Nip Problems in the bud with Infant Physical Therapy
A child in the newborn to first year of life stage is bursting with energy and reaching all sorts of critical milestones. You may be in a frenzy to keep up with the daily changes of your infant and document them in this precious, fast-fleeting stage. It is a beautiful, fun time.
As the growth spurts go on and all the “firsts” begin to add up, you should begin tracking your infant’s physical development as well. Your infant’s fine motor skills, coordination and muscular control begin to develop almost immediately after birth. We have all watched newborns struggle to keep their heads up and reach ever so hard for objects placed in front of them. These are natural steps of the growth and development processes, and they serve as the building blocks to more complex movements later on.
You may need Infant Physical Therapy Westchester if, in the first three to six months, your infant:
- Tilts head to one side.
- Does not roll from side to side.
- Cannot grasp a rattle.
- Lies flat on the floor.
- Or does not place weight on forearms while lying on tummy.
All children are different and their development cannot be foreshadowed down to the very day. But parents should definitely stay on watch and report any concerns they have about development to their infant’s doctor. As the parent, you know best in your gut when something may be wrong or off. Even if your hunch is wrong, it is worth it to discuss concerns with your physician and receive a prescription to a physical therapist.
We are experienced helpers, Infant Physical Therapy Westchester, in all stages of a child’s life here at Physical Therapy 4 Kids. We concentrate on fostering gross motor development and encouraging proper movement. Our gentle, time-tested methods start with educating parents on the degree of problems and all possible solutions. We patiently and enthusiastically demonstrate all corrective exercises and activities we perform so parents may continue therapy as needed at home. We suggest effective, affordable toys you may use to reinforce our efforts.
It is never too early to start and keep your child on the right track. Do not rule out Infant Physical Therapy Westchester because you feel your baby is too young. Consult our handy Developmental Milestones Chart to check your infant’s progress thus far and determine if physical therapy can help.