Baby Care

Why Newborn Babies Smell So Good


I thought I was the only one that knows this but when I gave birth to my second child, my friend came to the hospital to she asked may I hold your baby, the next thing she said was “oh I’ve missed this new baby smell” she said with her eyes closed and that smile on her face. A study has found that there’s a reason why babies’ natural smell is so heavenly and it’s not only scientific but psychological as well.

 

Host Michael Aranda explains that the newborn baby smell, which lingers for about six weeks after a baby is born, may be due to leftover amniotic fluid as well as vernix caseosa which is the white substance that coats the baby’s skin when they are born. Though it is immediately washed off the skin, traces can hang around for weeks.

 The study concluded that the new baby smell works as a kind of pleasure incentive for new mothers to take care of their babies which could help reduce or balance the exhaustion so that mothers can better take care of their babies.
According to a 2013 study published in the medical journal Frontiers in Psychology, this scent doesn’t only exist, but it may affect certain brain regions of all women, especially with new mothers.

For the study they rounded up 30 women similar in age — half of whom had never given birth and half who welcomed a child within the last six weeks. Isolating the newborn smell on a pair of pajamas taken from babies totally unrelated to any of them, the women underwent brain scans while smelling the sleepwear. Every single one of them showed activity in reward-related areas of the brain.

The study concluded that the new baby smell works as sort of a pleasure incentive for new mothers to take care of their babies — which could offset the exhaustion and promote more maternal care.


Basically, our babies smell so freaking amazing because we subconsciously need them to.

We’re not sure if dads will react this way too, as the study was only conducted on mothers although it’s assumed that the result would be the same for dads too.

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The Dangerous Impact Sugar Could Have On Your Baby’s Brain


Kids have sweet-tooth so they are so in love with sweet things but you shouldn’t indulge them all the time. To parents who often pamper their kids with sweet things, you might want to read this article  so you can be motivated to reduce the amount of sugar your child takes.

A new research published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience says that sugar might have the same impact on a child’s brain as psychological trauma.

Content of the study

Australian and Indian researchers set out at the beginning of their study with a hypothesis: could foods high in sugar and fat assist in regenerating a hippocampus damaged by stress.

The hippocampus is the part of the brain responsible for short- and long-term memories and your sense of direction. And when it is exposed to stress, conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may set in.


The researchers examined newborn rats who had stress-damaged hippocampi due to poor nesting. In order to see if sugar and fat could ‘heal’ this damage, different groups of the rats were exposed to diets containing various amounts of sugar and fats — and the extreme opposite of the researchers’ original hypothesis was shown to be true.

What they discovered was that sugar (as well as stress) reduced the re-growth of damaged brain cells in the hippocampus by more than 40%, also affecting the ability to learn new things.

What this means is that, consuming too much sugar may result in serious psychiatric issues, similar to those caused by extreme stress.

And even though this study was conducted on rats, the authors caution that “if similar effects occur in humans, early life adversity and high sugar diet may independently increase the risk for psychopathology later in life.”

It was also noted that “limiting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages across the community may be an effective way to curtail the burden of psychiatric disorders.”

So yeah the study was conducted on rats but would you risk it when there’s a way around it? Simply treating your children to sweet things on rare occasions will do.

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