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 the most 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.
The problem is even more discernible for hearing impaired parents or mothers suffering from postpartum depression.