You know your child is growing well as he crosses each milestone with some significant development mentally and physically. Growth is a lifelong process: the transition from babyhood to childhood, childhood to adolescence and adolescence to adulthood. Throughout life, it is this growth that guides choices and overall health.
Every stage of development shows some specific growth markers. Sitting up, crawling, first steps, smiling for the first time, waving, first words, learning to speak, play, etc. are all milestones. How a child does this says a lot about his development and helps us as parents to understand better about what to expect next.
Main developmental stages to look out for are cognitive, social and emotional, speech and language, and motor skills.
By the age of 2
At this age kids are generally able to understand and follow simple instructions, know the names of body parts, interact with other kids at play, solve simple puzzles, grasp objects such as spoons, brush, build legos, run and jump.
By the age of 3
This age comes with more development in motor skills, allowing kids to run, jump, and climb stairs one foot after the other, playing with toys that have buttons, following basic instructions, etc.
By the age of 4
Children are able to remember the names of people they meet, having choices when it comes to friends etc. They are able to also form more complex sentences and begin to develop character: showing interest or disinterest, expressing themselves.
By the age of 5
Kids are now able to speak intelligibly, remember rhymes, stories using proper grammar. They are able to catch a ball, skip, and do a lot of things independently.
By the age of 6 onward to 8
Riding a bicycle is quite easy for kids in this age group. They can also read and write with lesser efforts. They begin to understand emotions and relationships more deeply. This is the age where their social and emotional skills develop rapidly.
Role of Nutrition in your Child’s Growth
The growth and development of a child depends on the nutrition and interaction with surroundings.
Studies say that 3 in 10 Indian children under the age of 5 do not reach their ideal weight and height. If you are concerned and feel your child has missed a milestone, it is best to consult with a paediatrician.
I remember I had read up studies and books and all kinds of blogs in preparation for the birth of my twins. I would always go to the paediatrician armed with data and information only to be told that growth markers vary between children. That’s when I asked the most vital question: what can I do to ensure my kids grows right?
And she told me that the growth markers were just a guideline to help understand the milestones. Apart from following those, I also needed to ensure my children were eating right.
But, this wasn’t always easy. On some days they would happily eat whatever I kept in front of him, no matter what it looked like or tasted like. But on other days, he refused to so much as open his mouth. Of course, now I know that this is normal behavior for children but at the time, it always brought me to tears.
Then, my child’s doctor recommended PediaSure with 37 vital nutrients. It is a trusted health supplement and I have seen its effects visibly. I have no worries regarding my kids’ growth because every nutrient that may be lacking in the diet is compensated with a glass of PediaSure. They have also formulated a Grow Right Charter that helps form a structured meal pattern which includes good amount of play, less screen time and how to help your child grow not just physically but emotionally as well. I would definitely suggest every parent who worries about their child’s growth milestones to consult with their doctor and add a dose of PediaSure to their child’s diet. You’ll see the difference just as I did!