Physical Development In Infant is a series of articles written by Dr. Mahmut Ibrigken, an OB/GYN. He is a world renowned expert on mother and child issues, specializing in newborn, fetal and neonatal health. Ibrigken uses many years of experience as a pediatrician and developmental pediatrician to offer his knowledge of the developing human baby. Through this series of articles, you can learn about important information to help you prepare for your baby’s arrival.
Development throughout the first year is key to a healthy and normal life. The primary goal of education is to help parents and caregivers understand the importance of early detection and prevention of diseases that can affect a baby’s development. Early diagnosis and treatment of common diseases help to improve the baby’s chance for a normal and healthy development. Breastfeeding, easy clean diapers, basic immunizations and support for the new family are just a few of the things you can expect throughout the first year.
Growth and development depend on the baby’s environment. Babies have needs that will be different from those of older children. Infants under the age of one require a more interactive caretaker than older children. You will find yourself assisting your baby not only in day-to-day activities but also in homework and bedtime routines. It will be your role to help them develop mentally and emotionally.
You should expect your baby’s growth and development to go along with your baby’s weight at birth. At about four months, your baby will begin to demonstrate typical toddler characteristics such as walk, sit and reach. By six months, your baby should be able to sit up and begin to crawl. At eight to nine months, your baby should be able to walk comfortably on his own.
Growth spurts occur throughout the year. You may notice your baby tugging on your hand or arms. Little muscle movements are common, as well as twitches and movements that look a little like dancing. These are all normal growth and development signs.
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The size, shape and development of your baby’s head, face and scalp are the most obvious physical indications of growth. Your baby will probably start to crawl around at approximately eighteen to twenty-two weeks old. Their eyes will begin to open and begin to appear human-like. If you were to chance upon any signs of abnormality in your baby’s growth, you should contact your doctor immediately.
Growth spurts can have an effect on your baby’s eating patterns. You may notice that your baby seems less interested in food as the months go by. In addition, there are some babies who have difficulty losing weight. Some babies just do not gain weight at the same rate as others. Keep an eye on your baby’s weight and development and monitor their progress carefully.
Another indicator is if your baby begins to cry more frequently than usual. This can be attributed to a variety of things. Usually it is due to new experiences that your baby has had. If you notice that your baby is fussing a lot or appears as if they are uncomfortable. You should get a visit from your pediatrician as soon as possible.
Do not be concerned if your baby stops gaining weight or starts to gain in certain areas. Most often babies experience growth spurts because they are feeding themselves with formula. This is when they add the necessary vitamins and minerals that their body needs. There are other reasons why a baby might be struggling to gain weight. If your baby seems to be struggling to gain weight, they should be evaluated for any nutritional deficiencies.
Babies normally have their first birthday party at around six months of age. This is the first year where you will begin to see the beginnings of physical development. At this time, your baby’s muscles are growing and developing. They will also start to learn how to sit, stand, roll over, and even feed themselves. At this point you will also begin to see changes in their bowel habits.
Physical development is something that we all look forward to. Children develop at their own pace and for their own reasons. While we always want the best for our children, it is important to keep an eye on their growth and development from the time they are born until they are one year old. Remember that children grow faster at times than others, but they always come through in the end.