|Postnatal Physical Development|
In this section we look at baby's extensive physical development
over the first 2 years of life. Specifically, we will look at the following:
- Typical development of .
- necessary for normal physical
- Development of the
(vision, taste & smell, hearing)
- There is also a table of a child's in the first 12 months of live.
Typically a neonates growth is generally referred to in
terms of cephalocaudal or proximodistal
The cephalocaudal pattern is where the greatest
development takes place at the top of the body, i.e. the head, and physical
development moves gradually downwards: e.g. neck, shoulders, trunk, etc.
The proximodistal pattern of development is
where growth starts at the centre of the body and moves towards the extremities.
An example of such a pattern is the early development of muscular control
of the trunk and arms relative to the hands and fingers.
For an indication of the main milestones in this area in
a baby's first year, go .
The information in this page is presented in summarised form and has been taken
from the following source(s):
Child Development , 6th Edition (1994), J. W. Santrock, Wm. C. Brown
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