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"How to help my 5-month-old baby to turn around?" Our specialist, Dr. Béatrice Di Mascio, pediatrician in Paris, answers a question from Sofiane.
The answer of Dr. Béatrice Di Mascio, pediatrician in Paris *
- At this time, the baby, constantly learning from birth, keeps revealing his acquisitions to his parents. He can grab an object and bring it to his mouth, he knows how to recognize the smell, the texture. He laughs loudly, imitates his parents when they pull his tongue out and his babbling begins to be embellished with consonants ...
- If at this time, the baby reveals many visible progress, it does not mean that it is supposed to turn around, go from the back to the stomach and vice versa. 5 months is early. Often during this period, he does not always master his proprioceptive abilities. He does not necessarily feel the capabilities of his body and does not place it well in space.
- This step occurs more often around 7 months. As with all phases of young child development, one should not compare, each one's own pace. Some children, more tonic and curious, pass faster than others, bigger and heavier, from the position on the back to that on the stomach. And it's always by chance the first time! They seek, wriggling, to catch an object and meet and are carried in their tracks on the stomach. And as this position opens new horizons for them, because they have the muscle tone necessary to hold their head, they will try again, train and transform their tests!
- To help a child become aware of his body, he can be mobilized by doing gentle gymnastics, roll-and-roll on the sides. It must also be touched, massaged and tickled. You have to get his attention by inviting him to grab an object on his side. This solicitation must always be gentle, kindness and fun. Do not fail to congratulate the gymnast apprentice and especially not to worry. In general around 8 months, most children know how to turn around.
Interview by Frédérique Odasso
* Author of My child from birth to kindergarten (Albin Michel)
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