After the initial happy moments when welcoming a baby, many mothers suddenly become worried with seemingly odd questions like “can you see, can you hear?”, “Whether your eyesight and hearing? Are your senses normal? These concerns are often that mothers dare not ask anyone because they are afraid of “saying bad words”. But actually, with just a few little tricks, you will know if you have all the innate instincts of a healthy and normal child.
Babies are very sensitive to changes from light to dark. Light stimulates the child’s eyes and a normal baby will have a blink reflex when it meets the light. About three weeks after birth, babies have learned to see the appearance and disappearance of objects and also how to move eyes when they change positions.
Babies are also very sensitive to light contrast. Babies like to stare at their mother’s face to observe. The light on her eyes, on her lips as she speaks, on her cheeks… all different.
You can check your child’s eye reflex by taking the baby from the dark near the window for the light. If the child’s eyes are narrowed or blinking, they have a complete normal response to light. It’s even simpler to check eye movement. You just need to move objects in front of your baby’s eyes and observe if the eye movement is in the right direction when objects are moving or not. However, mothers should remember to only do it slowly because the baby is still small and cannot control the eye rotation well.
Some parents think that “babies are afraid of the light” and have their children lie often in a room that is covered with curtains. This approach will limit the baby’s visual development and cause him to have sleep disturbances when he cannot distinguish day and night.
Newborn babies are able to respond to sounds around them. A very simple ear reflex test for babies is that 24 hours after birth, when the baby is crying in her arms, the mother can bring the baby close, put her mouth to her ear and make soft noises. If the baby is immediately silent, opening his eyes to the mother this shows that the baby can hear sounds.
3 – 4 days after birth, babies can gradually learn to distinguish many different sounds. You can test this ability by observing, playing a single sound in one of your baby’s left ear and waiting for your baby to turn to the left many times each time you hear the sound. Then play another sound on the right and see if the child is coming back to the right. Finally, when you turn on two different sounds one by one, your child will know how to turn to the sound that attracts the least.
Many parents also assume that infants are afraid of sounds and try to keep their baby’s room quiet. In fact, this affects a child’s development and improvement in hearing function. During the day, babies should be given the opportunity to listen to a variety of sounds, be it music, people talking, noises, and the impact of many different objects.
Touch is one of the earliest developmental instincts of a child. The more parents are in contact with their children, the more they not only strengthen the parent-child relationship but also help build a solid foundation for the child’s intellectual and emotional development.
Mom can test baby touch by gently touching baby’s cheeks with fingers. Watching carefully, when the mother’s hand touches the baby’s cheek, will the baby’s head turn to the right side where the mother’s hand touches. Those are the first tactile reflexes of a normal baby.
When the child grows up, the mother should let the baby touch as many different objects as dice, wood, plastic bowls, cotton pillows … Exposure to many different feelings will stimulate the child’s brain to store more information. believe more.
Reflects taste and smell
Taste and smell are also part of your child’s natural reflexes. However, in contrast to the picture and sound, it takes a short time for a baby to distinguish between different flavors. Children like sweet, salty tastes and are often annoyed with sour and bitter flavors. In terms of smell, the baby’s smell is quite sensitive. Babies can distinguish very hearing odors, especially sensitive to mother’s body odor.
Testing the babies’ odor reflexes isn’t too difficult either. For a breastfeeding mother, you can place two breast pads, one for the mother and one brand-new and see, the baby will most likely eagerly turn to the mother’s side. .
Infants also have skills and the ability to imitate. At first, the baby will smile but this smile is called “physiological smile”. Later, slowly, the baby will learn to actively smile when enjoying. Babies tend to laugh the most when they see someone close to them being happy, smiling at them, or teasing. From two weeks onwards, I can see you smiling very well, and begin to imitate your face movements or voice.
Even though babies lie quietly on the bed, do not talk or do activities, they always quietly observe, learn, and grasp so quickly that mothers will be surprised with their children.