Stress is an expected part of life. We need to practice stress to get stronger. However, stress is not meant to be constant. Think about stress in the way you set your thermostat for cooling and heating. When you set the thermostat at 70 degrees, the system will automatically turn on when the room reaches 71 degrees. The system will automatically turn off once the room’s temperature drops back down to 70 degrees. However, if the system isn’t working well, it may never turn on or it may never turn off. Eventually a broken system will fail.

What are the Automatic Systems in Baby Humans?

Humans are designed with an autonomic nervous system. The system is responsible for regulating involuntary body functions, such as heartbeat, blood flow, blood pressure, pupillary eye response, breathing, reproduction, digestion, and elimination. The autonomic nervous system mediates internal homeostasis without conscious intervention. This system controls what you need to survive.

The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) has Two Parts:

The ANS is divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system’s primary role is to stimulate the body’s “fight-or-flight” response. The parasympathetic system promotes digestion, absorption, reproduction and is typically called the “rest-feed-breed” response.

Developmental Sequence:

The sympathetic nervous system is activated at 9 weeks of pregnancy. Its activation is through the primitive reflex known as the “Moro Reflex”. This is your baby’s early “fight-or-flight” response. The baby will startle with any sudden sound, light, or movement. The arms will spread out, they take a deep breath, and then as they exhale, they cross their arms and legs back towards their body. This reflex should integrate within the first 4 months after birth. When this reflex doesn’t integrate it can affect emotional resilience and may mimic stress and anxiety.

The CMB Difference:

At CMB, we have a 3-tier approach to evaluate your child’s unique developmental story.

  1. Brain – A comprehensive approach through QEEG will identify how your child’s brain is wired from the bottom up;
  2. Chemistry – Evaluate your child’s internal biology through functional labs;
  3. Mechanical – A thorough assessment of your child’s developmental milestone acquisition. 

Our developmental approach looks at how children are wired, even before they are conceived. This is your child’s blueprint. We investigate their mechanical development, we recommend functional labs to assess the impact of what stress does to their bodily function, and we conduct a brain map to see exactly how their development has impacted their brain. Our 3-tier approach guarantees results. We want you and your child to get back to living and not living in a conveyer belt of therapies.

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