Did you know that 5% of the world’s children population are victims of developmental and behavioral disorders? And that it is increasingly widespread? More importantly, did you know that we can help such children lead a normal or at least a better life if identified at an infant stage?
Assess your 0-1 year old baby for the below check-points and rest assured if he is all doing fine. If in case he/she is not doing as expected, that could be a sign of neurological, orthopedic or a genetic problem that’s worth discussing with your pediatrician. However, without panicking much make a significant note that for a condition as mild as a developmental delay or as serious as a disorder, early identification and intervention before 3 years of age will ensure the baby’s maturation to its fullest potential. Don’t be surprised, many physicians aren’t aware of this fact!!
Here Are 8 Things All Mothers Must Know About Her Baby’s Development:
Number Of Feeds
The first few months could find your baby sleeping a lot but make sure that it is also getting enough feed especially when the infant is confined to breastfeeding. During the first few days after birth the sucking duration might be little lesser, but with proper latching techniques the sucking quality and quantity has to go up. The average breast feeding time is 20-30 minutes, with feeds ranging from 6 – 12 times a day.
Urination and stools
Look for a minimum of 6 wet diapers per day and pottying a minimum of once in a 5 days. This will also assure that your baby is getting enough milk to keep it hydrated and develop well.
￼Identifying The Mother
It is known that a newborn can identify the mother primarily through touch. By 2 months, the baby should be also able to visually identify the mother. Research has proven that massaging a baby regularly also stimulates the baby’s senses which is very vital for a baby’s overall development. Also this will further strengthen the prevailing bonding between mother and child.
By 3 months, the baby should be able smile at the family members. It is also expected to respond with a social smile to those who smile at it.
Gross Motor Skills
True that all mothers eagerly wait to see her baby crawl and walk; hence there is no question of neglecting these milestones such as holding the neck, sitting, standing and walking, but the question of more importance is how many mothers actually know the average age by when the baby should be achieving the milestones. Having a developmental chart for reference, especially for a first time mom will be of a great help.
Fine Motor skills
These are the activities which involve the baby’s palms and fingers. Reaching out to an object, holding a rattle, passing on a toy from one hand to the other, picking up finer objects such as beads are all examples that fall under this category. These skills are believed to be the precursor for cognitive development. Please refer a reference chart handy to evaluate a baby for this.
Vision/ Sound Localization
Localization is locating the source of sound or light as the case may be. By 2-3 months the baby should be able to turn to the direction of light or sound source. The baby should also be able to track objects by 3-4 months and maintain eye contact for a minimum of 9 seconds.
Yet another milestone which all mothers await from the baby. As a general norm, it is expected that the baby should be talking atleast one word by age one and should progress to ten to twenty words by 18 months.
Please educate others by sharing this information as much as you can, for our intention is to curtail even that “one” bad child and produce a much healthier and a happier planet. After all, “A healthy child is the happy child”.