What is sensory integration? Or, also called Sensory processing disorder.
When we see, hear, touch, smell or taste something, the information is first processed by our nervous systems before we react.
The nervous system needs to sort the information received and elects which parts of the information needs ignoring and which parts need action taken.
Problems in this area are often called “sensory integration” issues, or “sensory processing” issues.
may struggle with hypersensitivity, or a “high reaction” to a stimulus.
Others may have hyposensitivity, or a “low reaction” to stimuli.
baby with a hypersensitivity sensory integration dysfunction may jump
at every little sound. A baby with hyposensitivity integration problems
may hardly respond or not respond to touch or sound at all. Some babies
are selectively hypo or hyper sensitive to certain stimuli.
Sensory Integration Disorder Symptoms
Symptoms of a Baby with Hypersensitivity “high reaction”:
Extreme fussiness, long periods of crying and/or arching of the back.
The baby gets upset when touched or during diaper changes. The baby may also become anxious when placed in water.
The baby is more aware of a dirty/wet diaper.
The baby shows a dislike to any motion such as rocking and/or bouncing.
The baby is inconsolable.
The baby gags and/or vomits often.
“low reaction” Hyposensitivity Signs:
The baby doesn’t seem to notice a soiled diaper.
The baby does not seem to respond to touch.
The baby does not notice sounds.
The Impact on Breastfeeding
aversion is a common sensory integration disorder that can cause
breastfeeding problems. With Oral aversion, the baby resists anything that
touches the mouth or gums. This problem is usually caused by
interventions during or after labor such as aggressive
suctioning, gavage feeding. Dysfunction in sensory integration is
associated with many breastfeeding issues.
Some Feeding Problems that might Indicate Sensory Integration Problems: