5 pediatric procedures that are not a serious danger to the child’s development
In the last century, psychologist and doctor Frederic Bertam has written and researched the actions of children (which give care to adult family members and parents), although they are not a serious obstacle to a child’s normal development.
- Stealing or taking other people’s things is not immoral or unnatural, but quite the opposite. Even a school child at the age of 6 or 7, this phenomenon is not a signal for alarm to parents/adults. Such a child should be told that he will have many troubles if he continues with this inappropriate act. The child should be explained the whole confusion that would arise if no person respected the property of others. Pedagogically, it is not expedient to punish a child too harshly, but rather to give friendly advice and reprimand. If the child still gets into the habit of deliberately and cunningly taking someone else’s property / things or using other types of violence and threats – then professional help is mandatory as soon as possible.
- Stuttering – there are children who go through the stage of “stuttering” at about the age of 3. The onset is temporary and requires special treatment. Stuttering becomes a concern if it occurs in children aged 5 or 6. However, although stuttering is an undoubted handicap for a young person in everyday life, stuttering is not usually a sign that a child / person has some serious mental or emotional disorders. Parents, guardians, teachers should provide special speaking and reading lessons if you notice that the child is constantly stuttering.
- Poor concentration – the elderly complain that today’s children have poor concentration in learning, reading and the like. The cause is sometimes emotional (for example, a high propensity to fantasize or a lack of interest in learning). The child should be motivated to get rid of distraction which is not a pathological phenomenon. Children and young people today live in a world full of temptations and various sensations, which inevitably reflects on the psychological stability of the entire population (both young and old) much more than previous generations.
- Sucking your thumb and biting your nails – although these habits are not commendable, both habits can be maintained in the later stages of childhood, but they are not a sign of future troubles and conflicts. Parents will not act wisely if they put some bitter foods and tasteless chemicals on the little child’s thumb. Parents will act soberly if they try to interest the child in other useful activities or a new hobby that will divert the child’s attention to the other side and strengthen the emotional situation. Thumb sucking is usually a habit of withdrawn and passive children. It is an infantile habit that comforts a child. Adults’ moves to solve this problem should be measured so that the child feels confident and appropriate ways of psychological and emotional relief. Nail biting is a manifestation of a more aggressive child as a rule – says Dr. Frederic Bertam. It is a habit of “weaker nerves” that can be a symptom of an internal conflict, sometimes accompanied by a desire for destructive activities. Then you need to help the child to get rid of emotional tension or seek the help of a pedagogue, psychiatrist, professional.
- Whimsy – Many children realize that with whimsical and irritable behavior they can achieve some goals and requirements. Adults and parents need to be persistent so that the child understands and learns a sense of moderation. The capriciousness and spoiled child does not necessarily mean a deeper emotional distortion. However, the fact that a demanding child later has bigger problems sometimes becomes violent and intolerant of the environment. Some monster children behave explosively which is the reason for a mandatory visit to the doctor, and requires a professional diagnosis.