Loss of memory retention in children

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Loss of memory retention in children
Memory retention is an important aspect of daily life. (blue brain image by John Sfondilias from Fotolia.com)

Memory retention is the ability to retain information that has been learnt. A loss of memory retention could result in poor behaviour, academics and decisions, particularly when children lose the ability to retain their short-term memory. Although the cause of memory retention loss differs, there are a number of things children can do to improve their memory.

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Identification

It is easy to identify some of the underlying causes of poor memory retention. One of the most important is a lack of sleep. According to Scientific American, learning and the ability to remember what has been learnt improves with adequate sleep. When well-rested children are paired against their sleepy counterparts, studies show the children who were well rested performed and remembered better than those who did not sleep well.

Significance

A child's memory is important for everyday function. It is important for a child to remember things they have learnt, whether they are at home or at school. A good memory allows children to remember what they learnt about reading, mathematics and good behaviour versus bad behaviour. According to Medical News Today, a link was discovered that connects infant stress to a later decrease in brain cell communication that can lead to a further deficit in memory retention.

Considerations

The human brain is complex, particularly a child's brain, which is still developing. A developing brain needs the proper sustenance to perform correctly. This includes proper eating habits. A study done by Rachel M. Schroll, a student from Saint Martin's University, showed memory retention and cognitive processes improved in students who ate a healthy breakfast.

Fact

According to Medical News Today, more than 50 per cent of the world's children are raised in a stressful environment. Although the genetic make-up of a child plays an important role in memory retention and cognitive function, decreasing the stress a child encounters can greatly improve their memory retention. It can also improve their behaviour, which makes them want to learn and remember what they have learnt.

Prevention/Solution

There are a number of exercises children can do to improve their memory. It is best to think of the brain as a giant muscle that needs work to improve and become stronger. It is best to stimulate as many of the five senses--sound, sight, smell, touch and taste--as possible. It is also good to organise information that has been learnt and to try to relate that information to something familiar.

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