Thursday, August 7, 2008

Child Development: Lack Of Time On Tummy Shown To Hinder Achievement

Child Development: Lack Of Time On Tummy Shown To Hinder Achievement: "ScienceDaily (Aug. 7, 2008) —
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is urging parents and caregivers to ensure that babies get enough 'tummy time' throughout the day while they are awake and supervised, in light of a recent survey of therapists who say they've noticed an increase in motor delays in infants who spend too much time on their backs while awake..."We have seen first-hand what the lack of tummy time can mean for a baby: developmental, cognitive, and organizational skills delays, eye-tracking problems, and behavioral issues, to name just some complications." She added, "New parents are told of the importance of babies sleeping on their backs to avoid SIDS, but they are not always informed about the importance of tummy time."..."

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1 comment:

NJTOM said...

The reason back sleep reduces the risk of SIDS overall is because some children have a brainstem defect and can't arouse from Stage 3 and Stage 4 NREM Sleep. Infants who sleep on their backs get much less Stage 3 and Stage 4 NREM sleep than infants who sleep on their stomachs. Stage 3 and Stage 4 NREM sleep is believed to be the sleep stage during which memories made during the day that are temporarily stored in the Hippocampus are then transferred to permanent storage in the neocortex. Is inhibiting the process of memory transfer from the Hippocampus to the Neocortex for a whole generation of infants really safe? I doubt it. Personally, if one wants to find the cause of the ADHD Epidemic one should look no further than the SIDS "Back to Sleep" campaign.