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10 STEPS FOR ORAL MOTOR STIMULATION IN INFANTS Nandgaonkar Hemant


Content  Need for oral motor stimulation

 Benefits of oral motor stimulation  Precautions to be taken  Steps for oral motor stimulation

 Schedule for oral motor stimulation  References

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Benefits  Increased number of sucks during feeding

 Increased volume of fluid ingested during feeding  Accelerated weight gain

 Earlier hospital discharge

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Step 1

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Please check nails. They should be cut and clean.

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Please clean the hand with sanitizer before oral motor stimulation.

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Please do not do the oral motor stimulation while baby is sleeping.

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Step 2

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Make the baby alert by moving the fingers lightly along the face.

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Step 3

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With your thumb and index or middle finger press baby’s cheeks firmly and move it in circular fashion.

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Step 4

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Hold the face firmly with thumb and finger near the ear and move it towards lips.

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End at the corner of the lip and then again start from the ear and repeat it 5 times.

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Step 5

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With your index finger press above the upper lip and move in circular fashion.

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Step 6

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With your index finger, press firmly on the chin and move in a circular fashion.

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Step 7

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Slowly insert your little finger into baby’s mouth.

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Give the baby time to respond.

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Step 8

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Move the inserted finger inside the mouth and massage the gums.

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Step 9

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Do it on either side.

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Step 10

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Let the baby hold the finger and suck it.

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Schedule  Do the oral motor exercises 5 minutes before every feed.  Each exercise to be done for 5 times.  For any variation please contact Occupational Therapist.

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References  Occupational Therapy for children: 5th Edition, Editor: Jane Case Smith  Neurological Rehabilitation: 4th Edition: Editor: Darcy A. Umphred

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