Development of Children / Interaction of Mother and Child


Social environments formed between both babies and mothers continue to wield lasting impact over infants' development through the interaction of genetic factors and the environments. Mothers' innate predisposition and breeding will greatly affect babies' growth. Attachment theory, which was proposed by Bowlby is recognized as a model of social-emotional development in a mother-and-child relationship. Babies react to surrounding environment initially by development of senses of smell, taste and touch and a motor function. However, their emotional capacity will be significantly developed by around eight weeks after their birth and they will unconsciously start communicating between mother and baby face, voice, gesture by staring to each other. Mother's face and appearance filled with affection give her baby a sense of security. They create a force to confront new emotional and physical environments by doing so. An emotional exchange to each other will form an attachment firmly. Development of the human brain after birth two years is remarkable and the right brain particularly is noticeable to make a significant growth with the formation of attachment through emotional exchanges. The right brain has a communicative advantage over the endocrine system, immune system, autonomic nervous system, and a cardiovascular function indispensable to the purpose of sustaining life. Such interactions filled with affection between baby and mother become intimately involved with mental and physical functions in adulthood as well as the development of baby's heart. In addition, when a baby grows up to be a mother, the mother firstly communicates with her baby using the right brain developed based on the attachment formed between her and her mother when she was a baby. (Pediatrics in Review Vol.26No.6 2005)

Considering the importance of interaction filled with affection between such a child and mother, our clinic emphasizes not only medical care of but also health care of mothers, pregnant women and the ones expecting pregnancy.