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Growth and development of a child is of utmost importance for not only his parents but for the nation as well. Every country has a separate department for child health and care. There are many diseases that are responsible for child mortality or their poor development which may be physical or mental both. One should take care of a child’s health and care soon after his or her birth.  An infant must drink mother’s milk for the first six months as it contains all the essential nutrients and antibodies that a child requires to fight against diseases. Infants who are introduced to bottled milk or formula are found to be more susceptible to disease in comparison to infants who drink mother’s milk. Further, timely vaccination is very important for infants and children. It protects them from deadly diseases that are responsible for infant mortality. 

Child Developmental Stages:

  • Infant Development (Newborn baby): Taking care of a newborn is very crucial and quite tricky as the infant loses 5%-10% of their body weight. But they gain back that weight soon after a couple of weeks. The cognitive skills of the infant increases rapidly as the child becomes four to six months old. Also, the weight doubles in this time frame.
  • Toddler Development: This stage is marked as very crucial for children of 1-5 years of age. In this age the child’s brain works on full capacity and with proper care and nourishment; he or she can learn anything you want.
  • Childhood Development (6-12years):  This phase of a child’s life is quite steady as the child grows steadily. 
  • Adolescent Development: Again this is a very crucial age for children, as puberty hits at this age. Parents should take special care of their child at this age. They need proper nourishment and emotional support as well. Children of this age are very aggressive and volatile. They are emotionally at their peak; parents should channelize their energy and try to understand them without forcing their perception on them. 

 How to access the growth and development of a child?
The growth and development of a child can be accessed by rate of development according to his or her age.  

  • Height: Generally, infants grow about 30% by the time they are 5 months old and more than 50% by the time they reach 12 months. Further, their height increases twice their birth length by the age of 5 years. Later, the height of the child totally depends on his or her diet and physical exercise.
  • Weight: In the beginning, a newborn loses 5-10% of weight in the first two weeks. Later they begin to gain one ounce per day during 1-2 months. Further, the weight doubles (in respect to birth weight) in the first 5 months and triples when the child is one year old. Later, the weight of the child totally depends upon the nourishment he or she is provided with.

Why Eternal Hospital?
At Eternal Hospital, we have a highly qualified and dedicated team of Pediatrics who are always committed to providing the latest and most advanced medical care to all our patients. Being a trusted name in healthcare, we act compassionately while ensuring confidentiality to those who need it. We have set high standards in patient-centric premium care and outstanding patient safety, and exceptional maintenance in a timely manner. In addition, we adhere to the use of up-to-the-minute innovations to offer state-of-the-art treatments to our patients with unparalleled results.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Shiv Dayal Sharma

Director Paediatrics and Neonatology