Doctor insights on:
Physical Development In Children
See below: The answer is best discussed with your pediatrician or google "developmental milestones" for the age specifically you seek. Developmental tracking entails monitoring the progress of your child in areas of: language & other cognitive skills, social skills, physical challenges/changes, & personality. This age group covers preschool, kindergarten through 2nd grade-too much info for this forum. ...Read more
Question too broad: There are thick books written about the subject so your question is to undefined & broad to answer in 400 characters. If you have a specific question, please submit it. Be aware that questions are not linked on the site so each question must contain all information needed for a response. ...Read more
Growth/development: Doctors measure a child's height or length (depending on age), head size, and weight at every well visit and plot it on a standardized chart to tack growth. Doctors also have a set of standardized normal tasks and activities that children should be able to do around specific ages (example: sitting up at age 6 months). Check out this site for more info: http://www. Cdc. Gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment. ...Read more
By well-established: Norms for each parameter - length till 2, then height, weight, bmi ; head circumference ; specific body parts - on a standard distribution curve from 5th-95th%ile. Norms also exist for the age range of milestones in all developmental streams for infants ; children too young for standardized testing of iq, processing ; achievement. See healthychildren. Org ; firstsigns. Org. ...Read more
Learning: We learn by what we see, what we hear, what we touch and what touches us. To a lesser extent, we learn by what we taste and smell. It is vital to check vision and hearing in a child with developmental delays. Likewise, it's important to know if a child can explore objects by touch. If there are deficits in any of these, alternative methods of teaching can help a child learn. ...Read more
No: This is a normal bodily function and has no ill effects ...Read more
Think for yourself: Today's children are taller and healthier than ever before. Evidence that poorly-defined, poorly-understood entities like autism and add respond to limited diet is interesting but remains anecdotal. But go to an old graveyard and see how many people used to die in childhood. What's actually putting children in danger is obesity, lack of exercise, and lack of good parenting. ...Read more
Confusing question: What is "mild development"? If your question is how you treat recognized developmental delays, the answer is a bit simpler to answer. After a general medical evaluation to assure the stable medical condition of the kid, the resources of physical, occupational and speech therapists are brought in to identify and coax out progress through therapy. ...Read more
Many Things!: Factors we know are associated with mental development in children include nutrition (breast vs bottle feeding) macronutrient and micronutrient intake, genetics certainly play a significant role in cognitive development, social determinants including demographics are involved. Parent factors like level of bonding for infants and overall parenting skills also are significant. Many variables! ...Read more
It depends: Depending on the cause, there may be a treatment. For most kids w delays there is no treatable cause. Therapy such as speech or physical can help them catch up and is really important. ...Read more
Child and family: The easy answer is genetics, biology (eg, prematurity, illness) and environment (family and community).Parenting that uses consistent, well-defined rules, rewards and consequences appropropriate for the child's age supports emotional well-being. Parental involvement with interactive play, language, listening, reading and adult-supervised peer interaction supports social development, as well. ...Read more
Marriage: Everyone who is married, regardless of station in life, wishes for a loving marriage. When we fail or go through difficult times it can affect our spirits, lower our mood as our emotions connect to our brain chemistry and we start to feel low and in some cases slow intellectually. Depression and low mood can have dramatic affects on all aspects of our lives. Remember how great falling in love felt. ...Read more
If I have one child with autism what is the likelihood of my other two children having a mental development disorder?
No clear data.:
Autism does not have a clear genetic basis.
It is a spectrum type disorder with a range of severities.
Hence there is no clear incidence rate in sblings or future offsprings.
If there is a known chromosomal diagnosis and ASD is an add on co morbidity, then a geneticist, could come up with the odds. ...Read more
My 4 month old son has lissencephaly. What are the best possible ways to help his development starting now? Physical and mental?
PT, OT and speech: Early intervention is the best thing you can do for any child who has developmental delays. A child with lissencephaly should be evaluated and receive therapy from a physical therapist, and occupational therapist & a speech therapist as soon as possible one the diagnosis is made. Http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/lissencephaly/lissencephaly. Htm ...Read more
Every fetus has a: Genetic potential for IQ & adaptive skills that is modified by biological & environmental factors before & after birth. Kids of high-school drop-outs have a 7 times higher incidence of Intellectual Disability than kids whose moms graduated. Read, talk, play & have family meals from infancy on up. Don't allow TV/videos or other screen time till age 2, then limit total screen time to 2 hours/day. ...Read more
Good and bad: Not an expert, but my opinion is that: video games have positive points such as improved coordination, problem solving skills and memory development. The problem with abuse and/or age inappropriate games is that it exposes kids to subjects and imagery that may deform their perception of reality. Also, playing too much prevents kids from engaging in more normal social and physical activities. ...Read more
Nature/nurture: As children develop they are shaped by two factors, their genetics and their enviornment. The mental health of the parent would impact both. Genetically many mental health disorers are generationally passed on. The stability of a parent greatly affects the child developmentally. Different theories of development identify different levels of impact. Overall, most theories agree childhood is. ...Read more
Central Nervous: System chages found in people with ASD. Include small, densely packed neurons in the hippocampus of the temporal lobes which process sensory input & in the cerebellum. Axons can be. " pinched", like a string of sausages, impacting transmission from one neuron to another. One type of brain pathology increases chances of others, like Intellectual Disability & seizures. Each child needs evaluation. ...Read more
Our daughter (9) has one leg 1/2 in. Longer than the other. Will this cause problems with physical development? Is it a sign of a bigger health issue
Leg length: It is not uncommon to have a slight difference in leg length and should not cause problems in the future. ...Read more
The best exersise class is playing and having fun with your baby.
Yet they are a nice respite and a good opportunity to get out and meet new moms. ...Read more
What are the effects of lack of nutrition on the physical, intellectual, and social development of a child?
Deleterious: Depending upon the severity and specifics of the poor nutrition physical, intellectual, and social development can be adversely affected. ...Read more
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
Was told by a GI nurse that Crohn's patients shouldn't have children bc they can have development delays. Any truth to that?
4 month old won't put as much pressure on left leg than right. She kind of pulls it upsometimes too. Could she have a physical development issue?
Although she does: Not need to weight-bear at that age, any asymmetry in use of extremities in an infant warrants a physical & neurological exam by her pediatrician, with referral to a pediatric neuroligist for further investigation if any abnormalities are found in muscle tone, strength or reflexes. If there are signs of hip dysplaia, referral to a pediatric orthopedist is needed. ...Read more
No: Unless you have a deficiency, it shouldn't. And a true abscence would lead to non-formation of male genitalia. The presence of testosterone should be pretty clear with the deeper voice, facial hair, acne, sex drive. Let your body do it safely on its own. Low testosterone is typically diagnosed in older men, and people who previously used so many Anabolic steroids their body shut down production. ...Read more