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When it comes to your baby's developmental milestones, what's normal? Cook Children's pediatricians can help you with answers every step, and milestone, of the way.
Every day your baby is growing and changing at a rapid pace. Many factors can influence these changes, including your child's genetic makeup, the environment in which you raise them, nutrition, medical care and more.
Kids achieve developmental milestones by general age ranges, but a delay in achieving certain skills does not necessarily mean that your child is 'developmentally delayed.' A new paretn should remember that "normal" is expressed in many different ways.
A baby is an individual and his or her personality will start developing from birth. As you spend more time with your baby, you'll learn more about their personality. In addition, you'll notice changes in your child's body systems that can be categorized into motoric, sensory and cognitive components. Typical development occurs in stages. Knowing these can provide a general guideline to help you track your child's progress.
Though the above characteristics of movement, speech and play development are typically seen in normal developing babies, don't panic if milestones are not met right on time. Some kids develop at a more rapid rate, while others may take a little longer.
There are some red flags to watch for that may indicate an appointment with your baby's pediatrician is needed. If an issue is identified, your baby may potentially be referred to a developmental therapist (physical, speech or occupational). Examples, not inclusive to all signs, include:
Remember, each child is unique and develops at a different rate. Though it is important to monitor your child's development, it is also important to allow your child to develop at his or her own pace and realize that 'normal' can be defined differently for each child.
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