Thursday, 15 April 2010

Occupational Therapy Tip - Supporting Your Babies Head and Neck

Being an Occupational Therapist walking the streets is often quite a nerve racking experience. Odd statement, so let me clarify.

In Jerusalem we are blessed with seeing many women with babies and often new borns. It is amazing to seem them manage their push chair / stroller / pram/ agala. Up and down stairs, in and out of buses. But, I have a request.

Developmentally, babies can only hold their heads up at 3 months of age and sometimes older. Please Mommies, when you take your new born out of the push chair or are carrying him / her or have him / her or your lap, please support their head and neck. Their are still fragile and not a sack of potatoes. Please support their head and neck.

It can make a world of difference as they grow, develop and progress and even assist in their ability to have good muscle tone. So many of our children who come into OT as 3 year old, 4 year old and up have difficulty with head and neck movements and muscle tone.

Help your baby right from birth, by supporting its head and neck.

Enjoy your bundle of joy and may you have much nachus from him or her always.

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