The more crawling a child has, the more likely he or she is to avoid falling into the water, according to research from the University of Otago.
Printed: Childhood, work is part of a long-term study of the impact that motor experience has on infants’ avoidance of sudden falls.
Dr. Carolina Bernay, lead author of the School of Physical Education and Exercise Science, says researchers have tested the behavior of newborns around a bath filled with water called a water drop.
“The main difference between those who fall and those who avoid falling into the water is the number of attempts to crawl.
“It was a very interesting result that they informed about the attempt to crawl in advance, the perception of risk and behavior, even when they were already walking. “Therefore, it is very useful for children to crawl and explore their environment,” he says.
The findings contradict the modern trend of being a “helicopter parent”.
“Trustees need to be aware of the potential role of crawling in the development of children and the benefits of crawling opportunities for their newborns. By touching the floor, looking closely at it, babies learn to distinguish unsafe surfaces from safe locomotives, and begin to avoid falling into water or not.
“Overprotecting infants by limiting their ability to move self-governing does not keep them safe, but rather delays the development of their perception of risky situations.”
Dr. Bernay also studied how children interact with the slope leading to the water.
The study just published Psych of psychology, allowed children to move in the water on a gradual slope that resembles a beach leading to the ocean. In this case, the motor experience had no effect on the behavior of the newborn.
“Prior to this study, we knew of infant drowning statistics, figures such as how many children drown each year, how many drownings occur on beaches or swimming pools, and what age is most common in drowning statistics. This new approach investigates how children react to water bodies, նրանք how they begin to perceive danger ել avoid drowning.
“If we want to develop better strategies to prevent drowning in young children, we need to understand how they interact with water bodies, how they learn to perceive the repercussions that can be caused by interactions with water bodies,” he said. Dr. Bernay.
The study also highlights the dangers of water for newborns. Safety և Those working in the field of water safety should be vigilant at such entrances և prevent infants from entering their aquatic environment.
Dr. Bernay continues his research on how children interact with water bodies, looking for participants (crawlers or strollers under 18 months old) to experiment at the Moana Pool in Dunedin.
The children tested on Cl ry Rock were from Portugal and the children tested on the slope were from Dunedin. To determine if the different findings are culturally different, she tests the children in two situations.
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