The first year after birth is undeniably one of the most important in terms of assessment and diagnostics, as the first months of life contribute to the development of vital habits and reflexes in children. A crucial milestone in terms of infant assessment is a baby turning nine months. Thus, considering the scenario of conducting a check-up, it would be of paramount importance to assess the following developmental markers:
- Social/emotional development – ability to react to strangers, emotional attachment to family;
- Language/communication development – mimicking sounds and gestures, producing sounds, understanding basic behavioral concepts such as saying “no”;
- Cognitive development – playing simple games with adults, putting things in mouth, picking up things with thumb and index finger;
- Physical development – standing, getting into sitting position, crawling, sitting without support (“Important milestones,” 2021).
Thus, if all aforementioned requirements are met, there is no need to accelerate the process. However, in case the infant struggles with any of developmental milestones, the recommendations should be tailored specifically for the child. When speaking of the infant assessed, it is necessary to draw attention to the consistency of her physical development patterns, including weight, height, and head circumference. Although it is generally believed that the 50th percentile is an adequate indicator for these notions, the consistency of the process is more important for the child. Hence, with height and weight circumference responding to the 25th percentile, the baby is slightly underweight compared to other parameters. According to the CDC growth chart, a baby should gain approximately one kilogram in order to secure steady development (“Weight-for-age percentiles,” 2000). The general recommendations in order for the infant to gain weight would be to reconsider the nutrition patterns by increasing portion sizes and energy density of meals.
Important milestones: Your baby by nine months. (2021). CDC. Web.
Weight-for-age percentiles: Girls, birth to 36 months [PDF document]. (2000). CDC. Web.