Developmental milestones in children
Developmental milestones are the skills that children learn as they grow or develop. It is always a thing of joy to parents when their children say their first words, feed themselves or begin to crawl or take their first steps.
They achieve these stages at the expected ages plus or minus some few weeks.
Parents, please know that all children are not the same, so it is normal for children in the same family to reach certain milestones at different ages. You need to stop comparing your child with your neighbors’ child. You are encouraged to play with your children as often as possible so that you will be there when these stages are achieved.
It is important that every child is screen so that those with delays can be identified on time. This will entail the parents or the care giver taking the child to the hospital to see a doctor for these scheduled screenings. Your child’s doctor will give you regular appointments for you to bring the child back, and not only when the child is ill alone.
However, if you have any concerns before the appointment is due, please endeavor to see your child’s doctor as soon as possible.
Below are the milestones that children should have achieved at the stated ages. Remember, there may be delays for a few weeks. However, if act early if you have concerns as stated in the table below.