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Title: How Can I Make My Younger Sibling Stop Crying?
Authors: Truzzi, Anna
Esposito, Gianluca
Coppola, Keegan B.
Keywords: Infant calming response
Infant physiology
Issue Date: 2016
Source: Esposito, G., Coppola, K. B. & Truzzi, A. (2016). How Can I Make My Younger Sibling Stop Crying? Frontiers for Young Minds, 4, 28-.
Series/Report no.: Frontiers for Young Minds
Abstract: When a baby will not stop crying, it can be frustrating. One well-known trick parents use is holding the child and walking around for a while. We are just now finding out why this trick works. It has to do with what happens in two different parts of the brain: the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) and the cerebellum. The PNS is the brain’s relaxation command center. When babies are carried, the PNS relaxes their bodies (by dropping the heart rate), which gradually calms them down and stops their crying. Also, carrying triggers the cerebellum, which controls movement and makes the babies physically adjust, for example, by bending their legs to the person carrying them. Understanding how the brain works will teach us how to better soothe babies. In turn, the people taking care of the babies will be more relaxed, which will improve health, happiness, and parent-child relationships.
Rights: © 2016 Esposito, Coppola and Truzzi. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
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