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Will the pandemic leave a lasting mark on baby brains?

Original post made on Mar 14, 2022

Emerging research suggests that some babies and toddlers might be developing differently because of the coronavirus, their formative years having been shaped by the impact of stress, trauma and social isolation.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2022 at 10:05 am

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This has been of concern from the start of the lockdowns, closing playgrounds, preventing children from playing together, children not being in peer groups or even with other children and spending time even quality with only adults has been evident. Children learn from the social pecking order, interaction and squabbles with peers, learning how to take turns, share, waiting, watching, saying sorry and making up after a disagreement, are all life skills that are important. The fact that children may need special therapy now as a result is heartbreaking to me.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2022 at 10:28 am

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Additionally, I came across this article which showed that children are no longer up to kindergarten readiness in things like following instructions, following schedules and absolutely incredible, potty training. Imagine having kindergarteners still in diapers! Web Link

Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 14, 2022 at 10:47 am

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Never forget the impact of distracted caregivers who are not available to the baby or young child becsuse he or she is tethered to the cellphone. These babies are not stimulated and will not thrive.

Posted by Come on!
a resident of another community
on Mar 14, 2022 at 11:00 am

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ALB makes a great point. I think the stress and isolation of the pandemic combined with distracted parents/caregivers will prove to be a bad mix!

Growth mindset research shows that these issues can be ameliorated with early intervention and persistence.

Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 14, 2022 at 11:47 am

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Anyone who doesn't take this seriously is foolish.

Posted by Neal
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 15, 2022 at 6:54 am

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Babies and young children are much more resilient than we give them credit for. The pandemic is a short term issue while bad parenting is forever. Unfortunately, most parents can't accept that they are causing most of the harm.