THE MILE­STONES ap­proach

Your Baby & Toddler - - Baby Files -

The most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber is that your lit­tle one was born be­fore he was en­tirely ready for it. That is why he in fact has two birth dates: his chrono­log­i­cal birth date, which is the day on which he was born, and his bi­o­log­i­cal birth date, the date on which he was ac­tu­ally due. This also called his cor­rected age. If your baby was born three months early, his bi­o­log­i­cal or cor­rected age when you go home three months later is ac­tu­ally new­born, al­though his chrono­log­i­cal age is al­ready three months.

This means your baby won’t nec­es­sar­ily meet his mile­stones at the same age as his friends. In the first two years give him time to de­velop at his own pace and catch up to friends who spent longer in the womb.

Some ba­bies catch up so fast that they de­velop at the same pace or even faster than their peers.

Pre­ma­ture ba­bies’ de­vel­op­ment often depends on the cause of the pre­ma­tu­rity, for ex­am­ple ba­bies who were born early due to preeclamp­sia are often stronger than ba­bies who were born early due to ill­ness or in­fec­tion.

Each child re­ally is unique and there­fore it is very dif­fi­cult to es­tab­lish ex­act mile­stones. Ob­serve your baby closely with­out be­ing too anx­ious, but also don’t wait un­til it is too late to con­sult an ex­pert. The ear­lier any prob­lems are iden­ti­fied, the bet­ter. Take your baby for check-ups at four, eight and 12 months to your pae­di­a­tri­cian or a spe­cial­ist in pre­ma­ture ba­bies.

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