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Babies change more in the first year of life than at any other time. Each baby develops at their own pace in these areas:
If your child has a delay in one area, it may not mean there is a problem. It is common for a baby to be ahead in one area and a little behind in another. But it is important to talk to your doctor if you have concerns about your baby's development. If you find problems or delays early, you'll have the best chance of treating them.
There are lots of ways you can help your baby's development. Start with simple things like loving and holding your baby. You can talk to your baby while you feed them or when you change their diapers.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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