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Hey there, parent! It’s justified to think that the 9-month long process of pregnancy is quite a task. However, with the increasing number of side effects and complications, the real task begins the moment you hold your lil’ newborn in your arms. A thousand thoughts worry you about your child’s physical, cognitive and emotional development.
Therefore, to make the task easier for you, here’s a series of articles that will give you detailed insights into your child’s physical, cognitive and emotional development. In this article, we will focus on the physical aspects of your child’s development.
Here we go:
Note: You, as a parent have to work closely with your child’s pediatrician in order to track your child’s growth at all the developmental checks. For this purpose, growth charts are very important as they provide approximate values for our child’s physical growth in terms of height, weight, head circumference, etc.
That being said, here are the things you need to keep in mind when it comes to your baby’s growth.
Growth throughout childhood: Your baby will grow throughout his/her childhood in weight and height. There will be times when your baby’s growth will slow down and there will be times when your baby will go grow rapidly. The key is to be patient and regularly check your baby's growth with the help of your pediatrician and growth charts.
The growth rates vary: The rate of growth in boys and girls vary to a large extent. Boys tend to grow quicker in terms of weight and height whereas girls tend to pick up cognitive abilities a lil’ sooner than boys do. However, as long as there is slow and steady progress, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about.
Rapid growth which later slows down: A baby’s growth is very rapid in the first few years and then it slows down. Babies usually double their weight at approximately 5 months and after a year, it’s approximately triple their birth weight. It’s nothing to worry about, it’s just the way the laws of nature work.
World Health Organization has studied babies from different parts of the world and designed a comprehensive growth chart for boys and girls. The values have an upper and lower limit suggesting that they vary across different countries. Here’s the baby’s growth chart as prepared by WHO:
Baby Growth Chart for Girls:
Baby Growth Chart for Boys:
As long your baby fits into the values in the growth chart, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. You should know that you’re a great parent and we have always got your back.
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