Just when you thought you could relax after a challenging pregnancy and childbirth, you are face up to the task of nurturing your new born. Parenting is not a cakewalk and you should always accomplish yourself with the right tools now that you have the responsibility to raise and mentor a new born. As a parent, you should be extremely careful during the initial years of your baby’s growth until he/she can express himself/herself comprehensively. The first year is particularly important as parents are the closest associates and accomplices of their children.
While it is known that every child is unique and can depict vivid growth and development patterns, a sharp deviation from the standard milestones can be a red signal. It is essential to heed the important warning signals early as ignoring them can prove detrimental over time. Certain important warning signs have been discussed briefly below to make you better aware of a potential anomaly in baby’s growth. However, in no way should this be considered medical advice and you should always consult an expert (like a pediatrician) in your best interest.
Baby Growth Parameters
Lack Of Responsiveness
A 2 months’ baby can begin making certain sounds (as gurgling and cooing) and tries to smile at people. If the baby doesn’t react to loud sounds, cannot hold up head while trying to push through tummy or not able to watch things around may be lacking responsiveness which babies usually acquire by this time.
By 4 months, a baby generally tries to copy some gestures (movements) and can hold steadily. If a baby cannot push when feet gets support (like a hard surface) or does not put things near/in mouth may possibly signify something lacking.
Lack Of Eye Co-ordination
If the baby is unable to follow movements or track right to left (and back) by 6 months’ age, he/she might need checking and examination. Sensitivity to light and eye drainage also signify an abnormality.
Small babies are often found to cross eyes. This may be normal for the first 6 months but then the eyes should look in the same direction. This can be checked by covering one eye for some time.
Lack Of Language And Communique
Young ones may receive language instructions differently but there is a general milestone for achieving language skills. By 9 months’ of age, a child usually babbles (says ‘dada’, ‘baba’, etc.), can sit and bear his/her weight on own legs and respond to name. Not playing (any) games (back-and-forth play), lacking co-ordination, not looking where pointed and not copying gestures can be warning signals.
Lack Of Emotional And Social Growth
Young ones have their own way of communicating with you right from the first day. Every baby has unique abilities and temperament.
Your baby may be a sensitive, quiet, easily distracting or a demanding one. Temperament is a crucial emotional component which should be highlighted through gestures. A baby’s cry, movement of hands and legs and reflexes determine his/her emotional state of affairs. You should be able to decipher a clue into your child’s temperament fairly over time. If you child depicts erratic behavior, there is possibly something which needs to be attended.
Your first acquaintance with this new assignment (parenting) may be a bit intricate but with knowledge and common sense, things are likely to become much easier over time.