Overview of Newborns & Infants
Watching a child grow physically and intellectually is among the greatest rewards of being a parent. At the same time, parents become easily worried about what is "normal" in terms of their child's growth and development.
It is important for every parent to be aware that "normal" really refers to a "normal range" when monitoring a child's progress. Normal rates of development in children vary considerably. Not only do children differ as to when they reach particular milestones, but the same child may develop rapidly in one area and far more slowly in another. It is only when a child falls significantly or persistently outside the normal range that there may be reason for concernand this applies to a relatively small number of children.
In addition, you as a parent know your child best. If some aspect of your child's growth is troubling you, do not hesitate to consult your pediatrician or family practitioner, who also can take your child's individuality into account. The same advice applies to any health problem your child develops. The information in this book is meant to help and reassure. But if home treatment does not prove effective after a reasonable time, or if a particular symptom seems unusual, by all means talk to your doctor about what action to take.