From the moment a newborn baby is brought home from the hospital most parents eagerly monitor their child’s development. Every milestone is excitedly anticipated and it is so tempting to compare your own little one with other children of the same age – after all – everyone wants the assurance that their child is growing healthily along normal growth patterns.
But "normal" is a relative term, and it’s important to remember that all children grow and develop at different rates, and that they all come in different shapes and sizes unique to their own genetic coding. Some children tend to grow steadily over time, while others may fluctuate between periods of slow growth and rapid growth spurts where they often catch up to their peers.
Nevertheless, it is useful to keep an eye on your child’s development patterns and alert your child’s pediatrician if you are concerned.