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Mothers across the world seem to respond to their infants crying in similar ways, according to a new study, suggesting that some instincts may be hard-wired into the brains of new moms. The findings may help answer many new parent questions and help guide research to prevent child neglect and abuse.”
Many mothers, and fathers, are concerned about what to do when an infant cries,” lead study author Dr. Marc H. Bornstein said in an email to ABC News. “This is a common question posed to pediatricians.”
The researchers studied five common responses performed by parents. As it turned out, new mothers in the study tended to respond to their babies in distinctively similar ways, regardless of where they lived, according to lead researchers at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The most common responses among the 684 mothers from 11 different countries, in the first five seconds of infant crying, were to lift up, hold and talk to their babies. And these techniques appeared to work.
The fact that mothers’ responses were common across cultures led Bornstein and his team to hypothesize that the behaviors were not taught, but were embedded within the brains of new mothers.