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Love your kids: Brain Scans Show The Real Impact Neglect Has On A Child's Brain

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You comfort them over a skinned knee in the playground, and coax them to sleep with a soothing lullaby. But being a nurturing mother is not just about emotional care - it pays dividends by determining the size of your child's brain, scientists say.

Shocking: According to neurologists the sizable difference
between these two brains has one primary cause - the way
were treated by their mothers. Image: 

Both of these images are brain scans of a two three-year-old children, but the brain on the left is considerably larger, has fewer spots and less dark areas, compared to the one on the right.

According to neurologists this sizable difference has one primary cause - the way each child was treated by their mothers.

But the child with the shrunken brain was the victim of severe neglect and abuse.

Babies' brains grow and develop as they interact with their environment and learn how to function within it.

When babies' cries bring food or comfort, they are strengthening the neuronal pathways that help them learn how to get their needs met, both physically and emotionally. But babies who do not get responses to their cries, and babies whose cries are met with abuse, learn different lessons.

The neuronal pathways that are developed and strengthened under negative conditions prepare children to cope in that negative environment, and their ability to respond to nurturing and kindness may be impaired.

, the brain on the right in the image above worryingly lacks some of the most fundamental areas present in the image on the left.



story | by Dr. Radut