Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

Your Child's Growth and Development

An Overview of Development

Watching your child grow and change is one of the great pleasures of being a parent.

Right before your eyes, your baby evolves from tiny, helpless newborn into climbing, willful toddler. Just as quickly, that toddler grows into a pre-school-age child – curious, active, and fun. Kids' bodies and brains grow so fast, it seems that you are buying bigger clothes and marveling at their latest tricks every week.

Once your child starts school, the years may seem to fly by. Looking back at pictures, you may be surprised by just how much and how fast your little one has grown.

Other areas of development

In addition to physical growth, there are several other main areas of development that include:

  •  Emotional/social
  • Mental
  • Verbal
  • Mobility 
Many factors affect your child's development

We know that multiple factors contribute to a thriving, healthy child, including:

  •  Genetics
  • Quality nutrition
  • Adequate sleep
  • Stimulation and play
  • A safe environment
  • Positive, trusting relationships 

Parents and caregivers play a huge role in supporting a child's development. Your love and attention are perhaps the most important factors in helping your child develop to his or her full potential.

Developmental Milestones

Babies grow and develop rapidly during their first year. 

1 year

Most babies will be able to:  

  • Roll over, sit up, crawl, pull to stand, and walk holding onto something
  • Coo, babble, and then say real words (“Mama or Dada”; “Uh-Oh””
  • Pick up big items (block or cube) and then pick up small items between a thumb and forefinger (pieces of cereal)
  • Put items in mouth to learn about them

Toddlers have their own unique milestones. For example, by 18 months, most children can:

  •  Walk upstairs and run.
  • Use a spoon to feed him- or herself.
  • Bring objects to show you.
  • Point and use single words to let you know what they want.
  • Follow simple directions.
  • Play pretend and have favorite toys.
  • Show affection.

These are all milestones that indicate that a child is developing normally.

2 years 

Most 2-year-olds can:

  • Walk down stairs holding, rail, both feet on each step
  • Make a single-line “train” of cubes
  • Open doors using knob
  • Take off clothes without buttons
  • Play alongside other children (parallel play)
  • Follows two step commands
  • Refer to self by name

3 years

In preschoolers, milestones are still important, but you may not be as aware of them. For example, most 3-year-olds are able to:

  •  Jump or ride a tricycle.
  • Know his or her name, age, and sex.
  • Copy circles and crosses.
  • Dress and feed him- or herself.

These simple activities are markers that a child is on track developmentally.

Learn more about the developmental milestones for your child's age

We encourage you to review the information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, which outlines the communication, social/emotional, physical, and cognitive milestones for each age group. You may also want to review the Well Child Visit article. It features links to our Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures series. Developed by Kaiser Permanente pediatricians, this information can help you know what to expect at each age and stage of your child's development.

Is my child developing normally?

One of the most important reasons to keep up with all recommended well child visits is to ensure that your child is growing and developing normally.

All children are different and develop at their own special pace, so try not to worry if your child is a bit earlier or later than others. It is also common for a child to develop in one area faster while developing more slowly in other areas and then catching up.

Please talk with us about any concerns you have about your child's development.  Please ask your doctor for a developmental screening questionnaire if you have any concerns about your child’s development.

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