Parents have a plenty of questions in their minds, most of them pertinent to the development of their babies. Let us take a look at some of the questions that parents often ask to paediatricians:
- Does my baby sleep normally?
- Is the appetite of my baby is normal or is he/she is eating too much?
- My baby doesn’t walk and talk. Should I be bothered about that?
- My baby has put on weight, is he/she getting obese?
- Does my baby have problems related to child illness, deafness or autism?
These are not the only questions that parents have, but I assumed that these are in the list of every single parent. The list seems to have an endless number of questions, which is normal because parents are concerned about their children.
Some of the questions can be easily sorted out, but there are a few, which can only be answered by using proper tools. If you have a family doctor who can come and check your baby at your single call, then that’s good, but if not, then you yourself have to be a doctor and ensure that the growth and development of your baby is going at an optimum speed.
Measure the weight of your baby every alternate day
It is pivotal for parents to measure the weight of their babies thrice a week. This will give you a better idea about the growth rate of your child. The ratio of their weight to height should be right, otherwise it can cause more severe issues in your baby in the future.
Measure your baby’s height/length
What’s the first thing that doctors do after the baby has been delivered? They check the weight and the height of your baby because it is essential to do so. It will help them determine if the baby is going to remain healthy and fit in the future or not. If you find that your baby is a bit than the woman who has also delivered a baby at the same time because every baby has his/her own metabolism and growing rate.
You can discuss with your paediatrician as to what needs to be done in order to ensure a decent growth of your baby in the days to come. There are certain ways (natural) that are available these days. So, make healthy food for your baby that includes calcium and protein, as it will help increase his/her height.
Monitor your baby’s body mass index (BMI)
There are many paediatricians who believe that weight is not the only thing that parents need to be bothered about. There is another important factor, which we called BMI (body mass index). Usually, babies are born with an immense amount of fat, which they accumulate in the womb. This fat helps them get all the vital nutrients for the first few weeks and keep them warm.
Moreover, parents feed their babies as if there is no tomorrow, which led to more accumulation of fat. This is perhaps the reason that parents need to get aware of the body mass index (BMI) in order to see if the babies are growing at a normal speed or not.
Track baby’s development on a routine basis
Every baby has a unique set of genes that sometimes result in extraordinary development. Some babies start reading in the first six months, whereas some don’t even read properly at the age of six. So, this is all part of the development and the speed with which it took place.
You have to track these sorts of developments in your baby to see if he/she is moving in the right direction or not. You can create certain milestones to make this process a lot simpler.
Know about all the necessary injections and vaccinations for your baby
There are a dozen of vaccination that your baby needs to have. It starts from the week he/she is born to a few years. The important vaccinations include, polio vaccines, hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. Your doctor will be able to tell you more about these vaccinations and when should you get them for your baby. But, the main thing is that you should get them. Forgetting or avoiding these would bring your baby’s health in mortal danger.