Developmental delay in “Covid babies”?

Developmental delay in “Covid babies”?

Several studies suggest that babies born during the pandemic are less able to respond to sets of cognitive tests than babies born before the pandemic. But this is not irreversible.

Zoonar.com/NATALIIA ZHEKOVA

The National Institutes of Health in the United States has followed infants for two years. The researchers studied the motor development of babies born during the pandemic or the evolution of their language and compared them to those born before the pandemic. Results ? They found developmental delays in children born during the Covid period.

Blame it on the virus? Rest assured, no. But rather to health measures related to the virus. Thus, confinements have disrupted the environment and social places of babies. Fewer visits, no crèche, fewer people, adults or infants, to interact with, not to mention the stress for some parents has meant that motor skills and communication are slower in Covid babies.

Stress

But it is not irreversible. This delay will be caught up by the babies. Their brain has such plasticity that they will jump on anything that stimulates them to discover and learn things. The equation is simple: the more interactions, the more stimulation, the faster the infant learns. However, the Covid period prevented this.

Another study highlights the impact of stress on parents. By comparing the brains of infants whose mothers said they were very stressed by the pandemic, and babies whose mothers said they were not particularly affected by this period, researchers found that the area of ​​the brain related to the emotion (the amygdala) was different from one to the other. In short, babies whose mothers were stressed are more emotional and less easy to calm than others. Their mother’s stress logically carried over to them.

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