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It is enraging.  I am enraged too.  We've known since 1970!!!!   

There is basically no social problem that would not be dramatically improved, if not solved, by "primal" / compassionate care of babies.    The problem is the lag between injury  and outcome that lets us ignore it.    The 15 year old bully is not connected (by society) to the baby who was  left in crib all day, that he once was.  

Injuries of infant neglect must be IMAGINED because they are unspoken, and because they take place in a VERY different brain (largely R brain controlled)  than the adult imaginer's.

We ALL know there are certain ages when kittens and puppies are too young to be separated from their mothers.... of course it is the same for humans, but it seems we've forgotten we are animals too.  


I just read this article and I’m really angry. I feel like this ACEs movement is dishonest. I knew the scientists had to know more about child development ... but we don’t do what we should be doing to promote healthy development. 

I also know I’m not crazy here.  How much suffering do we just let go on and on... and for what?  I want to scream at the top of my lungs. 

Carry your baby. Hold your baby tight. Be there for your baby and adolescent.

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Thanks for the Information Laura.  I have never heard of him.  I don't know how we cannot be taking the functional needs for proprioceptive input in infancy seriously in pediatrics.  We are supposedly trying to prevent adverse childhood experiences -- the smooth control of emotions and thoughts comes from the cerebellum.  Early abuse and neglect leaves out the proprioceptive experiences that allows the cerebellum to develop properly.  

I never learned anything about the developmental need that babies have for movement in medical school or pediatrics residency.  

How many children have been harmed because such basic information isn't being shared with parents because pediatric doctors don't know that this is kind of important to share? 

At this point, I am convinced that  Pediatricians do not know the things we should know about child development.  We just have had so much left out of our education and it is incredibly distressing to me.  I learned about Harlow's monkey studies after reading "A General Theory of Love"  after I graduated from Peds Residency.  Crazy. 

Some of us have been talking about the functions of the cerebellum for emotional control in Neurofeedback.  Is there a protocol that can re-regulate the cerebellum to help those of us with effects from early developmental trauma?   Neurofeedback needs to be an important part of medical practice.  

I want to know how can we prevent these developmental deficits in infants in the first place?   If babies need to be carried and rocked.... good grief.... everyone of us who deals with babies needs to know this.  What a simple intervention to prevent emotional problems, cognitive deficits etc (It is becoming more and more likely as I read more and more and put things together - you cannot help but ask,  is this a cause of autism?    It should be studied. I bet it has been studied and as I think of the video of Spitz's Orphans, they are all autistic-like in this videos.   

Lack of swinging movements early in infancy causes problems with cerebellar function and therefore fine tuned emotional control and thinking  just like the lack of visual inputs during critical developmental periods in young kids with untreated strabismus will cause cortical blindness.  

Here is a another great video.  It isn't as directed as Dr. Teicher's but this is important information also.    The most important information comes from the end but it is all good.

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Something else re attachment and violence:  Look up James W Prescott of the NIH in the 1970's.  He decided to find out what childrearing practices correlated with adult mental/social health.  He looked at tribal peoples.  The way he identified "healthy" societies was identifying those with low suicide, low violence, and who did not torture the enemy.

ONE childrearing practice correlated so well to adult health that if a society practiced it, they had about a 90% chance of being a peaceable society:  that practice was *carrying* the babies.   babies were passed around and spent most of their time in arms or worn on the body of a family member.  Carried babies grew up to be mellow adults. 

The second factor was a low key attitude to adolescent sexual activity.  If both those factors were present in a society, it had a 100% chance of being peaceable.

That tells me the need/drive to be carried and held is just as strong as, or stronger than, that of adolescent sexuality-- which is part of the *Prime Directive*.  So, it is VERY strong. 

INTERESTINGLY:  in the peaceable societies, there was both LESS religiosity, and LESS misogyny.  All from CARRYING. 

WHY is carrying so important?  Well, somatosensory awareness (the vestibular system) is the most developed brain system at birth due to proprioception taking place even in utero.  AND the vestibular system is heavily connected to later-forming prefrontal cortex and limbic system.  Going along with those Harlow studies of monkeys, showing they need motion to develop socially--  well, apparently human primates need it too. 

And any parent knows how soothed babies are by motion... bouncing, rocking, being held while mother is walking, etc.  They need it, so getting it is very calming.

What impacts today's level of carrying?   Daycare, car seats, strollers, cribs.  Nutty notions about babies and not spoiling them.  (See Gary Ezzo, to explain all the angry Christians!)

Our kids are growing up in carrying deserts, compared to early peoples.

If a brain does not get enough of the stimulation of carrying it affects the very brain systems of emotions and self control.

Emotional Self Regulation is the key skill imparted by a secure attachment 0-3.  The baby is able to use the mother's self regulation skills, like an external hard drive, until they grow an internal ability to self regulate.  This is external co-regulation.

Lack of self regulation is common to almost every psych diagnosis.  Kids need SO MUCH reinforcement to nail the skill.

I find with the babies I help out with, the best approach when helping them calm down from tantrums is to touch them, or better yet, pick them up (even if they are 'objecting')-- then tell them in a soft voice that I can see they are feeling really, really bad and I am there to help them feel better, and that I am their friend who cares, so even if it takes some time I will keep helping till they DO feel better.   Then I suggest 1-2 things that might be fun to do together "while we wait for Mom" or "while we wait for our turn" or whatever provoked the tantrum.

Generally they are calm inside one minute..... because they HAVE a secure attachment w their Mom and are able to access my offers of comfort.    But the 4 year old still has *very* intense feelings and still needs cues, like  "How about a few deep breaths, will it help you feel calmer?"  "Is there a game we could play?"  "Do you want a story book while we wait?"    

From the posted excerpt above, this is basically part of 'teaching attention-shifting through adult modeling',....

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