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Robust module to improve IQ level of newborns soon

Robust module to improve IQ level of newborns soon
New Delhi: In a move aimed at developing the IQ (Intelligence Quotient) of newborn kids at its highest level, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry is preparing a robust module which would be given to parents at the time of birth of the child.
As per the proposal, the module would be given to parents along with vaccination chart. The distribution of the module would start soon with the help of the states.
While talking to Millennium Post, Manoj Jhalani, who is Additional Secretary in the Health Ministry, said, "Science has proved that development of IQ in children takes place in the first 1,000 days only and out of that 1,000 days, the child lives in the womb for about 270 days, so in total the newborn child has just 730 days for IQ development."
"It's been found that families in the country don't teach their children as per their age, which is becoming a major cause of lower intelligence among newborn kids. The module that is being prepared by the ministry with the help of other concerned stakeholders would have dos and don'ts to encourage parents to adopt best practices for increasing intelligence level of children," the official said.
The module would have learning practices, nutrition suggestions, behavioural activities, etc. Notably, by the age of two years, every 10 million neuron connections are formed in the child's brain that leads to the development of the brain.
The ministry is working in coordination with experts to prepare a module for development of IQ in children for two years. As like vaccination, the follow of IQ module would also be monitored through different means. "In the first phase, the ministry has set a target to prepare about 5 crore booklets. Though it has not been yet decided when the module would be launched, but the efforts are on to implement it as soon as possible across the country," the official said, adding that it's a first of its kind initiative taken to better the IQ level that would help in making minds of kids more innovative.

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