Spoon-feeding and speech development in children. Spoon feeding is a change in the consistency and way food is served. Did you know that these changes affect the correct development of speech. Spoon feeding is a very important moment in the life of every child, it is not only a change in the way food is served to the child, but also a change in the consistency that we give.
Spoon feeding is a stressful time for parents because not every child learns a new way of feeding as well. Despite the appropriate age, some children require more training, spoon-feeding, and still others begin this stage much later. This is due, among other things, to the habit of previous meals, that is, absorption.
From when to feed the baby with a spoon?
Spoon feeding should be started when the baby is ready for this type of change, this is best seen in the first feeding sessions. If the child is not ready to provide food with a teaspoon, the food will spit out and show dissatisfaction with the new situation. If this happens despite the correct feeding technique, it is worth waiting a few days and trying again. According to pediatricians, the best time to start the introduction of a teaspoon is the 6-month age of the baby, but you can not strictly adhere to this limit, since each child develops at its own individual pace.
The parent, before you start feeding with a spoon, should remember that it is not necessarily immediately like the child, so it is important to be patient, understanding and, of course, calm. You should not give up, but take small steps forward. Giving food with a spoon, we begin to introduce new products into the child’s diet with a new consistency than before, which is important from a speech therapy point of view, since the muscles involved in articulation are the same muscles that we use during drinking, chewing or biting.
Changing the way you eat affect the work of facial muscles and articulators and hence the development of speech.
Properly selected spoon-half the battle in feeding. The spoon should not be too hard nor too soft, nor should it be deep and large. Initially, you should choose a small and flat spoon, it will help the child to master the independent collection of food. A properly chosen teaspoon will certainly speed up and facilitate the study of feeding.
When giving food to a child with a spoon, we always put it horizontally in the mouth and press it slightly to the center of the tongue to then slowly pull it out of the mouth, this action causes the child to activate his lips, independently pulls the food out of the spoon and swallows it. Pulling the spoon out of the baby’s mouth can gently press the baby’s upper lip for the spoon, but I can never swim, so wipe it on the upper lip. This is a very common mistake we make as parents.
You need to remember that the child is in the process of feeding with a spoon must be active, not giving him food.
Entering and holding the bucket in a horizontal line makes it easier to eat, the child gets dirty less, and, most importantly, in this way, we activate the adjunction of the lips and limit salivation.
Open mouth, salivation, weak muscle tone, this is a common problem when the child can not close his mouth, unable to actively eat. By using the right feeding technique, activating the facial muscles, we can correct this.
Finally, the most important tip, the child needs time and attempts to successfully master the science of eating with a spoon, so start learning by choosing days like this when you have a lot of time. Haste and stress do not serve the development of a new skill, but rather slow down the “learning process”.