How to Map Your Child’s Growth

There are a multitude of sources to learn from about good parenting, beginning with the traditional advice given by the elderly of learning how to burp your baby to adding whiskey for teething problems. There are also science journals and international studies that empirically tell you what is good for your child. We understand you require all this information on your finger tips and thus we bring to you a one-stop guide to map your child’s overall growth.

Physical growth 
The initial years of a child’s life are extremely crucial in terms of his or her development.
In India, for both boys and girls, 2.6 kg is considered to be a healthy birth-weight. The international standard maintained is 7.5 pounds at birth. The height of a baby boy should ideally be around 47.1cms and for a baby girl, 46.7cms. Your child’s motor development starts it becomes active: learns to roll over, crawl, or walk. The muscle tone, muscle strength and quality of movements determine how healthy and active your child will be in later years. You need to observe your child’s range of movement and encourage it to use its entire body even for a simple activity like swinging hands.

Mental growth 
The first three years of your child’s life play an important role in the growth of its mental capacity. These are the years when your child’s brain triples in weight, and the cognitive functions begin to develop. This cognitive development is divided into three stages running into the twelfth year of your child’s life. From learning simple reflex activity in the first twenty four months, verbal representation of speech between 2 to 4 years, and the ability to comprehend logic and abstract thought by age 12.

Emotional growth
Socio-emotional skills of children continue to develop into their teenage. When your baby begins to interact with you, recognize faces, and smile at their own reflection, you begin to realize that your child is responding to emotions. This is a crucial part of your baby’s development where you need to provide responsive care. You have to be affectionate and nurturing especially in the first four years so as to instill the same values into your child. Developing your child’s emotional health involves teaching them how to resolve conflict in a healthy manner. If your child does not respond or takes considerable time to respond to simple gestures, it is imperative you consult a child specialist.

Witnessing the growth story of your child is not only heart-warming, but is equally magical. As parents, we want nothing short of the best for our children, and investing in health insurance right at the beginning resolves uninvited problems later.

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