Becoming independentBBecoming independentBecoming independentEnglishDevelopmentalPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months);Preschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years)NANANAPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZAndrew James, MBChB, MBI, FRACP, FRCPC12.000000000000051.0000000000000311.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about how a premature baby may develop into a toddler, through separating themselves from their parents and gaining more autonomy and independence.</p><p>Parents of premature babies may find it difficult to allow their child to be independent as they grow. They may be overprotective of their children, however this is not always a good thing.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>It is important for parents to find a balance between protecting their child and allowing them to take risks and explore.</li> <li>Overindulging and overprotecting can be detrimental to a child and can have profound and long lasting negative consequences.</li></ul>
Devenir indépendantDDevenir indépendantBecoming independentFrenchNAPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months);Preschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years)NANANAPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZAndrew James, MBChB, MBI, FRACP, FRCPC12.000000000000051.0000000000000311.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Informez-vous sur la croissance du bébé prématuré et comment il se séparera seul de ses parents lorsqu’il marchera et acquerra autonomie et indépendance.</p><p>Les parents de bébés prématurés peuvent trouver difficile de permettre à leurs enfants d’être indépendants. Ils peuvent surprotéger leurs enfants, ce qui n’est cependant pas toujours une bonne chose.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Il est important que les parents atteignent un équilibre entre le fait de protéger leur enfant et de l’encourager à prendre des risques et à explorer le monde qui l’entoure.</li> <li>Être trop permissif et surprotéger un enfant peut être néfaste et avoir des conséquences négatives profondes et à long terme.</li></ul>

 

 

Becoming independent1876.00000000000Becoming independentBecoming independentBEnglishDevelopmentalPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months);Preschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years)NANANAPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZAndrew James, MBChB, MBI, FRACP, FRCPC12.000000000000051.0000000000000311.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about how a premature baby may develop into a toddler, through separating themselves from their parents and gaining more autonomy and independence.</p><p>Parents of premature babies may find it difficult to allow their child to be independent as they grow. They may be overprotective of their children, however this is not always a good thing.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>It is important for parents to find a balance between protecting their child and allowing them to take risks and explore.</li> <li>Overindulging and overprotecting can be detrimental to a child and can have profound and long lasting negative consequences.</li></ul><h2>Autonomy</h2> <p>When a baby becomes a toddler, their main "job" in terms of their social and emotional development is to separate themselves from their parents and gain more autonomy and independence. Their parents can encourage this process by giving them a safe environment and the freedom to explore it. </p> <p>If a toddler was born premature and perhaps had a medically trying time in the first months of life, it can be difficult for parents to achieve a balance between protecting them and encouraging them to take risks and explore the world around them. Parents may wish to take steps to find this balance. For example, if a child has seizures, it is important to make the home a seizure-friendly "safe zone" to minimize the chance of injury. This can be done by removing hard and sharp objects that may harm a child during the uncontrolled movements that often accompany a seizure. In this, and other ways, parents do not have to discourage a child’s curiosity and activity in order to avoid injury. </p> <h2>Overindulgence and overprotecting</h2> <p>Some parents, after having watched their premature baby go through so much in the NICU, are tempted to overprotect and overindulge their child. For the parents, this may not be a conscious decision; even though time has gone by and their child is fine, the image of their tiny and fragile newborn baby influences them to treat their child with extra care. </p> <p>In some cases, parents steer their child away from challenges in an attempt to protect them. Unless there is a specific activity that health care professionals have said would put the child at risk, parents should avoid this strategy. </p> <p>While the desire to protect and perhaps to indulge a child born prematurely is understandable, it is in fact detrimental to the child and can have profound and long lasting negative consequences. </p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/becoming_independent_premature_babies.jpgBecoming independent

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