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Stress

Hypothalamus

Regulates various bodily functions and hormone production

May grow more slowly in stressed than in nonstressed infants

Abuse (form of chronic stress)

Potential long-term effects on a child’s emotional development

High levels of stress hormones indicative of emotional impairment

Excessive stress in infants must be prevented

Stress can be avoided by:

providing new mothers with help and emotional support

involving new fathers in the care of the infant

strengthening the relationship between mother and father

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