Parents, you know that even in utero, your baby starts an intense cell development process that will build its whole body.
At birth, your baby will be “all senses.” They’ll be very sensitive to touch, light, temperature, to the smell of their new environment. You can also note that they have many reflexes, such as step, grasp, Moro and tonic neck reflexes, to name a few. These reflexes allow us to evaluate if their neurological development seems in line with the norm.
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If you see that your baby seems uncomfortable in certain positions, complaining when they move, physical signs of restrictions, issues such as plagiocephaly (flat head) or they swallow all the time (reflux), this can greatly influence their developmental initiatives. They have restricted mobility or discomfort. In similar circumstances, it’s good to have your baby seen by a physiotherapist or an osteopath specialising in pediatrics to deal with the resistance and make them more comfortable and more able to continue their learning process.
First, let’s look at the specifics of development in babies from birth to three months then from four to six months.
The activity files presented in this article were prepared by physiotherapists with the Institut de réadaptation du Québec (IRDPQ).
To continue reading and learn more about child development, go to Baby Development From 0 to 3 Months.