Recent clinical research study shows that babies not only hears his mom, but may understand her and is already learning language from her, in fact, she is giving her baby a foundation for language development.

The new research suggests that babies began to absorb language when they are inside the womb during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy which is earlier than previously held. Newborns can actually tell the difference between their mother’s native tongue and foreign languages just hours after they are born.

Scientists used a high-tech pacifier that was connected to a computer that measured infants’ reactions to sounds. The study included 80 infants who were, on average, about 30 hours old. They listened to vowel sounds in their native language and a foreign tongue while sucking on the pacifier.  Vowels are the loudest units in speech. The number of times they suck on the pacifier indicates which vowel sounds attracted their attention. Babies sucked longer for foreign languages than their native tongue in both countries, the study showed.

Their findings appear in the journal Acta Paediatrica.

FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT

Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 100 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.

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