Affection, interaction and movement: keys to development

The uterus is the first environment of the fetus, and in this environment begin to modulate the interactions between the fetus and the mother, and between the mother and her affective family system.

The first emotional connections occur before birth in the shared states of the mother and the unborn baby and of the mother’s environment reaching to the fetus through her.

    Adapt the environment of the emotional relationship

    In addition to this emotional current to which it is exposed, the fetus also receives physical stimuli from its immediate environment, uterine walls and amniotic fluid. The development of the fetus takes place in a liquid medium, the maternal uterus. in he started to receive the first stimuli such as vestibular stimuli, by oscillation of the placenta; tactile, with the friction of the walls of the uterus; the auditory (both filtered external sounds and internal sounds of their mother’s body).

    Thus, the fetus began to respond to this first stimulation; by means of the movement, it will change its position before being definitively placed in the birth canal, it will push and squeeze the maternal uterus, it will suck the fingers, it will respond to the flavors of food arriving through the umbilical cord, and its response will basically be with movements, incipient movements and with little control, governed and encouraged by the primitive reflexes which help it to adapt to its environment.

    Later will come the time of childbirth, and the primitive reflexes will allow and facilitate him to conclude with the exit of the uterus, producing the first contact with the outside, an aerial environment governed by gravity to which he will have to rest. adapt.

    And it will be the nascent and primitive movements that will lead to adaptation to the new environment in which the baby will develop. The motor for being interested in the environment is affection, the emotional relationship, the emotional dance that occurs between the baby, the father or the mother..

    In this dance, face to face interaction is crucial, in these interactions, the baby first, then the child learns to calm down, to know himself and to know himself.

      The good neurological development of the baby

      After birth, a baby has millions of neurons left to connect to each other. Neural connections will be produced by physical and emotional stimulation and the response to that stimulation which we call learning. Every minute of a baby’s life, more than four million neural connections are generated.

      These connections occur through the stimulation that the baby receives through the different senses: auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, visual. This stimulation occurs when he is cared for, fed, cradled, groomed, smiled, looked at, perceived … and also through the movements he performs spontaneously.

      These rhythmic and stereotypical movements that he performs during his first year of life they help different areas of the brain to mature and connect to each other. In other words, the movements that we see babies occur in a certain order, an innate program. Thus, the baby will lift his head, uncover his handles and feet, lift his chest, turn around and later upside down, roll over on his chest, crawl, crawl. And he will be able to walk, and after that he will be able to run, jump, climb stairs or walk on a lame foot.

      If the baby covers each step of the floor correctly and does not skip any, we will ensure that it covers all stages of development and has adequate neurological maturity..

      As long as we facilitate the establishment of sufficient neural connections, we promote communication and maturity of different areas of the brain. The best way to do this is to adequate stimulation both emotional and physical and encourage movement at every stage of development. For this it is important that the baby stays on the floor.

      In the field, he had the opportunity to explore his environment. Thus will arise the need to turn around and then move by crawling, crawling and finally walking and then running, jumping, climbing, cycling, smiling at their peers, looking at each other and struggling among the children. Interact face to face, like any mammalian puppy, in fact like any mammal. To be filled with satisfaction in the interaction in the gaze, in the shared smile, in the free and liberated movement charged with impulsiveness which is regulated according to a mature and growing agreement.

      In this hectic time when face-to-face interaction is limited, Where the facial connection is difficult, where we are afraid of each other, where we limit movement, friction and if it is done under the shadow of a mask that drowns the emotion, I can only worry and ask myself … will the development of brain organization, body and sociability be affected in our growing children?

      There is no doubt that we will have to make efforts to compensate for the decrease in daily movements in the classroom and the decrease in sociability that so much tension arouses in the population and in particular among children.

      Author: Cristina Cortés Viniegra, psychologist, therapist specializing in tilt and trauma, director of the Center for Psychology of Health Vitalize.

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