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ERIC Number: ED401003
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 13
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A Gentle Approach for Young Infants.
Suskind, Diana; Kozma, Marta
The Gentle Approach is a method for lifting infants younger than 6 months that promotes security and reassurance during adult-imposed changes in position. Developed at the Emmi Pilker National Methodological Institute for Residential Nurseries in Budapest, Hungary, the approach provides continual support and less opportunity for unprotected movements of the infant's head, neck, and upper body. The procedure involves: (1) approaching and greeting the infant; (2) placing the right hand on the infant's right upper arm, lifting the shoulder to make room for the educarer's left hand, slipping the educarer's left palm under the infant's shoulder and neck; (3) moving the educarer's right arm horizontally over the infant's stomach and placing the educarer's right hand under his or her left hand; (4) slipping the left arm progressively under the infant's trunk and left leg; and (5) lifting the infant slowly and in a horizontal position. The underlying principles of this technique are also applicable during feeding and diaper changing. (Includes 15 illustrative photographs.) (KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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