• GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Doesn’t parenting seem like a competition at times?

     

    When did your child start walking? Oh, she says 5 words now? Mine got into every school we applied to! What do you feed him- he seems so much bigger, stronger and healthier than my child!

     

     

    These are all comments we hear day in and day out. Some of them we ourselves may be guilty of saying! It is important to remember that parenting is not a competition with other parents; it is your unique journey with your child.

     

    The concept of growth and development milestones are often blamed for instilling this competitive spirit. But that isn’t right. Milestones are measures of development which parents have an important role in. Research has proven that parents play a huge role in creating an environment that builds confidence and intelligence. At the same time, these milestones can also help in identifying a potential problem at the early stages so help can be sought. What is important to remember is that these are not etched in stone. Each child grows at her own pace and parents need to understand what the brain requires at each age group.

     

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    This is especially true if the baby has been born preterm. Premature babies are at a higher risk for developmental delays and need closer monitoring. Their fragility often leads to parents accepting developmental lags and delays as a natural outcome. But this should not be the case. Every child has the potential to overcome their medical history at birth. With the right monitoring and guidance, premature (or preemie) babies have an equal chance of reaching the stars. 

     

    This is where we come in with Baby Shastra, India’s first systematic program to enable you to share your baby’s development journey with her. The brain is rapidly making new connections in the first five years of life. These connections have a huge influence on the child’s life and personality. As a part of our program, we provide ideas for play to target exactly the right connections and help parents understand how the child develops. 

     

    The screening involves:

    • A standardized questionnaire targeted from birth to five years.
    • Objective scoring criteria that are used internationally for early identification of developmental concerns.
    • 10-15 minutes of observation by a pediatric physiotherapist of baby’s movements to corroborate the scoring
    • A take home kit at each screening with information about upcoming development milestones and ideas to aid it at home.
  • Baby Shastra Development Screen


  • We encourage you to get in touch

    if you have any concerns about your child’s development, especially if you have a preterm baby.

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