Concerning the Baby:
Distraught babies whose cries elicit no immediate response from a parent or a carer develop high levels of adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol. The presence of such hormones is toxic for the developing brain of the infant and can cause brain damage, nerve degeneration, anxiety disorders and affect its social behavior on a logterm basis. The responsiveness of the parent to the cue of his baby is th emost important influence of a child's intellectual development.
Concerning the Parents:
Responding promptly and properly to their baby’s needs is one of the most difficult challenges parents must face. They feel inadequate towards their parental duties, discouraged, stressed and exhausted. The number of young or even adolescent parents that need guidance and support is increasing every year. Approximately 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 years and 2.5 million girls under 16 years give birth each year in developing regions only, while most young parents (65%) have no education beyond high school or live in households with incomes less than 200% of the federal poverty level (71%).