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How Personal Factors Influence Child Development
No: Unless your current actions and interactions with the child are an issue there should not be any effect on development. ...Read more
Established norms: Through observations of groups of kids, normative stages have been established for children, i.e. We know the approximate ages that kids begin to sit up, walk, talk, use the potty, and make compromises socially. In referring to these established norms, parents and professionals can see if individual kids are within the expected range of physical and psychological development. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely: Untreated thyroid disease may create some complications. Congenital hypothyroid(low) can lead to retardation but is usually screened for in the newborn nursery in the U.S. ...Read more
Complicated: In the early months/years family care will give the child more individual attention. Older toddlers/children can benefit from the social stimulation of daycare. The decision has to be what's best for your family emotional/economically. First two sons home cared by father - second set daycare and I see no difference in their development. Be sure to research a daycare facility thoroughly. http://www.livestrong.com/article/72423-daycare-vs.-stay-home-parent/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any websites or cartoons that help with child development ? I'm looking for some that help small children learn faster .
No: Babies interact and learn best when they interact with their parents and other people around them. Not multiple media. Involve your baby in your daily activities, keep him around people. Read and sing to him. Take him outside, let him explore with different textures, shapes and colors, encourage explorative behavior. Nothing substitutes the parents! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Child development and psychological child development my baby lives w his mom renting a room at 1 family home. The couple that own the house has 1 kid almost 3 yrs old. My baby is 2.3 yrs old. I see already that there is a huge conflict of interest. Two m
When parents are: Separated, each can control only what goes on in his/her own home. Other than increasing financial support to mom ; child for their own home and nurturing child-care, there is little you can do, unless you observe signs of reportable child abuse or neglect. Chronic parental conflict can cause post-divorce emotional child abuse at any age. Co-parenting classes can help prevent or remediate this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Genetic, epigenetic,: biological & environmental factors interact to determine developmental trajectory. Translational research, the study of how the latter 2 factors trigger physical & behavioral expression of both normal & altered genes, may reveal ways to modify pre- & post-natal environmental & physical factors for all babies' optimal development, as whole genome testing will soon be affordable for clinical use. ...Read more
Is there any medical condition where a child/teenager has a more higher mental age of maturity/personal development than his actual age would suggest?
Gifted?: Having an iq > 2 standard deviations above the mean (>130) is actually not typical development. Iq is a function of genetics + environment. Some gifted kids have social skills difficulties. Taking on adult roles is usually from environmental issues. Read the drama of the gifted child. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things: Motor development is a complex series of gains in coordination and strength. In infants, lack of tummy-time can lead to late crawling due to weaker upper bodies. Other things affecting strength, such as weakness related to illness or genetic problems, can delay skills. Practice makes perfect (or close enough), so the best way to help motor development is to encourage new efforts! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nature vs nurture: A child's growth and development begins at birth. Nature dictates stages and changes in development in physical, social, behavioral, and emotional areas. Gross motor skills precede fine motor skills (e.g.crawling before walking), isolated play precedes co active and cooperative play, babbling precedes word formation, and self-focus precedes recognition of others opinions all leading to adulthood. ...Read more
Upwards!: There will sometimes be little false starts, or sometimes a small step backwards as children learn new developmental skills, including language. But the overall trajectory should be up and up. Any significant, sustained regression in any developmental area (that is, a big step backwards) should raise concern and prompt a medical evaluation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It Depends: This is a difficult question.It depends upon what the difficulties are.Some may be serious and permanant impairments for the future. Some may be remediated with help and some may resolve with maturity.They are not all hopeless.For example a child with poor coordination may not be the best athlete but otherwise be perfectly normal in every other respect.If you wish, you can message me with detail. ...Read more
Are computer games harmful to a child's development, or do they help train him for a future in computers?
Some are: Many computer games involve killing and maiming and seem to me to teach that violence is O.K. Others, like e.g. Snow boarding, teach dexterity and computer savvy. Like everything in life, it should be balanced by thoughtful restriction. I believe that the constant use of electronic gadgets is harming kids because it is surprisingly addictive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can be huge...: A child's general health can definitely affect a child's development, both neurologically and physically. Chronic malnutrition or specific nutritional deficiencies or serious health problems and their treatments (cancer, cystic fibrosis, etc.) can have profound affects on a child. ...Read more
Read, play, talk: And listen. We're all recommending activities that involve your engaging with your child in an interactive way, sharing joint attention. Pairing reading & cuddling is great. Limit the sum of all electronic play/viewing to a max of 2hrs./day if >2Y.O. Talk about whatever you're doing & let him "help".Tell him your rules & consequences for behavior; follow thru with time-out after 1 warning. Enjoy! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No: If asthma is poorly controlled in children, they may be excluded from some physical activities or be picked-on by other children. This could affect social development however, physical development would be expected to be normal, even among children who use inhaled steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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