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Babies change more in the first year of life than at any other time. They usually move from one important area in their development to the next in a pattern. Each baby does this at his or her own pace. During this first year, most babies grow and develop in these main 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. Talk to and feed your baby, and change his or her 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 call line 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 call line if:
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Current as of: May 27, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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