Affection Becomes Nutrition - Part2

Children who are raised in an environment where the fear is so great, it is visible in their eyes, do not develop.

I would like to continue with my article for Part 1 on this topic.

So, what does this mean? It has been long known that abandoned children do not develop within normal limits. No matter how sufficient the nutritional intake of these children, without the love and affection of their mothers, these children have difficulty developing well, and often fall ill.

Historically, many orphanages were converted to pediatric wards. Thus, in one sense, this topic has always been around, for these abandoned children, we could say, gave us the roots of pediatrics. The study mentioned in my previous article, demonstrates very neatly and concisely the correlation between children's development and the role of affection by caregivers.

I wonder why children who are not fortunate enough to receive maternal affection and nurturance do not develop well. These children's nutritional needs are often met sufficiently and the gears should be set into motion, where ultimately, the hormones are triggered to foster development.

For example, growth hormones are not always being released into the blood stream, but are spurted out when one's blood sugar level drops or when entering into sleep. Thus, when children have peaceful lifestyles, and are able to have a stable rhythm to their daily life, the hormones should also be secreted in a stable, rhythmical manner.

When the child is not surrounded by love and affection, the child's weight does not increase, and the child stops growing. Further, when the child begins to exhibit behavioral symptoms and difficulties, such as sleeping disorders, we call this "deprivation syndrome".

Those children who have to live fearing their caregiver are unable to have a stable lifestyle, and their rhythms for daily routines cannot even be established, often leading to a dysfunction of their sleeping patterns as well. This, then unfortunately leads to a dysfunction in hormone secretion, which in turn, causes the slowing or halting of the child's growth.

Kobayashi, Noboru (1981). "Aijo mo Eiyo to naru - 2"(written in Japanese). Tokyo: Child Research Net. Retrieved March 4, 2003, from the World Wide Web
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