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What factors influence child growth and development?

What factors influence child growth and development?

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

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Child Development (Definition)

Child development is the established norms for a child developing certain skills, such as sitting up, walking, talking, and making compromises socially. Parents and professionals refer to these established norms to see if a child is developing physically ...Read more


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What is the normal language development trajectory for a child?

What is the normal language development trajectory for a child?

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 more

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Six years old child has 1.6mg of growth hormone. Is that normal range?

Six years old child has 1.6mg of growth hormone. Is that normal range?

Gh dose: Gh dose is dependent on weight. Typical dosing at that age is 0.3 mg per kilogram per week. ...Read more

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Baby girl 4.5 months old, weights 5.95kg was born 3kg. Is she underweight? She's otherwise healthy and meeting her developmental milestones

Baby girl 4.5 months old, weights 5.95kg was born  3kg. Is she underweight? She's otherwise healthy and meeting her developmental milestones

No: Sounds normal the average baby doubles their birthweight at about 5-6months which she basically has done.Check with your pediatrician, but she sounds fine. ...Read more

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My 14 year old son's bone age was cited as 2 STD deviations above his chronological age. what does this mean in terms of his growth potential?

My 14 year old son's bone age was cited as 2 STD deviations above his chronological age. what does this mean in terms of his growth potential?

He's nearly finished: A bone age 2 sd above expected would place him at the end of his linear growth phase. Growth afterward would focus on muscle mass and other areas of growth. ...Read more

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What is the normal age of puberty development for boys and girls?

What is the normal age of puberty development for boys and girls?

12-16 years: Puberty occurs between 9-14 years for most girls and 11-16 for boys. There is wide variation in when the puberty growth spurt occurs. Girls are usually done growing 2 years after their periods start and boys can grow til they are 20...And some in to their 20s. ...Read more

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At what age a child speaks a language perfectly?

At what age a child speaks a language perfectly?

Difficult issue: Acquisition of understood speech and what you consider as "perfect" are separate issues. Most toddlers produce speech that is 50% understood by strangers at 2 , 75% at 3 and 95% at 4. Some blends and other issues can persist until school age. ...Read more

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Does nutrition affect a child's growing teeth, for normal kids in the u.S.?

Does nutrition affect a child's growing teeth, for normal kids in the u.S.?

Yes: Calcium and vitamin D absorption are especially important for strong healthy teeth. In adequate intake of either could affect teeth. Nutrition is also important for healthy gums and nerves which support the teeth. A well balanced diet is recommended. Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables also help to "brush" the teeth and are low is sugar. High sugar can lead to dental caries.- so diet matters. ...Read more

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My daughter is four. I'm worried about her development. Is autism an inherited trait or a developmental trait based on the child's environment?

My daughter is four. I'm worried about her development. Is autism an inherited trait or a developmental trait based on the child's environment?

Inherited latest: The latest thinking is that genes play a strong role. Much research is ongoing in autism genetics with some great discoveries. If you are concerned about her development, then I'm concerned too! At your daughter's age, she should be able to have a thorough evaluation and reach a diagnosis of developmental disorder, or not. Start with your general pediatrician and seek specialty care if necessary ...Read more

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Major developmental milestones to be observed in a 6 month old baby boy?

Major developmental milestones to be observed in a 6 month old baby boy?

Develop milestones: Six month olds are generally sitting unsupported (briefly), holding a cup/bottle, rolling both directions, babbling including consonants, responding to emotions of others, passing objects from one hand to the other, searches briefly for objects, and brings objects to the mouth. They should be sleeping all night and napping at least twice daily. ...Read more

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 will having albinism affect my child’s development?

 will having albinism affect my child’s development?

What Type?: The best way to get your questions answered is to ask your child's pediatrician for a referral to a geneticist and a pediatric ophthalmologist at lucile packard children's hospital, where your child will receive excellent care. ...Read more

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What is head bobbing means.worried about that in my 10 m old otherwise normal healthy baby with development milestones met.ped assured not infantile s?

What is head bobbing means.worried about that in my 10 m old otherwise normal healthy baby with development milestones met.ped assured not infantile s?

Though there are : many fairly benign causes of head-bobbing I'd be uncomfortable reassuring any parent without pediatric neurological & ophthalmological evaluations. Spasmus nutans alone, e.g., starts between 4 mos-3 yrs. & often resolves on its own. It's accompanied by nystagmus, rapid eye movements. Gastroesophageal Reflux is another possibility. I'd look into it a bit more. ...Read more

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When do normal girls reach their final breast development?

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When do normal girls reach their final breast development?

Bet. 13 1/2 & 15 1/2: The age achieving full breast development (tanner stage v) ranges from 13 1/2 to 15 1/2 years. ...Read more

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My 3 month old girl has a head circumference of 38.5 CM ..at birth she measured 34cms.m worried abt her low growth ..is she ok?

My 3 month old girl has a head circumference of 38.5 CM ..at birth she measured  34cms.m worried abt her low growth ..is she ok?

Within normal range: Both of these measurements are within the normal range and by themselves are not notable.Measurements of head circumference at this age is inconsistent from one observer to another. Head growth is better followed with serial measurements, done with the same technique and monitored over time. Two measurements will not establish a pattern while 3 or more likely give more information.Time will tell ...Read more

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At what age it sensible to catheterize a child with 12mm ASD if length/height growth is normal?

At what age it sensible to catheterize a child with 12mm ASD if length/height growth is normal?

Atrial SD age 2 cath: ?: At what age it sensible to catheterize a child with 12mm ASD if length/height growth is normal? ANS: This depends on so many things that cannot be answered here. Ask your team for their recommendations not someone who had never seen or examined your child and discussed issues with you and significant other. . ...Read more

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Delayed growth spurt at what age for boy?

Delayed growth spurt at what age for boy?

After age13-14: Delayed puberty for a boy is when by age 13-14 years, there are no pubertal changes, like testicular enlargement. Depending on the cause for the delay and whether treatment is indicated, growth rate should increase as puberty evolves. ...Read more

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Might a mans past drug use effect child development?

Might a mans past drug use effect 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

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What is the definition or description of: child development?

What is the definition or description of: child development?

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 more

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Can levothroid pills during pregnacy lead to child development issues?

Can levothroid pills during pregnacy lead to child development issues?

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

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How is child development impacted by having a stay-at-home mom as opposed to a working mom?

How is child development impacted by having a stay-at-home mom as opposed to a working mom?

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 more

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Is there any websites or cartoons that help with child development ? I'm looking for some that help small children learn faster .

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 more

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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

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 more

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18 mo old child can only say Hanna or dada. Is this normal development? He just started to walk 2 months ago, may still fall down. Also unresponsi

18 mo old child can only say Hanna or dada.  Is this normal development?  He just started to walk  2 months ago, may still fall down.  Also unresponsi

No: At 18 m a toddler should use 5-10 words, walk forward & backward, stoop & pick up a toy, walk up steps with hand held. The information suggests developmental delay. ...Read more

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My 3.5 month old baby sleeps for max 45 min stretches at night. This doesn't seem normal for babies of this age. Is this bad for his development?

My 3.5 month old baby sleeps for max 45 min stretches at night. This doesn't seem normal for babies of this age. Is this bad for his development?

Will get by: Baby will do better than you with this. I would change the kid back to a more traditional night pattern.If you never allow the kid more than 2 hours of sleep at a time during the day, waking him to feed or whatever, you can get his deep sleep segment to go back to nights when you don't wake him.Don't feed prior to sleep, only feed on awakening. ...Read more

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My baby first tooth was when she 14mos. Until now (18mos) only has 6 teeth. Is it ok? Everything else about her development are very normal.

My baby first tooth was when she 14mos. Until now (18mos) only has 6 teeth. Is it ok? Everything else about her  development are very normal.

Tooth eruption: Tooth eruption is genetically determined, and there is a very wide range of patterns. It's OK, since you really cannot do anything to speed things along. I have observed that when primary teeth take a while to erupt, the secondary teeth also come in late. ...Read more

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What is head bobbing means.worried about that in my 10 m old otherwise normal healthy baby with development milestones met.ped assured not infantile s?

Though there are : many fairly benign causes of head-bobbing I'd be uncomfortable reassuring any parent without pediatric neurological & ophthalmological evaluations. Spasmus nutans alone, e.g., starts between 4 mos-3 yrs. & often resolves on its own. It's accompanied by nystagmus, rapid eye movements. Gastroesophageal Reflux is another possibility. I'd look into it a bit more. ...Read more

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1year3month old baby boy.jerks 2or3 times a day.Active and development milestones meti.is this kind of jerks normal?kindof jerk while urinating

1year3month old baby boy.jerks 2or3 times a day.Active and development milestones meti.is this kind of jerks normal?kindof jerk while urinating

Jerking Episodes: HellCat262243. The jerking described is not typical. Infants, particularly newborns, have a startle reflex, but it passes after several months old. Any type of jerking needs assessment with thorough questioning and I recommend an evaluation by a Neurologist. Video taping the episodes can further assist the Neurologist. For consults, my direct link is healthtap.com/vanessanealmd code PNYTKV. ...Read more

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I have an 11 year old daughter and she still got lots of baby teeth. She only got 8 permanent. Is this normal for her development?

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I have an 11 year old daughter and she still got lots of baby teeth. She only got 8 permanent. Is this normal for her development?

Many answers : It seems that you have posted this question several times on this platform and you are getting a variety of answers. It could be normal if she has only lost 8 baby teeth, but not if she only gained 8 baby teeth. Permanent molars do not replace baby molars and sometimes parents forget to count those. At 11 she should have 4 perm molars, 4 per upper fronts, 4 perm lower fronts at least. ...Read more

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How high does your fever have to be to impact baby development during pregnancy? My normal temp is 97.6 rather than 98.6 taken by ear

How high does your fever have to be to impact baby development during pregnancy? My normal temp is 97.6 rather than 98.6 taken by ear

Probably above 102: Although prolonged/repeated exposure to high ambient temperatures of saunas,jacuzzis during the first weeks of pregnancy can increase the risk of some birth defects, it is not clear if fevers "impact on a baby development" because of the high temperature or because of the cause of the fever which can be viral or bacterial infections or other metabolic disorders. Ask MFM doctor with expertise in ID ...Read more

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The result of phenobarbital assay is 18.63uml/l and the result of my baby sgpt is 38.3... Is this normal for her? For my daughter age 1yr and 8mons?

The result of phenobarbital assay is 18.63uml/l and the result of my baby sgpt is 38.3... Is this normal for her? For my daughter age 1yr and 8mons?

Isolated...: ...Numbers are hard to make sense out of. Please re-ask with exact reason for the treatment with phenobarb, how she looks and grows, diagnoses she has, previous labs, and other liver functions. ...Read more

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Hi there! im 30 years old, I am pregnant for my first baby, during my ultrasoud the result of my uterus was 7.1x4.8x4.1cm was it normal?

Hi there! im 30 years old, I am pregnant for my first baby, during my ultrasoud the result of my uterus was 7.1x4.8x4.1cm was it normal?

Could be normal: You don't indicate in your question the gestational age of your pregnancy. The measurements youy gave are a normal sized uterus. As your pregnancy progresses the uterus enlarges. So, in an early pregnancy, this could be normal. ...Read more

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My wife is 12 weeks 2 day pregnant. Her gyn. Did vaginal and normal ultrasound. He said he thinks the baby is a boy. How accurate the result?

My wife is 12 weeks 2 day pregnant. Her gyn. Did vaginal and normal ultrasound. He said he thinks the baby is a boy.  How accurate the result?

Pretty good, but…: I would not decorate the nursery just yet. If well visualized, the gender of the baby can be accurately determined. However, 12 weeks is early. The baby is quite small. Reevaluation at the fetal anatomy screening between 18 and 21 weeks would be helpful. Even then, sometimes it's hard to tell, and people have been surprised at delivery. ...Read more

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My wife is 12 weeks 1 day pregnant. Her gyn did vaginal and normal ultrasound. He said probably baby boy but need time to confirm. Is result accurate?

The word probably: Says it all. 12 weeks is quite early, and the doctor's use of the word probably means it is better than 50-50 but nowhere near 90% likely. Fetal anatomy screening ultrasound at 18 to 21 weeks would provide a better opportunity to confirm the baby's gender. ...Read more

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Lost baby in 21 weeks due to PTL. Fetal autopsy result came back normal. Should i ask for cerclage for the next pregnancy? or choose wait-and-see

Lost baby in 21 weeks due to PTL. Fetal autopsy result came back normal. Should i ask for cerclage for the next pregnancy? or choose wait-and-see

Depends on details: It is important to discuss with your doctor the details surrounding this loss now while the information is fresh. There are basically 3 causes of loss - preterm labor, preterm ruptured membranes and an incompetent cervix. Later on it can be hard to determine but now in the moment is the time to narrow down the cause so that a plan for the future can be created. 17 OH P should be used regardless ...Read more