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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 listening.

#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 development.

#10 Babies usually follow the actions of their parents like pointing, making faces, smiling and gazing based on the process of repetition.

#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 development.

#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 become unconscious.

#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 develop faster.

#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.

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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.

 

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