Growth & Development

It is recommended that your child be assessed by the Paediatrician of your choice at frequent intervals, especially in the first 12-18 months of life. This is not just to administer the “shots” which are due, but also so that his development may be monitored.
The earlier that any abnormalities in this area are detected, the better. 

Development is a continuous process from Conception to Maturity. The sequence of development is roughly the same in all children, but the rate of development varies from child to child. For example, a child has to learn to sit before he can learn to walk, but the age at which children learn to sit and to walk varies considerably. The fact that one child is developing in an area at a faster rate than another does NOT mean he is more Intelligent.
We should be careful not to fall into the trap of comparing the development of siblings or that of other kids known to us.
 
The following milestones are merely Guidelines which we use in monitoring development, and are taken from “The Development of The Infant and Young Child” by R.S. Illingworth.

The newborn baby

  • Sees
  • Hears
  • Roots & sucks
  • Sleeps
  • Cries

The usual length of pregnancy is 40 weeks (nine lunar months).

CONCEPTION

  • Only one out of hundreds of millions of sperm penetrates the ovum or egg and alters the surface of the egg so that no other sperm can enter.
  • The genes (hereditary factors that determine our physical and emotional characteristics) of the sperm merge with those of the egg to create a new life.

BREAST FEEDING

baby-feeding

Breast feeding is the foundation of good nutrition in infancy.

Exclusive breast feeding provides adequate nutrition for the first four to six months of life and is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for this period. In the normal full-term baby, there is no need for supplements of water, formula or vitamins for the first six months of life.

Breast milk production begins when the baby begins to suck after birth but full production does not come on stream until the 3rd or 4th day after birth.

 

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