Why Do Babies Not Catch Yawns Like Adults Do?

14 August 2018, 16:45

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Why do babies not catch yawns like adults do?


Yawning can be infectious and adults often copy each other sub consciously when yawning. Why does this effect not work on babies?

Alana, Chigwell


Name: Dr Ross, Cardiff

Qualifications: GP

Answer: Babies take 6 to 8 weeks to develop the ability to focus and recognise faces and expressions. Once this is developed they begin to mimic expressions and yawns.