Many parents worry that their children have not reached developmental milestones at the appropriate age, such as walking and talking.
But a new poll conducted by the Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan has raised concerns that some of these parents did not seek expert advice—such as their child’s pediatrician—for answers.
Opinion polls found that nearly 25% of parents suspect that their children might be stunted. among them, 18% of people seek advice from family or friends, or turn to the Internet instead of contacting a healthcare provider.
“Parents may not be sure whether their children have made appropriate progress according to their age and are on track with their peers,” Say Dr. Gary L. Freed is the co-leader of the investigation and is a pediatrician. “While most people do seek professional advice, some parents may turn to sources that may not be reliable, such as friends or online content.”
Fried said friends, family or social media may provide inaccurate or outdated information to worried parents. He also emphasized that although most milestones are reached within a predictable time frame, each child is unique and may be earlier or later, depending on personal development.
“This does not necessarily mean that one child is early or the other is delayed,” Fried said. Certain factors, such as premature birth, may affect the child’s natural development.
The poll was based on the responses of 779 parents with at least one child 5 years of age or younger. It also found that about one-third of parents compare their children with other children. This is more common in fathers than in mothers.
Fried said that if parents have any questions about a child’s physical, social, emotional, communication, or cognitive development, they should talk to the child’s healthcare provider.
The exploratory well is the best time to check your child’s progress and whether they need additional support.
Reach development milestones
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, This Philadelphia Children’s Hospital, with CS Mott Children’s Hospital All of these provide reliable information about child development. Here are some of the most important milestones, based on information from these sources:
Two months: Most babies start to smile, make cooing noises and start paying attention to people. They will raise their heads and may push up when lying prone.
Four months: Most babies interact more with people and imitate facial expressions and voices. They will begin to reach for toys and play with them. They may be able to roll from the stomach to the back.
Six months: Most babies show more curiosity about the world around them and can react to their own names. They become clearer when expressing different emotions. They may start to form consonants. Most babies can sit up, crawl and stand without support.
Nine months: Many babies may be attached to familiar adults and may be shy towards strangers. They can understand the word “no” and make a word-like sound. Fine motor skills are also more developed. They can pick up small objects with their thumb and index finger. Many babies can pull themselves into a standing position while grasping the support.
12 months: One-year-old children usually say a few words and respond to people with a combination of words and gestures. Many people took some steps, but did not seize any support. They can drink water from a cup by themselves, or put things in and out of the container.
18 months: Most toddlers can say a few words and then start to pretend with their toys. They know how to use objects such as utensils or hairbrushes, and can point to things to convey what they want. They are likely to walk or even start running.
Two years: Most children start to exercise their independence and want to play with other children. They can communicate in sentences of two to four words and can point to objects when naming them. They may be able to classify shapes and colors, as well as kick and throw balls. Most children can go up and down the stairs while holding on to the support.
This American Academy of Pediatrics Said that children should be screened for general development at 9, 18 and 30 months. They should also be screened for autism at 18 months and 24 months, or when their parents or healthcare providers have concerns.