|Growth and Development
During infancy and childhood, there are many important physical
and developmental changes that take place, especially in the first
year of life. Studies have shown that in healthy full-term children,
"developmental milestones" are generally always achieved
within certain age ranges. An important part of the general pediatric
check up is to make sure that your child is reaching these milestones
within the appropriate age range.
Physical growth, which is generally measured in terms of height,
weight and head growth, is also monitored carefully. Because growth
and development are key/telling signs of a childs health,
and because changes occur so rapidly during the first 18 months,
check-ups need to be organized on a frequent, regular basis during
this important period of your childs life. As children get
older, check-ups to assess growth and development are generally
only necessary every 6 months, or once a year.
It's important to bear in mind that no matter what your child's
rate of development and growth, a loving and supportive environment
are crucial to his or her happiness and self-esteem. Avoid comparing
your child too much to other children. If you have a concern about
your childs rate of growth or development, discuss it with
your doctor. For helpful information and guidelines relating to
childhood growth and development, see the following articles.
The information provided in this site is
designed to be an educational aid only. It is not intended to
replace the advice and care of your child's physician, nor is
it intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. If
you suspect that your child has a medical condition, always
consult a physician.
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