PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN.
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN, FROM 0-6 MONTHS.
It is scientific that Development is a continuous process…
The speed of acquiring skills is entirely individual and different to each child. Therefore, parents do not worry, if your child is a little slower to develop in some areas as compared to the child’s counterparts. Take it easy. As Parents we can provide stimulation at the right time, but generally speaking, development takes at its own pace… wait and just observe….
If you already are proud parents to another older child, you have gained insights that, there are a few general principles that apply to the different stages of Physical Development in a child. The Stages or “MILESTONES” generally follow in the same order, but we must not forget, that, EVERY CHILD IS AN INDIVIDUAL, and the child will achieve her or his milestones at her own pace.
Sometimes it also happens that, your child when walking will start crawling. To your surprise, it happens when the child often forgets the already learned skills, while learning new skills… as a mother, I think, one of the most important milestone in a child’s life is when the babies teeth’s come through…. Why? Because, then only the baby will start to chew and will enjoy the food even more.
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT IN GIRL CHILD:
- Although both the genders children will have the same stimulation, the girl child will have a fast rate of development. In general girl child will:
- Eventually do a lot better and at a fast pace, in reading, writing, drawing and even communicating.
- Sometimes, walk earlier than the boy child.
- Have different growth rates, one can notice the difference in height and growth in a boy or girl of the same age groups.
- Girl child are more interested in people than in material objects.
- More socialised and cope with stress better than the boy child.
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT IN A BOY CHILD:
- Boys learn to talk at a later stage and are more prone to language disorders.
- Boys also usually walk later than girls.
- They are more interested in physical objects than to socialize.
- Boys are more aggressive and competitive than girls.
- Cry less than girls.
- Have a different growth curves than girls.
- Boys are more vulnerable to stress than girls.
PROMOTING PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN
From a very early age, the baby recognises the smell, touch, sound of the mother, I strongly believe that, a Mother is the most important, and consistent teacher and person in a child’s life, as it is the mother, who takes the responsibility to make the world a better place for the child. As parents, we should look for every opportunity to provide guidance, care and a secure environment for the child.
In the early months a baby cannot interact with us, so it becomes our responsibility to surround him with various senses, like sound, smell textures etc. just to get the baby familiarise with the new environment.
Children are always eager to learn new things; God has made them that way!! Hence to achieve the dull potential of the child we must set aside a couple of hours may be, to work with him…. In an area that is relevant to the child’s development stage. This may be the role of a teacher… but that will come effortlessly to you, but remember that this kind of play-fun teaching should be playful for the child and preferably done with games. Child’s most natural way of learning is by Playing! So, as parents, be active and attentive both, the moment the child shows boredom, free him… choosing between play and fun is difficult, but if learning becomes fun the child will eventually love this concept early in Life, and it will become a never ending process, in the child’s development.
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF A NEWBORN BABY:
The new-born baby will always flex his limbs towards the body and will feel better in a curdle up position… For several weeks after birth, and will gradually straighten out. The head will be very floppy and not at all still or stiff, we have to hold the baby very carefully, always have to support the baby’s head and neck when lifting him.
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF A 1MONTH OLD BABY:
Visually the baby will be more appealing and eye soothing… the baby can now lift his head just for a few seconds and the limbs will be a little stronger and even appear straightened.
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF A 2 MONTHS OLD BABY:
The baby is customised to hold his head longer for a few more seconds and will try to raise his arm if you do the same. Will recognise your voice, and pay attention when you pass by.
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF A 3 MONTHS OLD BABY:
The baby can now lie in a flat position, and will be able to take the weight on the shoulders and head on out stretched arms. The baby will try to turn left or right sideways, when you place him down.
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF A 4 MONTHS OLD BABY:
At this stage the baby now learns to sit up, without any support. The head control increases and goes on increasing with every passing day. The baby can now support the head and control the movements.
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF A 5 MONTHS OLD BABY:
Now the baby at 5 months has full head control and even in sitting positions too, can control without any problem. The rocking movement of the baby becomes stronger and continues to do so.
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF A 6 MONTHS OLD BABY:
A 6 months old baby can sit up firmly without any support at all. The limbs of the baby will grow on to be more stronger, and if you bounce him up and down , he will take some support on his legs and do a little movement all by himself
As a mother my advice to all the young mothers is, try to relax on your own, and massage your baby as often as you can… this will relax the baby’s muscles and will also make him more mobile. Massaging is also a bonding time with the bay… a soothing lullaby and a massage is all that your baby needs.
Happy Bonding Mommas