Overstimulation in Infants and Children

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Parenting has never been an easy job. Difficulties often start right from the day you are pregnant. Excited parents get anxious already about their future child while it is still in the womb. It begins by playing music to teaching babies alphabets, even before they turn one. There is only a slight difference between stimulating and over-stimulating the child. However, understanding this difference is very important.

A stimulating environment where your child plays and explores to learn and grow is surely far great. But, overstimulation comes into play when the child is loaded with more of experiences, noise, activity and more to go. The overstimulated child gets very excited and has a mental shut down which is entirely not healthy. Kids require a calm environment to settle things down and come back to a right balanced phase. As a parent, instead of over-stimulating, it is our responsibility to give them a balanced exploration.

overstimulation symptoms in infants and toddlers

If you are having an infant or a baby, the following are the signs of over-stimulation:
– Being tired
– Cry often and even more
– Be upset and refuse to be with you
– Show that she is irritated with her quirky moves

If you are handling a toddler or a schooling child, then these are the ways they express the outburst of overstimulation:
– Tired and upset
– Cry and never able to find a reason
– Get frustrated and throw himself in tears
– Show dislike to any particular activity
Get to know your children in what way they throw up signs while they are over-stimulated.

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Balancing their schedule
Your child can explore his environment quietly. In the first six years, your child’s brain develops even faster. However, it doesn’t mean that he must spend all day playing with toys, or you have to rush to get your child from school to other activities. Just know that your child will find himself an activity to do, sooner or later! This is the period where the child learns to occupy himself and grow.

Getting to know the right about the time
It is difficult to put the actual ‘right’ time for a stimulation. Every child is different and cope-up in different ways. Your child is your guide, where he shows you how he gets involved in activities and more. You can plan accordingly, for your infants and children. If handling an infant then give him his own space in exploring his environment quietly. If managing a grown-up child, it is essential to keep a track on how he is in spending his time and in which ways.
General recommendations are that kids age 2 to 5 should have less than 1 hour of screen time. Before 2 years of age, it is not recommended for the babies to interact with any devices like TV, phones or computer.
For older kids, doctors suggest a limit of one to two hours of total screen time per day.
Be aware of how much time your family spends in front of the screens, there is a link between how much TV you as a parent watch and how much your child watches. Be mindful of yourself and try to be an example for your kids.