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Tips for parents: Here’s how parents can help children develop their motor skills

Motor development tends to involve not only physical activities, but even the child’s brain and motor skills help connect the child to new experiences. So when a preschooler learns to jump or even kick a ball, it allows him to play sports with other children and learn new skills and social activities.

The first five years are crucial for the development of children. Additionally, development is seen in areas such as motor (physical), communication and language, cognitive and social and emotional. To learn more about the importance of motor skills and physical development in children and how parents can help and pay attention to the health of the child, we have an expert on board to talk about it.

What exactly is engine development?

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr. Tushar Parikh, Consultant Neonatologist and Pediatrician at Kharadi Maternity Hospital in Pune, explained, “It means the physical growth and strengthening of the baby’s bones and muscles, and the to help move. Did you know? Motor development can be classified into two categories: the first is fine motor skills and the second is gross motor skills.

He explained: “Fine motor skills are small movements in the hands, wrists, fingers, feet, toes, lips and tongue. Gross motor skills will develop muscles that allow babies to hold their head up, sit up and crawl, then walk, run, hop and jump. Development starts from the inside of the body, with the head, neck, arms, and legs, and then moves to the outside of the body, such as the hands, feet, fingers, and toes.

Why does the child need motor skills?

According to Dr. Tushar Parikh, a child needs motor skills to move around and complete tasks independently, to develop cognitive, vocal and sensory development, to build confidence and independence, to reach developmental milestones and even to prevent early motor delays and conditions that can impede its development. He stressed: “Parents will have to work on motor skills daily.”

Advice for parents:

Talking about the right time for the baby to develop motor skills, Dr Tushar Parikh said, “It will be imperative for parents to ensure that the child develops their skills as soon as they start moving. You will need to encourage children to keep moving, trying to hold things, jumping and playing on a daily basis.

Advising how parents can help their children, he suggested: “Put the baby on his stomach and help him reach for a toy. You will need to note the baby’s actions and efforts to achieve this. Don’t panic if the baby falls. Try to place a mat or carpet so that the baby does not hurt himself. Keep the toy on the couch so the child can stretch when they start to stand up. Be sure to encourage the child to walk and visit playgrounds and the garden. This will be helpful for the overall growth and development of the child.

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