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DHA & EPA: If you mean better brain development in a baby, you need plenty of dha (an essential fatty acid that's a component of fish oil, along with epa). It's also needed for healthy brain maintenance in adults. Your body can make dha from flax and blue-green algae, but not very efficiently. Calamarine supplements (from tiny squid) are another option. Epa is important also, especially vs. Inflammation. ...Read more
Classical: Classical music has a more complex musical structure. Babies as young as 3 mos. Can pick out that structure & recognize classical music selections they have heard before. Researchers think the complexity of classical music is what primes the brain to solve spatial problems more quickly. Listening to classical music may have different effects on the brain than listening to other types of music. ...Read more
A + for learning: If the social interactions are positive and reciprocal ( give-and-take) and the other social partner knows how to recognize what the child has mastered and what he's ready to master, the child is encouraged to learn. Building on experiences enriches a child's learning, so being exposed to new, positive experiences is a plus. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I heard that drinking a lot as an adolescent will damage brain development. What about just moderate drinking?
The definition of : "moderate" alcohol consumption is very variable & its effects depend on genetic influences, gender, age at initiation, & pattern of drinking. A "binge", 4 drinks for a female, 5 for a male, is most harmful, as increased degree &/or frequency of hangovers &/or withdrawal predict worse scores on tests of visuospatial processing, sustained attention, learning & memory, working memory, & planning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Latest findings on when brain development--especially executive skills--is thought to be complete in most young adults?
see below: Most studies indicate by age 25 or 26, in males, the final frontal lobe development is in place, especially orbital frontal areas. Does occur a few years earlier in females. ...Read more
I started drinking somewhat heavily when I was 15. I have quitted it now. I feel like brain development was stunted. Am I stuck like this forever?
I heard classical music is good for baby's brain development; how will i know if this actually works.How can I make her attentive to the music playing?
Don't try: Your purpose is providing developmentally appropriate stimulation for your child is not to make the child do something, but to provide a playful situation in which the child has the opportunity for learning and experiencing novel or pleasing activities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Every fetus has a : genetic potential for IQ & adaptive skills that is modified by biological & environmental factors before & after birth. Kids of high-school drop-outs have a 7 times higher incidence of Intellectual Disability than those whose moms graduated. Read, talk, play & have family meals from infancy on up. Don't allow TV/videos or other screen time till age 2, then limit total screen time to 2 hours/day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brain development: Sleep is important for brain development in children and adults. In children who do not sleep well it is could be a sign of a problem and discussed with your pediatrician to make sure there are no physical or environmental or behavioral problems. The brain is fortunately very plastic especially in kids. ...Read more
Why is it better to learn instruments at a younger age? Does it have something to do with brain development?
Early learning: At a younger age the brain is more actively creating new connections and associations than in older life. For older persons, what occurs is modifications of already established wiring of the brain. ...Read more
I heard classical music is good for baby's brain development. Won't he be bored by the music. How can I make her sure she is listening to the music?
Music: Why would you think a child would be bored listening to music? Everyone has a different experience in hearing or listening to music. Thinking is influenced by sensory experience in ways that are hard to quantify, but many neuropsychologists have found that the brainwave patterns exhibited with some classical music are associated with complex organization and learning patterns. Complex topic! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I had used alcohol during important brain development stages and maybe stunted brain growth, is catch up possible by quitting drinking completely?
Unknown: Rapid changes in size & number of nerve cells occur during early pregnancy & the germ targets developing cells. They kill them & the brain does not grow.Without brain mass the skull doesn't enlarge as fast =microcephaly. Many adults & older kids have few if any symptoms with zika. It is likely that toddlers could be more susceptible since their brain is still growing but we have little info yet ...Read more
What are ways in which i can help stimulate my babys brain development; like games and toys. She is 10 months. ?
Baby deveopment: Even young children benefit from your reading to them. Exposure to music, lots of visual stimulation and games, especially ones that require interaction with you. Toys such as blocks and shapes encourage children to develop familiarity and visual spatial activities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely: Most minor skull abnormaltiies have nothing to do with the brain underneath. Sometimes, an abnormal brain will cause the skull to develop abnormally. Also, some blood disorders cause abnormal growth of the forehead; if this were your nephew's case, sometimes the blood disorder can cause abnormal brain development. Ask his pediatrician to be sure. ...Read more
Is an average sleeping spo2 of 92% acceptable for an infant's brain development? Is there an optimal spo2 range for brain development?
92% is fine!: Over 90% is just fine so don't worry. Do discuss your concerns about your baby w/ the pediatrician. Premmies do raise parents anxiety, but try to do the hard task of finding the just right spot of care/comfort. When you ask for and get good info from the Dr. use it to do the right stuff and relax. I wish you all well! ...Read more
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