The Influence of Baby Gymnastic and Baby Massage on Baby Motor Development Aged 3-6 Months in Posyandu Kapasa

  • Muh Thahir Lecturer of Physiotherapy Department, Health Polytechnic of Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia
  • Aco Tang
Keywords: Infant gymnastics, Infant massage, Infant motor development

Abstract

This study aimed to determine the effect of baby gymnastics and baby massage on changes in motor development of infants aged 3-6 months at the Posyandu (Integrated Health Post) Kapasa Makassar. This study was a field experiment research involving treatment variables namely baby gymnastics and baby massage, while the response (dependent) variable was the development of infant motor skills. The research design was the Quasy experiment using pretest-post test of two group design. The study population were infants aged 3 - 6 months in the Posyandu Kapasa Makassar, while the samples were infants aged 3 - 6 months in the Posyandu Kapasa Makassar which numbered 20 subjects, selected with random sampling technique and then divided into 2 (two) groups, one group as the treatment consist of 10 subjects and one control group also consist of 10 subjects. This study used a Denver Development Screening Test (DDST) for evaluating motor development and measured before and after administration of intervention. The interventions performed 3 times a week for 2 months. The result showed that by giving baby gymnastics and baby massage results in increased motor skills of infants aged 3 - 6 months at the Posyandu Kapasa Makassar. It is recommended for mothers to give baby gymnastics and baby massage to their babies to improve motor development of infants aged 3-6 months.

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Published
2019-09-26
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