Development of the Child Brain

Parenting Journals has released an infographic detailing the development of the human brain along with some other facts that may surprise you. For example, the brain is one of the first organs to develop in a human embryo and continues to mature and develop for a person’s life. Curious to find out more?

The brain has 100 billion nerve cells, all of which are created by the time a fetus is six months old. Sixty percent of human genomes are dedicated to brain development – that’s 60 thousand genes. And one month after conception, cells in the neural tube begin multiplying incredibly fast, producing 250,000 nerve cells per minute.

These neurons conduct electrical pulses to the rest of the body and from the body to the brain. It’s like an instant status report. But at birth, most of these neurons are connected and assigned a job yet. Once the newborn has sensory experiences, these neurons form synapses, trillions of them, and establish communication pathways.

Read more in the infographic below.