Topic: Oral Sensitivity,Trust
Title: Kiss and Hug Therapy
and Kiss "Therapy"
and young children have had procedure upon procedure in their
mouth and around their faces. With those early NICU experiences,
ventilators, tubes put in and tubes taken out, many infants are
much more sensitive about being touched around the face. Older
children who have had Nasogastric (Ng) tubes put in and taken
out many times may continue the cautiousness even longer. To protect
themselves from more procedures that they fear will be uncomfortable,
scary or painful, they may push everything away from their face
.even your touch. Your child may be very
serious about this "protection"
..for him it may
To help rebuild
that loving trust, how about doing lots of tender hugging and
kissing? Your child may need to learn that touches around the
face can be enjoyable again, and what better way to show them
that than with your loving touch!? Initially many infants may
actually pull or push away when you approach their face, or turn
their eyes from you. Some young children who are sensitive learn
to handle kisses best if there is a loving sustained whole body
hug before the delicate kisses! Once your child has snuggled comfortably
into your hug, kisses may be easier to accept. Sometimes you may
need to start the kissing away from the face, like on the hand
or tummy and work your kisses up the arm toward the cheeks. Watch
your child's response carefully as you kiss as close to the face
or mouth as your child feels comfortable. Little by little your
infant may let you know kissing the cheek is okay.
your child can learn to trust that when you approach the face,
it will be pleasant and comfortable and, most of all, safe. Your
child will learn to relax the walls of protection that had been
.and may lean right into you and snuggle into your
"kiss therapy". Your child may prefer firm kisses or
delicate kisses or quick ones or longer ones. Follow your child's
lead! Enjoy hugging and kissing your baby!! Remember to involve
the whole family
.brothers and sisters love hugging and kissing
the baby ,too!
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