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Your Child's Development

Watching your child grow and develop is one of the most exciting parts of being a parent, especially in the early months when it seems every day brings a new skill.
Knowing what to expect from your child will help you in many ways. If you’re worried she is not reaching some milestones, you can mention it to your doctor. As well, if you know what skills to expect at a specific age, you can be sure to take steps to keep your child safe (for example, keeping dangerous objects well out of reach before your baby starts crawling).

What to expect

  • All children are different and develop skills at different times.
  • It is normal for a child to be behind in some areas and ahead in others.
  • If you’re worried your childis not reaching some milestones, mention it to your doctor.

What Can i Expect From A Visit TO My Childs Doctor ?

  • Gross motor: These are movements using the body’s large muscles and include sitting, standing, walking, running, keeping balance, and changing positions.
  • Fine Motor :skills use the small muscles in the hands and fingers. Fine motorskills include —using hands to eat, draw, dress, play, and write—develop over time. They also also involve hand-eye coordination.
  • Language : Speaking, using body language and gestures, and understanding what others say.
  • Cognitive : These are thinking skills—learning, understanding, problem-solving, reasoning, and remembering.
  • Social: Connecting and having relationships with others, cooperating, and responding to the feelings of others.

The table below is a general guide for development from birth to age 4. Remember, all children are different and develop skills at different times. It is normal for a child to be behind in some areas and ahead in others.

If you have any concerns about your child’s development, or if he seems to be behind in more than one of the areas listed below, speak with your doctor.

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