In 1994, a handful of national health organizations,as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics, started instructing mothers to put babies to sleep on their backs to help avoid sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The incidence of SIDS has since diminished more than 50 percent.
But according to other studies, an inadvertent result of the campaign is that more kids are achieving motor milestones later, because the babies' upper bodies aren't as robust due to a lack of time spent on their stomachs.
When babies skip crawling -- the very first thing they are missing out on is the coordination that crawling creates between right and left brain. By crawling, babies are forced to coordinate both upper and lower extremities to work together in a balanced manner and by this we mean the classic hands-and-knees crawl. Also, they miss out on more opportunities to develop that strength and wind up with weaker upper body muscles.
How to create habits for your baby for healthy balance spine and brain. Get them to crawl as much as possible before walking.
Dr. Masoud Shamaeizadeh of Soft Touch Chiropractor in Porter Ranch, CA has treated patients with joint dysfunction for over 12 years. Call to make an appointment today. 818-831-0100 .
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