Any activity that requires excessive force can end up causing injury to the baby. Throwing a baby in the air carries several risks. If you still want to play with your baby in this way, it is much safer if you throw it gently than if you throw it too high.
You should also make sure your baby is physically developed enough to avoid unintentional injuries.
Here are the different types of injuries that the baby can suffer.
1- Neck strain.
Head control is usually acquired around 4 months. Therefore, it is safest to wait until the baby is at least 6 months old if you want to play with him in this way. At 6 months, the muscles in his neck have already strengthened.
Releasing him before this age could result in tension in the neck of a baby who is not able to properly support his head.
2- Shaken baby syndrome.
According to the National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome, activities such as throwing a child in the air, running with a child in a backpack, swinging a child on a baby swing or swinging the child on an adult's knee, can cause injuries to bones, brains and eyes.
Shaken baby syndrome arises when the child violently shaking the head whipping several times, damaging the bones, brain or eyes.
3- Fall to the ground.
When you throw a child into the air, you lose the control. You may not be able to catch it and it could fall to the ground. A fall can lead to skull fractures or epidural hematomas (bleeding between the inside of the skull and the hard skin around the brain). In addition, if the child falls on an extremely hard surface, the injuries suffered could be more severe.
4- Safety when playing.
It is better to hold the child's head and neck while playing with him. Playing by pushing the head of your little baby against your neck can lead to tension in the neck. Climbing the child in the air without letting it go (keeping it attached) is a safer option than throwing or throwing it.
Other consequences could be :
- Mental retardation
- Hearing loss or decrease
- Epileptic attacks
- Spinal cord injuries
- Cerebral palsy.
- Inability to speak or learn.
- Motor disorders.
If you play with him and you notice the following symptoms, go running to the pediatrician:
- Loss of appetite
- Pale or blue skin
And you, do you play like this with your son? We hope that from now on you are more cautious.
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