8 Surprising Facts About Baby (psst….they have more bones than us)

May 28th, 2017

They Can’t Taste Salt Although babies are born with a well-developed sense of taste, they cannot taste salt. Studies have shown that babies can’t taste salt until they are about four months old. Babies can taste other flavors as well as adults can, especially, bitter, sweet, and sour flavors (as shown by all the “baby tastes lemon” videos out there.) Maybe even better: some studies indicate that babies actually have more taste buds than adults. They Cry But Don’t Shed Tears Now anyone who has had a baby knows that newborns cry an awful lot, but they can’t shed tears: they don’t have functional tear ducts until they are between three and twelve weeks old. (They can, however, produce “basal tears,” the nonemotional tears we produce constantly to keep our eyes moist.) They Have No Kneecaps Well…sort of. In a baby’s leg X-ray, you likely won’t see anything where the kneecaps should be, of if you do, it will just be small smudgy spots. Kneecaps take an especially long time to form (from three to five years) and because cartilage doesn’t show up on X-rays, babies appear to have no kneecaps. That lack of hard kneecaps is a good thing really, because the spongy tissue serves to absorb some of the abuse toddlers take during their crawling months and from their frequent falls. They Have More Bones Than Adults  A lot more: about 300, compared to adults paltry 206. The reason is related to why they lack real kneecaps: some of a baby’s separate bones fuse together into single bones as they ossify in the months and years after birth. Example: the skull starts off as several separate bones that fuse together into one large bone by about the age of two.Bab Can Menstruate Baby girls Can Menstruate While still in […]

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