By Rachel MacPherson, CPT, Mar 14, 2022

“There is a common finding that when mother isn’t around, and a baby becomes fussy, simply placing an article of mother’s clothing next to baby often results in the infant calming down,” said Kecia Gaither, M.D., director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx in New York City. “The infant is responding to the smell of mother. Mother’s scent acts as a signal for security in the baby.”

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