What is Infant?

Infant is also known as baby, the word infant is derived from the  infants, meaning “unable to speak” or “speechless”. The baby which born within one hour or 2-3 days or 1 month called as new-born baby. “infant” is typically applied to young children under one year of age. When the infant starts to walk then they called as “toddler”. The average total body length of a new-born is 35.6–50.8 cm and a full-term newborn is approximately 3.4 kg. A newborn’s skin is often greyish to dusky blue in colour, but after taking breathe then the skin colour turns to normal tone. Infant cry means something going wrong such as feelings including hunger, discomfort, overstimulation, boredom, wanting something, or loneliness. Major causes of infant mortality include dehydration, infection, congenital malformation and SIDS.

Facts About Infant

  1. The infant starts learning to talk begins in the womb of mother.
  2. Mother’s voice is your baby’s favourite sound.
  3. About a third of babies are born with a birthmark of some kind.
  4. Most birthmarks are harmless and will disappear but some can be a sign of a condition that needs treatment.
  5. The word “baby” may come from a baby’s babbling, as in “ba-ba-ba-ba.
  6. Children don’t remember much before the age of 3.
  7. 0Newborn babies can only see clearly about 20cm to 30cm (8in to 12in) in front of their faces.
  8. Babies have more bones than adults.
  9. There are just 206 bones in infant body.
  10. Babies have tiny tummies, and need to feed often at first.
  11. Your baby can feel your body smell.
  12. Birth to age 3 has the fastest rate of brain development in the entire human life span.
  13. Babies who receive regular touch have stronger neuronal connections.
  14. A baby cannot taste salt until it is 4 months old.
  15. A baby’s eyes are 75% of their adult size, but its vision is around 20/400.
  16. The length will double by the time the baby grows to adulthood.
  17. The largest number of babies born to a woman is 69.
  18. A baby can recognize the smell and voice of its mother at birth.
  19. A baby is born in the world every three seconds.
  20. Research has shown that cesarean babies are more likely to have breathing difficulties.
  21. At birth, babies have no kneecaps. Kneecaps do not develop completely until after six months.
  22. The brain of a newborn accounts for 10% of its total body weight.
  23. Most newborns will lose all the hair they are born within the first three or four months.
  24. Newborns prefer the cadence of their native language at birth, suggesting that some language learning starts in utero.
  25. A newborn baby has about one cup of blood in its body.