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Why the fuss about tummy time?

Why the fuss about tummy time?

The push to have our babies sleep on their backs is the result of the Back to Sleep campaign that was instituted in 1994 as a measure to reduce the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). According to Porter (Porter 2017:61-63) the facts are though, that the decline of SIDS was already under way for several years before the launching of this campaign.  It may also be contributed to the simultaneous recommendation to remove all stuffed toys and puffy bedding and shifting diagnostic criteria with better ante-natal care. Occupational and physical therapists who work with babies are now keenly...

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Do you know what sense is the strongest at birth?

Do you know what sense is the strongest at birth?

The first of the five senses to develop in utero is touch. As early as eight weeks into your pregnancy your baby can already feel touch on her lips and cheeks. At birth, touch will be the most advanced of all senses (Abraira & Ginty 2013). Your baby will be extremely sensitive to skin contact – the skin will be used for the first significant impressions of life: warm/cold, soft/hard. It is through this sense that you will be able to pacify and comfort your baby, when holding him or her close to the warmth of your body in your...

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What is the difference between stimulating the sensing and motor pathways?

What is the difference between stimulating the sensing and motor pathways?

Your baby’s neurological wiring is divided in basically two sections, the back and front. The back half of the brain and spinal cord is devoted to the incoming pathways carrying information from the senses into the brain. The five senses are smell, taste and especially hearing, and feeling. Since these are pathways into the brain, their development can be reinforced and enhanced by means of more stimulation. Sensory stimulation can help improve your baby's attention span, memory, curiosity, and nervous system development. In addition, stimulating your baby's senses will enable him/her to reach developmental milestones faster, as well as aid...

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Palmar Grasp Reflex

Palmar Grasp Reflex

The palmar grasp reflex is all about how your baby reacts to objects that are placed in his or her hand. When you place an object in your child’s hand, the grasp reflex will instinctively be displayed as the baby grabs hold of the newly acquired item. You will also notice that if you try to take the object out of your baby’s palm, the grasp reflex will make the grip he has on it that much tighter. The grasp reflex starts to show when your baby enters the 11th to 15th week of gestation. In fact, in some sonography,...

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The Moro Reflex

The Moro Reflex

Min (Min et al. 2011) noted that “Of the primitive reflexes, the… Moro… reflexes are frequently documented in the literature due to their important roles…Persistent, vigorous, weak, or unsymmetrical responses are closely-linked with neurological impairment in full term and high-risk new-borns”. The Moro reflex is one that has to deal with your baby’s ability to understand the loss of support. Essentially, your baby will display the Moro reflex when he or she is experiencing the sensation of falling. When babies begin to feel as if they are falling, they will respond in a specific manner. In order to detect the...

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