Why baby's smile is important for growth and health?
Is there anyone who doesn’t like to see a baby smiling? Their smiles filled with innocence and overloaded with cuteness attract everyone.
Newborns smile unknowingly during sleep or soon after they are born. But babies start smiling as an intentional gesture to the people around them, since they are about two months old. This is known as ‘Social Smile’.
For parents, social smile of the baby is emotionally very important. It is a gesture of love and bonding between the parent and the baby. However, social smile is also an important milestone in its growth and mind development.
It is a sign of the normal development of vision and nervous system. Also the little smile is way the baby communicates with the world.
If social smile does not appear even when the baby is three months old, it could be a sign of insufficient development of brain and nervous system.
There are many other factors that influence and determine the growth and development of the baby. However, the baby’s smile is significant.
When social smile is delayed for more than three months, parents should consult a paediatrician.
All cases cannot be indicators of health issues. Slight variations are likely in some babies, especially prematurely born ones.
Consulting the doctor is important because both the smile and health of the baby are important.
(Source of information: Dr. Sunil P. K., Junior Consultant, Paediatric Section, State Health Department)