A child’s early years are important for lifelong. As a parent or caregiver, you can play a large role in helping to shape the development of your child by spending quality time and engaging with them in activities like playing, singing, reading and talking. As they grow, children will reach milestones, such as taking their first step and smiling for the first time. You should take note of these milestones and seek help from a medical or social service provider if you have concerns about how your child is developing.
Missing certain milestones could be a sign of a developmental delay. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 6 children between the ages of 3 and 17 years have one or more developmental or behavioral disability. This includes autism, learning disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.