Mommy must often hear the term "growth and development" when discussing about the care pattern of the Little One. Although interconnected between one and another, the process of growth and development are two different things. "Growth" is associated with an increase in the number and size of cells in all body parts that can be measured, such as weight and height. Whereas "development" is associated with the complete enhancement of body functions that can be achieved through growth and stimulation.
The Little One is very dependent on Mommy in fulfilling all the factors supporting the growth, such as nutritional intake, affection, guidance, feelings of security, and others. Understanding the growth of the Little One is very important because by doing so Mommy can recognize the possible growth disorders that occur.
Shortly after birth, the Little One will lose weight about 10% of birth weight. When your Little One reaches the age of 2 weeks, his weight and height begin to increase. When your Little One is six months old, he/she will weigh twice the birth weight. Reaching 1 year ole, your Little One’s weight will reach three times the birth weight.
So, what kind of growth and development process which is considered normal for the Little One in the first year of life? Consider the following guidelines:
Mommy needs to remember that the Little One grows and develops at his/her own pace. The speed of achievement in mastering a certain ability varies from one child to another. In addition to nutrition, Mommy must pay attention to stimulation that can support the intelligence of the Little One. Playing is the right stimulation for him/her. Find creative ideas at the Morinaga Multiple Intelligence Play Plan site for children’s growth. Play stimulation does not only make the Little One to feel relaxed but also sharpen his/her intelligence
Knowing the growth stage of the Little One is very important, especially to recognize early when there is a delay. Discuss the obstacles that may be encountered by the Little One with a pediatrician.
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