Aug 16, The newborn senses: What does your baby feel, see, hear, smell, and taste?

The newborn senses: What does your baby feel, see, hear, smell, and taste? © 2017 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Some self-appointed experts have taken a dangerously dim view of newborn babies. Until the late 20th century, many medical authorities actually denied that newborns can feel pain (Rodkey and Ridell 2013). Thankfully, modern science has debunked that notion, and shed light on the newborn senses. What is it like to be a newborn? What do they notice about the world, and how does sensory information influence their development? Here is an evidenced-based look at your baby's sense of touch, sight, sound, smell, and taste. The newborn sense of touch Babies experience touch long before they are born. As they wiggle and kick, they often touch themselves, events that may help their brains learn about the connection between touch and the internal sensations it causes. Babies also experience touch from the outside. If a pregnant woman rubs her belly, her fetus ..
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