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Nurturing Your Child to Improve Learning and Attention - Topic Overview

The following are suggestions for nurturing your child to help improve his or her learning and attention.

  • Give frequent physical contact. Touch and hold your baby as much as possible during the first 6 months of his or her life. You will not spoil your baby. Your baby needs frequent physical contact to grow and develop.
  • Set limits on your child's daily TV and computer time. Aim for 2 hours or less a day. For a child younger than 2 years, help his or her brain develop by playing or reading together instead of letting your child watch TV, watch movies, or play games on a screen.
  • Choose age-appropriate toys, and provide a safe play environment. Toys that stimulate the brain are recommended, such as books, blocks, and puzzles. Use a playpen or gate to ensure the play area is safe from potential hazards, such as stairs or pets.
  • Encourage your child to play. Find some time each day to play with your child. Choose games and play activities that encourage conversation, such as reading and board games. Also, allow your child some time to play alone.
  • Encourage your child to be active. Exercise and play can help your child pay attention and focus on learning.
  • Make sure your child gets enough sleep and rest each day. Don't interrupt your child's sleep unless it is necessary. You may want to use soft music to help your child relax. Some people suggest playing soft music that does not contain words for 30 minutes each day.
  • Encourage your child to eat healthy foods and to develop healthy eating habits. Limit the amount of sugar and fat in your child's diet.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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