What do babies do when their senses are overwhelmed or overstimulated? Do they shut down immediately and sleep ....OR do they cry and is hard to coax to sleep OR.....?
December 6, 2007 1:30 PM Subscribe
What do babies do when their senses are overwhelmed or overstimulated? Do they shut down immediately and sleep ....OR do they cry and is hard to coax to sleep OR....?????
posted by cluelessguru to Science & Nature (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have read conflicting accounts of what babies do when they are overstimulated. I don't know if it depends on individual babies or the age of the babies or what.
For example, here are some of what I have found so far:
'Babies experience new situations 24 hours a day.'......"Stress reduces the child's ability to learn."" ...."..."Child-development researchers have found that even babies signal a desire to retreat from contact when they're overstimulated -- by squirming or turning away from their caregivers." ...."when babies are in a deep phase of sleep all sensory stimulation is muffled."
(Source: Mostly from Factiva)
"My advice is to research and use "vestibular stimulation" on your baby. Basically, your vestibular system tells you where you are in space. It consists of several tiny sacks filled with liquid in your inner ear. There are lots of tiny hairs inside these sacks, and whenever you move around, it detects the motion of the liquid.
You experience the results of this system every time you get carsick or airsick. When it's overstimulated, people tend to get nauseous. However, babies don't get sick when their vestibular system is overstimulated. In fact, they love it. They become either very excited or mesmerized, and then after a while they just fall asleep."
I am confused.
Please try to back up your answers with scientific research , if possible.
Thanks a million.