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Crawling: an Essential Developmental Milestone

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Did you know that talking has been pushed back from three to six months now within the CDC’s guidelines?

Plus, walking was changed from 12 months to 18 months. On top of that, crawling is no longer considered an essential milestone for pediatric development!

A Myriad of Benefits

We fully disagree with the CDC guidelines and believe crawling is an essential milestone. Here are the main benefits of crawling:

  • Improves grip strength
  • Increases bilateral coordination
  • Stimulates bilateral brain centers through the cross crawl neural patterning
  • Aids with visual tracking and spatial awareness
  • Enhances body awareness and balance that improves trunk stability
  • Strengthens the shoulder girdle, which aids posture & motor skills
  • Improves balance
  • Helps develop stronger bone structure

Every Milestone Has a Purpose

Each milestone in a child’s life has a direct purpose related to neurological development and function. Not only are these milestones crucial, but they’re also important in the order in which they happen. That’s because they can have a greater neurological impact on the next milestones that occur after.

If kids miss milestones as they happen or skip them altogether-it isn’t necessary to crawl in order to walk as there are cases where kids can learn to walk before or never learn to crawl-that isn’t optimal for neurodevelopment. It’s always optimal for kids to learn to crawl.

The Role of Chiropractic

At Experience Wellness Chiropractic we create a chiropractic care plan for children of all ages. When they get adjusted, we see their nervous systems start to reintegrate within their body much better. When that happens, they can coordinate and process through these milestones, and interact so much better with their external world.

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