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The First Social Action of Life is the Newborn's First Cries-1

I don't think I know anyone who is not moved by the cries of a baby. Any adult hearing a baby cry probably will not be able to ignore those precious sounds.

Most people will come to focus toward the origin of the cries, if not begin to act upon it. This reaction and action may be especially strong for females, and all the more strong if that female had given birth sometime in the past.

Life's First Breaths

A newborn's first cries are the child's first attempts to state his/her position in life, and his/her first efforts at communication. When a child passes through the birth canal and is thrown into the tumultuous storm of delivery, the baby's first cries are the first social behavior that is shown to the world.

It is indeed dark inside the womb, and the baby sleeps calmly in the warm fluid within the mother's uterine walls, but with the beginning of labor, there is an enormous amount of pressure put on the baby. The storm-like shock will give some trauma to the baby, and the separation from the mother will also be anxiety-provoking for the little one. Thus, we can consider the first cries coming from the baby as very important steps to letting the world know of the baby's arrival, as well as the difficulty of separating from the mother.

It is not possible for the child to survive if s/he cannot take his/her first breaths and cry out to announce his/her arrival.

The baby's cry that is so vital to his/her existence is the start of his/her development of communication skills. First there is the cry, then as the child develops, the range of words and phrases begin to increase, from cooing, to complete sentences. The communication with words is unique to humans, if we compare humans to other mammals.

Now, how is this very important first social behavior, of crying, developed?

The mechanics of it is that the baby breathes in deeply, the air develops as it travels through the lung to the wind pipes and is projected. Thus, the development of organs is also important for the development of communication for the baby.

Kobayashi, Noboru (1981). "Jinsei de Hajimete no Shakai Kodo wa Ubugoe - 1"(written in Japanese). Tokyo: Child Research Net. Retrieved March 4, 2003, from the World Wide Web
http://www.crn.or.jp/LIBRARY/KOBY/MIRAI/cbs0100.html
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