Sense of Touch in Infants

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Sense of Touch in Infants

  Autor Andreea Mueler Data: 15.09.2005

Sense of Touch in Infants

Every square inch of skin is covered with thousands of sensors that continually react to the environment and pass on the brain if an object is soft to the touch, hard, rough or smooth, hot or cold, likely or not when touching. Particularly sensitive are the fingertips, lips and tongue.

Still in the womb children feel her touch and react to it. They suck their fingers, shake their legs and feel like in late pregnancy have not much place to move freely. The only immune portions to touch are the top and back of the head, presumably in order the birth not to be so painful. And after birth, physical contact is equally important for the newborn, as well as food. At first, parents are those who establish contact with the newborn, taking him in their arms, caressing him, rocking him, putting him to sleep on their chest. But on the day the baby becomes more active. If until recently, the toys that hang over the bed or stroller canopy were pursued only with the eyes, now they are turned on all sides with great curiosity and researched by your little of six months. It took, what's right, some time not to hit anymore, but to grasp them between his fingers, but gradually - gradually he becomes surer of himself and does not wrong target anymore. He kicks to get the desired toy, stretches to reach bunnies that are spinning over the crib, he rotates 180 degrees to reach the turtle on the other end and gets mad if it fails and cries.
But With every touch he learns something about himself discovers and understands things around. He enjoys caressing, massage and laughs out loud if he is tickled. In turn his little hands spread to his father's face, caressing him or pull him by the nose, he does not miss any opportunity to grab my hair and the dog by the tail, stealing his grandmother one earring - though I have explained that I do not have what to do with one - and at the doctor never wants to release the stethoscope. A few days ago I was myself dressed in a shirt with three figure on it. He extended her little hands to it, tried to grab ... but he failed. Hard puzzled looked at the three on the shirt, then to his little hands, counting his fingers and trying to figure out what is wrong.
All that is coloured, shine or rustles attracts his attention and once got it is stuck into his mouth also: crone, towels from the changing table, teddy bear, elephant, wooden or plastic spoon. And speaking of the spoon - also playing he finds food also: either he puts his little hands in the platter with semoule, finger in his mouth before swallowing, or splashes, spits or tries out new sounds when he has the food in his mouth.



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