affable to the baby.
#19 The sense of touch is the first basic sense to develop while the baby
is still inside the womb.
#20 If your baby's brain looses blood for 10 seconds, it will
#21 Fully developed baby brain can produce up to
20 watts of power that is just enough to light up a small light bulb.
#22 Children who learn two or more languages at age five are more likely
to perform very well in their professional career. Human brain is known
to possess certain brain channels that can absorb syllables and words faster.
#23 Baby brain is rubbery and elastic. Parents can mould it
to certain extent. Love, affection, early reading, singling, talking,
holding and cuddling are some of the activities that can help brain
#24 Babies are known to learn at a furious pace in
the first three or four months. They learn to articulate and express
their emotions be them crying, cooing, laughing, talking or clasping
hands. Babbling is the most common form of expression. It is also a
method of fine tuning several useful motor skills.
#25 Baby brain need help and assistance to learn and master several skills and to calm
down too! To perform these essential functions, the baby uses the lower
end of the brain or the brains tock.
Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College
By Sam Wang, Ph.D and Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D
How children think is one of the most enduring mysteries-and difficulties-encountered by parents. In an
effort to raise our children smarter, happier, stronger, and better, parents will try almost anything,
from vitamins to toys to DVDs. But how can we tell marketing from real science? And what really goes
through your kid's growing mind-as an infant, in school, and during adolescence? Neuroscientists Sandra
Aamodt and Sam Wang (who is also a parent) explain the facets and functions of the developing brain,
discussing salient subjects such as sleep problems, language learning, gender differences, and autism.
They dispel common myths about important subjects such as the value of educational videos for babies, the
meaning of ADHD in the classroom, and the best predictor of academic success (hint: It's not IQ ). Most of
all, this book helps you know when to worry, how to respond, and, most important, when to relax. Welcome to
Your Child's Brain upends myths and misinformation with practical advice, surprising revelations, and real,
reliable science. It's essential reading for parents of children of any age, from infancy well into their teens.