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?

Question:

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

Alana, Chigwell

Answer:

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.

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