When we have a baby, there are many doubts, a lot of information that comes to us and a lot of concern. Is it normal for them to put everything in their mouths? Why does he throw everything on the ground over and over again? The questions invade us, but this time, Lucía, my pediatrician has solved almost all of them in an IGLive that we have recently done with Miniland. The popularizer and writer has explained to us what is normal for them to do at each age and when we should activate our alarm detector with respect to our children.
The social smile and putting everything in the mouth
He has told us, for example, that our children’s social smile arrives at two months of age, the one that melts us non-stop, and that it is at four months when they begin to grasp objects, which is called palmar grasp. This leads them, on many occasions, to put all those objects in their mouths, which is not a sign of hunger or that their teeth are coming out. “They are exploring, like when their feet are uncovered and these are the ones that they put in their mouths“, Explain.
At seven months – all these times are indicative and approximate and depend on each child – most babies have started sitting down and, almost at the same time, the phase of throwing things begins. “It is a trial and error to see the reactions of the parents. They are experimenting and seeing how things fall, challenging, and all of that is normal. With love and firmness we have to set limits but knowing that children never learn things the first time.“, he told us.
“With love and firmness we have to set limits, but knowing that children never learn things the first time,” Lucía, my pediatricianSeparation anxiety and first steps
Each stage has its difficulty. Because it is between 8 and 10 months when the famous ‘separation anxiety’ arrives. “This causes a lot of anguish to the parents, who live it as if something happened to their baby. And the explanation is that you disappear from his visual field, but he doesn’t understand that you’re going to appear later, he thinks that you disappear forever. It is something that mothers live with great anguish because it usually coincides with the incorporation to work. We have to manage it because we are the ones who suffer the most and we have to have the emotional resources to handle that situation.”tells us Lucía, my pediatrician.
“We mothers are the ones who suffer the most, but we have to have the emotional resources to handle situations,” Lucía, my pediatrician
From 12 months is when some of them begin to take their first steps without support. They also ask for arms, respond to cuckoo-tras, answer by name, react to loud sounds, look for mom and dad, say goodbye, clap their hands, make eye contact, and recognize faces of some relatives. They are signs, all of them, that pediatricians closely observe in order to detect any type of disorder.
In fact, the 18-month review is one of the most important precisely for this reason. “This is when we can make a more or less reliable diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders. If our son does not point with his finger, does not look at what we are pointing at, does not answer by name, does not have eye contact when we speak to him, does not obey simple orders, does not say daddy or mommy, is not interested in the things we do or not practice symbolic play we begin to worry & rdquor ;, the popularizer and writer reveals to us.
This is another of the most important milestones that our son acquires throughout his first months/years of life. It must be taken into account that the acquisition of it encompasses a wide time frame, as it happens with the fact of walking, but Lucía, my pediatrician warns us that if at the age of two he does not utter any words at all it’s time to get busy. “You have to say a few single words. And above all it is necessary to evaluate if he understands, if he relates to the environment, if he understands simple orders, if he differentiates the context in which he finds himself. All of this is important and it is the phase prior to language& rdquor ;, he clarifies.