When should I be concerned about my child's growth and development?
Talk to your doctor if your child is not reaching
normal growth and development milestones. But keep in mind that every child
develops at a different pace. A child who is slow to reach milestones in one
area, such as talking, may be ahead in another area, such as walking. Usually
it is of more concern when a child reaches developmental milestones but then
loses those abilities.
See your doctor if your child makes repetitive motions or odd
movements or has not
bonded well with others, especially caregivers. Also, watch for signs of
hearing problems, such as not reacting to people or loud noises.
hesitate to talk to your doctor anytime you have concerns about your child,
even if you are not sure exactly what worries you.
How can I help my child during this period?
can help your child grow and develop by understanding a toddler's need for
independence and allowing safe exploration. It helps your child become
confident in trying new skills when you are patient and provide unconditional
love. Also, recognize that your child can be easily overwhelmed by all the new
things he or she is seeing, hearing, learning, and doing. Help your child to
get plenty of rest and quiet time. Schedule well-child visits with a doctor to
keep track of your child's growth, development, and overall well-being.