9 amazing facts about newborns that you did not know about!
A newborn child is considered to be one month old. This month is a kind of transitional period from the intrauterine existence of the fetus to life in the world of people. The kid has not yet got rid of many innate reflexes, sees badly, almost does not blink and is not at all adapted to the new conditions. He exists only in close connection with the mother and depends entirely on her. During this period, the child has many interesting features that he will lose as he grows up.
Newborns cry without tears. This is due to a narrowing or less frequent blockage of the lacrimal glands. Instead of the usual weeping, the crumb loudly screams, expressing anxiety, pain, hunger or discomfort. Scientists have proved that during crying, the baby copies the intonation and accent of the mother, overheard by them in the womb. This is indicated by the results of a scientific study in which 60 children with their parents were involved: 30 speaking French and the same in German. It was found that babies of French women cry with increasing intonation, which is typical for the French language, and children of German women – with the descending, which is typical of German.
In the skeleton of an infant, there are more than 300 bones, while the skeleton of an adult is only 206. However, it is easy enough to explain that some of the bones of a newborn grow together in the course of strengthening and growth.
The kid, unlike adults, can breathe and swallow at the same time. This he is like animals. This amazing ability of the crumb uses up to about 9 months, while the formation and complication of the articulatory apparatus and the lowering of the larynx occur downwards.
Another amazing property, characteristic of infant breathing, is that children breathe several times more often than adults. For comparison: the frequency of breathing adult – about 20 times a minute, the baby at the age of the year – 33 – 36 times, the baby – from 30 to 45 times per minute.
In addition, newborns do not know how to breathe through the mouth. They will learn such a necessary skill only with the first stuffiness of the nose: during a cold or allergy.
The size of children’s eyes remains unchanged for life. That’s why the baby’s eyes seem so huge and deep. But the nose and ears have the ability to grow all their lives. In addition, it is surprising that every child, with rare exceptions, is born with a gray or blue iris. This is due to a temporary lack of pigment called melanin. Already in the process of growing up, the color of the eyes acquires a constant shade, this occurs about half a year. (Why does the color of the eyes change in newborns?)