Baby Has 100,000 Taste Buds, Can Mothers Control Them?

Summer Ma
Summer Ma
General Practitioner of Wellem Pediatrics
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The Mystery of the Baby's Tongue

Taste is an essential part of the diet. We believe that a pleasant taste can fuel our appetite. If you taste withered or astringent, we will consider whether the food is poisonous. The two sides of the taste depend on many small taste detectors on our tongue. They are taste buds on the surface of the tongue. The baby has 100,000 taste buds, which is reduced to about 3,000 when the child is around 8 years old. When food comes into contact with the tongue, smaller small molecules such as sugar and salt dissolve in the saliva and flow to the taste buds. The cells on the taste bud then probe them and pass the resulting signal to the taste center in the brain. Our sense of taste, smell and the feeling of food texture, hot and cold, etc., make us an evaluation of the taste.

The tongue is one of the most powerful muscles in our body, and the tongue has gained a lot of exercise during our childhood. Children will play with their tongues, sticking out their tongues and playing with their tongues. In the process of eating, the tongue and nose will give the baby some information that determines whether they want to eat a particular food. This information is determined by five tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and fresh. There are some genetic factors that influence what we think are better foods and what we think are not good foods. In fact, the appetite and taste preferences of the child can be cultivated. We can guide the child's taste buds to like certain things in a planned way. If you let your child touch a food more than 10 times, it will increase their chances of enjoying the food. On the other hand, don't let your child touch specific foods (such as foods with high-sugar or large amount of fat), and the children's taste buds will not use them as their preferred food.

People tend to think that appetite is controlled by our stomach: whether a child is hungry determines the amount of food that is eaten into the stomach. But in fact, the child's appetite size is more determined by the amount of chemical control released by the brain and how much you want to eat. If you increase your child's stomach capacity through long-term over-satisfaction, his stomach will still send an "empty" signal to the brain even if he has already eaten enough food. There are two main substances in the human body that affect the transmission of information from the stomach to the brain. One is called ghrelin. When the level of ghrelin is increased, the child will show a strong appetite and always feel full. Another chemical, called leptin, can send the opposite signal. When the level of leptin is increased, your child will be satisfied with the food he eats. The war on appetite and appetite is ultimately the battle of chemicals. If your child eats healthy food, your leptin levels will increase, which will make you feel satisfied. If your child eats unhealthy foods such as trans fats, high-sugar foods or over-feeding, so that the original reasonable amount of food can't feed the baby, then his gastropin level will increase, and the stomach's capacity will also Increase.