Child Development: A Growing Thing

Your child was born to grow! Your new infant quickly becomes a toddler, then a child, then a teenager and an adult. That growth starts now.

Ways of growing

Your child grows in many different ways at the same time.

These include:

  • Physical development
  • Mental (cognitive) development
  • Social and emotional development
  • Communicative development

The most growth in each of these areas occurs during your child’s first year of life. But significant development continues through early and middle childhood and into the teenage years. Each area of growth is important to your child’s overall health and is discussed on this website.

Partnering with your doctor

As your infant grows and develops, your doctor works with you to make sure your child has what she needs to stay healthy and reach her potential.

During regularly scheduled visits, the doctor asks you about the skills your child is gaining. Some visits include standard screenings for your child. You may also be asked to answer a list of written questions.
This information helps the doctor identify any developmental problems and what to do about them.
The earlier a problem is discovered, the earlier a child receives needed help.

Besides screening for possible problems, your doctor will tell you what you can expect as your child continues to develop -- and how you can help. Your doctor also works to help you protect your child from injuries and contagious diseases.

The results

Doing all you can to help your child grow and develop is the gift of a lifetime.

You child can’t do it alone, but with your love, care and the doctor’s guidance she will

  • Grow
  • Develop her potential
  • Lead a healthy life.

Action Steps

  1. Keep all regularly scheduled appointments with your child’s doctor.
  2. Always ask the doctor to explain anything you might not completely understand.
  3. Tell the doctor if you have a question or concern about your child’s development.
  4. Try any suggestions that the doctor may give you during your child’s health visits.