Growth and Development
During infancy and childhood, there are many important physical and developmental changes that take place, especially in the first year of life. Studies have shown that in healthy full-term children, "developmental milestones" are generally always achieved within certain age ranges. An important part of the general pediatric check up is to make sure that your child is reaching these milestones within the appropriate age range.
Physical growth, which is generally measured in terms of height, weight and head growth, is also monitored carefully. Because growth and development are key/telling signs of a child’s health, and because changes occur so rapidly during the first 18 months, check-ups need to be organized on a frequent, regular basis during this important period of your child’s life. As children get older, check-ups to assess growth and development are generally only necessary every 6 months, or once a year.
It's important to bear in mind that no matter what your child's rate of development and growth, a loving and supportive environment are crucial to his or her happiness and self-esteem. Avoid comparing your child too much to other children. If you have a concern about your child’s rate of growth or development, discuss it with your doctor. For helpful information and guidelines relating to childhood growth and development, see the following articles.