Be You, Be Amazing

What part of a baby grows first? How does it know to begin growing? How does it know to direct the growth of its body and coordinate that growth in order of importance?

The Nervous System

The nervous system is the master system of the body. It communicates with every cell in our body. Your body doesn’t respond unless it tells your body to; this includes healing. New taste buds develop every 5-7 days, a new liver every 4-6 weeks, and a new skeleton approximately every 7 years. All old cells eventually die off and are replaced by new, healthy cells. So our systems need to communicate with our bodies without interference.

Your five senses take in what life has to offer, good or bad. You see your child take their first steps, you smell when the baby’s diaper is dirty, you taste the first cookie your child has made with you, you touch your newborn for the first time, you hear your child’s laughter. Your nervous system takes in all of this information and then processes it, and you express yourself by smiling, wrinkling your nose, laughing or crying. Your brain controls your entire human existence. You, and your family, literally live your life through your nervous system.

Many of you have probably never consciously thought about this. Your heart, lungs, kidneys, muscles, immune system, are all important, right? Even though they all are vital, the nervous system controls and coordinates all of them.

So who looks after your nervous system? Who looks after your child’s? How important do you think it is that as your child is growing and developing, that their system is functioning at 100%? How well is your child’s system working? Is that something you want to guess?

Don’t worry; I won’t leave you hanging! Be healthy!

Dr. Becky