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April 25th, 2010, 06:14 AM
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Baby's first smiles give mom's brain a buzz - Kids and parenting- msnbc.com
this is kjnd of old research, but as DH isn`t too enthusiastic to take Jasmin for longer than 10 minutes, I thought maybe men don`t have the corresponding brain circuits activated when baby smiles?
My husband is very supportive and also quite modern, but he claims women have much better hormones for caring for babies. In this case, it would be appropriate to claim that women might do a better baby care than men!? As far as I know they also did studies on how babies react to faces, so babies can feel the emotion of mom and dad and also wether mom and dad are happy or not. In biology, men and women don`t have always the same capacities, it seems.
I`ll search for the study on crying and cortisol, they said it depends on the person`s empathy whether baby has rising cortisol or not when crying...

So here is something on CIO Crying babies risk brain damage: Has Nature gone mad? Or is Dr Leach whose mind is slipping? | Sistema Limbico it seems still controversial how controlled crying may effect the development of babies

Edit: Sorry, I just can`t find the study on empathy and cortisol during baby crying, it was an older paper. I assume it`s difficult to find out which levels of cortisol are neurotoxic when it comes to babies and crying. Apart from that the pure psychological effect cannot directly be measured. I can imagine that the development of the amygdala can be different depending on the environment. Also, genetics might play a role.
There is one theory on SIDS by psychologist Arno Gruen, which claims SIDS can be provoked when the mother latently dislikes her baby ( which might have to do with the underestimated role of motherhood in our society)
personal note: as it needs basic brain research to show that women might be superior in caring for baby and how important it is??!! Otherwise a men- dominated society assumes men are superior at anything? OK, today is not my best day, but I still see the role of mothers underestimated

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hmmm interesting information.
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thanks for the information
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Also, they found different patterns of cortisol in children of day care center, but they don`t know the implications of this
How daycare centers change the stress response system (and what we can do)
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That is interesting about the daycare
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There is one theory on SIDS by psychologist Arno Gruen, which claims SIDS can be provoked when the mother latently dislikes her baby ( which might have to do with the underestimated role of motherhood in our society)
What a load of bull this is. I'm sorry but I personally know many parents who have lost their babies to SIDS and I can GUARANTEE that none of them disliked their baby, latently or otherwise. I'm willing to bet that Arno Gruen is the only person to ever "claim" anything like that.
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What a load of bull this is. I'm sorry but I personally know many parents who have lost their babies to SIDS and I can GUARANTEE that none of them disliked their baby, latently or otherwise. I'm willing to bet that Arno Gruen is the only person to ever "claim" anything like that.
I doubt his theory too. I also know parents who lost their child to SIDS.
Yesterday I had a short discussion on SIDS with DH about the Serotonin thesis, and he said that the Serotonin might be different due to SIDS and not vice versa.
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April 26th, 2010, 07:22 AM
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The theory of Arno Gruen and SIDS reminds me of the theory of the cold mother and autism
Refrigerator mother - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
( Oh, Until now I haven`t known a cold mom is also named Refrigerator Mother in English ) -
now it`s the MMR or not
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