Why do babies put everything in their mouths?

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Marie-Ange Demory
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For a newborn, putting whatever passes through their hands into their mouth is an innate gesture.



 

  • This is demonstrated by a study conducted by Del Paesena Angela Sirigu, of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences of Bron, in France.
  • A previous study had found that in monkeys there is a nervous circuit dedicated to the movement of raising the hand and bringing it to the mouth.

     

  • So the researcher wanted to understand if there is a similar circuit also in humans.
  • According to reports from the British weekly New Scientist, Sirigu studied the brains of 26 subjects who had to undergo surgery for other reasons and given that, stimulating a neural area corresponding to that of monkeys (precentral sensorimotor gyrus), the patients unconsciously raised their arm and opened their mouths.

     


    If this action were not 'programmed' at birth in the brain, it could not be induced in all subjects simply by stimulating a single neural area that is the same for all.

     

    Read also: THE IRRESISTIBLE SCENT OF BABIES, FOR MOMS, IT IS INEBRIANT AND ANTISTRESS

     

    and THE BABY ALWAYS WANTS TO BE IN THE ARM

     

    It is therefore more than probable that even in the human brain, as in the animal one, there are areas that develop very early in the uterus as a probable vestige of some capacity, no longer in existence, to get food for themselves as soon as they are born.

     

    Read on mammenellarete the stories of mothers in the section the first year with the baby


     

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    • brain study of newborns
    • creativity and children
    • newborn 0-3 months
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