More and more, I see babies being over-stimulated with toys that talk, light up, and are connected to iPods and DVDs.
There are toys that babies can push, which will create a sound from toy and the TV. They are put in front of these external stimuli with a pacifier, yet we wonder why children grow up with ADHD ? We are pairing external stimuli with oral satisfaction, yet we wonder why our culture has a severe epidemic of obsessive overeating?
What happened to allowing a baby to feel his or her body? Their mother’s body? To hearing the intimate conversation of friends and family? What happened to quiet times, walks in nature, with maybe a rattle to distract when needed? What happened to allowing a baby to cry when hungry, wet, or when needing human contact and comfort?
Constant distraction prevents a baby from internally trusting their wants and needs. The baby learns to externally crave distraction and satisfaction. Babies are babies. What is the rush to socialize them?
- Number of children 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD: 5.3 million
- Percent of children 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD: 8.6%
- Percent of boys 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD: 12%
- Percent of girls 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD 5.3%
Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2009, Appendix III, table VI
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