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Nurturing Your Child to Improve Learning and Attention

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The following are suggestions for nurturing your child to help improve his or her learning and attention.

  • Give frequent physical contact. Touch and hold your baby as much as possible during the first 6 months of his or her life. You will not spoil your baby. Your baby needs frequent physical contact to grow and develop.
  • Set limits on your child's daily TV and computer time. Aim for 2 hours or less a day. For a child younger than 2 years, help his or her brain develop by playing or reading together instead of letting your child watch TV, watch movies, or play games on a screen.
  • Choose age-appropriate toys, and provide a safe play environment. Toys that stimulate the brain are recommended, such as books, blocks, and puzzles. Use a playpen or gate to ensure the play area is safe from potential hazards, such as stairs or pets.
  • Encourage your child to play. Find some time each day to play with your child. Choose games and play activities that encourage conversation, such as reading and board games. Also, allow your child some time to play alone.
  • Make sure your child gets enough sleep and rest each day. Don't interrupt your child's sleep unless it is necessary. You may want to use soft music to help your child relax. Some people suggest playing soft music that does not contain words for 30 minutes each day.
  • Encourage your child to eat healthy foods and to develop healthy eating habits. Limit the amount of sugar and fat in your child's diet.

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By Healthwise Staff
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Last Revised February 2, 2012

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