Normal child development is the essence of childhood that leads to transition of a fertilized ovum into an independent adult through different stages of anatomical growth and physiological maturation. The terms growth and development are not interchangeable, though both processes are frequently interdependent. It is “an anatomical process involving increase… Continue Reading Normal child development

Physical Child growth is evident by chronological changes in — a) General body size and appearance i.e. anthropometric indicators, b) Specific features e.g. dentition and skeletal maturation, and c) Internal body composition. Despite individual variations, most of these changes follow a predictable pattern, and any significant deviation from this pattern… Continue Reading Child growth

Developmental assessment of young children is an integral part of child health checkup, even in apparently normal babies. However, the depth of assessment varies from child to child, according to perceived risk of abnormality. Indications are — a) Periodic routine child health checkup, b) Follow-up of high-risk neonates for early… Continue Reading Developmental assessment of young children