A mom who comforts the baby when he is in pain not only causes mental reaction in a child but much more, according to a recent study.
The research team of scientists at New York University School of Medicine for the first time has shown that short-term impact of the mom’s presence has on the brain of the baby.
When a baby is in pain, “the presence of the mom is an important parameter,” according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, held this week in Washington.
American scientists have conducted tests on mice which were given mild electric shocks. They found that in the midst of pain activates hundreds of genes in the part of the brain that controls emotions. If, however, their mom was nearby, that number would be reduced to less out of 100.
The mom, as a powerful symbol of safety and security, not only provides moral consolation.
“Our study has shown that a mom who comforts the baby she is in pain not only causes mental reaction. The act of comforting leads to change – either following tunnel or bad, on neural networks, which are crucial to the early development of the brain,” explained study leader, a neurobiologist Regina Sullivan.
Although a bit cruel to small mice, the experiment could help experts in finding new methods to combat pain in humans.
“Because opiates are too dangerous for babies due to the addictive properties, researchers are challenged to find alternatives among stimuli environments, such as the mom’s presence, which could help in alleviating the pain,” said Sullivan.